Media release | 13 July 2017
Minister for Regional NSW, Minister for Skills and
Minister for Small Business
A new $35 million start-up hub in Sydney’s CBD will provide a world-class landing pad for regional start-ups to tap into global networks, customers and investment.
Announcing the new Sydney Startup Hub (SSH) today, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW and Small Business, John Barilaro, said the Hub would give regional start- ups a dedicated space to showcase their businesses and ideas.
“The Sydney Startup Hub is Sydney by name only, it is truly a statewide initiative that supports regional entrepreneurs and connects the wider start-up community.
“This hub will accommodate up to 2,500 people and potentially thousands more through the Regional Landing Pad and dedicated community spaces.
The Hub and the Regional Landing Pad will support the creation of new jobs across NSW while increasing the diversity, size and strength of the NSW start-up community.
“The Sydney Startup Hub will be the largest Hub in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere, and the dedicated Regional Landing Pad will help to connect the entire NSW start-up community, regardless of location.
“Supporting regional start-ups is a priority for the NSW Government, with regional entrepreneurs essential to the growth of regional communities,” Mr Barilaro said.
A minimum of $57 million in Jobs for NSW funding is available to help start-ups and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in regional NSW succeed and create more local jobs in regional communities across the State.
“We have some fantastic regional entrepreneurs and supporters playing an essential role in the growth of local NSW communities.
“For instance I recently announced funding for “Upstairs” in Bathurst, a 500 sqm community facility with 50 workstations, high- speed internet, 24/7 access, meeting rooms, and a pitch space.
“Upstairs is already working with two of the cornerstone tenants at the new Sydney Startup Hub - Stone and Chalk and Fishburners - and has a unique opportunity to establish a state- of-the-art incubator to nurture more start-ups in the Central West region.
“The Sydney Startup Hub will be a world-class facility servicing an ever growing, connected and collaborative start-up network across NSW that will help drive new business and jobs growth well into the future.”
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