The Gold Coast offers an ecosystem of collaborative workspaces – flexible areas for start-ups, creatives and even multi-nationals looking for specialised hi-tech coworking spaces.
Imagine arriving at your Burleigh Heads flexi-desk carrying a laptop and surfboard. You can head for a surf at midday with racks provided for your board and set up a boardroom meeting for a brainstorming session in the afternoon.
This is where many Gold Coast’s start-ups begin, embedded in one of our many specialist, well-serviced workspaces that can be accessed on an as-needs basis. They are entrepreneurial and creative hubs that encourage entrepreneurs to ‘have-a-go’.
The collaborative spaces boom is driving our start-up economy with an annual growth rate of 20 per cent the highest outside of any capital city. Coworking spaces can be an entry point for businesses testing the waters, or even multi-nationals looking to establish a foothold on the Gold Coast.
1. CoSPACES – Old Station Co, Southport
At the northern end of the Gold Coast is the quirky co-working space housed in Southport’s original 99-year-old ambulance station. Old Station Co offers full reception services, meeting rooms, private office suites, 32 coworking desks, an events space, an outdoor patio, a basketball court, bike racks, a cafe, deli and rooftop bar. CoSpaces are experts in coworking and community management, facility management and commercial leasing.
2. Cohort, Southport
Located in the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, Cohort Innovation Space is a vibrant startup community dedicated to supporting existing and aspiring founders. Through a range of programs and networking opportunities, Cohort offer a collaborative space for founders to launch new products and grow their companies globally.