Our Community, Our Culture
One of our greatest pleasures is supporting our startups, helping them grow, and watching them flourish in our close-knit incubator community. This page offers a sample of our wonderful businesses.
Farmwall | Urban Farming
Farmwall is a community-oriented social enterprise that aims to grow fresh, local and natural produce in close proximity to food venues. This groundbreaking concept will provide custom design, installation, and maintenance of vertical farms and fresh produce maintenance systems inside restaurants to provide high-value crops at chefs’ fingertips.
Based at our Alphington business incubator, Farmwall are raising the urban farming bar by growing aquaponic produce, local to food venues and within cafes and restaurants.
Scan-Xpress | 3D Scanning
Operating out of our digital technology-focused Northcote campus, Scan-Xpress is fixed firmly in the 3D scanning industry. It services design, manufacturing and engineering departments of small to large companies and a range of private clients to assist with their product development.
Owner Kevin Warwick has turned its attention to growing the business and building its capacity through internships and employment.
Star Architecture | Architcture & Design
Star Architecture is a design-oriented architect studio where minimal contemporary design meets sustainability. It was founded in 2014. Aleksandra’s primary project types are residential and high-end residential, and her team is dedicated to developing sleek, intelligent designs that identify the architectural potential of a space – and fulfill it.
Aleksandra Rakocevic moved into artDECL at the end of August, 2015. She urgently needed office space for her business due to a large project. That project is still underway, the scale of three projects in one.
La Sirene | Microbrewing
La Sirene is an artisan microbrewery, focussed on modernizing traditional-style beers of French and Belgian origin. The brewery produces small batches of unfiltered and unpasteurized beer, retaining the greatest amount of flavor and character.
Melbourne Innovation Centre has supported La Sirene since the beginning of the recipe development process.
Luescher Teknik | Specialist Sports Technology
Luescher Teknik is a specialist sports technology business. Business owner Raoul incorporates the work he did at Boeing Aerospace into his repairs, combining the engineering of the bike with aerospace composite materials, while his background in elite sport also puts him in a unique position where he knows the demands of the sport and what can be done to improve performance.
Gourmet Lovers | Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Gourmet Lovers works predominantly with Australian-grown extra virgin olive oil, and has created a range of olive oil and olive oil infusions.
Gourmet Lovers’ products are sold nationally in Woolworths, Coles, IGA, Myer, and various independent retailers. The products are exported for sale in Costco in Canada, Japan, Korea, and the United States.
KLEI | Design Practice
Business owners Barbara and Ben started their business in their garage with a small range of ceramics and jewellery manufactured in Melbourne that they traded at local markets. Since migrating into studio space at Melbourne Innovation Centre, the business has grown considerably and they’ve upsized to larger studio space on site. The collection has grown to include womenswear and accessories.