Established in 2019, Smart Precinct NQ is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a space for businesses and entrepreneurs physically, online and as a network to learn and grow.
We provide a range of services and programs to support businesses depending on where they are in their journey from start-up accelerators and incubator programs, business growth advisory services, investment support, events and supporting with communities to develop opportunities and skills.
We bring together a range of stakeholders to provide a positive impact to North Queensland Founders, Entrepreneurs, Investors, Industry, and the wider Business Community.
Our purpose is to create a vibrant ecosystem where innovation and business can thrive. As the saying goes, we believe that if you want to go fast – you go alone, but if you want to go far, we need to go together.
We work passionately to create a vibrant ecosystem of high growth companies that are globally competitive and based in North Queensland Australia and making Townsville and North Queensland a Great place to start and grow a business.
Smart Precinct is a registered social enterprise and a signatory to the Queensland Small Business Commissioners Small Business Friendly Charter. Founding members include the North Queensland Regional Operation of Councils and James Cook University.
- Build and strengthen the regional innovation ecosystem and economy.
- Develop a resilient and adaptable small business community
- Increase regional start-up formation and business growth (and capability);
- Support industry in solving their significant challenges; and
- Attract high growth business to North Queensland and attract experienced investment funds to NQ.
Education and Connections
Start-up and Incubation
High Growth Business
Critical Industry Innovation
The power behind Smart Precinct NQ is the calibre of its people. The organisation is supported by a high calibre team of business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals with extensive connections and collaborations, business experience and professional expertise.
Chief Executive Officer
Finance and Operations
Dr Lydia Canovas-Saiz
Business & Investment Lead
Marketing & Communications
Smart Hub Burdekin Lead
Ian Smythe (Interim Chair)
Dean at Aviation Australia Riyadh College
Cr Jenny Hill
Mayor of the City of Townsville
Professor Simon Biggs
Vice Chancellor - James Cook University
Director of Strategic Development Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia - Cubic
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Group Partner -Carey Group
Director of Software Engineering - RANlytics, and Chairman - DevNQ
General Manager - Townsville Bulletin
Professor of eResearch - JCU
Deputy Head of Global - CSIRO