Start-ups sought for free-rent offer

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A large, smart Auckland co-working building has launched a promotion to offer one Kiwi start-up business the chance to work on their premises rent-free for 12 months.

Smales Farm on the North Shore created The Race for Space, a competition for entrepreneurs, start-ups and early-stage small businesses to win a year’s free office space, which also includes furniture for all employees, internet connection and usage, management by the concierge team of all the day-to-day office cleaning and the opportunity to make important business connections with other innovative tenants at the new B:HIVE.

Smales Farm ceo Paul Gunn says as an innovator in the workspace industry, it’s fantastic to be able to empower a Kiwi start-up by providing a work environment that will allow their business to thrive and allow the winner to really focus on their business and not have to worry about the running costs of an office space and operations.

“New Zealand is a breeding ground for entrepreneurial talent and we have a high rate of small businesses operating in our little country.

“We are pleased to be able to offer a talented group of people the best they can get in terms of work environment, so they can focus on reaching their true potential running their business in a cutting-edge eco-system that’s all about innovation, collaboration and bringing ideas to life.”


“Each floor is broken into dedicated and shared space, as well as a fully equipped kitchen and social spaces for lunch and after work drinks, a reception and access to Smales Farms’ exclusive concierge services.”


The top six entries will have to present their case to a panel of judges including Anna Mowbray (Zuru Toys), Jake Millar (Unfiltered), Greg Smale (Smales Farm), Vaughan Rowsell (Vend), Elly Strang (Idealog), Cecilia Robinson (My Food Bag) and Peri Drysdale (Snowy Peak) in a Dragon’s Den-style setting.

To qualify, businesses will need to have an established business plan, be between six and 24 months old, be ready to accelerate to the next level and preferably have six or less employees.

To enter, they will need to upload a 30-60 second video to the campaign website (www.raceforspace.idealog.co.nz) which shows their business, product or service in action, the steps taken to bring it to market, the measures of success and other details.

This is followed by an online registration form where businesses are asked to provide their dream for their business along a series of questions. The winning business will also get editorial coverage, as well as PR support by Lily & Louis – a package worth $85k.

Officially opened in December 2017, the B:HIVE entails the latest thinking around workplace design, technology and community activation to deliver a vibrant and exciting environment that allows businesses of all sizes to thrive.

With its flexible office space model, leasing options and the ability to house businesses from six to 250 employees, the B:HIVE is revolutionising the modern workplace.

Entries close in six weeks
Each floor is broken into dedicated and shared space, as well as a fully equipped kitchen and social spaces for lunch and after work drinks, a reception and access to Smales Farms’ exclusive concierge services

Entries close on Friday 18 May.


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