Incubator and co-working space BizDojo is getting too large for Wellington, or at least its current space, and will be moving into the Wellington headquarters of Xero in Market Lane.
With so many residents working together and sharing their dreams and aspirations, BizDojo Wellington had outgrown its current location and was on the hunt for new premises.
Co-founder Nick Shewring says the team wanted a place that helped entrench Wellington’s burgeoning Tech Precinct, and had enough character and culture to fit the BizDojo ethos.
“We can’t have been the only ones to look at the Xero building and thought, 'man, we could do something incredible in there'” he says.
“So when we learned it was going to be available it seemed a natural next step for us to take over the lease.”
The new BizDojo Wellington will be 2000 square metres wide with the capacity to host up to 450 residents in a community of founders, startups, entrepreneurs, creatives and small businesses.
Xero isn’t going too far away - it’s moving all of its staff from various Wellington offices into a new building just across the road.
Xero founder Rod Drury says he’s very pleased his old digs will have such cool new owners.
“We're so happy our friends at BizDojo have taken over our old home.”
“We've worked a lot with their team mentoring companies, and the space has been the launch pad of much global innovation that we're sure will continue.”
Shewring agrees and says the extra space will mean more collaboration, more innovation and more opportunity for New Zealand companies to take over the world.
“We’re founders ourselves and we know that the path to growing game-changing ideas and businesses can be lonely, stressful and difficult," he adds.
"We are providing a collaborative and supportive environment for founders and entrepreneurs, which means better outcomes and more resilience for our business community.”
“For us at BizDojo it has always been, and will always be about building a great culture, layering on a whole bunch of support for our residents and building programmes and learning opportunities to really get our community to the next level - that is our passion,” Shewring says.
BizDojo moves to its new building in November.