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Smart Hub Charters Towers is in action!

We are situated within the Charters Towers Excelsior Library, with the purpose of providing mentoring, programs, education and networking opportunities to local startups and the wider business community.

These services are designed to provide a positive impact to North Queensland founders, entrepreneurs, inventors, investors, industry and the entire business community.

Every business in the region, has access to three fully-funded Business Mentoring Sessions until June 30.

Find out more here:

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Business Mentoring Services
Business expert, Dr Lydia Canovas-Saiz will be a sounding board to support your business activities and help you gain fresh insights into problems and decision making through impartial, objective discussion and feedback.
The first mentoring session is a discovery session where you and your mentor will discuss 'what are the key pain points of your business'. The second session will focus on releasing those pain points, culminating with a report of recommendations and a 12-month growth plan.
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Business Mentoring is suitable for:

• Idea stage • Start-up • Validation • Growth phase • 

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Dr Olaf Russoke-Dierich, was supported by Dr Lydia Canovas-Saiz, our Business and Investment Lead, during the investment-readiness phase.
Dr Olaf's shares how Mentoring worked.


Our Programs

The Startup Onramp Founders course is for anyone in the early stages of building a company with global ambitions. This course is great if you have recently launched a start-up, you have an idea for a start-up, or you are working on a product and want to turn it into a global business based in NQ.
Startup Onramp is suitable for:
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• Software / internet • Hardware • Physical product • Services •

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Ivan Brewer is the Founder of Peiso, the world's first hospitality profitability software.
Hear how Startup Onramp helped.
Have a positive impact in the NQ community or a vision to change the world? 
The iActivate Social Enterprise accelerator is designed to support social entrepreneurs to build sustainable and scalable ventures. This CQUniversity micro-credential is for developing a social enterprise or “business for good”. 
Smart Precinct NQ is proud to support delivery of the 15-week online program with face-to-face support for local Entrepreneurs who are passionate about using business to help.
iActivate is suitable for:
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• Social enterprises • Physical product • Services •

Ricky Esterquest from Towards Better, took part in the iActivate program.
Click hear about the iActivate journey.

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This is a practical workshop-style course delivering tangible benefits to small business. Enabling you to implement Big Business strategies to help your business grow. Participant numbers are purposefully small.
This Bootcamp will deep dive into understanding your finances and revenue pillars, whilst increasing your confidence as a business owner to build a Big Little Business.
Big Little Business is suitable for:
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Small to medium businesses wanting to create a solid foundation and understand what levers to pull to drive your business forward.

Business Growth Advisory

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Growth Consulting offers a business expert to help you gain fresh insights into problems and decision making, through impartial, objective discussion and feedback. 
The Business Growth Advisory is delivered by experienced business owners and consultants, with an extensive track-record in business in North Queensland. 
Business Growth Advisory services are provided on a fee-for-service basis.
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Business Growth Advisory is suitable for:

Small to medium businesses wanting to improve systems, experience growth and gain structure for their business.

Scorpion Projects owner, Stewart Locke, has been working with the Business Growth Advisory team working to expansion.
Stewart shares his experience.

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About Charters Towers 

From our first Charters Towers shop front opening in 1872,  we are proud to be celebrating in 2022 that the Towers has been opened for business for 150 years. As we continue to strengthen our commitment to local business, our community and lifestyle, we are creating the perfect environment to live, work and play. Investors unwavering confidence in our region, has resulted in millions of dollars worth of development applications being lodged with council within the last 12 months.

Today the region enjoys a diverse economy which includes mining, agriculture, education, manufacturing, construction, retail, and defence.  Our regions’ natural scenic beauty provides an amazing backdrop to inspire and encourage innovation.  We are happy to facilitate YOUR next big idea! We welcome you to come, sit down and discuss with us the limitless potential our Charters Towers Region may provide your business.”

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Acknowledgement of Country

Charters Towers Regional Council is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas, and their rich contribution to our society. We acknowledge the people of the Gudjala, Gugu Badhun, Birriah and Jangga first nation lands on which Charters Towers and its greater region are located and where we conduct our business. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging. We are committed to a positive future for all.”