Soto Co is pitching itself as a cool, new community hub for entrepreneurs, early-stage startups, creatives and Mt Lawley locals who want to be immersed in a dynamic environment and form connections.
With a vision of connecting business owners, entrepreneurs and creatives of Mount Lawley and surrounds, the space offers a 25 seat co-working environment that includes both permanent and hot desk style office options, with opportunities to attend events focused on businesses and personal growth delivered by industry experts in strategy and marketing.
The idea is for it to provide individuals and small teams the opportunity to work amongst like-minded people, while getting guidance and support from the Soto Co-founders Arna Jade and Matthew Crouch (Matt).
Arna is well known in Perth’s startup scene, having been one of the people behind the Northbridge Hub in Money Street a few years ago. She has been off to the US and back in the meantime, but has re-settled back in Perth with her partner Matt.
Arna is an expert business planner with over 20 years of experience as a startup funding facilitator and growth strategist. Matt is a branding guru, web designer and marketing whiz with over a decade of experience in Australia and the UK.
Opening its doors on 1 October 2021, the space has already welcomed users from diverse industries and is now focusing on offering value back to the startup and creative community.
Unlike other co-working spaces specifically targeting tech or creatives, Soto Co plans to offer a comfortable space for all to feel welcome. Members are encouraged to network together, and those already in the space range from video game designers to bookkeepers.
Co-Founder Matt says opening Soto Co to the public has been “an exciting journey”.
The space provides an opportunity for members to knuckle down and be productive, but also brainstorm with the hub community and be in a constant environment that encourages creative thinking and innovation.
Soto Co ‘Perks Program’
Members of Soto Co are entitled to exclusive access to their “Perks Program” which is a collective of discounts and special offers such as:
- 10% off the total bill at Meet&Bun when buying a burger,
- 50% off at the Baxter’s Supper Club,
- 20% off Church+Osborne Pod Signage,
- 15% off of a 3-month commitment to Soto Group‘s Marketing Services,
- and many more.
Members also have access to training and education sessions focusing on marketing, business planning, financial guidance, encouraging creative thinking, innovation, and many other topics.
Soto Co Free Events
Soto Co will be running a series of free events until the end of this year to celebrate the launch of the space, the first of which are:
- Burgers, Beers & Branding – an industry deep dive into the current state of play in branding, coupled with delicious burgers from local business Meet and Bun.
- Wisdom & Wine Wednesdays – an event for women looking to connect with a panel of female speakers who discuss how they found their passion, their stories and advice for women in early stage businesses looking to grow.
Soto Co Membership
Membership options range depending on how many days per month, starting at $50 per month up to $450 per month.
The Community Membership is great for those who want to pop in and out during usual business hours to get some space and focus on a project, or for university students who want to study in a different, distraction-free environment from their school library or at home.
To book a tour or enquire about Soto Co, visit their website.