To empower the brave by creating space and community for them to connect, grow, and succeed.
In July 2017, Jillian Kilby wrote to the CEO of Telstra: "I would like to acquire the abandoned former post office and telephone exchange".
In November 2018, Telstra announced the sale of the building and Jillian delivered on her commitment to make this grand old dame the future home of The Exchange startup community.
We are a community and coworking space that first and foremost aims to build confidence, capacity and capability to increase the chance of commercial success of startups, those scaling businesses, and even those still sitting on the fence. People frequently arrive at the events to find the team unpacking more chairs due to unprecedented demand, and the words “I’ve been following you on Instagram” or “I have the biggest crush on your team.”
In as little as 12 months, we have an online following of over 3000, a community of over 170 members, over 100 events marked off the calendar, a 1000m2 free coworking space in a unique partnership with Charles Sturt University, and our one of a kind Clock Tower in the Main Street of Dubbo.
This is our story. And we hope, it will be your story too.
10 years from now, people in regional Australia will turn around and say “I started my business at The Exchange Clock Tower -- And that made all the difference.”