More support for more start-ups (Media release)

New enterprises rejoice – Merri-bek City Council and the Brunswick Business Incubator are coming together to deliver more opportunities for more start-ups, following the signing of a 12-month Memorandum of Understanding this week.

The Brunswick Business Incubator, at 420 Victoria Street Brunswick, will work with Council to deliver new business growth activities, including 15 new coworking desks and digital marketing activities.

Moreland Mayor Cr Natalie Abboud said enterprise development is a focus for Council and the site at 420 Victoria Street will play a key role in the recently announced Brunswick Design District – a partnership with RMIT, Creative Victoria and Council.

“Council is leading and involved in a range of programs and initiatives to support enterprise development throughout our growing city – it’s an exciting time to be doing business in Merri-bek,” said Cr Abboud.

The signing of Memorandum of Understanding comes just weeks after the launch of the Converger Program, which provides new businesses in a range of industries with support, mentorship and opportunities for growth.

Chair of the Brunswick Business Incubator, Lisa Defazio, said there was a sense of anticipation and excitement in the air about the year ahead.

"We’re excited about the expanded support from Merri-bek City Council and with our new General Manager, Martin Stuart, we look forward to working closely with Council over the next year on injecting new life into our incubator model and nurturing successful start-ups and new enterprises in the city,” said Ms Defazio.

Community engagement sessions seeking community input for the site at 420 Victoria Street will commence in the new year, which will feed into plans for the future.

1 November 2018