Berry-based Vennu received a $25,00 Minimum Viable Product grant from Jobs for NSW to develop the digital platform and run a pilot program.
NSW Deputy Premier and Small Business Minister John Barilaro said at Tuesday's launch: “This is a terrific example of how Jobs for NSW can help local technology startups become high-growth, job-creating businesses of the future.
“Jobs for NSW is dedicated to supporting regional start-ups and scale-ups, with 30% of its $190 million fund earmarked for regional entrepreneurs.”
“Our mobile-first platform will make it easy for the owners of under-used facilities to hire them out to make money and at the same time provide the community with access to an abundance of unique spaces for social functions and sports events,” she said.
“The fact is there are many facilities like schools, sporting facilities and churches that are largely dormant while the public cries out for more local event spaces,” she said.
Campbell said property analyst CoreLogic estimated there were more than 100,000 community facilities across Australia.
“For asset-rich but cash-poor organisations like scouting groups and lifesaving clubs, increasing use of their facilities through hiring can provide a big financial boost,” she said.
“Vennu will bring customers and suppliers together efficiently and confidently just like Uber does for sharing car rides, or Spacer does for renting storage space.”
Vennu will launch its pilot in the Illawarra/Shoalhaven region in July with partners including Scouts NSW, Surf Life Saving NSW and others, before looking to expand.
Campbell said financial support from Jobs for NSW and the use of the Sydney Startup Hub’s Regional Landing Pad had been vital to the platform’s development.
“Jobs for NSW has been fantastic, and for us to have space to work at the Sydney Startup Hub, where we can engage with other startups has been hugely convenient and beneficial.”