Thumbs up for hub’s first five months

Diverse . . . Innov8 HQ founder Heidi Renata says the collaborative business hub is going well. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

Innov8 HQ has exceeded expectations since opening in mid-October, founder Heidi Renata says.

The business hub and collaborative workspace, based at 123 Vogel St, housed a range of start-ups and regional staff for larger companies and more than 10,000 people had used and visited the space since its opening, Ms Renata said.

With a variety of “hot desks”, offices and meeting spaces on offer, a “really diverse group” of businesses had used the space, including local start-ups, as well as Japanese and Australian businesses.

“It’s been really good.”

She said businesses using the Vogel St space included Fab Lab, Tecto, VetSouth, Applied Logistics and BLK sportswear.

Innov8 HQ had hosted more than 20 events in the space and had seen more than 10,000 people through its doors since opening in October, Ms Renata said.

The hub was also working with the ICT Graduate School, which was in the same building, and several extension plans were in the pipeline for sub-projects, she said.

These projects encompassed Activ8 Youth (which included the recent creation of a three-child strong team of young people to get an idea of how the innovation start-ups worked), Activ8 Maori (which aimed to encourage more Maori entrepreneurs in pursuing their ideas) and Activ8 Women (designed to encourage women in start-ups).

Innov8 HQ would host Te Papa’s Mahuki Accelerator Roadshow on April 7. This would explain the programme and why start-ups should apply for the four-month accelerator programme through the national museum.

It would also run events during Tech Week in May, Ms Renata said.

For more information about Innov8 HQ, visit or email Heidi Renata at