Coworking hub StartSpace launches at State Library Victoria

State Library Victoria today launched StartSpace – the first coworking space and resource of its kind in Victoria that provides knowledge, support and networks to anyone who has a business idea but is not yet ready to enter the startup world.

Breaking down the barriers to founding a business or social enterprise, StartSpace celebrates the diversity of the Victorian community by welcoming early-stage founders from all industries, when they are still at the start of their business journey. It improves access for all types of founders – from women, to retirees, refugees, creatives and tech disrupters.

Developed as part of the Library’s Vision 2020 redevelopment and with the philanthropic support of leading Melbourne businesswoman, Christine Christian, StartSpace builds on the Library’s tradition of fostering innovation and contributing to Victoria’s business prosperity.

StartSpace offers two levels of membership, both with an initial six-month commitment:

StartSpace membership is free and includes exclusive access to the ground-floor coworking area that seats up to 125, a dedicated meeting room and StartSpace programming including: skills-based training programs and workshops; mentor sessions; and networking and community events. StartSpace members can access the space as needed for up to 68 hours per week between 10am–9pm (Mon–Thurs) and 10am–6pm (Fri–Sun). They will be co-located with other StartSpace members working on early-stage initiatives.

StartSpace Loft membership is a premium membership for $350 per month and includes exclusive access to StartSpace Loft coworking area (upstairs) that seats up to 48 and includes conference facilities and printing facilities, Skype booths and a meeting room. They also have access to StartSpace programming including skills-based training programs and workshops; mentor sessions; and networking and community events. Paid members can access the space for up to 83 hours per week during the extended opening times of 7am–9pm (Mon–Thurs), 7am–6pm (Fri), 10am–6pm (Sat–Sun). Paid members will be co-located with other StartSpace Loft and StartSpace Partner members.

Early-stage founders can apply to become a member at startspacehq.com. Free tours are also available.