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Australia’s largest startup community, Fishburners, doubles its Brisbane operation in second year

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Australia’s largest startup community, Fishburners, doubles its Brisbane operation in second year

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Australia, 24 October 2018: Australia’s largest non-profit startup community, Fishburners, has doubled down on its Queensland presence, growing to a 205 desk operation within the two-year old Capital hub in Brisbane’s CBD.

The growth follows a successful two-year partnership with the City of Brisbane and a steady increase in the demand for desks within Fishburners’ Brisbane and Sydney operations. Through the City of Brisbane, Fishburners are in the process of launching two new accelerator programs, including a Launchpad for startups looking to scale to Asia.

Fishburners hosts Australia’s largest startup community – with 383 startups and 728 entrepreneurs across the Sydney, Brisbane and Shanghai working hubs. The successful startup funnel has mentored and grown currently more than 1,800 entrepreneurs and 1,250 startup entities since opening.

Fishburner’s CEO Pandora Shelley said, Fishburners is a community which helps foster and grow startup businesses, offering much more than desk space.

“We’re on a mission to help inspire tech startups to take their first step and to support each stage of their growth journey.  This year, Fishburners is itself scaling up, with demand for our services seeing unprecedented growth over the past year,” said Ms Shelley.

“There is enormous entrepreneurial energy coming out of Queensland at this time and the Capital is a vibrant and visionary initiative which has really helped fuel local startup growth. We are thrilled to take our partnership with City of Brisbane to the next level with this expansion.”

Brisbane City Council’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said he is excited to watch the growth continue as Brisbane transforms into a national innovative hot spot.

“Brisbane is transforming into a business and innovation hub, with our attractive lifestyle offering, links to overseas markets and great employment opportunities, [we are] luring start-up’s to build a global business in our own backyard,” said Cr Quirk.

Fishburners is a family of entrepreneurs who are committed to collaborating and building something big. Members are supported in their endeavors with perks, probonos, mentoring, events and programs etc.

Community is the foundation for Fishburners and to become a member or “Burner” is a special thing. All members must agree to Fishburners’ values of collaboration, brilliance and community, namely: “We give back whenever we can”. It is a proud, inclusive and discrimination-free space.

Fishburners’ startups create products in a broad range of categories, here are the top 5:
  1. B2B (36%)
  2. SaaS (29%)
  3. iOS app (28%)
  4. Android app (23%)
  5. Marketing (23%)

Originally located in Ultimo, within four years Fishburners went from one floor to taking up the whole building. A new chapter for Fishburners Sydney, began in 2018 in the new coworking space within the Sydney Startup Hub, which has set a new standard for startup spaces in Australia.

High-profile alumni that were ‘born’ at Fishburners include successful startups such as Koala, GoCatch, graphic design marketplace DesignCrowd, Code Camp, Tinybeans, Madpaws, Jayride and Hyper Anna. Koala, Australia’s highest-rated mattress, raised $15m and generated $14m in revenue in its first year.

All up, Fishburners has provided a community space and startup resources for over 100,000 people with support from category-leading partners including Google for Entrepreneurs, UTS and Optus and government partners such as Jobs for NSW and Brisbane Marketing.