CO-WORKING spaces are growing in popularity with plenty of open offices available to young entrepreneurs, start-ups and creatives. Justin Lim shares four co-working spaces in Melbourne that might suit you.
For students and graduates who feel they have a knack for business and are looking to throw themselves into the world of entrepreneurship, finding a conducive space to cultivate and exchange ideas in Melbourne isn’t as hard as it was before: Co-working spaces in Melbourne are on the rise!
With plenty of shared offices now being opened to start-ups, organisations, creatives and other small businesses, we select four co-working hubs in Melbourne that are worth checking out.
The Cluster offers a great variety of packages for fledgling start-ups and entrepreneurs to rent from. With more than 1600m² of co-working and private spaces available, The Cluster also makes for a nice event space too as their Glasshouse can host up to 100 people in an area overlooking the CBD and Yarra River.
Rates vary depending on what individuals and teams need. For $130 dollars per week, a Flexi Desk can be rented while permanent desks which can be used privately, is offered at $150 dollars per week. Facilities such as The Cluster’s kitchen, storage rooms and phone booths are also available.
The Cluster has two spaces: 17/31 Queen St, Melbourne and 10/50 Market St, Melbourne.
For more information on The Cluster, head over to its website.
York Butter Factory
The heritage-listed York Butter Factory is a co-sharing space that caters to tech start-ups of all kinds, ranging from big data, Internet of Things, analytics and more.
One can expect to find all kinds of facilities that will be useful for budding startups such as a 100 Mbps symmetrical U/D fibre internet connection, meeting rooms for discussions and best of all, unlimited flow of tea and coffee for members!
Part-time membership at York Butter Factory costs $110 dollars per month (which nets you usage of the space for only one day a week). Full-time membership costs $660 dollars per month while after-hours access $275 dollars per month.
For more information about the York Butter Factory, visit the official website.
Hub Australia is Australia’s largest co-working community with many clubhouses located all over the country, from Sydney to Melbourne to Adelaide.
Hub Melbourne offers a host of amenities that will meet the needs of young enterprising individuals such as a 100MB fibre cable connection, a variety of private desks, flexible desks, a fully equipped kitchen and a variety of recreational facilities for rest.
Additionally, if you’re thinking of travelling to Sydney or Adelaide, a full membership at the Hub will grant you to access all their clubhouses across the country.
Hub Melbourne is currently located at 673 Bourke St, Melbourne but will soon be moving into 696 Bourke St, Melbourne this October. The space offers a monthly 9.00am – 5.00pm hotdesk for $300 dollar per month and a 24/7 access hotdesk for $500 dollar per month.
For more on Hub Melbourne and Hub Australia, visit its official website.
If you’re looking for a great space that brings together a friendly and innovative environment with entrepreneurial prowess then you may want to look into Inspire9.
The space attracts people of all kinds; from individual entrepreneurs to well established start-ups and is a productive space for people to get together to share ideas. Inspire9 also offers their start-up accelerator program, AngelCube, to help emerging startups grow into respectable businesses that commences every June.
Located in Richmond, Inspire9 also offers several recreational facilities such as pool and ping pong tables for those looking to relax.
Inspire9 offers a Daily Pass for $39 dollars a day and a weekly pass of $155 dollars per week, each offering access of the space’s wi-fi, phone pods, community desk and communal areas between 9.00am and 6.00pm.
To find out more about Inspire9, visit its official website.