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A Guide to Sydney Startup Hub

With its 11 stories, 5 accelerators, and 4 coworking spaces that house 100s of startups, the Sydney Startup Hub is a massive NSW-government initiative that is situated above Wynyard Station in the Sydney CBD. In this guide, we help demystify the various coworking spaces and accelerators in the Sydney Startup Hub but also provide you with the best alternatives outside of the hub, such as Haymarket HQ (no self promotion whatsoever) and Cicada Innovations. 

 

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Sydney Startup Hub

The Sydney Startup Hub is an 11 story building that houses 4 coworking spaces, 5+ accelerators and hundreds of startups. It is an initiative by the NSW government with the goal of supporting the local startup and innovation ecosystem. The Sydney Startup Hub is also home to the Regional Landing Pad to connect regional startups into the Sydney startup ecosystem and is located in Sydney’s central business district.

Haymarket HQ

Cost (full-time dedicated desk): $475 /month

Free trial: 1-day 

Geographic focus: Australia, Asia, Global Markets 

Haymarket HQ is not located in the Sydney Startup Hub but has its own building in Chinatown, Sydney. One of the only hubs with a global focus, it creates  have programs like the China Canvas Challenge and the Sydney Landing Pad which are programs that can help you expand into China or for overseas companies looking to expand into Australia. With a focus on Asia, this coworking space will provide you with opportunities to grow and expand in both local and global markets.

Fishburners

Cost (full-time dedicated desk): $550/month

Free trial: N/A

Geographic focus: Australia

Fishburners is one of Australia’s oldest coworking spaces that recently moved to a brand new building in Sydney CBD. Set up by Peter Davison, early-stage investor in Paypal, it’s a well-known coworking space for early stage companies and freelancers. Today, it boasts more than three hundred companies and hundreds more young enthusiastic techies and entrepreneurs and is one of the largest coworking communities in Sydney.

The Studio

Cost: $695/month

Free trial: N/A

Geographic focus: Australia

The Studio is a unique coworking space that puts its focus on media, entertainment and other creative industries. They provide workshops, mentoring, accelerator programs and seminars to startups within the space. Aimed at connecting with Australian growth industries, The Studio has links with numerous government media organisations, museums and leading Australian universities.

Stone & Chalk

Cost (full-time dedicated desk): $685/month

Free trial: N/A

Geographical focus: Australia

Stone & Chalk’s mission is to support startups that are looking to innovate the Asia-pacific financial services and help them commercialise and scale with global organisations. Stone & Chalk is a place for entrepreneurs to connect with established players in the financial sector to push them to new heights and gain access to many capital investment opportunities and institutional connections.

Tank Stream Labs

Cost (full-time dedicated desk): $850/month

Free trial: N/A

Geographic focus: Australia

Winner of 2017’s Best Coworking Space in Australia at the inaugural Fintech Awards, Tank Stream Labs is a coworking space with global aspirations and a series of successful startups under its belt. As one of the four anchors of the Sydney Startup Hub initiative, TSL is a well-known hub favored by tech entrepreneurs and provides a community with a great sense of collaboration and development as well as providing opportunities for future investment.

Microsoft ScaleUp Program

Previously known as Microsoft Accelerator, this program is designed for Series A startups and offers access to sales, marketing and technical support. Startups who are accepted into the program get access to Microsoft sales leaders and industry experts to help growing businesses scale their growth globally.

Caltex C-lab

The new home for the Caltex Digital Team, C-lab exists to deliver innovative digital solutions that make life easier for its customers and employees. Caltex aims to be the market leader in complex supply chains and the evolving marketplace by delivering the fuel and other everyday needs of its customers.

Optus Innovation Hub

A dedicated workspace in the Sydney Startup Hub, Optus Innovation Hub aims to collaborate with startups and SMBs (small-to-medium businesses) to tackle current and future SMB issues. The workspace will also serve as a meeting place for startups and SMBs and host regular events – ranging from hackathons to innovation challenges and masterclasses.

Cicada Innovations

Cost (full-time dedicated desk): Contact for more information

Free trial: N/A

Geographic focus: Australia, global

Aside from Haymarket HQ, another great alternative is Cicada Innovations. Founded by Australia’s top four universities, it creates, validates, and nurtures startups that develop unique technologies that centre around scientific discovery and meaningful engineering innovation. Startups there are technology intensive businesses that create competitive advantage through creating products and services that are difficult to replicate and will shape the future of Australian industries and workforces.

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