Jonah Merchant shares the story of The Biz Dojo and how the Co-Working revolution was introduced to New Zealand

About the speaker

Jonah is the co-founder and CEO of the co-working and collaboration network - BizDojo. With a mission to unleash peoples potential, BizDojo creates environments, events, programs and projects that promote an active, experimental and collaborative culture that helps peoples passions thrive.

This dynamic kind of work suits Jonah well, channeling over 15 years of experience in digital production and innovation management into the strategic vision (and everyday randomness) that makes BizDojo tick.

With a passion for design-led user-focussed projects, Jonah is interested in solutions that help people create, collaborate and work better. This has seen him instrumental in the creation of everything from an avenue for designers to access Kickstarter before crowdfunding platforms were available in NZ to establishing a maker-space, and a litany of art exhibitions, 3D printing adventures and more all under the BizDojo umbrella.

Today Jonah, co-founder Nick and the BizDojo crew operate the GridAKL Innovation Precinct in Auckland, The Wellington Tech Hub - Collider Wgtn, and their own spaces BizDojo Auckland and Wellington. BizDojo also dabbles in its own experiments, such as venue and late night hang out Neck of The Woods and Dakai, who support innovative NZ companies with a view to working in China. The Dojo Crew have more plans for expansion tucked under their hats…

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