Rust490 at a glance
Communities & ideas
More than just a space, entrepreneurs and innovators at heart, Rust490 catalyses ever evolving communities of practice and networks of people to
explore what ifs
make ideas happen. Whatever the problem, community is the answer.
Technology to inspire & enable
People and ideas mesh with technology to transform and platform-ise markets, inspiring, frustrating and anchoring the ways we think
3D Printing and VR are just the tip of an fast moving iceberg. Blockchain. Local to global.
That’s Rust490’s world
Rust490 began as a creative workshop space in a gallery. Images of special Territory places stay on our walls to remind us of the beauty of our place in the world, inspiring our brains to work differently.
A unique space with music fosters unique ideas, conversations, reflection, opportunities, and ways of working with each other
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! with service
Rust490’s heart is in the Territory.
We help entrepreneurs, local to global. We offer services to organisations, teams, projects and businesses-
Explore ideas, qualify them in.
Understand and generate opportunities
Run events, opening up ideas across a community of interest or practice.
Hack a problem.
What if we could…? .
Rust 490's story
Rust 490 is inspired by the opportunity to create a unique Territory place, where ideas meet, morph and spin out to create an event, a project, or a business whether social enterprise or private for profit.
Rust490 has left few stones unturned in its quest over the last few years to find an apt business model for fostering entrepreneurial thinking, technology leaps and creative innovative business.
First opening in 2014 as a creative workshop space for ideas/ entrepreneurs/ technology/ impact (so many wonderful people came by!) and hosting the fast growing Darwin Freelancers and Entrepreneurs Meetup, Rust 490 morphed to a co work space and early stage impact hub, and is now an emerging services business.
• Technology grounded • People centric • Sustainability at core • IP focused • Theorists and researchers • Global thinkers • Organisational change practitioners and management thinkers
Industry agnostic, design focused, globally connected. Where people matter
RUST 490 VISION RECIPE 101
1. INGREDIENTS from our inquiry, research, conversations and experimentation:
Take bits of the iconic Fishburners coworking model, aspects of our closest Impact Hub in Singapore, a dash of entrepreneurial training from Flinders’ New Venture Institute, spice from Pozible and other pooled financing mechanisms, lean on TechStars, lessons from Pollenizer, pursue the emerging networks and aspirations in Australia Post Regional Pitchfest.
2. MAP AND PROVOKE our journeys, our tools and methods, and our networks of connectors, our thinking to find business fit for purpose and impact
3. ADD IN you, us, our experiences, our ideas and dreams, our communities of practice, networks, our industries, that unique Territory flavour and the dash of hell yeah just do it.
4. MIX and let it rip!
5. KEEP LEARNING start again we're in systems...
Rust 490 welcomes open minded flexible and clever collaborations to bring great ideas, people and technology together for discovering partnerships, for defining markets and the ways to get there. People who embrace the fierce conversations and laughter along the way.
We help you discover a space for possibilities, and lose legacy rusted-on thinking.
WATCH THIS SPACE - OUR MASTERCLASS WORKSHOP SERIES ON INNOVATION WILL POP UP IN NOVEMBER.
Join us. Rust 490 - the "WD40" of Innovation.
activators at Rust490
THE RUST 490 SUPPORT CREW
Eamon Holligan/ AKA LUKAS BENDEL
News and Events
Techstars is “the world wide entrepreneur network” – a global investment and startup engine that’s built the startup weekend model into one the most successful community catalysts for ideas and entrepreneurialism around the world. And Darwin is holding one of the first weekend events for the 2017 TECHSTARS GLOBAL STARTUP CELEBRATION “Over 15,000 entrepreneurs will come Read more about Techstars Startup Weekend[…]
The inaugural Ideasfest TopEnd Women event was held on Friday 27/10/2017 by Luke Gosling OAM MP Federal Member for Solomon at Monsoons, with the help of Deb Turner from ThinkSmart NT. It was a first Ideasfest for women to gauge interest, and it succeeded spectacularly! Approximately 40 women were invited to this fabulous workshop to Read more about Ideasfest Top End Women[…]
A fast paced lunch time workshop run by Jude Ellen, designed to foster ideas with creative fearless entrepreneurial thinking, finding the edge for successful action Wednesday 11 October 20017 1130 – 1230: Darwin Innovation Hub – Level 1, 48-50 Smith Street Mall, Darwin. Light Lunch will be supplied. Free event, sponsored by the Department of Trade Business and Read more about Flourish or Die! 11 October[…]
Regrettably Jude Ellen and Paul Mead from Rust 490 will reschedule this workshop into November. Watch this space for updates. Monday 9 October at 12:00pm – 13:30 Darwin Innovation Hub, Level 1, Paspalis Centrepoint, 48-50 Smith Street Mall, Darwin Welcome to a a high intensity workshop focused on you, a strategic leader with an innovation mindset (re)-inventing your Read more about Innovation is a state of mind – 9 October POSTPONED[…]
The 2017 Australia Post Regional Pitchfest Northern Territory finals are being held on the 14th of July at the Darwin Entertainment Centre Studio Theatre between 6:45pm and 9:30pm. Regional Pitchfest is all about proving you don’t need to be from the big smoke to have a game changing idea, eight regional cities are becoming platforms to Read more about Regional Pitchfest Northern Territory Final – 14th July![…]
The Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) is coming to the Territory and hosting a 2 hour intensive workshop on Friday the 14th of July (this friday!) between 12pm and 2pm at Rust490. Not sure who MAP are or what they’re all about? Read on! MAP at a glance: MAP’s mission is to launch high growth ventures into the Read more about Melbourne Accelerator Program @ Rust490 – 14th July![…]
POST EVENT EDIT: Our hunch worked! Our feeling that the ideas and entrepreneurs across our communities were impatient to be brought together and unleashed proved right- the Top End Ideas Fest’s immediate legacy was a step up and outpouring of action. Designed like a start up weekend, but condensed into one intensive day the Ideas Fest Read more about Top End IDEAS FEST – 22 April[…]
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