PropTech Hub WA’s Cullum Ashton (left) and Jeff Leach (right) receiving their Most Admired Startup Supporters Award from RSM’s Steve Elias. Image: Henry Thai
  • PropTech Hub WA has sold part of its membership base to Liberty
  • The Hub will close its 110 William Street address on 9 September
  • The hub has rapidly grown since opening in 2021

PropTech Hub WA has announced a joint venture with Liberty Flexible Workspaces, as the West Australian home for proptechs continues to rapidly grow.

Originally located at 110 William Street, the hub dedicated to property-focused tech startups opened in early 2021, and is the brainchild of BuilderzWA CEO Cullum Ashton and well-known commercial property owner and angel investor Jeff Leach of the JJ Leach Group.

“When we started, it was all about making a cool hang out for people that could wear a shirt, shorts and thongs building tech to help the property and construction sector,” said Mr Ashton.

“We never expected PropTech to grow so quickly, and it is a testament to all supporters from day one. This move forward is an absolutely amazing opportunity for members and strengthens Perth’s position in becoming the PropTech Capital of Australia,” said Mr Leach.

The Hub has now sold part of its membership base to Liberty as part of the deal, with PropTech Hub WA committed to running four events over the next two years at one of Liberty’s locations.

The joint venture will also see PropTech Hub expand its initiatives across the Perth metropolitan region and regional Western Australia, including over ten different programs targeting the full spectrum of issues the property industry is facing, from social housing to construction, and more.

The 110 William Street address for PropTech Hub WA will close at 4pm on 9 September 2022.

“With Liberty as the new home for PropTech Hub WA we have secured a pivotal role in supporting the growing property and construction technology community. We believe this collaboration with PropTech will strengthen Liberty’s position as the market leader in flexible workspace solutions in WA, and add value to the PropTech Hub WA membership” said Chief Executive of Liberty, Jamie Vine.

Since opening in 2021, the hub has quickly garnered the support of industry and industry heavyweights, alike.

WA Executive Director of the Property Council, Sandra Brewer said: “PropTech Hub WA has focused on this opportunity and brought energy to turn Perth into the PropTech capital of Australia. The PropTech Hub is creating meaningful change that will better impact the future of one of WA’s largest industries and the WA economy as a whole.”

Mr Ashton and Mr Leach also took out Startup News’ Most Admired Startup Supporters Award at the end of 2021, as voted by the startup industry in Western Australia.

“We’re only getting started and I have no doubt Perth will become the PropTech Capital of Australia. Industry worldwide will look to Perth for innovation, for what’s coming next,” concluded Mr Ashton.

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