Perth is now home to another coworking space, with the women-only Broadspace opening in Wanneroo to give female students of all ages the opportunity to work in an environment that caters to their needs as they take their first steps in business.
As well as providing working space, Broadscape will look to develop a community and facilitate networking opportunities, also implementing a mentoring program linking students with business leaders in their area, all in the hopes of helping women transition from study into their careers.
Founder Mikayla Maricic, who also founded marketing business Barely Branded and Goosefoot Health Foods, said the idea came from her work as a marketing tutor at the University of Western Australia, helping students map out their careers and take their next steps after finishing their degrees.
“Students constantly come up to me and want to hear my story and gain career advice, as they feel that after university they will be a bit lost. It is important for women to have a space to work from because studies show that women lack the confidence and leadership skills in order to apply for senior positions, ask for that promotion and take lead in their careers,” she said.
Broadspace is located in the offices of the Wanneroo Business Association, where fellow coworking space Hybrid 935 is set. Maricic said the idea is to link Broadspace members with members of the Hybrid community through various events and programs; this in turn will allow for the women to collaborate with both men and other women at various stages of their careers.
“We take collaboration seriously and are trying to make this our best practise so that our students start to make real world connections,” Maricic said.
The need to create spaces designed for women has been recognised by other entrepreneurs around the country, with Melbourne home to One Roof, South Australia home to Sass Place, and Sydney having The Ventura, for example.
This is part of a growing acknowledgement of the value for women-only spaces and events in the business and tech spheres; as Belle Beth Cooper put it for Girl Geek Academy, though women may not feel a particular need to attend gender-specific events, “many expressed how much safer, more accepted, and more confident they felt at these events.”
Broadspace is currently in talks with various education providers across Perth, looking to get the word out about the space to students.
Image: Mikayla Maricic. Source: Supplied.