Partnership fosters innovation, entrepreneurial growth

Published:20 December 2016

ABOVE: Split Spaces Director Nick Bennett and founder Jarryd Townson sign an MoU with CQUniversity's Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement and Campuses) Narelle Pearse. BELOW: Steel Pacific Insurance Brokers' Glenn Sales, Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert MP and Split Spaces founder Jarryd Townson at the MoU signing at CQUniversity Mackay.

Regional Queensland’s largest Innovation hub, Split Spaces, has settled into its new home at CQUniversity's Mackay City Campus.

To officially seal this ground-breaking partnership, representatives from both organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday 20 December.

Split Spaces is an organisation dedicated to providing assistance to start-up businesses and existing small businesses.

Boasting two boardrooms, workshop space, collaboration space, break-out spaces, conference booths and private office spaces, the new premises will provide a collaborative work environment – similar to the likes of Google and Facebook – for motivated, business-minded individuals to link in with mentors and advisors.

Split Spaces founder Jarryd Townson said the company was proud to partner with CQUni Mackay to collaboratively drive and deliver innovation and entrepreneurial growth to the region.

“This MoU represents a massive step forward for our region in terms of developing our local entrepreneurial ecosystem,” he said.

“The partnership embraces a new direction for the innovation sector by supporting both start-up and small-business communities locally.

Mr Townson stressed collaboration was integral to the success of Split Spaces.

“Fortifying our partnership with CQUni is a proud moment for not only those of us directly involved, but for our greater community as we move forward into a new era of positive change,” he said.

“Split Spaces shares the goals and hopes that CQUni Mackay has for our town – to future-proof our local economy by supporting and encouraging education, growth and prosperity.”

CQUni’s Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement and Campuses), Narelle Pearse confirmed it was the University’s strategic intent to “go from strong to great through engagement”.

“Engagement is embedded within the University as one of its five official core values,” she said.

“Whether it’s through research and innovation, education and training opportunities or providing external service – such as committee/board membership, project involvement or sharing the University’s facilities and assets as is the case with our Split Spaces alliance – we are committed to finding ways to link in with local community to yield mutually beneficial outcomes.

CQUni’s Acting Associate Vice-Chancellor for the Mackay-Whitsunday Region, Leeanne Heaton concurred, adding that the alliance would provide a phenomenal networking opportunity for students.

“Essentially, Split Spaces’ current members are predominantly entrepreneurs, university graduates, potential students and/or individuals looking to link in with students or alumni for business purposes,” she said.

“Hosting Split Spaces at our City Campus will be particularly beneficial for all of our students, particularly those within the School of Business and Law.”

For more information about Split Spaces visit or find them on Facebook.