Lincoln opens new business facility

by Mike Isle

Lincoln Hub, the Lincoln University initiative which provides a forum for the melding of minds from the agricultural, sciences and academic sectors, has changed its name and is offering even more for sector groups and individuals.

Now called Blinc Innovation, the organisation has opened a new workshop facility, Blinc Workshop, on the university campus where, as Blinc’s chief executive Toni Laming puts it: “Farmers, growers, agri-advisers, entrepreneurs, students and scientists can locate and connect.

“We know the future of work is social. People want places to connect and work alongside others.

However, with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) being so prevalent in some of our core agricultural industries, it is often hard to create the collegial community that is so effective,” she said.

“Blinc Workshop workshop is more than just a desk. It is a place to hold meetings, seminars and workshops, or just catch up with people you want to connect within a professional and supportive environment.” 

Ms Laming said the new facility had already been used and had proven to be highly successful.

“A local start-up, Anteater, used Blinc Workshop to share their journey from an idea created at a start-up weekend organised at Lincoln, which then led to a lively workshop discussion on the future of insects in our diets and how New Zealand can work toward creating a high-value export industry,” she said.

“Start-ups are hard when you are sitting at the kitchen table or alone in a converted garage, so Blinc Workshop provides a real alternative and brings people together with similar passions and interests.”

For more information about Blinc or its new workshop space go to the organisation’s website blincinnovation.com. Toni Laming says that Blinc offers a range of options and is happy to discuss any requirement.