Fishburners just cranked up its Brisbane hub to double capacity

The expanded Fishburners startup hub in Brisbane’s CBD.

Fishburners, Australia’s biggest non-profit startup hub, has ramped up operations in the Queensland capital, doubling the size of its Brisbane CBD facility to 205 desks.

The expansion comes just a month after startup accelerator River City Labs, founded by Shark Tank judge Steve Baxter in 2012, was acquired by ACS, the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector.

The Fishburners project has been backed by the City of Brisbane for the last two years and the organisation is now working on launching two new accelerator programs, including a Launchpad for startups looking to scale to Asia, via the council.

Fishburners CEO Pandora Shelley said Queensland had “enormous entrepreneurial energy” and the organisation was seeing strong growth in both Brisbane and Sydney.

“We are thrilled to take our partnership with City of Brisbane to the next level with this expansion,” she said.

“We’re on a mission to help inspire tech startups to take their first step and to support each stage of their growth journey. This year, Fishburners is itself scaling up, with demand for our services seeing unprecedented growth over the past year.”

Fishburners hosts 383 startups and 728 entrepreneurs across the Sydney, Brisbane and Shanghai working hubs.

Its startup alumni include Koala, GoCatch, DesignCrowd, Code Camp, Jayride and Hyper Anna.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the city was “transforming into a business and innovation hub, with our attractive lifestyle offering, links to overseas markets and great employment opportunities”.

Fishburners also opened a new CBD coworking space in the Sydney Startup Hub earlier this year.