Invitations open for business at innovation site

Sourdough Innovation Hub (SIH) in Mullumbimby and are now inviting new applications from prospective businesses. Photo Jef Dawson.

Sourdough Business Pathways have now finished a sustainability retrofit of the small business incubator site in Mullumbimby and are now inviting new applications from prospective businesses.

NORTEC recently sold off their small business incubator sites in Ballina, Byron Bay and Lismore and withdrew from the one site they didn’t own in Mullumbimby. The Mullumbimby site is now the only one that has been able to reinvent itself to continue to support local business development.

The business centre has now been named the Sourdough Innovation Hub (SIH) and is looking to support local businesses that have an established product or service that are ready to grow and extend into other markets.

Visit the Sourdough website and look for the link to incubator space under services.

‘We are looking for people who are developing a product or service and see themselves in the growth phase. We are after employment outcomes,’ said Paul Jameson who is the community representative on CLIC that leases the site from council and then rents it to the Byron Community College and Sourdough.

The space will contain a range of facilities including a co-working space with desks that can be hired on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. There will be eight dedicated business spaces and ‘We can envisage that some businesses will transfer from on to the other as needs change,’ continued Paul.

Sourdough has itself been expanding quickly and they are currently looking to hire someone to run the Mullumbimby Sourdough Innovation Hub.

Grow and move on

The  businesses will come into the incubator site with the expectation of developing and growing and being ready to transfer successfully to commercial premises within two years.

‘It is about helping them grow and then at some stage they will outgrow us.’

This process will ensure a regular turnover of businesses being developed at the site.

‘Sometimes these businesses will fail so the structure is designed so they can move out quickly if the need to. In other cases businesses will need to expand,’ said Paul.

‘We will provide the subsidised office space, business advice, training seminars, mentors, networking opportunities and progress reviews.’

They are looking to develop a range virtual incubation opportunities as well as ‘looking at ways to integrate the education side of things with business development’ at the Byron Community College.

Ultimately their mission for the incubator site Is to create a culture that inspires, mentors and delivers successful business growth in the Byron Region included Paul. For more information or to download an application form for the SIB site head to and look for the link to incubator space under services.

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