The Distiller

The Distiller is Startup Dunedin's early stage startup co-working space. The Distiller has a number of desks and offices available for startups which are in, or transitioning into Startup Dunedin's programmes. 

It is an increasingly important community for budding entrepreneurs, offering support and guidance, and helping build confidence, skills and networks. The space is also a feeder for other co-workspaces in the city.

Get in touch with the team to find out more about our permanent and hot-desk arrangements before coming to the space.



*It is important to note the difference between a startup and a small business. Both are legitimate in their own right, but Startup Dunedin’s role is to support startups.

Many first-time entrepreneurs don’t know which category they fall into. We’ve given some examples and distinctions below, but if you’re still unsure, reach out. Sometimes it is difficult to see the potential of a brand new idea.

  • Startups are highly scaleable. They have, or are trying to find a model that is repeatable and scaleable.

  • Startups typically have the intent to become a large company.

  • A startups function is to provide a vision of a product, create a series of hypotheses about the product and the business model and then quickly validate whether the model is correct. After the model is validated, the organisation’s function switches to execute the said model.

Here are some examples of startups:

  • AirBnB - Online Temporary Accommodation Marketplace

  • Snapchat - Social Media

  • Care/of - Personalised Daily Vitamin Packs

  • MakerBot - Powerful and affordable 3D Printers

  • Nest - Next generation thermostat

Here are some examples of what is not a startup:

  • A coffee car owner who sells coffee at the farmers market.

  • A lawn care service company.

  • A freelance designer.

  • A consultant.

Still unsure? Send us an email.