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Building a startup is hard work. We know the value of a helping hand.

We’ve put together a list of resources specifically for Tassie startups – From expert mentors, to places to work, if it’s in Tasmania, you’ll find it here.

Enterprize – North/South
Enterprize is a pair of innovation hubs in Hobart and Launceston designed to serve and build the Tasmanian startup community. Enterprize is the epicentre for startup activity in Tasmania, with a range of events, programs and a thriving community to be a part of. Co-working is also available to eligible startups.

Van Diemen Project – North
The Van Diemen Project provides services, programs and platforms to drive economic development, innovation and entrepreneurship. This is achieved through consultation, support and advice for self-employed, pre-entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs, business and stakeholders. Based in Launceston, the Van Diemen Project offer a broad range of services for startups and small businesses.

Business Enterprise Centers – Statewide
The Business Enterprise Centres program is a Tasmanian Government initiative to provide businesses at any level with help and mentorship that they need. Through your local Business Enterprise Centre you can access free mentorship and resources for how to start, grow, or manage your business. With a statewide presence and a large network of mentors, Business Enterprise Centres are an invaluable part of the Tasmanian Business Landscape.

Business Tasmania – Statewide
Business Tasmania is the Tasmanian Government hub for businesses. The Business Tasmania team provide access to a range of events and resources covering the whole state, as well as providing information on grants and funding assistance.

Startup Tasmania – Statewide
Not sure where to start? The Startup Tasmania committee is made up of volunteers from within the Tassie startup community, and we’re deeply invested in seeing our community grow and thrive. Drop us a line! We’ll put you in touch with the right people to help.

The Enterprize innovation hubs based in Launceston & Hobart both offer free coworking to eligible startups.

Cowork Launceston
Cowork Launceston is a full featured cowork space in Launceston, with reasonable rates and full amenities provided.

Parliament Coworking
Parliament Coworking are based in the heart of the Hobart CBD, with affordable memberships and a range of options between coworking and more private spaces.

Membership at WOTSO buys you access to a nationwide network of coworking spaces which you can access 24/7. If you travel a lot, this one’s for you! The biggest Coworking space in Hobart, WOTSO offers hotdesking, serviced office, and virtual office facilities.

Switch Tasmania
Based in Ulverstone, Switch Tasmania have partnered with Parliament Coworking to deliver a quality, affordable coworking space located centrally for the north-west coast.

Startup Tasmania Community
Startup Tasmania Community is the online hub for local startup activity! You’ll find loads of great conversations and networks to be a part of; it’s also a great way of keeping up to date with events, programs, and activities in your area.
Join us on Facebook!

Fishburners Virtual Membership
Fishburners is Australia’s largest startup community, based in Sydney; but you don’t have to leave your office to be an active of part of the community there. A Fishburners Virtual Membership grants you access to all the best parts, including startup mentors, live events, and a library of startup resources to help you along the way.

There are thousands of books on startups, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are some of our favourites –

Startup Focus – The science of turning an idea into a business

A framework to help you focus and guide you through the life-cycle of a startup. Packed with tips, tools, case studies and action items to get you thinking, scribbling and referring back.

The Lean Startup
How today’s entrepreneurs use continuous innovation to create radically successful businesses


Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
Business Model Generation is a handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers striving to defy outmoded business models and design tomorrow’s enterprises.


Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City
Startup Communities documents the buzz, strategy, long-term perspective, and dynamics of building communities of entrepreneurs who can feed off of each other’s talent, creativity, and support.


Need something more structured? We recommend these courses for getting your head around the startup world –

Y Combinator Startup School
Y Combinator are accelerator royalty, with investments in companies like Airbnb, Dropbox, Stripe, and Reddit. They share some of the secret sauce in their Startup School – A free, 10 week online course open to all startups. Intake is once per year, but well worth the wait.

How to Build a Startup – Lean Launchpad

In an introduction to the basics of the famous Customer Development Process, Steve Blank provides insight into the key steps needed to build a successful startup. This free course is hosted with Udacity and requires some time commitment, but makes for a fantastic primer on running a startup.

Pollenizer was Australia’s first startup incubator, closing doors in 2017 after nine years of helping grow our startup ecosystem. As part of their legacy to Australian startups, Pollenizer made their entire library of resources free for public use. This library is extremely comprehensive and is well utilised by startups across the country.