On the ground support for local solo business owners, up and coming innovators and entrepreneurs is available in Logan City’s first ever co-working space in Underwood.
Launched late last year, the Logan Startup Hub is being overseen by Brad and Joanna Apps, the founders of telecommunication software and payment gateway solutions ECConnect.
Joanna Apps said ECConnect was a proud successful local company.
“We have a national and international presence, yet we have remained in Logan as our headquarters and employ local residents, we do not outsource.”
The Apps know what it’s like to be a fledgling business needing space to grow and develop vital entrepreneurial skills and talents.
They founded ECConnect in 2006, firstly as a hobby and then working part-time out of a small kitchen space in the back of Brad’s family workshop.
Today it is one of the market leaders within Australia’s telecommunication industry.
ECConnect’s biggest milestone has been moving from a dedicated software, service-based company into a product-based SAAS cloud hosted solution provider.
Joanna Apps said it was their personal experiences which had driven the creation of the Logan Startup Hub.
“We feel that our experience and business knowledge can help other local companies find success,
which is why we started the hub in our workspace in Underwood so we can be on hand to assist businesses working from there,” she said.
“We noticed that most of the hubs operated on their own, but we feel it is best to host it within a successful business to give our members an increased level of support.”
The Logan Startup Hub facilities include collaborative meeting spaces, a dedicated boardroom, small meeting room, an open plan kitchen space, dedicated desks and hot desks including standing desk options.
“People either purchase unlimited access membership giving access 24/7 to facilities or take up a range of casual access options which are available between 8am and 6pm weekdays,” Joanna Apps said.
“We’ve tailored things to meet the different needs of the business’ working out of the hub.”
Joanna Apps said the hub was only launched in October 2017 but already it was home to several solo entrepreneurs, mainly operating web-based businesses.
“Our hub is more suited to tech and software companies because we are able to offer experience in that field,” she said.
Joanna Apps said one of the biggest benefits of the Logan Startup Hub was that it gave like-minded business owners the chance to work together in professional environment without the need to travel too far from home.
“Our mission is to help local startup and small businesses grow into healthy successful businesses, who in turn employ local people and in time help other fledgling businesses in their networks.
“We are running regular free events as we want to position the hub as the go-to place for local business networking and knowledge sharing.
“We love that it’s local and allowing businesses to connect.”
Joanna Apps said they would be facilitating the Startup Onramp program for the first time in Logan in 2019.
Startup Onramp is a training and mentoring program for first-time startup founders and teams, launched in Brisbane by experienced startup mentor and investor Colin Kinner.
“It gives new and aspiring founders the skills and guidance they need to launch a globally scalable startup,” Joanna Apps said.
“Startup Onramp is a valuable pre-accelerator program which will greatly improve your chances of being accepted into any startup accelerator in Australia or overseas.
“It is ideal for start-ups who are expecting high or rapid growth.”
The program consists of three-hour weekly sessions running on Wednesday nights for 12 weeks from 16 January.
“The program follows a logical progression from idea validation to product development, customer acquisition, investment and growth.”
Joanna Apps said the workshop sessions would be supported by guest presenters from the local region such as entrepreneurs, investors and subject matter experts.
“The program will culminate in a pitch night at which all companies present.”
The Logan Startup Hub is located at ECConnect at 1/6 Booran Drive, Underwood. More information is available at startuplogan.com.au