q: how does "innovation" really work?
People & ideas creating businesses
More than just a space, entrepreneurs and innovators at heart, Rust490 is about HOW we work.
Rust490 helps catalyse people to
table & generate ideas,
fast track business,
explore “what if we could” propositions,
to foster ideas into happening.
Whatever the problem, team work is the answer
Enabled & inspired by technology
People and ideas mesh with technology to transform and radicalise markets, inspiring and frustrating yet anchoring the ways we think.
Local to global.
Tech platforms & business tools,
AI, VR, Blockchain
are the tips of fast moving morphing icebergs, powering how we work.
This is Rust490’s world
a space where it’s not business-as-usual
Rust490 started as a creative workshop space in a gallery of immersive Territory landscape images inspiring our brains to work differently, & our space still effortlessly morphs.
A unique creative non BAU space catalyses open minded team work.
1. Explore tools and methods from start up thinking world, now 20 years old- find your own fit
2. Unpack “innovation”, using the “I” word for your own purposes
3. Workshops, seminars, tools, practices, ideas sprints and hackathons.
4. Build teams and businesses from ideas.
5. Ask for what you need.
A community of peers co building.
grounded in the magic of our place
Rust490’s heart is in the Territory.
We draw inspiration from place – our environment, our people and community – and our places teach us.
Our environments, our sustainability, our communities matter in our purpose and in our impacts.
Rust 490's story & offering
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.
Join us. Rust 490 - the "WD40" of Innovation.
activators at Rust490
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[…]
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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