Bronwen Clune is a journalist and editor with extensive experience in startups having run her own, worked at Australia’s leading startup incubator and as digital director at a local VC fund. She’s the vice-president of the Public Interest Journalism Foundation with a keen interest in digital media and the future of journalism. She’s also a popular columnist with The Guardian.
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Pollenizer move improves access to budding entrepreneur community
Australia’s first startup incubator, Pollenizer, will be moving its Australian operations to Hub Sydney, forging a relationship with one of Australia’s largest communities of entrepreneurs.
The move means Pollenizer will have group regional (both domestically and Asia-Pacific) access to embedded communities.
Pollenizer CEO Phil Morle said the move was a strategic one to fit in better with their higher purpose of “growing a guild of entrepreneurs across borders”. He says this fits well with Hub Sydney, which has a goal of growing a wondering brand of entrepreneurs.
“It’s not a case of just moving our desks in,” Morle says. “We have our own dedicated office and within that we can elastically adapt as we grow new companies.” The new companies will also be established in the hub.
The move aligns with the changes in Pollenizer over the last six years. Two years ago, the Sydney Hive was very much its core base and had 36 employees. The company is now distributed across Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne as well as Asia.
“These days we are based as much in the region as we were in Sydney,” Morle says.
Pollenizer will embed its program into the community of 1000 like-minded entrepreneurs with the common goal of supporting entrepreneurship. This partnership opens opportunities for mentorship and alliance within Hub Australia.
Pollenizer makes the move in May.
Disclaimer: I am a former employee of Pollenizer