525 Harris Street, Ultimo, NSW
According to its executive director Omar Samad, Vibewire was one of the first co-working spaces to open in Australia. It was founded in 2000, with the co-working space opening in 2006 by then university student Tom Dawkins (now Start Some Good co-founder). Dawkins saw that there was a disconnect between university life and that of the working world, and wanted to create a stepping stone for young entrepreneurs.
In keeping with this theme, Vibewire has been more of a transitional co-working space for young entrepreneurs who are interested in creating social change. In particular, businesses residing at Vibewire have included the United Nations Youth Australia, Oxfam Australia, and Pozible.
Omar said that Vibewire isn't necessarily the final place that startups will settle in. Instead, he sees it as a place where individuals with ideas can figure out what they want to do before moving on to larger co-working spaces. That means there is a wealth of support for young entrepreneurs who need to build up contacts in their particular areas, or find a mentor to help kick start their journey.
It is also focusing on running workshops each week to help equip young entrepreneurs with skills such as communications, development, and marketing.
Vibewire hosts a number of events itself, including FastBreak, a series of five-minute breakfast talks from prominent speakers; the monthly Young Entrepreneurs Meetup; and co-working Jelly days, where those interested in co-working can give it a try for themselves first. Later this month, it will work with Hub Sydney to run a Cowork in the Park event. Hub Sydney co-founder Ehon Chan has also been one of Vibewire's FastBreak speakers, along with Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore, whose council is supporting the space.
The City of Sydney helps subsidise the space, and often hosts larger events that spill out of the Harris Street building and into Surry Hills Library.
Hub Pass 1 — AU$20/visit
Hub Pass 5 — AU$80/five visits
Hub Pass 10 — AU$150/10 visits