Sydney Startup Hub celebrates first 100 days

30 May 2018

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The Sydney Startup Hub marked its first 100 days on Friday 25 May.

There have been 442 events held in the Sydney Startup Hub since it opened on 14 February, with almost 4,000 people attending functions on the level one community floor alone and nearly 5,000 people logging on to use the level one wi-fi.

There has also been much more activity occurring in-house with the various tenants as they support their startups and drive their individual operations.

The Sydney Startup Hub’s Regional Landing Pad has also been providing free office space for regional entrepreneurs when visiting Sydney with 150 bookings made to date.

For Bathurst entrepreneur Zoe Hida, the Sydney Startup Hub’s Regional Landing Pad provides a business oasis when visiting Sydney.

Ms Hida is Business Development Manager for Appiwork that develops mobile apps and websites and recently launched a new online directory for managing venue lettings called Everywhere Venues.

'We’ve used the Regional Landing Pad when we come to Sydney for business meetings to get work done during gaps in our schedule, and I also used it when our family was on holidays in Sydney allowing me to keep my business running.

'The average age of entrepreneurs is 37 so the chances are many have children so to have a facility like that to juggle family and work commitments is great.

'The Regional Landing Pad is a comfortable and well-resourced facility. You have wi-fi, proper desks, a quiet environment and meeting rooms. I have met some great regional entrepreneurs there,' Ms Hida said.

David ten Broeke, operational manager for Bathurst startup incubator Upstairs and creative director for Brijid Media Agency, said he used the Regional Landing Pad “quite a bit”.

'Just last week we had a meeting between Upstairs and the tenant community managers at the Sydney Startup Hub to discuss working together, learn about their businesses and talk about future events including streaming events from the hub.

'Everyone is so friendly. It is a huge asset for regional companies visiting Sydney.'

Edwina Sharrock, founder of Tamworth startup Birth Beat, just completed the HCF Catalyst accelerator program at Tank Stream Labs at the Sydney Startup Hub.

'To have the landing pad available is awesome. I can go to Sydney and still hold professional meetings and have a business base which is so valuable.

'The biggest thing I’ve learned is the power of businesses truly collaborating. The beauty of the Regional Landing Pad is I might meet someone else from another regional area there and we can and bond on ideas.'

For more information or to book a free visit to the Regional Landing Pad visit https://sydneystartuphub.com/regional

Some tenant highlights since the Sydney Startup Hub opened

  • Fishburners has doubled membership since moving into the Hub. It has been regularly holding google mentoring sessions through its partnership with GFE. Fishburners also runs a pro bono program with 18 different sessions ranging from design to investment. Fishburners flagship event, Friday Night Pitches, has seen attendance grow to 150 on average every Friday.
  • Australia’s largest Fintech hub Stone & Chalk has opened new event spaces; installed a staircase connecting its levels 4 and 5; and launched an ‘Insurtech’ accelerator program to focus on the insurance sector. Startup success stories have included Trade Ledger which won the Barclays UK Ventures Open Innovation Challenge in London. Data Republic have welcomed ANZ as their latest Senate Platform client and strategic investor. Dr Catriona Wallace and the team from Flamingo AI who have partners with CUA - Credit Union Australia Limited to conduct a pilot of a new chatbot across its health insurance arm. Metamako was chosen by Deutsche Börse to provide state-of-the-art technology to ensure fair and equal market access through ultra-precise time measurement.
  • Tank Stream Labs has enlisted ‘shark tank’ judge Andrew Banks as an entrepreneur in residence; launched a hardware lab for startups with a 3D printer to prototype and test hardware products including Internet of things, drones, VR headsets, and other technologies. It runs sessions with neuroscience coach and entrepreneur Shelley Lasset from Vitae Coach; venture capital mentoring with Capital Pitch; ‘lunch & learns’ with multinationals like EY, IBM and Talent International; and sales and marketing training with Winning by Design’s Andy Farquharson.
  • Mediatech and creative industries incubator, The Studio has enlisted David McKeague as entrepreneur in residence bringing deep connections with Silicon Valley; has installed a new green screen and sound studio for production work; and has started the ‘Studio Women’ networking group for women. Startup success stories have included Oovvuu securing a $3.8 million funding round for the global rollout of its video-on-demand news platform.