Finding a Sydney co-working space for your Aussie startup

Finding a Sydney co-working space for your Aussie startup

Summary: Some of the best ways to stay motivated in a startup is to look for like-minded entrepreneurs. But why just have coffee with them when you can work alongside them? We take a look at some of the co-working spaces in Sydney that house some of the best Aussie startups.


Protein Studio

Level 3, 2 Lacey Street, Surry Hills, NSW

Protein Studio is not quite your typical co-working space. Just as it sits in a quiet corner of Surry Hills, among the fashion and fabrics trades and creatives, the co-working space runs alongside its main digital innovation and branding business, Protein.

(Credit: Protein)

Well aware of the Fishburners of the co-working world, studio manager Karen James said that Protein Studio isn't aiming to go up against it. Instead, she said that the space is more for boutique startups that want somewhere quieter, or for the on-the-go freelancer who wants a relaxed place to get their work done.

It provides startups with the ability to watch and learn from an already established company, with their own design and development teams, while focusing on building theirs to the same level.

In addition, James said that it helps smaller businesses by taking a lot more of the office administration tasks away, which at a startup phase are likely to be distractions from their goals.

There are typically no limits to what kind of business an entrepreneur is running to be eligible to become a member, other than the general prerequisites that it show it can pay the rent and isn't disruptive to other tenants. So far, it houses teams of about three to four entrepreneurs, each with their own areas within the studio.

The studio also runs a number of workshop sessions, such as how to get projects recognised on Kickstarter, and has regular semi-informal events for its tenants, to encourage open discussion.


Panic desks:

  • AU$50/day (excluding GST)

  • AU$20/hour (excluding GST)

Hot desks:

  • AU$150/week (excluding GST)

Long term:

  • Minimum six-month leases

  • AU$130/week (excluding GST)

  • Longer-term costs are negotiable

Topics: Start-Ups, IT Employment, SMBs, Australia, Leadership

Michael Lee

About Michael Lee

A Sydney, Australia-based journalist, Michael Lee covers a gamut of news in the technology space including information security, state Government initiatives, and local startups.

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