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Gold Coast tech start-up incubator Silicon Lakes opens co-working space at Robina



The term “co-working” was first coined in the Unites States around 7 years ago and has become increasingly popular across the globe. Co-working provides the opportunity for the self-employed, freelancers, entrepreneurs and other work-from-home types to build a collaborative community of professionals in a comfortable work space away from the traditional home office, cafe or library. Research recently released by Deskwanted.com - the leading online portal for finding shared workspace - reveals a 89% rise in the number of shared workspaces in the world in the last 12 months, with 2,498 co-working spaces around the globe today, compared to just 1,320 in February 2012, demonstrating a clear trend towards collaborative working environments.


Gold Coast organisation Silicon Lakes has opened its first co-working space within the Robina Community Centre in collaboration with the Gold Coast City Council as part of their joint quest to stimulate and grow the technology sector throughout the Gold Coast Region. 


Silicon Lakes co-founder, Greg Burnett, said that demand has been steadily growing for professional co-working space on the Gold Coast, particularly for the local tech scene, and  in the past some local entrepreneurs had been regularly driving to Brisbane. “We have plans to open additional co-working spaces across the region to cater to this demand,” Mr Burnett said.


State Member for Mermaid Beach and Assistant Minister to the Premier on e-Government, Mr Ray Stevens MP, will officially launch this new co-working facility during the Grand Opening celebrations, being held at the Robina Auditorium opposite the Robina Community Centre from 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday, 12 March 2013. A large contingent of local start-ups and entrepreneurs as well as local and state government representatives will be in attendance to celebrate this latest milestone in the journey to building a robust technology sector in the region, with members of the public more than welcome to come along and learn about the local technology buzz.