The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals has awarded a bursary to Clare Fountain, who hails from Bendigo and is part of the bHive platform co-operative project, to join the new 888 co-working space in Melbourne.
The bursary was open to applicants working in co-operative development, including in regional areas.
BCCM CEO Melina Morrison said “providing this bursary goes to the heart of our mission, which is to build an enabling environment for co-operatives and mutuals in Australia. We want to support those at the coal face developing the next wave of co-operatives around Australia.”
On receiving the bursary Clare said “being an active member of the 888 community will support bHive through Phase 1 of its development, and in turn, the bHive team can share our strategic approach and lessons learnt.
“bHive are breaking into new territory for our group (and community), and the opportunity to connect with like-minded and experienced people in the co-operative space via the 888 bursary will be significant to its progress.”
The next three months requires some key foundational decisions to be made, so the timing is perfect.”
In co-operative spirit, Clare will look to share the access to the space around with others working in co-operative development.
888 is located in the Melbourne CBD and hopes to be the first co-working space registered as a co-operative.