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Meet Dans

Introducing Daniels Langeberg (Dans), Mâché’s co-founder and CEO.

In 2016, Dans dreamt of a humble coworking space in Adelaide that would attract people from all fields and allow them to connect, build their ideas and form a community.

It all started with his other business EcoCaddy, a sustainable startup company that provides a fun way for people to move and move their things across the city, as well as unique tours so their customers experience all the city has to offer.

EcoCaddy uses bamboo bodied electric pedicabs as their vehicles, employ South Australian riders and harness the very best in technology to ensure a great experience for all on board.

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Dans leads the EcoCaddy team, and is a tenacious, ambitious, passionate, curious and detailed dude. He was super excited when he realised that Mâché could become not only the home of EcoCaddy, but the home of other businesses, and they would support and inspire each other. Many friends and loved ones helped get Mâché off the ground, and there was blood, sweat and purple tears.  

Dans is all about the people. He loves belonging to a bunch of doers that are keen to get up in the morning and give it a crack.. and don't take themselves too seriously. Whenever Dans gets some personal time, he rides his bike, take lots of photos and explores some place new.

His hero list is long, but top two would be Martin Luther King Jr, and Naruto, a manga ninja that has supported him from childhood through to adulthood. #NarutoForever

Hé There New Year!!

photo by City Brief

Hé There!

With this we finish up a crazy and fun filled 2016! 

Thanks for all the support and well-wishes we have had throughout the past year, you have driven us to create a better and more interesting space and business, pushing us to better ourselves!

As we bid farewell to the year that was, we grow excited for the potential of 2017 and hope that mâché can be a part of your new year’s resolutions. We hope that mâche can give you that drive (and the space!) to get off your bum to develop those ideas, artistic skills, business ideas and connections that are just waiting to jump out of your head and onto paper!

We wish you all a wonderful New Years with a happy and safe celebration!!

See you in the new year!

Hé there #006

Serenity.

Serenity.

It’s almost Holiday time!

What a massive year – it’s been filled with many ups and downs. December sees the end of the first six months since mâché transitioned from just an idea into an actual place!

Adelaide has also seen many changes and advances this past year. Just across the road from our little space a brand new residential development (Boheme) has exploded onto the scene with rapid building works. Additional developments have also occurred within the city based around the small bar, café and restaurant scene.

The rapid development of several residential towers across Adelaide’s CBD will fundamentally change not only the immediate population of the CBD but also the surrounding areas. With the completion of the Boheme development, over 1000 additional residents will be living around our local Whitmore Square – a massive addition and our little building will eventually be up fordemolition for another addition to the square! With the additional people moving into Adelaide’s CBD (possibly the largest influx in quite a while) it will start a fundamental change toward a denser city.

Do we value space? What about the value of a place vs a space?

Adelaide is one of the biggest cities in the world based on spread of population. Starting in Elizabeth in the north down to Victor Harbour in the south you can drive this whole length through Adelaide’s suburbs – a pretty ridiculous feat! The result of this is one of the least dense cities in the world due to the large scale of urban sprawl. With a population of over 1.3 million, there are only just over 20,000 people living within the CBD (including North Adelaide). I feel that we’ve had such a surplus of space that we don’t truly value what we have in Adelaide – or the potential for places we can create.

Adelaide has some great examples of urban interventions (such as Peel Street and Ebenezer) though both of these were heavily pushed for by local government. My hope is that the current construction trend and densification could push towards more private and independent developments along the same lines – creating more opportunities and exciting possibilities for future entrepreneurs and businesses.

What does this have to do with mâché?

Increasing density and development run parallel with how mâché works – we encourage the bringing together of separate, normally disparate programs into a combined space. Much like the city brings in new programs, developments and businesses together to create opportunities, clashes and mixtures so - to does mâché! So much has happened since we set out to begin this little place and a wonderful group of individuals have pulled together to make it into something fantastic.

Where to from here? This coming year has so much potential – we’ve got exciting new members joining, podcasts shows being developed and more live streaming occurring. This is in addition to the back bone that our artistic group has provided for us so far, ranging from leather-working through to face painting!

mâché is currently putting together an application for the Old RAH site expressions of interest – which is part of the future development of the RAH once the hospital has made the move to its new site on the corner of North and West Terrace.

The Old RAH represents a new opportunity for Adelaide to investigate how develop and deal with dense spaces within the city and with all the potential of developing a new mâché site between a selection of new and existing businesses it seemed like a no brainer to give joining the RAH a shot! This process will take time however – the RAH site is looking to begin the process of development in the next two years so any move in this direction will take quite a while; but the opportunities are great, who doesn't want to be a part of a startup community?

So much has happened this past year, not only for Adelaide and mâché but for you too!
Luckily we have some wonderful yoga classes (hosted by the Vibrant Izzy Jane) to get you refreshed and ready for the incoming year!

Cheers!

-P

 

Hé there #004

Out exploring....

Out exploring....

Hé there,

The m has been bit by the travel bug lately, I’m out over here in Melbourne for a couple of weeks and I have been thinking a lot about the key component of our mixed co-working space – Collaboration.

What spurned this thinking was my need of coffee (as per usual) where I bumped into this wonderful example of small scale businesses working together to provide high quality goods and services in a way that benefitted each business. Market Lane provides the wonderful coffee – Baker D. Chirico lends a hand with the baked goods. Singularly these businesses are great, but together they’re a match made in heaven.

Baker D. Chirico on the left, Market Lane Coffee's serving window on the right (with great on street seating!)

Baker D. Chirico on the left, Market Lane Coffee's serving window on the right (with great on street seating!)

Currently based in Carlton - I noticed that there is a scale, density and population not unlike that based in Adelaide’s CBD. There are several well established and beautiful co-working options available within Carlton; surprisingly they all focus heavily upon technology and developer based services, with little provided for cross pollination  -but these are not what got me excited.

The startup market is further influenced by the involvement of the nearby University of Melbourne which provides a connection initiative - linking networks, students and organisations through a series of events, workshops and seminars through the Carlton Connect Initiative at Lab 14.

A range of anchor programs are directly tied into the Carlton Connect Initiative and include the following:

Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative:
Providing highly advanced computational infrastructure for a variety of research institutes aimed at fostering collaboration between research initiatives.
Creative Spaces:
 A program base on the City of Melbourne Arts Melbourne branch providing affordable spaces for creative industries.
The EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges:
Engaging development between Australian and European universities and institutions, focusing on climate, energy businesses and future industry.
Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP):
Encouraging student start-ups through seed funding, office space and mentoring.
Australian-German Climate and Energy College:
Providing opportunities for studying climate change, energy development, and energy transitions across the EU and Australia.
CO2CRC:
A research institute focusing on carbon dioxide capture and abatement schemes.
IBM Bluemix Garage:
 
Providing App integration and development services along with cloud based infrastructure.

Providing a university based testing ground for start-ups and business initiatives is a hugely beneficial and innovative opportunity for entrepreneurs to develop their ideas sooner and start testing them in the local market.

The benefits are two fold – the University develops and expands their existing networks of contacts and links with industries in local and international sectors, while further encouraging local entrepreneurs to develop new industries and jobs.

I feel that the inclusion of a university and the resources it could provide set the tone for a new way of developing alternatives for young developers, businesses and the future format of what we consider a ‘university’ to be. The Carlton Connect Initiative is the strongest example of a mixed collaborative environment I have found and it’s the ideas that come about through mixed developments like these which get me excited and proud to be involved in mâché.

That’s it for me, thanks for tuning in to the mâché crew - we will catch you next week!

Cheers,

Peter (Jac)

Hé there #002

Izzy from Fresh Sprouts teaching her weekly Yoga Mache class.

Izzy from Fresh Sprouts teaching her weekly Yoga Mache class.

Hé there!

It’s been awhile since you’ve heard from us. We had to temporarily put the brakes on due to some unexpected matters with the Adelaide City Council - you know how that goes. As a result we couldn’t proceed with our official launch party, which was a bit of a bummer, but we will be rescheduling this soon! The good news is, it won’t be too long as we quickly move through the motions with Council to ensure we are all on the same page.

In the meantime we are operating as per usual here at Mâché, so let me run through a couple of updates. We've been pretty busy having some great events like Yoga Mâché featuring the lovely Izzy from Fresh Sprouts (every Saturday starting from November 12th) and our cofounders Mum Sheela Langeberg running a drumming workshop for a large group of ladies to empower them through song!

Our latest member Cara getting her airbrush on for the Zombie Walk last month

Our latest member Cara getting her airbrush on for the Zombie Walk last month

We are super chuffed to have a growing community of talented co-working members like Cara here. Over the coming weeks we'll be sharing their story with you on our social media channels and here on our blog! The space itself is pretty much done! Yep, we’ve completed two more rooms, our Executive Suite and our Recording Studio.

The Executive Suite is available now for a fraction of the cost that you would pay for a space of it’s size (25sqm) and unique qualities in the City. It features; 3.2m ceilings, baltic floorboards and a huge bay window with a spectacular park view. It’s perfect for a small team or several individuals that require a little more privacy to get the job done. Throughout the month of November we are offering a special discount of $100 p/mth if you sign up before December!

Bianka and Jake practicing in the our studio in prep for a upcoming gig at the Grace Emily.

Bianka and Jake practicing in the our studio in prep for a upcoming gig at the Grace Emily.

As mentioned, we have also completed our Recording Studio and we’ve worked hard to create the most affordable one of it’s type in the City, with some of the best acoustics you can find! We are talking about the space where Fresh FM cut their teeth before they were a thing for only $25 p/hr. When you walk in you get a chilled vibe that’s somewhere between a study designed in the 1970’s and a sauna, without the extreme heat of course. It features lightly lacquered pine, that clads all the walls, a raw pine desk and a mint condition couch that we picked up from the Blackwood Bargain Centre that is probably from the 70’s.

Our friends from Sounds Out of Hours provide equipment that includes a Macbook Pro Laptop with Ableton Live and suite of other recording software, studio monitors, a mixing desk, MPC, 4 microphones with stands and ergonomic chairs for you and your guests. These are all included in our hourly hire. It’s perfect for the person with a podcast or voice over project, a practice space for vocalists or for music teachers.

There a tonnes more updates that I didn't mentioned here to keep things short and sweet, but we will be doing blogs weekly from here on in, so much more to come! One update that I should mention now, because she will be writing our next blog, is the addition to the Mâché family - Ms Bianka Feo (featured in the photo above). She joins the team to make moves on the marketing and events side of Mâché and has already brought some brilliant ideas to the team that you'll all being seeing the fruits of in the coming months.

That's it from me and from us for now. Thanks for tuning in. See you all here on Hé next week.

Peace

Dans