Spotlight on The Cell

Spotlight on The Cell

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A local jewellery designer has just taken up residence in Wanaka’s old police cells, but there’s nothing sinister about its activity.  In fact, it’s one of the region’s biggest success stories.  The Cell — housed in the former police station in central Wanaka – is home to a range of start-up entrepreneurs, innovators and professionals who work collaboratively but independently in this hotbed of co-working and networking.  The roll call of 20 or so tenants features filmmakers, drone pilots, web architects, chair designers, IP lawyers, mentors, graphic designers and software developers to name but a few — the melting pot of diverse and creative talents is one of The Cell’s major drawcards.  And it’s sure hard to beat those lakeside views…

As well as informal presentations by tenants and like-minded residents, The Cell also hosts the nine-week Co.Starters business development programme which is designed to equip aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools to turn their business ideas into reality.  The Cell’s Liz Hills says it’s been a huge success and they’re already into their third round; soon to boast nearly 30 graduates.  “The diverse range of small business owners and innovators who utilise The Cell are benefiting from our range of programs, services and events”, she says.  “We’re definitely seeing more entrepreneurial success stories emerge in our region, and a large part of that is due to the environment we provide them.”


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  1. Fantastic write-up Kate on our space here! We would love to see you or any of your members next time you are in the wonderful Wanaka. Keep up the great work.

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