Reflection, Celebration and Preparation

So much has been going on at BizDojo Wellington since the end of last year - the custom design and fit out of a brand new coworking space at 115 Tory Street, the move into this upstairs location as part of our expansion, exploration and consultation in Hutt City, new residents working from the space, the Victoria University Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and a range of events including our very own official opening party.

We’re taking the time now to reflect on our achievements and look forward to what else 2015 has in store.

Toward the end of 2014, Wellington City Council sought expressions of interest for innovative ways to establish, deliver and operate a Tech Hub. This hub would be a go-to place for the tech community to connect, collaborate and develop ideas. As a result of this process, BizDojo are thrilled to have been selected by council as preferred partner for realising this initiative as part of a broader vision for Wellington’s Tech Precinct.

BizDojo Co-Founder Nick Shewring says the partnership will bring substantial opportunities for the technology ecosystem.

“We’re excited to use our breadth of experience to create an innovation environment that will turn Wellington’s tech precinct into a growth catalyst for the city.”

In April we welcome the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s R9 Accelerator program, which will see private sector thinkers working closely with government intrapreneurs for three months in an effort to solve business pain points and reduce the cost of working with government.

The events calendar is filling up, too! This week we hosted a Young Enterprise CEO conference, and in the next while we’ll be visited by the Smart Energy Challenge, TEDx, a host of Meetups and heaps more. Earlier this month the event space was transformed by the addition of a lush green living wall (THANKS Ambius!). Since its inception, the event space has been a well equipped, pleasant place to hang but the green wall has made it feel even better. Having a lot of plants in a workplace introduces a sense of tranquility, which is super beneficial when you’re feeling swamped by meetings, deadlines and the daily grind. We can’t wait to be even more invigorated by the next green wall installment and some more wall art in the central coworking space.

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YOU are part of the ‘we’, ‘our’ and ‘us’ that’s peppered through this update, and it’s awesome to have your support and involvement in what’s sure to continue as an exciting year. Let the good times roll…


Nik Jarvie-Waldrom is BizDojo Wellington’s Community Manager. Follow her on Twitter @nikinajar.