Dantia Smart Hub celebrated its first Birthday this week, succeeding in its mission to attract those with ambitions to boost business and connections. With 64 members and benefits from collaboration to endless coffee supplies and super-fast internet, the Lake Macquarie coworking space is a living and breathing example of how a dynamic and creative workspace fosters entrepreneurship and innovation.
Community Manager Harry Balding said it had been a great year because of the people in the space and their belief and commitment to the concept.
“It’s just a really great network of like-minded business people,” Harry said.
A partnership with Beyond Bank initially made the coworking hub viable and Dantia Development Executive Derrek Lush indicated that relationship was just going to go from strength to strength.
“You’ll see Beyond Bank take on a bigger role over the next twelve months as they lean in to the space and actively help the businesses in here grow,” Derrek said.
Beyond Bank’s Community Development Manager, Kylie Daniels, echoed the sentiment. As a mutual bank, Kylie explained that their funds go back into the communities they support.
“We’ve jumped into the entrepreneur market and made sure we’re there to support different opportunities for new businesses. We’ll begin to deliberately play a larger part in the space as we prepare to launch some specific initiatives around DaSH and the people who work out of it,” Kylie said.
DaSH has secured additional support from State Government funding granted to the University of Newcastle to develop an Integrated Innovation Network (I2N) across the Hunter. This is just one of the many pathways available to meet the needs of diverse and innovative businesses, with subsidised membership opportunities available for eligible applicants. For more information, visit http://www.dashcowork.com/i2N-