Brodie McCulloch – Founder and Managing Director Social Innovation

Brodie McCulloch is Founder and Managing Director of Social Innovation in Western Australia which has built a co-working, collaboration and innovation space on the ground floor of 45 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA called Spacecubed. You can do a Google Streatview inside view of Spacecubed thing here.

Anything to make people over the age of 60s life easer and last longer in their home environment will be a boom market.”

What are you working on right now? 

Right now we are working on growing the community of entrepreneurs and innovators at Spacecubed. We are also looking at how Entrepreneurs in WA can get access to early stage funding as this seams to be the missing link at the moment with many other parts of the startup ecosystem clicking into place in the last 3 years.

How do you make ideas happen?

Getting started and getting runs on the board are key to getting funding and ultimately proving if your idea has legs.”

Get started and make changes as you go along and learn. There is a real flaw in the way Australian’s more broadly go about getting an idea off the ground where they come up with the idea then want funding before they get started. Getting started and getting runs on the board are key to getting funding and ultimately proving if your idea has legs.

What does your typical day look like?

Getting into Spacecubed at about 7:30am and getting my focused work done early in the morning before Spacecubed Members start to come in. Spend time talking with members about what they are working on and connect them with people and resources that can help. Have meetings about the growth of Spacecubed. Get out of the office by 5:00pm! Hit the boom town nightlife that perth is famous for…*cough*

What challenges have you faced when starting or growing a business or organisation in Australia?

Speed of things happening is a challenge, especially when working with Not for Profits and larger organisations.

What is one idea you are willing to give away for free?

There is going to be massive change and opportunity related to the ageing of Australia’s  (and the worlds) population. Anything to make people over the age of 60s life easer and last longer in their home environment will be a boom market.

What people/companies/organisations do you think are doing really cool stuff in your industry, in Australia at the moment? 

I think the work being done by organisations like

Enterprise Learning Projects and C3L around building Indigenous enterprise with (rather than for) Indigenous Australians has so much potential for transformative change in regional Australia.

What about Internationally?

I saw The Thought Collective from Singapore talk at the Social Innovation Summer School that just took place in Adelaide – they are using awesome business models to tackle social issues while making money so they can increase their impact in a way that is sustainable and doesn’t rely on Government.

What role do you think co-working spaces should play in facilitating the startup culture in Australia?

Co-working spaces will become more widely spread with people choosing to live and work locally rather than drive into cities…”

I see co-working spaces as a platform to accelerate change and innovation. This is done through tapping into a community of people who have been there and done that while being supported through what are some of the toughest times in starting a new venture. I also think Co-working spaces will become more widely spread with people choosing to live and work locally rather than drive into cities…this is yet to play out but watch this space in the next few years.

Are there opportunities for people to get involved with your idea (e.g. are you looking for funding, interns, marketing help)?

There are always opportunities to get involved, we have an intern program, scholarship program and mentoring opportunities through Spacecubed. Or you can just become a community or organisational member and really get involved.

Our readers are smart, creative, talented and good looking. Here’s your chance to ask them anything.

All we hear about is “diversifying the economy” because we can’t rely just on mining…so what do we diversify into over the next 50 years? What will Australia be known and valued for?

We thought it would be cool to crowdsource an annual prize to award to the interviewee’s choice (each person interviewed gets one vote) winner for the year’s best interview. Are you willing to kick in a prize?

Sure, I can provide space!

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