Residency announced for New Plymouth co-working space

Manifold co-founder Graham Nelson hopes an opportunity to win a four month residency at the space will attract a lot of ...
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Manifold co-founder Graham Nelson hopes an opportunity to win a four month residency at the space will attract a lot of interest.

Time and space to develop the next big idea is up for grabs at Manifold - New Plymouth's innovative co-working office. 

A four month residency offer has been announced by Manifold co-founder Graham Nelson, who said it presented the ideal opportunity for someone to focus solely on developing a new business idea or project in order to get it off the ground.

"I just feel it would be a very encouraging environment for the right person," he said.

He said the criteria for the position was also quite broad too.

"We're open to anything and everything at this point."

Nelson said the idea to create a residency at Manifold seemed like a logical step for the Devon St West premises.

Opened in March, the office space was created to cater for the needs of freelancers or independent contractors who either do not have, or do not need, a permanent office.

Clients are provided with a desk and chair, ultra fast broadband and printing facilities as well as access to a wide range of networks. 

He believed this added to the appeal of a residency at Manifold. The successful candidate would not only financially benefit from the free use of the space and resources available there, they would also be able to tap into the pool of knowledge and skills of others who visited the office.

Nelson said at the moment architects, artists and administrators were regular customers and a real sense of a Manifold "community" was being established.

Along with the four month placement, valued at $2000, the candidate will also be given specialised business mentoring courtesy of Venture Taranaki.

"That's invaluable for the individual as well," Nelson said.

Applications close on July 31 and the successful candidate, chosen from a shortlist, will be selected by early August.

He said while other options for the space were also being considered, he hoped the residency would become an annual fixture.

 - Stuff

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