Melbourne co-working space gets assistance from Optus

With telco sponsorship, Inspire9 plans upgrade of co-working space

The Inspire9 co-working space in Richmond. Credit: Inspire9

The Inspire9 co-working space in Richmond. Credit: Inspire9

Optus announced it will sponsor Melbourne co-working space for startups, Inspire9. The space had been fully self-funded prior to the sponsorship.

Inspire9 is a four-year-old co-working space located in a renovated warehouse in Richmond, Victoria. It houses startups, freelancers, creative and community interest groups. Resident startups include global flight search company Adioso, staff engagement platform CultureAmp and on-demand private driver service Uber.

The Optus sponsorship will help “cultivate, improve, and sustain Inspire9's current position, increase the space’s accessibility and ultimately provide assistance to fast-growing startups,” Inspire9 said.

Inspire9 did not reveal how much the sponsorship is worth but said the contract is for 2013.

Optus and parent company SingTel are also active in Australia’s startup community with its Innov8 seed funding program. The telco plans to announce results of its latest round shortly.

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