CSU in Dubbo to foster a new Startup business centre

18 SEPTEMBER 2018

* CSU partners with The Exchange to create exciting new co-working space in Dubbo * Keen interest from local startups to work at new centre * More business networking and training events to boost startups’ success and jobs growthCharles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo is set to become a Startup centre for aspiring businesses in the region.Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis has announced the University is partnering with The Exchange Dubbo Pty Ltd (The Exchange) to build a community for new and growing business owners within Dubbo and the wider region.“Charles Sturt University and The Exchange confirm their intention to pilot this co-working space so new businesses can to co-work and thrive,” Ms Maginnis said.“We have already had a pleasingly fast response from startups keen to work here.“The community will use allocated space at the University in Dubbo free-of-charge, and The Exchange will coordinate with the existing service providers in Dubbo to ensure regular events will be hosted at the campus to bring this community and others together.“Members who join the community will have the opportunity to focus and collaborate; have pride of place; be inspired by ideas and education; feel safe starting companies; and be surrounded by peers and mentors.”Agrifutures Rural Woman of the Year Ms Jillian Kilby launched The Exchange with seed funding from her company The Infrastructure Collaborative. It is part of her commitment to “help people who have been sitting on that idea for too long or slowly chipping away from home and want to take their venture to the next level.“The Exchange is where space to think meets room to grow. Where co-working meets community. Where ideas meet their make,” Ms Kilby said.Throughout the pilot, the University will support The Exchange’s goal to ensure no future founder, business owner, or remote worker, stalls at the boundaries of their confidence, capacity and capability.The CSU innovation agenda supports the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem across its footprint, encourages interaction between small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the University, and encourages jobs growth in the region.CSU already provides tailored programs and technical support for growth, as well as business networking and training events at a number of the University’s campus locations around NSW. The University’s mission is to build skills and knowledge in its regions.

Media contact:

Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362


Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis and Campus Development Manager Mr Bart Sykes.

Photo top: CSU welcomes new startup businesses to the co-working space at CSU in Dubbo today; (left to right) Ms Amanda McKay, Ms Kate Connor, Ms Kerrie Phipps, CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann, Head of Campus Ms Cathy Maginnis, Ms Kerrie Murphy, and campus development manager Mr Bart Sykes.

Photo below: CSU in Dubbo interior which will support the startups co-working centre.

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