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Published on 11 October 2012

11 October 2012

The Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast will officially welcome four new entrepreneurial businesses to its premises at 90 Sippy Downs Drive with a special celebration at 11.30am on Friday 12 October.

The new high-growth companies are eContent Management, The Allergy Menu, Cloud Recruiting and Developing Elite Professionals (details on each new business are below).

Media are welcome to attend the celebration, which will be hosted by University of the Sunshine Coast’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill, Sunshine Coast Deputy Mayor Chris Thompson and Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast CEO Mark Paddenburg.

Mr Paddenburg will also acknowledge the rapid expansion of Future Oceans (formerly known as Fumunda Marine). This Innovation Centre-based company designs and manufactures underwater acoustic alarms used to alert whales, dolphins and porpoises to the presence of commercial fishing gear.

“Future Oceans has entered an exciting growth phase which has seen the addition of three new employees, two of whom are University students who will assist in research and project development,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Mayor will congratulate the new and expanding companies on their endeavours before cutting a ribbon to officially open their offices. This will be followed by a networking barbecue with existing Innovation Centre companies, partners and guests.

Since its opening in 2002, the Innovation Centre has been home to 93 businesses, creating more than 400 jobs in the region and helping to raise more than $26m in venture capital.

  • eContent Management is an online publishing and consulting business providing a range of knowledge economy services to its global customers – including international publishing, promotions and event management skills through established scholarly and professional networks. With digital synergies at the Innovation Centre, eContent Management will reposition its 12 peer-reviewed journals, 200 plus books, conferences, portals and self-paced learning materials to interactive multistream online platforms, now expected by researchers and professionals in healthcare, counselling, education and management markets. Owners: James and Suzanne Davidson
  • The Allergy Menu is a recipe website developed for people with multiple food allergies and intolerances. It is a global subscription-based site that enables members to find recipes for their unique multiple allergy/intolerance combinations. It features a specially designed, advanced recipe search tool which enables users to remove multiple ingredients in one easy process and cater for their specific dietary protocols. The business has been developed using the most up to date scientific data and is supported by a team of multi-disciplinary health experts. Owners: Pauline O’Sullivan and Michelle Kazukaitis.
  • Cloud Recruiting provide innovative recruitment and labour services to the mining industry, including talent pathing for existing staff. Their online platform and simplified on boarding process greatly assists clients to get better recruitment, training and labour hire outcomes. Owner: Peter Evans.
  • Developing Elite Professionals (DEP) is an executive coaching company that helps clients nationally to master confidence and self-belief, a factor in determining whether someone will succeed or fail in their endeavours. Like many of the IC clients, DEP is expanding via a digital platform that will see the customer base grow rapidly. Owner: Shaun O’Gorman.

— Terry Walsh

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