Reaching for the stars

Find out about how small businesses can benefit from an innovative co-working venture.

This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 50 - December 2015.


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Operators of small businesses working from home can now reach for the stars thanks to an innovative co-working venture which brings diverse companies together under one roof.

CO-HAB provides a shared working environment where people can hire desks, offices, a boardroom and function centre, interact and exchange ideas.

Since opening at Tonsley in April this year, CO-HAB has welcomed more than 50 entrepreneurs, including engineers, industrial designers, computer programmers and software developers.

Space utility company, AU Launch Services, was one of the first to sign up.  

The consultancy is aiming to be at the forefront of the new wave of the Australian space industry by helping launch miniature satellites known as CubeSats which can be used for communications, taking photographs and testing new technology.

AU Launch Services prepares vital documentation for CubeSat manufacturers, owners and operators involving risk analysis, insurance and booking a place on a rocket, manager Michael Leslie said.

“Engineers traditionally don’t like paperwork so we take it off their hands and streamline the process of putting satellites in space,” Mr Leslie said.

“CO-HAB is a vibrant place to work because it as has all the facilities you need to run a business and makes it easy to meet people in complementary industries, including manufacturing and simulation.

“We’re working with start-ups in Melbourne and Sydney and are looking to expand into other areas of the space industry.”

Businesses can rent a desk and co-working office with access to high-speed internet from $80 to $200 per month depending on their requirements.

Facilities include an open workspace with 42 individual workstations, six studio offices, six meeting rooms, a function room for up to 80 people, boardroom, kitchen and three quiet rooms for Skype meetings.

Printing, scanning, photocopying, internet and tea and coffee is included.

CO-HAB manager Wiehann de Klerk said the facility had been designed to help small businesses achieve their potential.

“Working from CO-HAB can increase your sales and creativity, expand your business and social circles and provides access to professional facilities at a discount rate,” Mr de Klerk said.

“CO-HAB is a thriving community of entrepreneurs who can work on projects together by leveraging different skill sets, share ideas and learn from each other.

“Our members can get out of the house and hold presentations, product launches and meetings in a modern, well-equipped office.”

Mr de Klerk said members have the chance to benefit from a  commercialisation program designed to accelerate success and growth called Innovyz which established CO-HAB.  

CO-HAB is not-for-profit, and is administered by Innovyz and supported by the Department of State Development and Renewal SA.

CO-HAB is located at Tonsley, Level 1, Mitsubishi Administration Building, 1284 South Road Clovelly Park.

Tonsley Small Business Advisory Service is also located at CO-HAB. Jointly funded by the City of Marion and the Dept of State Development, is provides free advice for start-ups and existing businesses. Call Bob Sloan on 0417 731 125 for details.




 City Limits Magazine

The City Limits Magazine is a community publication that keeps Marion residents in touch with what is happening in their community. It includes information about major projects, council initiatives and events, as well as profiles of community members.

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