Business Incubators

What is a business incubator?

Business incubators provide a physical location in which a new business can start, in an environment supported by business advice and shared services.

While there are many differences, a typical business incubator would have the space to accommodate between 15–50 small businesses, all working towards the goal of ‘graduating' from the facility within 2-3 years. During this time, the owner has access to business advice and support services for the purpose of getting the business off and running in a cost effective and supportive environment.

Business incubators help to reduce the failure rate of start-up businesses which makes them economically viable as they help to create jobs and stimulate the economy.

Would a business incubator suit me and my business?

Are you starting a new business? Have you outgrown your home office? Do you want access to regular support, mentoring and networking? Do you want to avoid entering into a long- term commercial lease? If you answer yes to any of these questions then maybe a business incubator would work for you.

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What are the benefits of being part of a business incubator?

  • On-site, business support, mentoring and training – many incubators are managed or located by the local Small Business Centre.
  • Instant peer support and networking opportunities created with other small business owners and managers.
  • Minimal start-up costs – many incubators offer competitive ‘rental' rates, which assist with minimising costs so that you can focus more on developing your business rather than worrying about paying the next big bill.
  • Depending on the centre, there is usually only a minimal bond requirement or none at all.
  • No long term lease required. Most incubators run on monthly terms, so that's easy in and out.
  • Access – most incubators allow 7 day x 24 hour access to tenants.
  • Shared administration facilities and meeting / training rooms.

While all of the business incubators offer office space, some offer more specific facilities such as commercial kitchens and manufacturing units.

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Where can I find a business incubator?

Business incubators are located throughout Western Australia and each offer a range of facilities and services.

METRO

Ellenbrook
Coolaman Enterprise Centre
60 Coolamon Boulevard
Ellenbrook WA 6069
Telephone (08) 9374 5888

Fremantle
Coastal Business Centre
Fremantle Prison - Knutsford Street
Fremantle WA 6160
Telephone (08) 9430 8569

Gosnells
Small Business Centre South East Metro
The Agonis Building 2232b Albany Highway
Gosnells WA 6110
Telephone (08) 9398 6333

Joondalup
ECU Business & Innovation Centre
15 Barron Parade
Joondalup WA 6027
Telephone (08) 9300 2765

Kwinana
Small Business Centre South West Metro
11 Stidworthy Court
Kwinana WA 6167
Telephone (08) 9419 1177

Perth
Perth Enterprise Centre
18 Stirling Street
Perth WA 6000
Telephone (08) 9374 5888

Rockingham
Rockingham Business Development Centre (RBDC)
Suite 15/33 Crompton Road
Rockingham WA 6168
Telephone 9528 3661

Stirling (Balcatta)
Stirling Regional Business Centre (SRBC)
45 Delawney Street
Balcatta WA 6021
Telephone (08) 9240 6337

Welshpool
Welshpool Business Enterprise Centre
33/37 Murray Road
Welshpool WA 6106
Telephone (08) 9351 5800

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REGIONAL

Albany
Albany Business Centre
222 Chester Pass Road
Albany WA 6330
Telephone (08) 9841 8477

Kalgoorlie (Goldfields)
Kalgoorlie-Boulder Business Development Centre
171 Piccadilly Street
Telephone (08) 9091 5648

Mandurah
Mandurah Business Development Centre
59 Reserve Drive
Mandurah 6210
Telephone (08) 9582 0022

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