The first three years
In November 2015 Wellington City Council (WCC) and BizDojo partnered to create a space where everyone from technologists to coders, designers and social entrepreneurs, can come together; and a programme of activity to connect and support business and personal growth.
The number of humans working from our space at BizDojo Tory Street has consistently grown from 108 at the end of 2015 to 440 working from both our Tory Street site and our new Market Lane site. During this time we have seen much business growth and success with alumni like Wipster, Method and Mevo and current residents including Taska, PosBoss and Blockchain Labs. The startup, tech and innovation scene is very much thriving in Wellington.
Our programme of support has provided a range connection and learning opportunities for people doing business in Wellington. Over three years, we hosted 473 activations attended by over 15,000 people! Highlights from our activation programme included: the ‘Step up’ mentor programme developed and delivered in partnership with Xero; and the ‘Founders Night’ series with speakers like Justin Dry from VinoMofo and Rachel Easting and Anjali Stewart.
All this would not have been possible without the support of WCC, which included a repayable grant to fast-track expansion of our Tory Street site. Full repayment of this grant was made earlier this year - a full year ahead of schedule.
The Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA), on behalf of WCC are now undertaking a review of investment in economic growth, while this is underway so further investment will be made.
At BizDojo we are supportive of this review, we want to know that the support we provide is making an impact and isn’t a duplication of activity. We are taking some time out to reflect on and review the last three years. We hope to come back strong in 2019 with a programme of support for the founders of high growth potential businesses. BizDojo will continue to sponsor several event series (such as Startup Grind and Creative Mornings) and meetups (such as PHP User Group and Blockchain Wellington) that will be hosted across our two Wellington sites.