Starting an incubator isn't as easy as it seems. It takes a lot of time to put together and you have to rely on a lot of third parties.
The majority of the finances that relate to The World Incubator is paid by me personally, and I am doing this because I care about a community that I grew up in.
We have a number of people starting next week and another trench through two weeks later. They need a lot of individual time to help them develop their business ideas. Charles will be brilliant at helping them all get to the next stage.
When you are developing a business incubator in a small town, what I didn't take into account is people with the wrong attitude or a sense of entitlement.
I love Charters Towers and the people in it. I have put my money where my mouth is and am looking forward to seeing young people come out of school wanting to be entrepreneurs and come back to Charters Towers to start businesses.
We need your support. Charles is there to answer any questions. Please don't hesitate to ask. Keep gossip at bay as it is unhealthy. Let's make this work together and if we can have a few success stories then we will go a long way to achieving our goals.
Mellissah Smith is the Chairperson of The World Incubator, a not-for-profit business incubator in rural Queensland. Currently the incubator is situation in Wherry House in Charters Towers, North Queensland and houses 10 startups. The World Incubator is host to North Queensland’s largest entrepreneurs conference with all proceeds going to helping rural and regional startups and farmers. Book tickets on www.nqecon.com.au.
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