Australia’s Startup Ecosystem by DC Collins
Inspire9 hosts a diverse range of startups from creative entrepreneurs to well-funded growth startups. Inspire9 is located on level 1 of the original Australian Knitting Mills building in Richmond, a one minute walk to Richmond railway station. We believe that providing human-centric workspaces drives innovation, connection, and growth for ideas-driven small teams and individuals. Our vision is to be Australia’s most pioneering and diverse coworking community for startups, freelancers, and creative entrepreneurs.
The Cluster hosts top tier members across 1,600m2 of co-working and private office space, venue space and boardroom/meeting rooms. There are a range of membership options available from day passes ($40 per day), virtual office ($15 per week for a business address), telephony answering ($25 per week), flexidesk (from $130 per week), permanent desk (from $150 per week) to a private office. Benefits of membership include: * High speed fibre internet and wifi * Colour and A3 printing * Phone booths * Storage space * 24 hour access * Bike storage, showers and change rooms * Skype rooms * Weekly events * Local coffee and filtered water * Green electricity
River City Labs Accelerator is an accelerator targeted towards early stage, digital tech startups. The Accelerator takes 5 startups through a 14 week intensive program. Benefits include: * funding – seed funding of $20,000 for 3% equity (plus a further $20,000 tranche and 3 month extension) * mentors – access to the River City Labs, muru-D and Telstra community * introductions – introductions to Australian, Asian, American and European investors * co-working – 3 months of full-time co-working space at River City Labs for the entire team
The Workbench is a shared workspace for designers, writers, artists and business people. Located in a heritage warehouse in Ultimo, the Workbench has two large communal desks, a long room-length workbench and a separate bench for working while standing. Facilities include: * fast wifi * a large kitchen space * bike parking area Memberships vary between day passes ($44 per day), occasional (1 day a month for $44), part-time (12 days a month for $330 per month) and full-time ($550 per month). A building access swipe cart costs an additional $80 as a refundable deposit.
Banyule digiDECL is a dedicated coworking space in Heidelberg West for professionals in, and around, Heidelberg West. Depending on the membership package, benefits include: * Two meetings rooms (one that can seat 8 people and a Boardroom that can fit up to 12) * Digital business mentoring (assistance with website and online presence) * Digital training sessions (social media, cloud computing, building a basic website, etc.) * High-speed internet * Interactive whiteboards * Car parking * Networking opportunities with other members * Private meeting room and boardroom * Token to access building * Printer, scanner, and photocopier * Paid Xero bookkeeping service * Mail service * Locker use * Coffee machine and microwave Membership options range from Daily ($220 for 10 daily passes), Weekly (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday for $77 per week) to Monthly (24/7 access for $220 per month).
Openhub is a Melbourne based shared space for entrepreneurs, creative professionals, techies and startups. Founded in 2007, Openhub is Melbourne’s first co-working space. Membership options range from a shared standing desk ($10+GST per day), a desk 3 days a week ($450+GST per month) to full time (24/7 access and dedicated desk for $600+GST per month). A Startup package is also available for dedicated work area and multiple desks. Features include: * Colour printer * Coffee, fruit and filtered water * Bike rack
Hub is the largest coworking community in Australia for growing small businesses. Hub Sydney is centrally located at 101 William Street, Darlinghurst. Membership options vary from Casual ($330 per month for 8 days of hot desking), Frequent ($550 per month for 24×7 access), Local ($770 per month for lockable storage and business mailing address) to Studio (for private office or semi-private office). Facilities include: * 10 meeting spaces (seating 2 to 10 people) * Private studios for 3 to 10 people (for the studio coworking option) * 24 hour / 7 days a week access * Fully equipped kitchen with unlimited coffee * Shower facilities * Colour and A3 printing * Stand up desks * Phone booths * Napping / meditation space * 100Mbps fibre internet
Melbourne Arts Club Studio is a light filled, vintage-themed shared co-working space in Preston. Features include: * lockers * wifi * desk * kitchenette * 24 hour access Membership options range from a hot desk ($18 per day), short term ($80 per week), monthly ($281 per month), quarterly ($800) to six-monthly ($1,551). There is a $50 refundable deposit for a key.
Clarify Village strives to be the hub for Soulpreneurs in Melbourne. Targeted towards small business owners, creatives, consultants and entrepreneurs, Clarify Village’s features include: * meeting, training and event spaces * retail space for showcasing products * access to Mastermind Groups and mini-coaching sessions Members – http://www.clarifyvillage.com/meet-our-members.html
Vocus Upstart offers a 13 week intensive mentoring program and up to $320,000 in seed capital. Tony Grist (Vocus Communications), Matt Macfarlane (Yuuwa Capital) and other high net worth investors are supporting the program financially. Eligibility Your idea needs to incorporate some software and solve a customer problem or satisfy a real need. You will need to have a prototype, mockup or beta of your product You will need a team which includes a technical co-founder who can further develop your product during the program. Your startup, if incorporated, must have been incorporated in the last three years and have revenue of less than $200,000. You must be located in Perth and commit to work full-time on your start up throughout the program. Link to FAQ
The EduGrowth Early Stage Investment Fund is dedicated towards Australian education technology startups and is aligned with EduGrwoth’s full-time accelerator program. Selected teams at EduGrowth have access to: – A$50,000 for a minority share of 6% – Training from leading experts from the startup community, investors and education experts – Connection to the university, K-12 and tertiary partners for pilot programs and distribution – Demo day in front of key decision makers, markets and investors – Collaborative working environment EduGrowth is a national not-for-profit organisation focused on supporting and promoting the edtech sector. EduGrowth is supported by Navitas, Deakin University, La Trobe University, Monash University, Charles Sturt University and Griffith University.
Techstars Adelaide is focused on security and defence, and offers a three-month mentor-driven program with exclusive access to world leading industry partners, such as Boeing, SAAB, Thales, Rheinmetall and Codan. Techstars Adelaide accepts early stage companies specialising in Internet of Things (IoT), big data, sensors and robotics. upon acceptance, a $100,000 convertible note is automatically offered to all Techstars companies. $20,000 is also offered in exchange for 6% common stock and: – access to Techstars resources for life – acceleration in a 90-day Techstars program with intense, hands-on mentorship from Techstars Mentors – connections to the Techstars Network of over 5,000 founders, alumni and mentors globally – 400 perks worth over $1M – office space for three months – demo Day and other investor connections – Equity Back Guarantee, the only one of its kind in the industry Techstars Adelaide is Techstar’s first foray in the APAC region, Chris is the Program Manager and was previously the Regional Manager for Techstars Startup Programs for West of the USA and Canada. Chris holds a Masters Degree from the University of San Francisco in Entrepreneurship and Management. The mentors for Techstars Adelaide are currently Atlanta Daniel (General Partner, Signal Ventures Australia) and […]
Hub is the largest coworking community in Australia for growing small businesses. Hub Sydney is centrally located at 5 Peel Street, Adelaide. Membership options vary from Casual ($330 per month for 8 days of hot desking), Frequent ($550 per month for 24×7 access), Local ($770 per month for lockable storage and business mailing address) to Studio (for private office or semi-private office). Facilities include: * 10 meeting spaces (seating 2 to 8 people) * Private studios for 2 to 6 people (for the studio coworking option) * 24 hour / 7 days a week access * Fully equipped kitchen with unlimited coffee * Shower facilities * Colour and A3 printing * Stand up desks * 100Mbps fibre internet
Blix Spaces is a modern and purpose built co-working space in Port Melbourne. Facilities include: * Over 55 workstations (along with optional standing desks) * Boardroom (which can seat 14 people), a meeting room (which can seat 8 people) and a second meeting room (which can seat 4 people) * Gourmet coffee machine along with sparkling water and beer on tap * Kitchen and shower facilities onsite Membership options include hot desks at $35 +GST per day or monthly membership of $650 +GST per month
Launchpad is Australia’s first local multi-site workspace based in Richmond. Its 165 Cremorne Street office (Launchpad 1) has a corporate and professional fit-out. Benefits include: * 3 meeting rooms with capacity for 3-10 people * practical Boardroom with projector, whiteboard and conference phone * 12 private and professional styled offices * Clusters of open plan desks for collaborative teams * Shared-access photocopier, large format printer and A4/A3 colour laser printers * Ground coffee / tea facilities * Members only access to gym and pool Membership options range from Virtual ($88 per month for business address), Co-Worker (10 days for $330 per month), Community Space (dedicated desk and storage for $660 per month) to business space for 2-20 members (from $990 per month).
Cohoots is a coworking space located in Castlemaine. Tim Ford (an enterprise coach) and Rhonda Chapman (an aid and development consultant) established Cohoots to help people find a better way to blend work into their lives. There are two meeting rooms – one seats 6 people and another boardroom seats more than 12 people. Membership options include: * 32 hour plan for $140+GST per month, including 1 hour meeting room hire * 64 hour plan for $250+GST per month, including 5 hours of meeting room hire * 96 hour plan for $340+GST per month, including 8 hours of meeting room hire and mailing/delivery address * Full-time plan (5 days per week) for $450+GST per month, including exclusive use of desk and 10 hours of meeting room hire and mailing/delivery address Discounts may also apply for teams using multiple desks. Members – http://www.cohoots.info/
HCF Catalyst is a 12 week accelerator program specialising in health tech. The program is driven by Slingshotters and covers: Business Modelling (using Ash Mauyra’s Lean Canvas methodology), Traction and customer insights, Branding and marketing, Financial modelling, Pitch coaching and Corporate engagement. There is also an additional three month incubation program focused on driving results, as well as a demo day. Other key features include seed investment of up to $150,000 from the Slingshot Venture Fund (and the opportunity for next-round investment) and access to HCF business units and senior staff. The criteria for HCF Catalyst is based on applicants having (a) an idea that aligns to one of the HCF Catalyst Themes, (b) a fantastic team, (c) the ability to deliver an MVP within three months, and (d) global aspirations. The HCF Catalyst Themes are based on HCF’s interest in businesses that improve the quality of health care deliver and ultimately people’s health: – Making health care more affordable – Making health care more understandable – Delivering high quality health care – Making health care more customer centric .
Tank Stream Ventures is a $20m technology venture capital fund. So far, they have invested in 9 startups (22 founders) with an average investment of $500k. 30% of funds have been deployed. Rui Rodrigues (WHEB Ventures) is Tank Stream Ventures’ Managing Partner. Approach Tank Stream Ventures invests in strong teams building scalable defensible businesses leveraged by technology. They like to invest in companies and sectors where we can add significant value: marketplaces and SaaS are a few of our core sectors of expertise. Tank Stream Ventures supports founders with an ambitious vision to disrupt industries and improve people’s lives through technology. They’re looking for the 3 Ms: Management, Market and Momentum Their focus is on startups that have the potential to scale globally while understanding local markets. They tend to invest in late seed (post launch) to series-A rounds, with investment size ranging from $250k up to $1m in an initial round, with potential for follow on investment. They also usually invest alongside other investors and we can either lead or follow other leading investors.