Business innovation space

Business innovation space

180 George Street, Circular Quay

We invite applications from organisations that would like to operate a business innovation space for the tech startup sector at 180 George Street, Circular Quay.

You will also act as head tenant for approximately 3,800 sqm over 3 floors of affordable coworking and office space.

The lease will be for 5 years, with the possibility to extend for another 5 years.

The building is currently under construction with an estimated completion date of early 2022.

Applications will need to include:

  • operating model, programming and outcomes in line with Sydney 2030, our tech startups action plan and the City’s overall economic and social strategies
  • measurable community benefits commensurate with the rental subsidy requested
  • detail of proposed programming and activities that build global connections, community, partnerships, skills, knowledge and capability within the tech startup sector
  • activation of the event space and engagement and contribution to the local startup community through the use of the building.

Open house

There will be no open house as the building is currently under construction.

A public briefing will be held instead on Thursday 24 October 2019, 3pm to 4pm in the Connected meeting room, level 2, Town Hall House, 456 Kent Street, Sydney (enter via Kent Street and register at Concierge).

Please register to attend the briefing by emailing

How to apply

Before you apply, please read the attachments you can download below, including:

  • expression of interest information and returnables schedule
  • grants and sponsorship guidelines
  • other attachments.

Please apply through SmartyGrants.

Apply now

If you have any questions about your application, please email the City's procurement specialist:

Responses to questions

The most recent responses to questions were published on:

Answers will be posted on this webpage until the closing date for queries on Tuesday 12 November at 5pm. (This has been extended from 7 November.)

The final set of questions and answers will be published on Thursday 14 November at 4pm. (This has been extended from 8 November.)

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 19 November 2019.

The application deadline has been extended from Thursday 14 November.

Last updated: Friday, 8 November 2019