The Hub global movement was founded in London in 2005, and is a very rapidly growing network of so far 30 Hub communities co-working spaces established around the world and over 5000 members.
I first heard of the Hub soon after it was established, but was first directly exposed to the network when I ran a workshop on Crowdsourcing for Startups and Social Innovation at Hub Westminster in London last year.
I was fortunate to spend some time at the Hub and with its co-founder the inimitable and inspiring Indy Johar.
Subsequently I had the chance to hang out at Hub Melbourne, which draws together an eclectic community in a vibrant space in the city center.
As such I was delighted when the launch of Hub Sydney was announced. It will open on May 8 in a large office space on William Street Darlinghurst, leased from the City of Sydney. Check out the video – it tells the Hub Sydney story well.
As in many other cities around the world, Sydney has seen an explosion of co-working spaces over the last few years, many of them drawing together excellent communities. However the breadth of Hub Sydney’s scope and intent, combined with its focus on collaboration and distributed value creation, makes it a very welcome addition to Sydney’s startup and independent worker spaces.
Hub Sydney is currently running a crowdfunding campaign on Australian crowdfunding site Pozible, offering half-price founding memberships. At the time of writing $13,740 out of a target of $20,000 has been raised, with 41 days to go. If you’re interested in participating in a co-working space in Sydney, it’s a great opportunity.
I’m delighted to be named as a ‘Champion’ of Hub Sydney, helping to support the cause. While my companies’ primary workspace is in Surry Hills, I’ll try to regularly drop by and spend some time at Hub Sydney when I’m in town. I hope to see you there!