Harvesting benefits for startups and businesses


An exciting new program of business meetups, masterclasses, workshops and networking opportunities ideal for startups, entrepreneurs, freelancers and businesses, is now available in Sunshine.

The professional business support program is being delivered by iHarvest Coworking Sunshine with the help of $100,000 funding from LaunchVic, which is Victoria’s agency charged with growing the local startup ecosystem.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said the new iHarvest Coworking business program is part of a wider Council focus on supporting business development and innovation in Brimbank.

“We’re very excited that LaunchVic has funded this innovative business program. We’re sure the iHarvest business development program will help support the growth and development of local entrepreneurs, freelancers and startups in Brimbank and the wider western region.

“Brimbank already makes a significant economic contribution to the regional and state economy, and operates as an important economic hub, with the largest number of businesses, the greatest output and the most jobs of our neighbouring municipalities.

“Positioning Brimbank for further economic growth and development is a key commitment for Brimbank Council, and one of the key focuses of our five-year Economic Development Strategy is supporting business development and innovation,” the Brimbank Mayor said.

LaunchVic Chief Executive Officer Kate Cornick said: "Startups are amongst the largest contributors to job creation in Australia, significantly growing their contribution to the Australian economy over the last five years.

“97% of Victorian startups are based in the Melbourne CBD- so our focus is to expand the opportunities for startups to be created anywhere in Victoria with the right support and ecosystem.”

iHarvest Coworking Sunshine is Melbourne’s newest coworking space located in the heart of Melbourne’s west. Brimbank Council has contributed $100,000 to support operation of the space, which opens its doors in November, within the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre at 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine.

“Council expects the iHarvest Coworking Sunshine space and the programs to make an important contribution to business growth and job creation in the western region,” the Brimbank Mayor said.

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