By Rebecca Peppiatt
A UNIQUE Perth Hills business that makes use of odd spaces has won a national award for its innovativeness and will now represent Australia in the Asia Pacific category of the competition.
Six years ago Jeremy Hurst, from Hovea, was working in IT, getting married at his property and working on setting up a bed and breakfast business.
“I was having trouble finding places to hold meetings,” he said.
“And I couldn’t really find anyone who could solve this problem.”
Mr Hurst found there were American companies that connected people with odd ‘spaces’, whether it be for meetings, parties, hot desking or AGMs.
“We thought there might be something in this,” he said.
Together with friends Dan McCullen from Darlington and Daniel Franco from Piara Waters, he founded SpacetoCo and quickly moved towards working with local governments.
“We realised we were solving a lot of problems they [local governments] had as they had a lot of under-utilised spaces that we’re paying for,” he said.
“And then we have commercial spaces and a lot of cafes, for example, that close early and then they have great meeting places that were being underused.”
SpacetoCo is a web platform for the short-term rental of spaces, something Mr Hurst calls “an Airbnb experience”.
Last month, the company were national awards winners as they were named the Government and Public Sector Solution of the Year awardees.
“We’re very proud of the fact that something quite entrepreneurial was hatched in the Perth Hills,” Mr Hurst said.
“People can be down on the Perth Hills but there are some great individuals living here and we’re absolutely thrilled to win the award.”
SpacetoCo will now represent Australia at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA).