After a year spent looking for a new office, Adelaide’s Majoran Coworking has decided to stay put, instead launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for renovations at its Grenfell St location.
Majoran is calling on the local and wider Australian startup community to pitch in to raise $20,000. The renovations will see the space, which is housed in a heritage building once listed as one of the dirtiest in Adelaide by a local newspaper, get new floors, lighting, and carpet for the stairway, refurbished toilets and furnished meeting rooms, and new signage and branding.
A Community Entrepreneurs Grant received from Beyond Bank a few months ago will allow Majoran to carpet the main coworking room and renovate the toilets. The crowdfunding campaign, being run on Adelaide platform Set in Motion, is needed to cover everything else.
Aainaa Rahman, who was appointed managing director of Majoran in June, said the space has created a far more reachable entry point for Adelaide startups, and now needs help in order to keep providing local entrepreneurs with its services.
“Majoran is able to keep costs and overheads down for Adelaide’s up and coming startups by being a not-for-profit business and using creative ways to fund its projects,” she said.
“Unfortunately before Majoran moved in, the interiors of the building had been left behind as the modern world steamed ahead. While it is currently functional, more work is required to create not only a safer but also more innovative and exciting environment.”
Founded in July 2012, the Majoran community now boasts over 250 members and will only keep growing. It received $400,000 in state government funding last year and partnered with News Corp in February, signing a deal that would see the media giant delivering sponsorship and mentorship to Majoran. The partnership is similar to that inked by Sydney coworking space Fishburners and News Corp in 2013.
Majoran also partnered with Flinders University in February, merging its MEGA program with the university’s Venture Dorm program to create Australia’s largest pre-accelerator course. The course, which will allow up to 120 startups to take part each year, is also an accredited university subject.
The crowdfunding campaign has raised almost $4000 already, with 22 days to go. Rewards for donors range from plant naming rights to discounts on community memberships and desks at the space.
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