A group of Australian businesses new to Denver have partnered with the city to form the AUSDenver Business Hub at Galvanize Denver Platte, 1644 Platte St., according to a news release.
The nonprofit 501c3 says its goal is to support “business relationships between Australian businesses and the broader Colorado business community.”
“We are delighted to launch our own business center and continue our work to build a strong Australian business community in the city of Denver,” Chairman James Waddell said in the statement. “This is made possible through the partnership with Galvanize Denver (Platte) and the City and County of Denver. We welcome the first seven Australian companies (that have) landed at our hub, based outside the Galvanize factory, and we look forward to recruiting more to our business community in the near future.
Waddell is also Australia’s honorary consul and has been in Denver for nearly 20 years. He was previously with the Downtown Denver Partnership.
“There’s a (healthy) ecosystem on the ground here,” Waddell said in an interview. “It’s a lot easier to get Australian businesses to choose Denver with this. … They don’t even try to go to San Francisco or New York anymore – they come here.
Of the seven companies at the Galvanize plant, two have established a presence in Denver after being wooed by incentives from the state’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade.
• Acclime, a consulting firm that markets itself as a “leading provider of professional training, accounting, tax, human resources and consulting services,” according to its website.
• Assignar, a cloud-based construction operations software platform that was founded in Sydney. It has raised more than $30 million in funding since its inception in 2014, according to finsmes.com. For job postings, visit assignar.com.
• Agriwebb, also launched in Australia in 2014, operates “livestock business management software (that) measures and provides information about what is happening on the farm,” according to its website. He has several open positions in Denver on agriwebb.com.
• Baseup operates a corporate parking platform that “helps more than 120,000 employees from organizations across North America and Australia access their office parking,” according to its website. For job postings, visit baseup.com.
• Coassemble provides an online training tool and was founded in Australia in 2016. There are jobs in Denver on coassemble.com.
• Finder, a fintech company that provides users with an app-based financial comparison tool to make personal shopping decisions, started operations in Denver in 2021 and plans to hire up to 200 people in the coming years. come. Denver openings are on finder.com.
• Humanitix, an Australian not-for-profit ticketing company, chose Denver as its US headquarters last year. The “compassionate capitalism” company donates “100% of its profits from booking fees to social causes in partnership with its network of children’s charities”, according to Humanitix. He hopes to create 136 full-time jobs in Colorado with an average salary of $52,276 over the next eight years. Job postings are on humanitix.com.
AUSDenver will soon announce a series of business networking events and seminars.
“As Denver’s global footprint has grown over the past five years, we have appreciated the momentum created by our connections and exchanges with Australia and Australia-based businesses,” said the Mayor of Denver. Denver, Michael B. Hancock, in release. “The opening of this business center will underscore our already strong ties and ensure a prosperous future together.”
Waddell said Colorado and Australia share many similarities when it comes to pioneering spirit.
“Colorado is pretty welcoming,” he said. “A collaborative nature exists between the non-profit and for-profit worlds in Colorado that really resonates with Australians.”
The partnership with Galvanize has helped, he said.
“For companies that come on board and grow, it’s very flexible. Galvanize offered some really good deals, but we sort of negotiated in bulk,” Waddell said. “Galvanize was really responsive. They understood”. Other office space companies we spoke to saw this more as transactional than collaborative. »