A brief history

Inspire9 is a community to support startups, freelancers and creatives in their growth.

It began in a small office space in Cremorne, inner Melbourne where a small group of people came together to work on their passion projects, seeking the company of bright, enthusiastic, awesome types.

Our motivation? To share the knowledge we’ve accrued on our journeys, learn a few things in the process, and work with others to help our businesses grow. We like to think that by giving substantial responsibility and opportunity to the people who walk through the doors, Inspire9 is generating small but significant social change.

Inspire9 has become a community in the truest sense. We share ideas, responsibilities and opportunities. In many instances we share music, hobbies, and even possessions. We share information: news, links, memes, stories, blogs, and much more. Forget minding our own business, we are each other’s business.

And the best part? It’s free to drop in.

The team

The Community team are here to help you make the most of your Inspire9 experience.

For our members, the community team are the platform for diving into ideas. They are the warm, friendly faces of familiarity that make your visit to the space a good one.

They’re just like regular members, with their own personal flavour to add to the space, but also take it upon themselves to make sure when exciting things happen in the space the right people hear about it. You can follow along with their banter on the social channels; Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, or catch a post or two on the i9 blog.

  • Melina

    Melina Chan

    General Manager

    Melina has been involved in Inspire9 since its inception and until recently has been Inspire9's foreign correspondent in Cambodia. After an AYAD placement in Cambodia, Melina cofounded the social enterprise Kinyei, where she worked on a group of community development projects to generate employment opportunities for young Cambodians.

  • Stacey

    Stacey Vice

    Community Manager

    Stacey, just returned from a seven year stint in San Francisco working with Kiva as Office Manager. She’ll be focused on the space management here at Inspire9. If you see organised labels and spotless spaces around the place, you know Stacey’s been in!

  • Mykel

    Mykel Dixon

    Community Manager

    Mykel, musician, creative and North Korean teen heart throb. He’ll be working on community engagement and amplifying the vibe of the tribe, via Whitney Houston first thing in the morning or friendly banner via  Tribes.

  • Emily

    Emily O'Mahoney

    Community Manager

    Emily, originating from the UK and coming to the space straight from Apple. She will be developing the customer experience here, making us laugh with her British humour and drawing exquisite stick figures on the whiteboard

The space

We work from one of Richmond’s oldest buildings: the decommissioned Australian Knitting Mill which was established in 1910.

It’s now the home to several independent businesses, startups and individuals who drop in to use one of many available desks.

The members and residents work well individually, but work even better collaboratively. And when the need arises, theres ample opportunity for a relaxed game of table tennis, pool or foosball. We've even got a refurbished Mame arcade machine.

More often than not, people call in for the unique environment and then stay for the creative types who work and hang out in the space. Drop-ins (our nickname for members) become regulars, regulars become residents and before you know it, those original drop-ins are part of a community that’s better because of them.

Interested in checking out the space? Drop in today.