Bluekino out­grows hub

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TONY RAGGATT

START- UP video pro­duc­tion busi­ness Bluekino has flown the nest.

The com­pany is one of the first to grad­u­ate from Townsville’s in­no­va­tion hub iNQ.

Former tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion su­per­vi­sor Maddy Voinea launched Bluekino about 12 months ago with him­self and an ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer.

Such has been the suc­cess of the busi­ness, it now has a team of eight pro­fes­sion­als with skills in video pro­duc­tion, an­i­ma­tion, dig­i­tal art, video edit­ing, film mak­ing, so­cial me­dia and pho­tog­ra­phy.

Mr Voinea at­trib­uted the suc­cess to de­mand for its ser­vices and the help pro­vided by the in­no­va­tion hub which pro­vides of­fice space at Honey- combes Prop­erty Group’s Cen­tral Vil­lage devel­op­ment in Flin­ders St.

“The sup­port from iNQ has been in­cal­cu­la­ble. It has fa­cil­i­tated our growth a lot more than we ex­pected,” Mr Voinea said. “I’d like to see more peo­ple who need that sup­port and growth to take ad­van­tage of iNQ.”

Mr Voinea said Bluekino was pro­vid­ing ser­vices which were unique in re­gional ar­eas.

“I don’t think there is an­other team of this size in North Queens­land,” Mr Voinea said.

He said many of the ma­jor com­pa­nies and en­ter­prises were clients.

They had also launched an on­line busi­ness devel­op­ment mag­a­zine.

In­no­va­tion hub pres­i­dent David Cole said Bluekino was one of its orig­i­nal ten­ants.

He said Bluekino and an­other start- up ed­u­ca­tional con­sul­tants Ap­plied In­spi­ra­tion had reached a point where they could “leave the nest so to speak”.

“They are too big to stay which is what we like,” Mr Cole said. “We are look­ing for new ten­ants at iNQ.”

Mr Cole said the hub was about try­ing to cre­ate a men­tor­ing en­vi­ron­ment where busi­nesses could flour­ish and grow.

Bluekino has leased premises at 183 Ing­ham Rd, West End.

Mr Voinea said they would have liked to stay at iNQ but recog­nised it was time to move on.

“Peo­ple un­der­es­ti­mate that help of hav­ing peo­ple around to ask for ad­vice and point you in the right di­rec­tion,” Mr Voinea said.

SUC­CESS: Bluekino di­rec­tor Maddy Voinea and staff in their new lo­ca­tion. Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

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