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Start-ups to take off at new space at UC

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Source: University of Canberra

The initiative is part of the university’s enhanced focus on student entrepreneurship.

The initiative is part of the university’s enhanced focus on student entrepreneurship.

Budding entrepreneurs, including University of Canberra students, with dreams of launching their own start-up business will benefit from the first Entry 29 satellite site opening on the University campus TOMORROW.

The E29@UC co-working space is already growing with entrepreneurs moving into the space and working on turning their ideas into reality.

  • ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA and Vice-Chancellor Professor Deep Saini will officially open E29@UC tomorrow, Thursday 20 April, 10am, The Hub, University of Canberra [campus map]

Entry 29, Canberra’s biggest start-up community, currently operates from a primary site at the Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN) in the city centre, now E29@UC will be also based at the University of Canberra’s Bruce campus, where a community manager will oversee the growing group of entrepreneurs.

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Deep Saini said the partnership between Entry 29 and the University will provide students and staff and members of the community with a great chance to kick-start their business in a co-working space.

“Having E29@UC on campus is an outstanding opportunity for the University’s students and researchers,” Professor Saini said. “Canberra already has a flourishing start-up community and there are plenty of UC students and staff with solid business concepts ready to join this community.

“This initiative is part of the University’s enhanced focus on student entrepreneurship. It will serve as a great opportunity for students to workshop their ideas and launch business ventures, hopefully even before finishing their degree.”

Tom Robinson, Entry 29’s CEO said he was thrilled with this venture.

“This is much more than a co-working space; it is a community of start-ups and entrepreneurs who want to work from the University campus. They will be able to collaborate, share knowledge and help each other along the way,” Mr Robinson said.

“We are proud of the fact that we have engaged UC students and alumni in the creation of this space; they have helped with everything from our bespoke office furniture to the artwork on the walls. And now we are ready to work with the UC community in this space.”

E29@UC is already welcoming its first members, bringing in new and innovative start-ups with business models that show potential for high growth and can be scaled up to build, and meet, future customer demand.

While community start-ups and entrepreneurs will be required to pay a fee for the space at E29@UC; University of Canberra students are eligible for a heavily discounted membership.

  • Professor Saini and Mr Robinson will be available for interview.
Contact the University of Canberra media team:
Marcus Butler: 0438 447 810
Antony Perry: 0434 795 919