Barossa Entrepreneurs HubSubmitted by Angela Pickett
A hub for entrepreneurs in the Barossa with work spaces and meeting rooms to provide opportunities for training, information sharing and collaboration
Problem you're solving
• Development of entrepreneurial, creative thinking and business skills leading to the creation of new jobs and development of business in the region
• Encourage existing businesses to innovate and seek new opportunities
• Networking and exchange of ideas for new and existing businesses
• Increased collaboration and partnerships to benefit from other entrepreneurs
• Motivation for young people looking to start businesses or seek employment through access to experienced mentors
• Specialised meeting and training space for regional businesses
By developing a co-working, co-learning and co-thinking space, start-ups as well as existing small and micro businesses will be able to tap into each other’s networks and experience. The existing Business to Business (B2B) network of service providers already provides a range of free services to start-ups and existing businesses (more than 50 local businesses assisted since 1 July 2015), but bringing them together under roof will ensure greater shared learning and networking.
This initial grant will allow a small scale operation to commence and to develop capability among existing entrepreneurs and service providers in the Barossa to run and manage the hub with a view to expanding and running a sustainable business along the lines of other co-working spaces such as the Adelaide Hub, Intersect, Caboolture Hub in Brisbane and Fishburners in Sydney.
The hub will also serve as a meeting place to allow for greater collaboration between businesses. These collaborations will provide many small businesses with a greater ability to take advantage of new business opportunities, such as export, and thus create new jobs.
As the hub develops, there is also the possibility to use this as a space to develop hospitality skills and new food and beverage opportunities by providing an opportunity for students in food and beverage courses to provide coffee and café style food options for users. The same option could be available for IT Trainees to set up and maintain the internet and computer network ensuring a comfortable digital environment for residents.
$30,000 to start up which includes computer equipment, internet, furniture, initial branding and rental of space. Ongoing expenses of the centre will be funded through memberships and daily fees charged for casual use. The space will also be available for other organisations to rent.
Estimated funding required