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January might seem a long way off, but now’s the time to start thinking about a community champion to nominate for the City of Gold Coast’s 2015 Australia Day Awards. Nominations are now open and Mayor Tom Tate is urging the Gold Coast community to consider people or groups who are worthy of recognition for helping to make our city a better place to live. The awards identify excellence in sporting, environmental and cultural endeavours, as well as naming the Gold Coast Citizen of the Year and Gold Coast Young Citizen of the Year. Nominations for the 2015 Australia Day Awards open on August 15, so if you know someone Read more
FREE! Information & Awareness Session: “How Businesses can work with three levels of Government” As part of Small Business Week all levels of Government & Industry have come together to provide participants with an outline of the key programs and services available for small to medium Gold Coast business owners, at this half day session.
The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research at the QUT Business School will host three events to inspire and build business as part of 2014 Queensland Small Business Week. 2014 Queensland Small Business Week from 1-6 September is a Queensland Government initiative supporting and celebrating the important role of small business in the Queensland economy. You are invited to attend all or any of these events, registration is essential to secure your place:
Channel 10 is launching its own startup TV show and is looking for companies interested in taking part. Producers have put out a casting call to interested companies who are looking to pitch to apply here.
Two of Australia’s most well-known technology investors have closed a new $60 million fund to invest in early growth-stage tech companies, taking just three months to find the money in a sign of investors’ hunger to expand their portfolios into disruptive players. Read about it here: http://www.afr.com/p/technology/new_fund_airtree_stage_invest_tech_FxrMAhVjcqK3OoGWe6SdqO
Doltone House – Hyde Park, Level 3, 181 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, on Wednesday, 3 September 2014. To solve the planet’s biggest challenges, entrepreneurial organisations with innovative solutions are required. Many times, the solutions start with startups. If your startup strives to solve global challenges in energy, water, transportation, healthcare, technology and other societal issues, please consider applying to participate. This exclusive event gives early-stage entrepreneurs the opportunity to receive mentorship from top business leaders, and connect with the venture community. Privately held startups less than five years old are encouraged to apply by Friday, 8 August 2014 to participate in the IBM SmartCamp Sydney event. Apply by clicking here: http://ibm.biz/SCSydApply. Simply Read more
Could you be Australia’s next Canva, Shoes of Prey or We Are Hunted? If so, the Creative3 Pitch will be a fantastic opportunity to pitch to a gathering of early stage investors with a particular interest in the creative industries. Five startups will be selected by a panel of judges, and the best pitch will be highlighted at the Creative3 conference – Australia’s largest conference for creative entrepreneurs. Creative3 takes places 18-19 September in Brisbane. The Creative3 Pitch is being held on the morning of Day 1 for the Creative3 forum. For more info on Creative3, go to www.creative3.com.au If you are selected you must be able to present in person Read more
Registrations are now open for Creative³ 2014. Join us at QUT Creative Enterprise Australia’s biggest Creative³ ever! Following last year’s sell-out event, make sure you BOOK YOUR EARLY BIRD TICKET to Creative³ today. Early bird tickets are available until Monday 18 August 2014.
After an amazing time at the UP Summit in Las Vegas with 550+ other Startup Weekend volunteers from 75 countries, we’ve landed back on the Gold Coast and are keener than ever to rip into our next Startup Weekend event. This one will be epic, with many new lessons learnt from the summit. The tentative dates for our next event are November 14-16. So lock it in your calendars. We’re busy looking for sponsors, and we are also putting together the organising committee – we’d like representatives from Bond, Griffith, GCIT, and other stakeholders or anyone else – we welcome anyone who practices “less talk, more action”. The count down has Read more
GovHack 2014 has been scheduled for July 11-13 2014 and will include a number of locations around Australia, including the Gold Coast! The competition will include national and local prizes worth over $70K and is a great way for Gold Coast developers to strut their stuff with government data. GovHack is a 48 hour developer event held simultaneously around Australia to create working prototypes and mashups with government data, and to help find new ways to solve the challenges facing government. GovHack demonstrates that innovation isn’t about flowcharts, reform agendas or standardised definitions. It is about passionate people being supported and encouraged to collaborate and be awesome. Event location: Griffith Read more
The Queensland Government’s Office of Commonwealth Games Coordination together with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation is hosting information sessions for businesses looking for opportunities to supply to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
A reminder that our monthly networking lunch is on again next Tuesday. Come along to mix and mingle with the local startup community for a couple of hours and hear updates on the Silicon Valley trip and other upcoming events. Entry is free, bring your own lunch.
Congratulations to Susan Graham for being the Singularity University ANZ Global Impact Competition 2014 with her project Billion Trees, growing trees with drones and to runner up Liam Burns’ Project Terra. Also congrats to all finalists, Alistair Hart, Lorenn Ruster and Barry Nguyen. Amazing effort all! Thank you to the sponsors, supporters and friends in making this event a success . Sponsors: Packard Foundation, Griffith University (tks to Prof Michael Blumenstein), City of Gold Coast (special thanks to Glenn Tozer and Tanya Lipus), Baldock Foundation (Margie J Baldock) and organisation support of Silicon Lakes (Sharon Hunneybell, Greg Burnett, Aaron Birkby) & judges Zezan Tam, Margie Baldock, Prof Michael Blumenstein and Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom. Thanks to Michael Hart, MP on behalf of the Read more
Do you have a great idea that requires you to build a web or phone application? If you do, there are typically four avenues you can pursue to build a prototype. 1. Raise capital (challenging) and pay for a professional company to build it (expensive) 2. Outsource it to freelancers abroad (even more challenging) 3. Sign up to a subscription template (highly restricted) or 4. Learn to code and build your own (it’s how Survey Monkey and many other multi-million dollar sites got started) Path 4 has never been easier… any one can do it – Even Ashton Kutcher is on it… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC5FbmsH4fw#t=63
The world is undergoing a period of technology-fuelled change that is altering business and society. We have entered an age of hyper-connectivity, with near ubiquity of mobile technology, smart devices, social networking, application proliferation, cloud services, big data and analytics. To help share IBM’s viewpoint and solutions for this digital world, they are running two events – IBM BusinessConnect 2014 and IBM SolutionsConnect 2014. Delivered across two days, the events focus on business implications during IBM BusinessConnect, then expand with technology-driven content at IBM SolutionsConnect. You are invited to IBM BusinessConnect in Brisbane which is being held on Tuesday 27th May at the Brisbane Convention Centre You can register via: www.ibm.com/au/connect
Register for GovHack 2014! Registrations are now open for GovHack 2014, happening on the Gold Coast July 11-13. You can either register for a local event and attend in person, or you can register as a remote participant. If you want to run an informal GovHack event in your local city, school, university or company, just get a few friends together and you can use the GovHack website tools and information to compete remotely.
We at The Startup Club understand how daunting it can be to get up and pitch your idea in front of people who hold the future of your idea in their hands, that is why The Startup Club exists. Come along and find out what is needed to turn your idea into a viable and profitable business. You may even find out that your idea isn’t viable or sustainable, which may be painful to hear but believe me, it is better to put an idea to bed when all you have invested is some time and regenerative brain matter and not lots of money and emotion! At The Startup Club, you will give Read more
Startup Weekend CultureHack Gold Coast wrapped up late Sunday night after with 9 teams creating some awesome new startups. This was the first themed Startup Weekend event in Australia, targeting creative industries across art, fashion, architecture, sculptures, digital art, theatre, and cinema, to name just a few. 87 people attended Friday night and pitched 26 ideas, from which 9 teams formed and survived the 54 hour event (assisted by 14 mentors) before pitching back to a panel of 6 judges on the Sunday night.
The Bridge have compiled a list of over 110 accelerators and incubators located in the Asia Pacific region. If you are thinking about applying to one, check out the list here: http://thebridge.jp/en/2013/06/startup-incubators-accelerators-asia-pacific
Our monthly lunchtime networking is on again this Tuesday, 1st April. We have been absolutely blown away by the number of people coming along to mix and mingle with the Gold Coast Entrepreneurial crowd and look forward to seeing you all again. Entry is free, no need to RSVP – just wander in, take a seat in the sunshine and start chatting!
Have you ever dreamt of an idea will change the world? An idea, a technological innovation, a business, that will improve the lives of every person on earth? Or maybe like us, you’re still on the cusp of it. Maybe you want that little bit more inspiration.
CREATIVE CHATTER 2014 SATURDAY 29 MARCH REGISTRATIONS CLOSE WEDNESDAY, 26 MARCH AT 5PMCreative Chatter, an initiative of the DIA Gold Coast, is the perfect platform for recent design graduates looking to launch their career, students seeking first-hand advice on creating a winning portfolio or for those who have just commenced their studies and eager for some industry advice.
The Australian Institute for Commercialisation (AIC) is pleased to announce three upcoming webinars as part of our webinar series supported by the Queensland Government Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts (DSITIA). These online events are targeted to entrepreneurs and employees of small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in any industry. This is a great way for your clients, particularly those in regional areas, to benefit from exposure to leading business thinking, tools and techniques to assist them create more value and gain competitive advantage in their businesses. The webinars are delivered by presenters with expertise in the specific topics.
Startup Muster launched on Friday, aiming to be the biggest survey of Australian startups. By taking just 7 minutes of your time (I promise! I’ve done it myself) to fill out the online survey, you will be helping to show government, investors and the media what’s really happening in the Australian startup scene, which so far has been under-represented in surveys of the industry. There will be a free report each year, along with a free anonymised data set. Your data will not be used for anything else without your permission. https://www.startupmuster.com/ I urge you to add your business and to pass this on to any other startups you know Read more
It’s your last chance to secure a place in our 10 week Lean Startup Entrepreneurship Course. It runs every Tuesday night from 6:30pm for 10 weeks. But don’t worry if you cant make every week – we will film it so you can catch up. Full details here: http://www.siliconlakes.com.au/index.php/startup-entrepreneurship-program-10-week/
It’s that time again: Startup Weekend Gold Coast has been slated for April 11 to 13. This event will have some new quirks and elements that is sure to bring a whole new dimension to the experience. Early bird tickets are now available, so jump in to reserve your place: http://goldcoast.startupweekend.org/
Startup Entrepreneurship Program This 10 week program provides hands-on instruction on how to turn an idea into a viable and sustainable business or social enterprise. The course teaches the lean startup methodology of launching and testing a new ideas and getting them to market quickly. This course is very hands-on. If you are sitting on an idea, then this is your perfect chance to launch that idea. Participants will learn how to build a business, Silicon Valley style.
StartupAUS is hosting Startup Spring, a three-week long festival across Australia consisting of events and activities that promote the Australian tech startup community. Silicon Lakes is excited about this festival and supports its aim to encourage the startup community and build interest in entrepreneurism. The festival runs from the 18 September to 9 October and we encourage all to get involved. Some events are still to be confirmed in Brisbane and Gold Coast but be on the look out in the next few weeks for any exciting events and networking opportunities near you! For more information check out the Startup Spring website at http://www.startupspring2013.org/
Startup Weekend Gold Coast – 15-17 November After the highly successful first Startup Weekend in July, the dates for the next SUW are now confirmed for November 15 to 17. Early-bird tickets have gone on sale today, so grab yours before they run out.
The Directors of Silicon Lakes were lucky enough to attend the Singularity University GSP13 opening ceremony during their trip to Silicon Valley. Here is the official video of the event.
The Interactive Minds Digital Summit 2013, to be held on 1 August in the Brisbane Convention Centre, is Queensland’s dedicated digital marketing conference bringing the interactive industry together to learn, share and be inspired. There are numerous keynote speakers from Google, Yahoo!7, IBM, Adobe, Flight Centre, AppSumo.com, NRMA and more. Full details here: http://www.digitalsummit2013.com.au
The national and international search for Australia’s most inspiring and influential women in 2013 is on. The annual Financial Review – Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards recognise and amplify the outstanding efforts of women across Australia’s economy and society. And in 2013 the momentum behind them is growing.
Silicon Lakes hosted the Google I/O 2013 keynote review this morning at 7am. In case you missed the keynote, here it is.
The inaugural Startup Weekend Gold Coast will be held on the weekend of 19 to 21 July. Further details to be posted shortly, but you can pre-register your interest now via: http://ec2-54-206-2-89.ap-southeast-2.compute.amazonaws.com/index.php/events/event/startup-weekend-gold-coast/
Today’s “Appy Hour” segment on ABC Coast FM (91.7) “Mornings With Nicole Dyer” provided an overview of the app development roadmap for non-technical individuals and businesses looking to build apps. Aaron Birkby, our in-residence Chief Geek, spoke about the process of getting an app developed, along with some of the myths, pitfalls and traps. The audio file attached is a short excerpt from the show. Aaron’s next “appy hour” segment will be broadcast on Wednesday 6th March around 10am. Stay tuned!
Gaming app downloads to reach 81 billion in 2013 – Sydney Morning Herald – Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson More than 45 billion apps were downloaded to smartphones and tablets last year, Gartner estimates, and that number is set to skyrocket to 81 billion in 2013. Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/gaming/gaming-app-downloads-to-reach-81-billion-in-2013/story-e6frfrt9-1226567396238#ixzz2Kqfh6stw
Apps Expo and App Comp 2012 was held on Saturday November 3 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhition Centre. The event was presented by Silicon Lakes, and sponsored by App Start Studios Pty Ltd.
Over a weekend, Startup Weekend Kids is helping kids aged 8 – 14 pitch ideas, form teams and start companies! The first event of its kind in Australia and right at the Microsoft Innovation Centre in Brisbane. When: Fri-Sun Sept 12 – 14 Register
Are you interested in developing an app leveraging either big data sets within your organisation or publicly available open data? We’re bringing together UX, Big Data and Startup experts together for a free two day Masterclass focussed on getting you from idea to app. When: 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31 Cost: Free Register now
We are proud to announce the startups selected to the Silicon Lakes Startup Really Fast (SURF) Accelerator Program. After receiving 64 applications, 58 people attended our Startup Boot Camp last Saturday, before 20 teams had their final-chance pitch to the judges on Sunday. From the 20 pitches and interviews, we selected the top 6 teams to take part in the accelerator program. The six teams in the cohort are:
58 people spent their Saturday at Silicon Lakes participating in the SURF Boot Camp – a day long series of workshops and guest speakers, covering topics of latest trends in technology, Lean Startup, the Business Model Canvas, patents and IP, and pitching, held at Silicon Lakes in the Wotso Workspace. Big thanks to Dr Baden U’ren from Bond University, Bradley Postma from Cullens patent attorneys, and Lauren Clemett from Ultimate Business Propellor for giving up part of their Saturday to talk to the teams.
It is with great sadness that I announce the departure from Silicon Lakes of our dedicated volunteers Sharon Hunneybell and Sam Winter. As all of you already know, Sharon and Sam have generously volunteered a significant amount of their time and energy at Silicon Lakes for quite a period now, playing critical roles in the delivery of numerous programs and events, and more broadly working to develop the local startup ecosystem. The unexpected success of their Startup Apprentice initiative has created new opportunities but also a greater workload for both Sharon and Sam, so they have decided to step out of their operational roles within Silicon Lakes to focus on driving and scaling Read more
Startup Apprentice, the awesome new educational program developed by Sharon Hunneybell and Sam Winter, aims to inspire 1,000,000 young minds to think differently about their working life. To do this, they are releasing their 8 week entrepreneurship program free of charge under a Creative Commons license to schools, community groups, and co-working spaces to run. The program initially launched with a hugely successful pilot at Varsity College, and right now local Gold Coast high schools are competing in the finals of the Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards, which includes the chance to have the Startup Apprentice Program delivered at their school. And it’s already making waves, with a heap of coverage in popular main Read more
The Internet of Things has been identified as one of the 12 disruptive technologies that will transform life, business and the economy in the future. But What does it mean? Essentially smart devices are equipped with sensors letting them collect real world data to communicate with each other, your laptop, and sometimes directly with the cloud. Refrigerators texting your phone that you are running out of milk or ordering the milk straight away online. And where are we heading? “From the Internet of Things (IoT), where we are today, we are just beginning to enter a new realm: the Internet of Everything (IoE), where things will gain context awareness, increased Read more
The 2014 Queensland Small Business Week is almost here again for this year. Queensland small businesses are invited to take part in the wide range of events and activities that are being held from Monday 1 September to Saturday 6 September.
Applications are OPEN! The Bond Business Accelerator is up and running again. After the success of our first program, we have launched version 2. This program is open to all current and past Bond university students and will be run in collaboration with the SURF acceleratorrun by Silicon Lakes, delivering a structured commercialisation program coupled with expert mentoring, networking and pitching opportunities. A competitive $5,000 grant is up for grabs, along with significant non-monetary benefits. One such example is the opportunity to travel to Silicon Valley as part of a broader Australian startup contingent and experience all that San Francisco and its surrounds have to offer (the program doesn’t fund this!). Read more
Do you have what it takes to be Brisbane’s next successful technology start-up? Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is searching for Brisbane’s most talented and innovative technology start-up entrepreneurs to apply for round three of the Budding Entrepreneurs Program, which has now opened. The $25,000 Lord Mayor’s Budding Entrepreneurs Program offers grants of up to $5000 for entrepreneurs to attend a start-up event or conference, obtain professional advice, join a support program, undertake education or participate in a trade mission. The program is part of the Digital Brisbane Strategy and is designed to provide practical support to young entrepreneurs and encourage more start-up success stories like Brisbane-born We Are Hunted, Fruit Read more
Want two free tickets to the Global Startup Battle in November (worth $198)? We are running a competition for someone to design a new logo for our Startup Weekend Gold Coast event. Every city gets to create its own logo to really showcase something unique. So we want to a new logo that really shouts “Gold Coast” to the world. So your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to utilise this standard Startup Weekend logo and turn it into an awesome city logo for the Gold Coast. We’ll run the competition until September 15, and the most awesome logo we receive wins! To apply, simply design an awesome logo (we’ll need Read more
Fellow co-founder Greg Burnett and I had the pleasure of being part of Startup Weekend Cairns with Troy Haines and Damian Zammit from The Space. This was the first Startup Weekend event to be held in Cairns, and it was a cracker. Pulled together in just 5 weeks, around 50 people rocked up on Friday night to pitch 24 ideas and form 7 teams. 6 teams survived the weekend and pitched to the judges on Sunday night, with some awesome ideas, products, and people.
The SURF Accelerator applications officially closed for startups at midnight last night. We’re received 61 applications, which is a fantastic figure for the first-intake of a new program. We’ve extended the deadline by 24 hours (closes tonight) specifically to allow teams from Startup Weekend Cairns to squeeze an entry in (given they were busy all weekend). We’ve also extended the applications for student interns out by a week, so they still have until next Sunday night to complete their applications. So far we have 15 student interns ready to volunteer in the startups. We will commence reviewing the applications today and let startups know the results by Wednesday ahead of Read more
Last day to submit your #startup for the SURF Accelerator Program! Find out more here: http://surfaccelerator.com.au/
The Innovation Pipeline Series Part 2: Crowdfunding – the reality check provides the tools for inventors to learn to use crowd-funding campaigns to test the market and fund their ideas. This is part two of a three-part series created by Australia’s most high-profile inventor, Ric Richardson, famous for taking on Microsoft and winning a multi-million dollar settlement for breach of his software patent.
Only 2 days left to submit your #startup for the SURF Accelerator Program! Find out more here: http://surfaccelerator.com.au/
Only 3 days left to submit your #startup for the SURF Accelerator Program! Find out more here: http://surfaccelerator.com.au/
I’ve been hit up for advice several times in the last few weeks by startups looking to pitch for investment. Here is a video from Dave McClure on how to prepare your pitch deck and pitch to VCs. If you want to see examples of pitches and more pitching advice, check out: http://bestpitchdecks.com/. There are also some good examples from TechStars here: http://www.geekwire.com/2012/favorite-pitches-techstars-demo-day-robert-scoble/
Only 4 days left to submit your #startup for the SURF Accelerator Program! Find out more here: http://surfaccelerator.com.au/
The next Startup Weekend on the Gold Coast will take place from November 21 to 23 in Varsity Lakes. This event will be part of the Global Startup Battle, meaning that participants will be competing for some pretty awesome global prizes, including trips to Silicon Valley. Early bird tickets have just gone on sale today, so get in now to grab a ticket for just $79 ($49 for students). Full details here: http://www.up.co/communities/australia/queensland/startup-weekend/4268
Applications to the first ever Gold Coast startup accelerator program are closing this coming Sunday 17 August at midnight. So get in quick if you plan to pitch for your place in our 12 week program. There’s over $22,000 worth of free goodies given to each team, plus your chance to win a year’s worth of 24/7 co-working access for your team of 4 people at Wotso Workspace, worth over $18,500. To apply, visit http://startupreallyfast.com.au. Don’t have a startup idea you want to pitch? Then why not apply to be a student intern.
The role of Government in assisting startups is often discussed and argued in our ecosystem. Check out what New York is offering startups there: http://www.startupdaily.com.au/2014/07/new-york-just-made-really-attractive-launch-startup/
Come along and learn about how to use Elance and oDesk to get work done with City Manager Jack Ferguson. All new users who attend will get $50 of credit to use on the platform, and one lucky attendee will be used as a case study to get something designed on the platform. Tickets are strictly limited to 15 people, in order to keep this as a hands-on workshop. Some beverages including beer will be provided. When: Tuesday 19th August at 6pm Where: Wotso Workspace, Level 2, 194 Varsity Pde, Varsity Lakes Grab your free ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/hands-on-workshop-for-using-elance-and-odesk-to-get-stuff-done-tickets-12575328145
Entrepreneurs, creative startups and arts organisations can now apply for a Creative³ bursary to receive a 2–day ticket to the Creative³ Forum 2014, as well as a ticket to the Thursday evening networking function. We are looking for submissions from local, regional and interstate applicants to ensure bursaries are accessible to the most promising arts practitioners, creative entrepreneurs and startup founders. To apply, click here and tell us how Creative³ is relevant to, and supports the development of your creative business concept or start-up. There are more than 20 x bursaries available! Thanks to the following sponsors for providing Creative³ bursaries: · > 10 Bursaries thanks to Arts Queensland · > 6 Bursaries Read more
Later today the applications for the SURF Accelerator will open. Full details of the program are now available on the new program website at http://surfaccelerator.com.au/. If you have a startup, or an idea for a startup, then jump on the site and start preparing your application now. Applications will close on 17 August.
Applications are now open for students who want to intern with a startup during our Start-Up Really Fast Accelerator Program, from 1 September to 21 November. Students from universities, TAFE, high school, or other private technical college can apply, studying any background or discipline. Click here to find out more. To apply, head over to: http://surfaccelerator.com.au/student-intern-application/
Just letting you know that the regular Silicon Lakes monthly lunch is cancelled for August. Instead, you are welcome to come along to our house warming on Friday 1 August at 6pm at our new premises at 194 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes (RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Silicon-Beach-Gold-Coast/events/195140482/). The next Silicon Lakes lunch will be held on the first Tuesday in September, on the 2nd September at 12:30pm to 2pm at the new co-working space in Varsity Lakes.
Accelerate Ideas grants help Queensland-based organisations to demonstrate the commercial viability of a new or existing idea (i.e. a product, service, process or system). To be eligible, your project must include a partnering arrangement between a business and a public research organisation.
The deadline for entry in the $65,000 The Australian Innovation Challenge awards, honouring excellence in fields from minerals and energy to ICT and community services, has been extended until August 11.
Silicon Beach & Gold Coast TechSpace were proud to host an event with Marcus Schappi on 27th June at the One 50 Public house in Bundall. The event was sponsored by the City of Gold Coast as part of their visiting entrepreneurs programme and I am very proud of the fact we were able to get Marcus to visit our backyard at such a busy time for him.
Silicon Lakes has recently moved and is now settled into the new Wotso CoWorking Space at Varsity Lakes. To celebrate, we are throwing a house warming party. As well as introducing the new space, we will be launching our new SURF Accelerator Program and hosting a panel discussion on a recent trip to Silicon Valley. There were about 15 attendees from the Gold Coast Start-up community that went on that trip and the panel will be sharing their insights into what they learnt, what they saw, pictures, and the lessons for the startup community here. Some drinks and light food will be provided. If you are at all interested in getting some Read more
Bond University are hosting a Business Links Seminar on the topic of building an innovation epicentre on the Gold Coast. The event is on Tuesday 26 August from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. The Gold Coast is uniquely positioned to become a vibrant startup community, launching ventures such as Atlassian and Freelancer.com. Behind the scenes, work is being done to ensure the infrastructure and environment are supportive of this emerging industry. Come and hear about the ways in which Government, Industry, and the Education sector are championing a vibrant startup ecosystem on the Gold Coast. Guest speakers are Dr Baden U’Ren, Mr Aaron Birkby, and Cr Glenn Tozer. Venue: Gregor Heiner Theatre, Level 3, Building Read more
Here is a simple online tool for you to quickly calculate and project your funding requirements and revenue growth: http://growth.tlb.org/
Tendering for Government Business: Maximising opportunities from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018) provides one of the most significant procurement programs for the Queensland Government this decade. This Tendering for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Opportunities workshop will help businesses build their capability to tender competitively for GC2018 opportunities, as well as other government business. The workshop comprises of a three hour interactive session to help participants learn the art of developing and submitting tenders, including: how to interpret and effectively respond to offer and tender documents; and how to conduct market research to maximise your chances of success. The workshop also covers Read more
Snaptrax, a baseball cap with a hidden bluetooth device for vocal control of your smartphone, is currently running a KickStarter crowd-funding campaign. Check them out and lend your support here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/snaptrax/snaptrax-bluetooth-baseball-cap?ref=nav_search
The Creative Industries Innovation Centre (CIIC) will be providing free individual one–hour business consultations for creative enterprises on the Gold Coast on Tuesday 12th August 2014 in partnership with the City of Gold Coast. The CIIC is an initiative of the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme, and is supported by the University of Technology, Sydney. The CIIC is delivered nationally to support the business of creative enterprise. The CIIC Biztro service offers sole traders, start-ups and small businesses in any creative industry the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge and experience of Business Adviser Sonya Henderson Edbrooke.
Changes to New Zealand patent law will come into effect on 13 September 2014. Some of these changes will be disadvantageous for patent applicants, and may make it harder and/or more costly to obtain patent protection in New Zealand. The newsletter from Cullens linked below summarizes the changes that may affect patent applicants adversely, and how patent applicants can avoid these disadvantages by taking certain steps before 13 September 2014. New Patent Law in New Zealand
Do you know someone who is contributing to the momentum of science or innovation in their local community, or an organisation that’s doing great work in this space for Queensland? Then nominate them to be a science or innovation champion.The Science and Innovation Champions program is a state government initiative that recognises local ‘grass roots’ innovators and science champions, both individuals and groups, across Queensland. Champions can come from all walks of life and do not have to be those with a high profile. Through this program, we want to celebrate scientific and innovative achievements happening across local communities and industry.If you know of a worthy individual or organisation who is Read more
Creative³ Pitch—Call for Applicants Want to pitch your creative startup business to secure capital? The Creative³ Pitch is a fantastic platform to pitch your innovative creative startup business to key investors. This is Australia’s only dedicated platform to connect creative ventures with investors. Following last year’s pitch, Sandra Mau (left) CEO of See-Out Pty Ltdsecured investment capital from the Creative Enterprise Fund and other investors. Finalists will be offered pitch mentoring and support to get ready for theCreative³ Pitch breakfast on 18 September. Apply online before 5:00pm Monday 4 August 2014. FIND OUT MORE APPLY NOW
CampJS is on the Gold Coast, Friday Oct 31st to Monday 3rd Nov. Get your tickets here: http://tickets.campjs.com/ Included:- Accommodation Food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) Drinks (alcohol etc) Workshops Presentations etc
Join Ed Lenta, Managing Director, Amazon Web Services, Australia and New Zealand and Mike Clayville, Vice President, World Wide Field Operations and some of the hottest startups and enterprises in the local market at their summit series. When: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 7:30am to 6:00pm at the Brisbane Convention Centre Whether you are new to the cloud or an experienced user, you will learn something new at the AWS Summit. These events are designed to educate new customers about the AWS platform and offer existing customers deep technical content to be more successful with AWS. Register today and come spend the day with the Amazon Web Services Team and their Cloud Partners. Reasons Read more
There is a free breakfast seminar with Martin Grunstein on Wednesday August 20th 2014 at 7.30am for 8.00am start (Hot breakfast supplied) at the Currumbin RSL, Currumbin Creek Rd Currumbin.
News from AusIndustry: “AusIndustry is now part of the Department of Industry’s Single Business Service. Single Business Service is streamlining the way businesses access industry information and services by putting the needs of our customers first – reducing red tape and providing quality, consistent services at the lowest possible cost.
Nominations for the Hills Young Innovator Award are now open to outstanding achievers in the ICT industry under 25 years of age. The award recognises the most innovative ICT solutions and ideas with the greatest potential for impact in Mobile, Big Data and Cloud. Cash prizes of $5000 are awarded to the winner in each of these three categories. Nominate here: http://ow.ly/y9Ymt. Submissions close Friday, 1st August. Up to 15 lucky finalists will be selected and mentored by the industry’s top employers. They will work together to develop and refine their innovation or idea and then deliver a final pitch to judges at TechFest in Melbourne. Judges will be Read more
We have some exciting news. We are currently developing an accelerator program to commence in the next few months. The accelerator will be based in Silicon Lakes new home in Varsity Lakes (see our separate news on our big move). The program will consist of a 12 week formal program and a small seed equity investment. Full details are still being worked out, but we are inviting feedback and input into the program, and also introductions to strategic partners, mentors, and investors for the seed fund. Formal announcements and full details will be released in the next two to three weeks, and applications should open within a month.
Stanford University is offering a heap of new online courses. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford is a breeding ground for new startup entrepreneurs. Upcoming courses include: Scaling Up Your Venture Without Screwing Up Technology Entrepreneurship I Computer Science 101 Databases: Self-Paced Machine Learning Nanomanufacturing Mobile Health without Borders
Silicon Lakes is moving into a new co-working space in Varsity Lakes, called Wotso. Located at 194 Varsity Parade, it’s in the building that was previously used by Silver telecom and also IBM. It’s a great location, on a bus route, walking distance to shops, cafes, and Bond University. The building has plenty of room for us to expand and grow, nice and fast fibre internet (yay!), meeting spaces, and even a café in the building itself. There is also a breakout rec room. It’s a secure building, good natural light, permanent reception, etc. The operator and landlord are very keen to work with us to reshape the space and Read more
It’s that time of the month again – the Silicon Lakes lunch on the balcony is on today from 12:30 to 2pm at Robina. Come along and say hi. BYO lunch. Aaron will be back on deck with his stories from almost a month in the US.
The Open Source Developers’ Conference are looking for presenters (4-7 November 2014, Griffith University Gold Coast Campus, QLD). Register on the http://2014.osdc.com.au/ site and propose a presentation. They have space for sessions, tutorials, hands-on workshops with keyboard or soldering iron (or both!) and yes, Miniconfs.
To celebrate the iAwards 20th anniversary, major partner Hills is launching the Young Innovator of the Year award. Hills is searching for the next generation of big thinkers – our innovators of tomorrow! Do you have a great new idea? Would you like to be recognised for your innnovation? Could you use $5,000 to help your career? Do you know someone under the age of 25 who would be interested in this opportunity?
We know you’ve all been waiting for it! The next Silicon Beach event has been scheduled for Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 6pm and this is one not to be missed!
If you’re an Australian based startup or entrepreneur and missed this week’s budget announcement, then you can get your disappointment-handout by reading a summary of the impact on startups here: http://www.techworld.com.au/article/545041/budget_2014_-_budget_kills_vital_lifeline_tech_startups_startupaus/ But how does the Australian budget compare to other countries? We thought we should prepare a quick reference guide to compare the recent Australian budget announcements to the recent budgets of some other countries. It makes for a very interesting comparison: For the United Kingdom, check out: http://startups.co.uk/budget-2014-what-does-it-mean-for-your-small-business/ Meanwhile, for the perspective from Ireland, read this summary: http://business.aib.ie/blog/2013/10/5_ways_budget_2014w/ For Canada, check this out: http://www.startupcan.ca/2014/02/16/federal-budget-2014-the-highlights/ For coverage of India’s recent budget, check out: http://yourstory.com/2014/02/budget-2014/
The G20 Global Business Challenge (G20 GBC) is a global business competition leveraging the talent from the world’s top graduate schools in collaboration with industry and the research community. The aim is for teams to develop solutions to global problems. The challenge for 2014 is to develop innovative solutions to use, recycle and/or manage water to achieve beneficial large scale impact. The G20 event leverage provides unprecedented promotional opportunities for technology providers. Research providers and companies can list technologies in the technology register and if included within a finalist team’s solution will be heavily promoted in the lead-up to the G20 leaders Summit via the G20 media network. The finals will Read more
Build, Deploy, Scale! Build cutting edge web sites with the new release of ASP.NET and Web Tools for Visual Studio 2013… then deploy and scale them with Windows Azure. What is a Web Camp? Web Camps are free, fun, no-fluff events for developers, by developers. You learn from experts in a low-key, interactive way and then you’ll get to apply what you’ve learned. What am I going to learn? At this Web Camp, you’ll learn how to develop beautiful, interactive and fast web sites using Microsoft’s web tools and platform. You will also learn how to deploy and scale your web sites with the cloud. Here’s a snapshot of Read more
Tomorrow is the last day of the Australian and New Zealand Global Impact Competition for the $30,000 sponsorship to attend Singularity University’s Graduate Studies Program at NASA in Silicon Valley in June. To help inspire you, here are some of the team projects spawned out of the program from last year: http://singularityu.org/graduate-studies-program/2013-team-project-videos/ And dont forget to register for the “Harnessing Exponential Technologies to Create Global Impact” talk by Chief Impact Officer & EVP of Operations, Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom at Griffith University next week: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/harnessing-exponential-technologies-to-create-global-impact-tickets-11554488787 Sponsors for the Global Impact Competition are: The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Griffith University, City of Gold Coast, Baldock Foundation, and Silicon Lakes.
Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, Chief Impact Officer & Exec VP Operations of Singularity University, will be coming from NASA Ames Research Park in Silicon Valley all the way to the Gold Coast for the final judging and closing event of the Singularity University ANZ Global Impact Competition on Tuesday 13th May 6pm at G40 Auditorium Lecture Theatre, Griffith University. With her background and experience in new space & the private space industry, she will talk about how exponential technology is particularly disrupting how we see the future of space exploration in the near term. As part of SU’s mission,she will also discuss in general new SU programs and initiatives and how it relates Read more
The team at Silicon Lakes were proud to lend a hand to help the Sunshine Coast run their first Startup Weekend event. And what an awesome event it was. 186 people where involved, with 42 ideas pitched, 17 teams formed, and some incredible results after 54 hours. The winning team, VR Smart View, is a head mountable display case that utilizes the smartphone as a mobile immersive media device. Users can slot their smart phone into the headset, which the team are anticipating will retail for as little as $100, and thereafter enjoy 3D movies, games or engage in other smartphone related activities on a huge screen, hands & cords free! Read more
Join The Startup Club Southport for a fast, frenetic, fun way to build your business model, perfect your pitch and receive great feedback on both. Their next event is May 8 at 6pm at Southport. Register now via: http://www.thestartupclub.com.au/events/
The Tendering for Government Business Workshop is the state’s premier program educating industry on the government procurement process. This workshop helps suppliers maximise their chances of winning government work. It is also applicable to the private sector, including major projects. The workshops offer a 4.5 hour interactive session. Participants will learn the art of developing and submitting tenders including:
The Singularity University Global Impact Competition for Australia and New Zealand is closing this week. If you haven’t already entered, then this is your last chance to get in. Singularity University’s Graduate Studies Program empowers participants with the tools, knowledge, skills and mindset for delivering real humanitarian impact to 1 billion people. The Graduate Studies Program (GSP) is held every summer at the NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, California. Our 10-week immersive learning program accepts 80 participants who either apply directly to SU, or who compete in and win Global Impact Competitions (GIC). Competition Theme This year, the Global Impact Competition Australia & New Zealand 2014 is inviting applicants to propose Read more
BUILD YOUR CREATIVE DIGITAL BUSINESS is two days of intensive workshopping to create a One Page Business Plan – delivered by an experienced, expert trainer. Practitioners will take away a practical strategy for improvement that transforms & grows their practice & business. Sunday 4th and 11th May, 9am – 5pm Participants must attend both days at Robina Community Centre RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org (places may still be available). Fully subsidised places are very limited and will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. You must be an emerging digital design business in the first 5 years of practice to be eligible.
Learn the basics of Web Development in a free class at General Assembly. Join us on campus to create & build a landing page for your business, project, or personal portfolio from scratch. Get started with, HTML and CSS and get a sneak peek on how to tap into API’s. Spaces are free – but limited. General Assembly is a global company focusing on education and opportunities in technology, business, and design. Full-time and part-time courses, classes, and workshops are offered in Sydney at our new York St campus. Sign up now
goStandby, an innovative “app-only” startup company based out of the Gold Coast, has just launched their mobile app targeting the last minute tours and activities market. The app offers tourists and locals quality discounted experiences across Australia all within a 24 hour window directly from their iPhone.
The Australian Institute for Commercialisation (AIC) is pleased to announce three upcoming webinars as part of our webinar series supported by the Queensland Government Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts(DSITIA). These online events are targeted to entrepreneurs and employees of small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in any industry. This is a great way for your clients, particularly those in regional areas, to benefit from exposure to leading business thinking, tools and techniques to assist them create more value and gain competitive advantage in their businesses. The webinars are delivered by presenters with expertise in the specific topics.
Interested in raising money or doing business in the US? There are two upcoming events you may want to attend: The One-Two Punch to Raising Capital in the US - 7 May Melbourne, 12 May Sydney, 15 May Brisbane 30-Minute One-on-One Meetings for Companies Committed to Doing Business in the US in 2014 - Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane -
You are cordially invited to the seminars by Professor James C. Bezdek (IEEE Life Fellow) at Griffith University on the 6 and 7 May 2014. Topics are: Every Picture Tells a Story: Visual Cluster Analysis (6 May at Nathan campus) How big is too big? Clustering in Big Data (7 May at Gold Coast campus) The seminars are jointly supported by the School of Information and Communication, Griffith University, and IEEE Queensland Section. Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1YimPbSC2CxbukEEyn9cH6Uo9lz59XgWeYl0FOguQqsE/viewform?usp=send_form
Check out this MeetUp on Thursday, May 8, 2014 @ 5:30pm @ The Edge: ‘If genomic data was open, private data will be leaked by idealist researchers opening their data’ ; ‘If genomic data was open, malicious individuals will synthesise and plant their DNA on a crime scene’. Agree or disagree? Apprehensive or Relaxed about it? Come along and debate it. Register your attendance here: http://www.meetup.com/Open-Knowledge-Brisbane-Meetup-Group/events/179737462/?fromEmail=179737462
Are you running a new or innovative business on the Gold Coast? The Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards are the region’s leading honours for business achievements. Entries are due on 1st of each month from May to October inclusive. Each month awards are presented in 10 categories. At the end of the year, all the monhtly winners vie for annual awards in each category and compete for the Business of the Year Award honour at the black tie Gala Dinner held at Jupiter’s Hotel & Casino on Saturday, November 29. Submit your entry for your company today. http://www.goldcoastbusinessawards.com.au/
A few weeks back we had a post with tips on naming your startup. Now here are some links to inspire the creative juices when creating your next business or product logo: 50 best startup logos from 2013: http://blog.designcrowd.com/article/434/50-startup-logos-from-2013 http://www.logomoose.com/ http://www.logofaves.com/ http://logopond.com/ http://faveup.com/logos/latest
If you are still struggling to come up with a big idea, or perhaps you just want to put a context to some ideas you have, then here are two online articles you should read: 25 Huge Trends That Will Make People Billions Of Dollars: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/billion-dollar-trends-2014-4 Want to become a billionaire?: http://www.slate.com/blogs/business_insider/2014/04/22/billionaire_ideas_solve_one_of_these_10_problems_to_make_billions.html
Pitcher Partners and River City Labs invite you and your colleagues to attend our second Questions on Capital event: The Raise: Entrepreneurs’ Stories on Raising Capital. Following on from the success of the first Questions on Capital, this event will focus on the experience of raising capital from the Startup’s perspective hearing from three Australian Entrepreneurs. They will be sharing their stories of raising capital and bringing their companies from inception through to the investment backed companies they are today, giving budding entrepreneurs an insight into the journey.
If you missed the two launch events for the Singularity University Global Impact Competition this week at Griffith University, then here is your chance to watch the video of the event. Full details on the competition are here: http://gic.singularityu.org/australia
So, you came, you saw, you conquered. Awesome. But what’s next for you individually or as a team? If you were part of a team at Startup Weekend CultureHack Gold Coast, you are probably still riding that amazing high of “startup fever”. It’s infectious. Do whatever you can to capture that emotion – keep it, nurture it. But you are probably already starting to ask “what’s next” with my team? Do we go forward as a team? If so, who, how and what’s in it for each person? Here are our thoughts for the teams and founders:
The NASA Space Apps Challenge was the the largest simultaneous global hackathon that has ever taken place! From tiny events to huge gatherings–95 cites in 46 countries participated in 76 straight hours of hacking this past weekend (kicking off in Doha, Qatar and ending in Seattle, U.S.A.). Over 8000 people registered on the spaceappschallenge.org site during the past few months and those who attended your local events, as well as the virtual site, created over 600 projects during the course of the weekend.
Singularity University is a think tank organization based at the NASA Ames Research Park in the heart of the Silicon Valley, California. Their mission is to educate, inspire and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges. Their Graduate Studies Program empowers participants with the tools, knowledge, skills and mindset for delivering real humanitarian impact to 1 billion people.
Singularity University is a think tank organization based at the NASA Ames Research Park in the heart of the Silicon Valley, California. Their mission is to educate, inspire and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges. Their Graduate Studies Program empowers participants with the tools, knowledge, skills and mindset for delivering real humanitarian impact to 1 billion people. This week we are launching the Global Impact Competition Australia & New Zealand 2014. We are inviting applicants to propose innovative solutions on Climate, Environment and Energy that would significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, fossil energy use, or facilitate adaptation to climate change in any sector. The Read more
At Talent International, they’re not just about discovering great talent. They’re about rewarding it, too. So in 2014, we’re thrilled to see the return of the Talent International Talent Unleashed Awards. This year, they’re seeking entries from some amazingly talented individuals in 4 regions across the Asia-Pacific, in five award categories. If you work in or with technology, and you’ve unleashed some game changing technology either in a business environment or in the community that has the potential to transform, then they’d love to hear from you. (And if you work in the United Kingdom then fear not as we will be unleashing the awards program for UK technology professionals very Read more
2 Guest Lectures on the Gold Coast next week We are proud to announce two guest lectures next Monday night on the Gold Coast campus: Jenn Gustetic from NASA and Professor Ade Kearns of the University of Glasgow. Space are limited so please register soon to secure your spot.
If you live in startup land then you would have at least heard of a “Delaware company”. Here in the link below is some interesting reading about some of the reasons why Delaware is such a popular place to register a company. But there are other reasons too – like 200 years of proven case law that makes Delaware companies very appealing to potential investors (some US based investors will only look at Delaware-registered companies for that reason). Have a read here: http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/why-companies-including-ge-apple-cocacola-and-more-are-incorporated-in-delaware/story-fnda1bsz-1226877904035.
Calling all the ground-breakers, the risk-takers, the challenge-seekers, and the game changers. The Australian Technologies Competition is looking for Australia’s best technology companies. They will assess, mentor, profile and promote innovative and emerging technologies, that have the potential to enhance industry efficiency, resource use and competitiveness. To enter you must be an Australian-based SME company with less than 100 employees. In addition, you must own or have beneficial use of any intellectual property necessary to commercialise your technology solution. There is no limit on maximum investment raised. Full details here: http://www.austechcomp.com/
Every entrepreneur has faced the nearly impossible task of naming their startup. Branding sounds like a fun activity until you realise: There are virtually no decent .com domains available. Negotiations for .com domains are very time-consuming and potentially fruitless, especially on a lean startup budget. Having a great name is important to your success, perhaps critically so. It’s a pain to change your name later, yet it’s very possible your company will pivot. Your team is wasting precious hours/days/weeks. In the meantime, you have no brand to introduce to potential customers. So here is a useful article that came to us courtesy of Des Walsh. Have a read if you are Read more
The next Startup Weekend event is almost upon us. This Friday through Sunday over 100 participants will take part in Culture Hack at Robina. Full details are here: http://goldcoast.startupweekend.org Anyone with an idea is free to pitch on the Friday night. You dont have to pitch, but if you have an idea then you will never have a better opportunity. Pitches are strictly 1 minute, and there are no props or slides allowed. It’s simply a very relaxed, informal, open mic pitch. To help get your creative juices flowing, here are the entry criteria and some examples of ideas that are eligible:
Listen to Dr Clarence Tan talk about Singularity University at TEDx Youth in Malaysia. Want to attend Singularity University? Enter the Global Impact Competition for your chance to win a $30,000 sponsorship to attend the Graduate Studies Program in June - http://gic.singularityu.org/australia Dr Clarence N.W. Tan is currently the Australian and Malaysian Ambassador for Singularity University, a think tank based in NASA Ames Research Park in Silicon Valley. He is also the founder of Bond Wireless, an Australian-based award-winning wireless software applications and services company, and the entrepreneur in residence at Silicon Lakes. He received the Queensland government’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Fellowship for 2010. He is an Adjunct Professor at Bond University and Read more
Local government technologists are looking to the cloud to test ideas quickly and inexpensively, scale with their citizens’ needs and reduce wasteful infrastructure expenditures. AWS encourage these innovators to submit their solutions to the AWS City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge. Whether you are a local government using an AWS solution or an application developer, AWS want to hear from you! Best Practices Award Apply from March 24 – May 12, 2014 Three $50,000 prizes for local government projects This award recognizes local governments who have already adopted cloud technology. Three (3) awards of US$50,000 in promotional credit from AWS for Paid Services (as defined in the Official Rules) will be awarded Read more
Coomera Anglican College’s inaugural Networking Function, proudly presented as part of the Business Partners@ Coomera programme, is unique event is focused on providing a forum for our guest speakers to share and celebrate their inspiring, imaginative and innovative personal experiences and stories. Two members of the Silicon Lakes community will be speaking at the event: Dr Clarence Tan (our Entrepreneur in Residence) and Cameron Cross (founder of the social enterprise startup uBegin). The event is Tuesday 06 May 2014, 06:00pm - 07:30pm. Light refreshments will be available following the presentations, where you can mingle with the guest speakers and fellow audience members. This is a great opportunity for networking and fostering business connections, exchanging ideas and Read more
“The Startup Club” redesigning their platform to suit all Business Owners The Startup Club will be holding weekly meetings for its members to learn the “Art of Pitching” at CoSpaces 45 Nerang St Southport, starting on Thursday 17th April. Bookings and information by contacting Julian@thestartupclub.com.au This is a culmination of local entrepreneurs with the same passion pooling their skills to assist others in fully understanding and representing their business model(s) in such a way that they could potentially attract investment.
Are you intrigued by the NASA Space Apps Challenge but have a few questions before you sign up? Gold Coast Tech Space are joining with us to host a free pre-event information session Tuesday evening 8th April, where you can ask us whatever you like, and we shall attempt to answer
If you would like to know more about our upcoming Startup Weekend Culture Hack event on April 11-13, then come along to a free information session we are holding at Silicon Lakes today (Wednesday April 2) at 5:30pm. We’ll explain what the event is, how the weekend will run, and also give tips on how to get the most out of the experience. To come along tonight please register for a free ticket via https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/startup-weekend-information-sessions-tickets-10811927767
ilab, a Queensland start-up accelerator, is running its Winter Germinate Program to provide support, facilities, mentors and funding for passionate people to translate ideas into businesses. The program provides up to $20,000 funding for resources to help build prototypes, cut code, incorporation, marketing and to test business models. Successful applicants will build their business fast, along with other like minded and passionate entrepreneurs, in an intense 3-month program that includes workshops, mentor support and individual guidance.
Do you have a golden idea, but don’t have the resources to make it come true? Put procrastination in the past and make your dream a reality! For the second year The Loop, in partnership with TEDx Sydney, are offering you the chance to stand in front of their audiences (in Australia and around the world) to pitch your ‘Idea Worth Spreading,’ at the Loop’s flagship TEDx Sydney satellite event held at the Opera House precinct on Saturday May 26.
Silicon Beach are heading to an awesome Latin Tapas Bar in Palm Beach called Pablo Pablo. You can check them out on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pablopablolatineatery Calling all you entrepreneurs, technologists, investors and supporters who are keen to put your startup on the map! Come out for an incredible night of networking, collaboration & fun with your fellow Silicon Beach community.
You are invited to attend the second IMPACT @ Griffith Sciences Lecture, Deep Learning from Big Data presented by Professor Michael Blumenstein.
INVITATION EXPRESSWAY BizSpark Network Forum 26th March 2014 at Microsoft Innovation Centre
The Australian Sports Technologies Network (ATSN) are offering an opportunity for businesses that deliver digital sports technology solutions to participate in an exhibition at the Sports Without Borders Annual Conference to be held on Friday, 2 May 2014 at the Moonee Valley Racecourse, Melbourne. The ASTN is a Conference alliance partner together with the Victorian Government, Australian Sports Commission, VicSport, La Trobe University and others. The Conference is expected to be attended by approximately 250 sport administrators and sports decision-makers. As part of the sponsorship, the ASTN is offering 10 sport technology organisations an opportunity to participate in a Sports Tech Expo.
This is your chance to win a sponsored place to Singularity University’s Graduate Studies Program, taking place in Silicon Valley from June to August.
Bond University is proud to invite you to the first INCUBATE Demo Day. Demo Day showcases the early-stage startups selected from the Bond University for the INCUBATE Summer 2014 accelerator program. The startups have been through three months of accelerated development, received free office space and mentoring from some of Australia’s leading entrepreneurs and early-stage advisors. 4 teams have also received $5,000 funding to kickstart their business.
NASA have released the global challenges they need your help to solve during the Space Apps Challenge at Silicon Lakes on the 12th and 13th April!
Just 48 hours left to get your early bird tickets to BrandSlam! Learn how to brand yourself for business success at a half day workshop with LinkedIn expert – Des Walsh, Sonja Ceri from Media Bootcamp and Lauren Clemett from the Ultimate Business Propeller. Then join me for a networking session afterwards to introduce the new you! 8am-12pm, 30th March at the Robina Community Centre. Register on Eventbrite: http://brandslam.eventbrite.com.au
Co Spaces is hosting UBER on THURSDAY 20/3. UBER is one of the World’s fastest growing start ups with a simple goal to make cities more accessible. When: THURSDAY 20th March 5 pm – 7 pm (5:30 presentation with Q&A) Where: Event Space @cospaces – 45 Nerang St Southport Free $30 Uber credit on your first ride with promo code UberLoveMEL430787
Silicon Beach is back again, ready to put on another great night for the Silicon Beach Gold Coast community. This time they are heading to an awesome Latin Tapas Bar in Palm Beach called Pablo Pablo. You can check them out on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pablopablolatineatery Calling all you entrepreneurs, technologists, investors and supporters who are keen to put your startup on the map! Come out for an incredible night of networking, collaboration & fun with your fellow Silicon Beach community.
The Gold Coast Association of Postgraduates presents a talk by Dr. Clarence Tan (Singularity University, NASA Ames Research, Silicon Valley, USA) on > How exponential technologies impact 10 billion people positively > The future of jobs > The positive impact of technologies on human society
Silicon Lakes are looking for the next generation of technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, entrepreneurs and developers to participate with us in the 2014 Space Apps Challenge.
Find out how to maintain the privacy and protection of personal data. The new Privacy Amendment Act 2012 (effective 12 March 2014) will impact all Australian IT companies! Come to this IT Forum’s seminar and find out how to maintain the privacy and protection of personal data.
Want to know more about the upcoming Startup Weekend Gold Coast, dubbed Culture Hack? Want to make sure you get the most out of the event? Unsure whether the event is for you? Come along to our pre-event information session on Wednesday 2 April at 5:30pm at Silicon Lakes. Register for the info session here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/startup-weekend-information-sessions-tickets-10811927767
We are taking expressions of interest for anyone wanting to come to Sydney to exhibit their startup at CeBIT on 5-7 May. If we can get 5 startups to go then we can get a special rate on stands. But we need to book this week. The CeBIT Startup Package is a 2.5m x 1.5m stand with company signage. They provide the stand, table and chairs and signage. So the idea is you can simply rock up to show your wares. The stand will be in the startup section of CeBIT. If we get 5 of us to take individual stands then the price per startup is $550 + gst, Read more
Our regular monthly lunch at Silicon Lakes is on again next Tuesday from 12.30-2pm. Last month’s get together was a great success with a mix of our regular co-workers, new startups, industry experts and technology enthusiasts gathering in the sunshine with a cold drink and some good conversation. This is a casual event so there is no need to RSVP, just wander up to the balcony with your sandwich and mingle!
In today’s marketplace, it’s tough to stand out. You need to be memorable and convey the genuine you while setting yourself apart from others who may be competing for the same opportunities. How well do you market yourself in person and online? People with strong brands are clear about who they are. They know and maximize their strengths. They get feedback from others to validate how others experience them. Now is your chance to uncover and define the unique skills and strengths that will help you stand out from the crowd.
This Wednesday from 12:30-1:30pm we will be having an informal get together to plan and talk about our upcoming trip to Silicon Valley. If you have any interest, then please come along. Full details on our trip are here: http://www.siliconlakes.com.au/index.php/silicon-valley-startup-tour-2014/ And if you want to know what it is like in Silicon Valley, read this: http://www.shoestring.com.au/2014/01/san-francisco-survival-guide-aussie-entrepreneurs/
Nominations for the 2014 iAwards are now open for any startup which has developed an innovative or potential superior ICT Product. Full details here: http://www.iawards.com.au/domains-categories/pioneer-domain/start-up-iaward.aspx
Brisbane startup CeeQTM is looking for a business co-founder.
We are happy to announce that Silicon Lakes is now an AWS Activate sponsored entity. AWS have recognised our contributions to the startup ecosystem and are partnering with us to give local startups additional tools to succeed at their endeavours. This means the startups in Silicon Lakes will have access to credits, training, certifications and special offers.
Google Enterprise – Google’s Emerging Technologies for Business
If you operate a small business or work in senior management of an innovative technology business, then you might be interested in joining EXPRESSWAY Network forum’s upcoming workshop in Brisbane on February 26th. The key topic focus for February is ‘people’ - their capabilities and how you engage with them could be the make or break of your business.
In June this year we are heading back to Silicon Valley for 2 weeks. We’re opening the trip to anyone who wants to tag along. Estimated cost is about $5000 per head, depending on final numbers. If you interested then we need to confirm numbers soon, so register your interest and find out more here: http://www.siliconlakes.com.au/index.php/silicon-valley-startup-tour-2014/
Our 10 week evening class on entrepreneurship is due to commence on Feb 25th. The program runs every Tuesday night from 6:30pm to 9pm for 10 weeks. In the course we teach everything you need to know to launch a new product, business or social enterprise. Even if you don’t have an idea that you are working on, this is the perfect course to learn about rapid innovation and startup business practices. Find out more here: http://www.siliconlakes.com.au/index.php/startup-entrepreneurship-program-10-week/
Silicon Beach is running an evening with Steve Sherlock on the topic of “Early Stage Funding / Global Accelerator Programs”. Register here: http://www.meetup.com/Silicon-Beach-Gold-Coast/events/164178752/
Don’t forget that Silicon Lakes officially kicks off its 2014 calendar today with our inaugural Startup Lunch on the balcony at Silicon Lakes from 12:30 to 2pm. Bring your own lunch and socialise with the startup community. Rant, rage, ask for help or find a co-founder, or just sunbake in the hammock. No need to RSVP – just rock up on the first Tuesday of the month.
Need a kick-ass web presence but have no idea what to tell your web guy (or gal) what to do? You don’t really have the time or the knowledge to know what is needed to get a really great website that actually delivers something for your business do you? You know you need to be ‘on-line’ but what do you put on your website? And how do you ask your web designer to do what you want if you don’t even know what you need?
Think Uber for Getting Your Stuff Moved CartHopper, a Gold Coast based startup run by three local co-founders, is aiming to significantly reduce the cost of getting items moved, save people time and money, as well as earn extra cash for drivers.
Announcing our new monthly lunch get-together for startups, entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, developers and other wannabes and well-wishers, from 12:30pm on the first Tuesday of every month.
Have you been thinking it’s a new year and it’s time to get some new business cards?? If so, then get in quick to take up this fantastic offer by Print Pack and Post. For just $89 (ex-gst), you can get this special offer of 1,000 Executive Business Cards in full colour on both sides (420gsm) … yes you read that right, 1,000 business cards for $89 (ex-gst) delivered to your door.
You are cordially invited to a Presentation by Dr Clarence Tan titled: “What I learned one summer @ Singularity University @ NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley: Using Exponential Technologies to Impact 109 people positively!” Date/Time: Tuesday, January 21st @ 6pm Venue: G23 (Multimedia Building), Room 2.07A @ Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus Cost: Free (and includes light refreshments) RSVP to: Kerry O’Carroll (email@example.com) Parking: Details will be sent to all individuals closer to the date that register their RSVP
Thanks to everyone who has registered to attend our Photo shoot on Saturday. To make sure you get the best possible shots, here are a few points to consider that will help Trudi capture the essence of you on the day. Think about your image. What is the message that you want to send through this picture? Are you a corporate professional? Is your business in the natural therapies field? The look of the image and your choice of clothing should reflect your industry and be appropriate for the clients that you want to attract or connect with. Does the feel of the picture need to be formal, or do Read more
Today is the last day to vote for our local Aussie teams in the Global Startup Battle. Let’s help get a local Gold Coast team on the winning stage in Silicon Valley. Vote today…
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so what does your profile picture say about you? It’s time to update your mug shot with a professional head shot at our upcoming photo shoot.
Local startup, Cartesian Co, have developed a way for you to print electronic circuits to paper.
If you conduct research and development, did you know that you may be entitled to offset some of the costs through the R&D Tax Incentive?
There were 3 teams at Startup Weekend Gold Coast with founders under the age of 15.
We are very excited to invite you to help celebrate the end of the year with a combined Gold Coast Techie Christmas Party at the Stingray in the retro QT Hotel on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 from 6:00 PM
The second Startup Weekend Gold Coast event has just wrapped up, with over 80 people participating in the event in some form during the weekend. An incredible 28 startup ideas were pitched on Friday night, including 4 pitches from children under 15 years of age.
So, you came, you saw, you conquered. Awesome. But what’s next for you individually or as a team?
Slingshot and the University of Newcastle is calling for students, staff and friends of UON to share their killer ideas for the chance to be noticed and gain support and resources toward turning these ideas into reality.
The excitement and support of startup weekend is set to continue post event! Our startup weekend mentor Sonja Ceri is hosting 2 social media training events on Wednesday 2oth and Wednesday 27th at Palm Beach. These free training sessions are tailored to startups who are trying to establish an online brand through social media channels.
Do you want to be in competition for some massive global prizes? Do you want to become the best of the best of Startup Weekend? Attend Startup Weekend Gold Coast this coming weekend and battle against thousands of entrepreneurs from 113 cities across the globe in the most innovative weekend of the year!
Amazon Web Services is running a webinar on Nov 13 to introduce you to cloud computing and their services.
We have someone that is looking for a ride to Startup Weekend on November 15 to 17. They live in Ashmore, just off Southport-Nerang Rd (Hinde St). If you are attending Startup Weekend and live nearby or pass-by Ashmore on your way to Robina, then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass your details on.
We have now released observer tickets for Startup Weekend Gold Coast, as well as places in our child minding creche. Startup Weekend will commence at 6:30pm on Friday 15th November. Grab your tickets to secure your place. Full information on the event and ticket purchases are available via: http://goldcoast.startupweekend.org/
The early bird discount tickets for Startup Weekend expire today, October 31st. This is your last chance to get cheap tickets to the next Gold Coast Startup Weekend to be held on November 15 to 17 at Silicon Lakes at Robina. To find out more, and secure your tickets, head on over to: http://goldcoast.startupweekend.org/
Here is a video on the first Startup Weekend Gold Coast event back in July: http://vimeo.com/71118348
On Friday the 22nd of November, 2013, the Lord Mayor Graham Quirk along with Councillor Julian Simmonds, Chairman of the Finance, Economic Development and Administration Committee, are hosting an event to engage with the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry and business communities.
City Forward is a free, web-based platform that enables users – city officials, researchers, academics and interested citizens world-wide – to view and interact with city data while engaging in an ongoing public dialogue.
The Indigenous Social Enterprise Fund (ISEF) provides investment and business support to Indigenous social enterprises.
We’ve extended the discounted early-bird tickets for Startup Weekend until 31 October. So get in quick to save on your ticket. Startup Weekend is on from November 15 to 17. You can purchase your tickets now via: https://swgc2.eventbrite.com
Startup Weekend Gold Coast is fast approaching again (November 15-17). We are looking for mentors and volunteers who can assist over the weekend. Specifically, we are looking for mentors who have experience launching (and preferably also exiting) a successful startup (experience with startup failures is also beneficial). For volunteers we need people who can assist over the weekend with setup, catering, and other administrative tasks. If you are interested, or know someone who you’d like to recommend, then please drop us an email at email@example.com.
Steve Dalton from Gold Coast Tech Space is running a free weekly study group for anyone interested in doing this free online course with Mongo University in October. There is a commitment of about 5 hours a week to do the course. Full details here: http://www.meetup.com/goldcoastjs/events/146423322/
Premier’s Open Data Awards – Mixer Event Have an innovative idea for how to use Queensland Government data? Prize money to the value of $20,000 is up for grabs for entries that demonstrate the most innovative use of, and real outcomes from, public data. Come along to our Open Data Mixer event on 31 August 2013 to learn more about the competition, meet other participants to form teams, listen to industry leaders in open data, and learn about the State Government’s open datasets.
Ladies, are you free on Wednesday night? Fantastic! Why not come along to the first of our ‘Sip, Share and Succeed’ evenings at Silicon Lakes? These monthly get togethers are for new or aspiring business owners, business women and working mums because we believe that when we work together…women can achieve amazing things! As the name suggests, there will be wine to sip, a guest speaker to share their experience and/or expertise and an opportunity to network with a group of motivated and entrepreneurial women who are keen to see you succeed. The topic for our first meeting is “Making the transition from Employee to Entrepreneur”. We will discuss the Read more
The first Startup Weekend for the Gold Coast was run on July 19 to 21 at Silicon Lakes in Robina. Here are the results. Participation Over 140 people were involved in the weekend, either as participants, observers, mentors, judges, organisers, or volunteers. 32 ideas were pitched, and out of that 60+ people formed 9 teams, and all 9 teams made it through to present their startup for judging on the Sunday night (although some did pivot away from their original idea).
So, you came, you saw, you conquered. Awesome. But what’s next for you individually or as a team? If you were part of a team at Startup Weekend Gold Coast, you are probably still riding that amazing high of “startup fever”. It’s infectious. Do whatever you can to capture that emotion and keep it. The Startup Weekend event and format is fundamentally focussed on education through experience, and having fun. If teams go forward post event then that is a bonus. So you are probably starting to ask “what’s next” with my team? Do we go forward as a team? If so, who, how and what’s in it for each Read more
Gold Coast City Council is running a coaching session on exporting, and the Queensland Government is running a session on Government tendering.
Cameron Cross from Wishing Well will be hosting a discussion session on Drupal at the Robina Community Centre (room 2.1) on Wednesday 24th July from 12:30 to 1:30pm. It’s an informal and free event, so rock on up if you want to learn more about Drupal.
The Australian Innovation Challenge is now open and looking for both individuals and teams in a range of categories.
The next Founders Forum breakfast is on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 from 7:30 to 9:30am. Tickets are $50.
The first event in the “Questions On Capital” series will provide both experienced and budding entrepreneurs with an insight into the Brisbane Venture Capital scene. Come along and hear from special guest panel members from freshly raised Brisbane based venture capital funds.
Impact Engine in Chicago USA has a 16 week accelerator program. They provide $25,000 of upfront cash in exchange for 7% equity in your company. They are looking for innovative ideas that address today’s societal and environmental challenges. The medium doesn’t matter – meaning they don’t limit ourselves solely to tech startups. Their first cohort, Impact 1, included a variety of Internet-based and products-focused companies across different sectors and countries. Details here: http://theimpactengine.com/program/program-overview/
The possibilities afforded by 3D printing keep expanding. From spider robots to prosthetics for ducks, the sky seems to be the limit. Researchers at North Carolina State University have taken the technology one step further with the discovery of a method for printing liquid metal.
Startup Weekend is all about rapidly launching a new business, Silicon Valley style. It’s about bootstrapping, rapid prototyping, collaboration, customer validation, and most importantly, having fun. Once you have participated in a Startup Weekend, you will most likely want to participate in many more. But understanding the true value of the weekend as a pre-first-time attendee can be a little hard, so here are my thoughts on why you are a COMPLETE IDIOT if you do not attend at least one Startup Weekend event. Read on.
About 40 people attended the Silicon Lakes presentation on their recent Silicon Valley trip and their recommendations for startups. Here is a copy of the presentation made by Aaron on Thursday night: Download Here
Here are two great websites to help you get your investment pitch and idea pitch tested and validated.
Just a quick reminder that our presentation on our recent trip to Silicon Valley is on this Thursday 11 July at 6:30pm in room 1.3 at the Robina Community Centre, San Antonio Court, Robina. Details here: http://ec2-54-206-2-89.ap-southeast-2.compute.amazonaws.com/index.php/events/event/silicon-valley-trip-presentation/
Here are some resources for learning Agile.
APPLICATIONS TO BE ONE OF THE TECH23 IN 2013 ARE OPEN! Now in its fifth year, Tech23 is THE must-attend innovation event of the year!
Most Australian’s have probably not heard of a “b-corp” just yet, but it’s big news. B Corps are a new model for doing business that sits in the gap between a for-profit commercial enterprise, and a not-for-profit charity. Thus a B Corp is a company where the number one goal is social benefit, and the secondary goal is to make a profit.
The City of Gold Coast Gold has developed an Export Assistance Scheme that will provide financial support to Gold Coast City exporters who are both export ready and/or who have identified international markets for their products and services. The program will be used to assist individual companies that meet the criteria as set out by Gold Coast City Council. Through the Export Assistance Scheme, City of Gold Coast will provide funding by categories to approved companies. Category A includes North East Asia (NEA) and South East Asia South Asia Pacific (SEASAP) and will be funded $1,500. Category B includes Europe Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and the Americas and will Read more
Startup Weekend Gold Coast runs from July 19 to 21. Register here: http://swgoldcoast-es2.eventbrite.com/
Work Club Gold Coast look forward to you joining them for a wine and tapas event featuring a bespoke presentation by futurist Craig Rispin titled Future Gaze.
Queensland looking for data gurus Queensland is putting out the call to all smart web and application developers and data gurus to create solutions for Queensland as part of the new Premier’s Awards for Open Data.
Lord Mayor’s Budding Entrepreneurs Program An Initiative of Digital Brisbane The Budding Entrepreneurs program aims to encourage people to take the plunge.
As part of the Queensland Premier’s Open Data Awards, TransLink is holding a Data Showcase on Saturday 10 Aug 2013. This is a great information sharing opportunity for all developers who want to build customer information applications with real-time public transport data.
Due to the Silicon Beach event on in Brisbane on Thursday night, we are cancelling the upcoming social night. Instead we will hold a presentation on Thursday 11th July on our recent trip to Silicon Valley. You can register for that night here: http://svtrip.eventbrite.com.au/
Women as Entrepreneurs (WE Local) has arrived on the Gold Coast, and Silicon Lakes is hosting the monthly meetup on every second Wednesday of the month, starting this Wednesday 12th June at 6:30pm. This event is strictly for females only, and will be hosted by Sharon Hunneybell. Find out more here: http://ec2-54-206-2-89.ap-southeast-2.compute.amazonaws.com/index.php/events/event/women-entrepreneurs-local-event/
Checkout the Gold Coast GovHack 2013 event video made by team GovHat and posted on YouTube, and remember to vote for the national awards.
The national and local winners of GovHack 2013 will be announced on Thursday June 6 starting at 4pm. Reserve your place now for our ceremony at Silicon Lakes in Robina for the live cross to Canberra. Immediately after the awards we will also have a presentation from Zezan Tam and Dr Clarence Tan, SU Ambassador for Australia, on the upcoming 10 week program at Singularity University in Silicon Valley. Reserve your seat now: http://govhackgc.eventbrite.com.au/
GovHack Gold Coast registrations have now passed 50 participants and 30 observers, meaning we have overtaken registrations for several of the capital city events, including Brisbane. Remember, it kicks off at 6pm Friday evening at Robina. Here’s some stuff you need to know…
The count down is on to GovHack – the weekend hack-a-thon to build a product or service using public/open data-sets. There are still some places left for participants and observers, so jump on and register. We’ve already heard about some great potential ideas people are bringing to the event. To give you some food for thought, check out these links.
Our free 10 week course on “How to build a lean startup” launched this last Monday night, with a great attendance. The course goes through the process of turning an idea into a viable business model. If you missed it, you can still join us for week two this coming Monday at 6:30pm at Silicon Lakes. Just reserve your place online at http://www.meetup.com/Silicon-Beach-Gold-Coast/events/119286562/.
Your Invitation to join an exclusive investors event CeBIT Pitch and Funding Day Thursday 30 May 2013 08.30am – 4.15pm
We are running an evening course on “How to build a lean startup” starting on Monday 20 May at 6:30pm, running for 10 weeks (event sponsor needed). Find out more here: http://ec2-54-206-2-89.ap-southeast-2.compute.amazonaws.com/index.php/events/event/build-startup-lean-launchpad-evening-session/
GovHack runs from May 31 to June 2, and the Gold Coast event has some of the best prizes of any of the national events. Register you and your team via http://govhack2013.eventbrite.com.au/ today to ensure your chance at winning some great cash and mentoring prizes.
We are now fully booked for our Silicon Valley trip from June 12 to 25. Looking forward to expanding our networks, learning, and hopefully getting some agreements signed. We will report back to everyone with the outcomes.
Want to build an app or web service in a weekend? Developers and non-techs can come and be part of this national event.
Don’t forget about NASA’s apps challenge this weekend! The International Space Apps Challenge is a technology development event during which citizens from around the world work together to solve challenges relevant to improving life on Earth and life in space. Join us in over 75 cities around the world or at home on April 20-21, 2013. Visit http://www.spaceappschallenge.org for more information.
Last week, the Data Center of China Internet (DCCI) released a report (h/t Tech In Asia) that showed nearly 35 percent of the Android apps it surveyed were secretly stealing user data unrelated to the app’s functionality. The DCCI, a research institute, looked at 1,400 apps downloaded from different app markets and found that 66.9 percent were tracking users’ private data, with 34.5 percent collecting information that had no connection to the app’s usage. Read more here.
Well it’s official – Silicon Lakes is now open for business. 76 people attended our launch event at Robina, to hear Ray Stevens MP (Queensland state member for Mermaid) and Cr Jan Grew (GCCC Division 11) officially open our new not-for-profit.
We had confirmation today that Ray Stevens MP (Leader of the House/Manager of Government Business, Assistant Minister to the Premier on e-Government, and State Member for Mermaid Beach) will officially open Silicon Lakes at our launch event on Tuesday 12 March, at 6:30pm. Tickets for the event are free, but you must register to reserve your place. Click here for details.
A patent attorney in Brisbane sent me this great YouTube video of a mythical (fake) app, called “The App App”. The idea behind this app is that users can pitch their app idea to the app, and the app spits back its assessment as to whether the idea has merit. Check out the video here: http://youtu.be/gW9NRbLtskM
Following on from the Australian Association of Angel Investors Conference last week, here is some data out of the USA on American angel investors. The average angel investor in the U.S.A. is 47 years old, is worth $750,000, makes $90,000 a year, invests in one out of every 10 deals he sees, shovels $37,000 into each deal, and lives in California. The top industry for both number of angel deals and dollars invested is the “internet” industry, followed by healthcare. Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/02/19/the-rise-of-the-angel-investor-infographic/#H0LM3X5PyOc2XHFS.99
Bloomberg Rankings have released their 50 Most Innovative Countries report. Australia ranked 22nd.
Understanding the reason why we want to do something is really critical in any decision making and planning processes. Armed with a clear understanding of our goals and motivations, we can then clearly define our intended destination, and produce our roadmap to get us from here to there. So why do people want to develop apps?
Sadly there are many corporations that approach innovation with an outdated business model
Solid business plans don’t guarantee success. But for entrepreneurs with decent ideas, they surely boost the odds. In this quick blog post we outline some of the essential items your business plan must have.
Sandy Plunkett has written an interesting article for the Sydney Morning Herald titled “IT’s a man’s world when it comes to start-ups” (8 February 2013).
The latest Developer Economics Report (Jan 2013) is out now. Download the report here.
The Directors of Silicon Lakes were delighted to attend the Silicon Beach Open Networking event hosted by GC Council Member Glenn Tozer. Glenn gave a fantastic speech titled “I’m an Idea Thief”. You can read his speech here: http://www.glenntozer.com.au/general/im-an-idea-thief-open-data-and-the-gold-coast/. Glenn is a forward thinking councillor, and really is pro-active in fostering the local developer and start-up community. We encourage you to follow Glenn Tozer on Twitter (@GlennontheGC) and on Facebook.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee will be presenting a lecture at Griffith University (Gold Coast campus) on Saturday 2nd February 2013. Sir Tim is credited with inventing the World Wide Web after creating the very first web page while working at CERN in 1989. The lecture is part of Tim’s TBL Downunder Tour, and will be the only stop in Queensland during his visit. Silicon Lakes is a proud sponsor of the event, and we encourage anyone interested in attending to register early, as tickets will go fast.
App Empire by Chad Mureta Published by John Wiley & Sons Inc, 2012. I was aware of Chad Mureta and his amazing success at building apps long before I read his book, so straight away I knew it would be a book well worth reading. So I started the book expecting to be blown away with valuable insights, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Only 4.8% of Australian technology startups grow into successful, global companies whereas many more Silicon Valley (8%) and New York (6.7%) based startups reach scale, according to new research released today, Silicon Beach: A study of the Australian Startup Ecosystem.
THE 4-HOUR WORK WEEK Timothy Ferris “The 4-hour Work Week” is another book on the must-read list for budding and experienced entrepreneurs. This No. 1 New York Times Best Seller is a true manifesto of the modern mobile lifestyle. The goal of the book is to teach you how to look at your work life differently, and to spend more time enjoying experiences and less time working.
Silicon Lakes will be visiting Silicon Valley from 3 to 18 June 2014. And this time we’re taking startups with us. The 2014 tour will be a 2-week trip through the startup epicentre of the universe, starting in San Francisco, and heading down through the valley. We are also planning an option 2 day stop in Las Vegas to see the downtown startup precinct. Tentative dates for the trip are 3 to 18 June, subject to confirmation. We’ll visit the Google campus and other tourist sites, but more importantly, we will immerse you in the startup culture. We’ll go to local meetups and events daily, attend a demo day and Read more
Startup Entrepreneurship Program (evening course) This 10 week program provides hands-on instruction on how to turn an idea into a viable and sustainable business or social enterprise. The course teaches the lean startup methodology of launching and testing a new ideas and getting them to market quickly. This course is very hands-on. If you are sitting on an idea, then this is your perfect chance to launch that idea. Participants will learn how to build a business, Silicon Valley style. Target Audience: This course is ideal for anyone who has an idea for a new product, business, social enterprise or other new venture. The course will step attendees through every Read more
Everyone involved in Silicon Lakes is a volunteer – they do not earn any financial reward for the time they contribute to Silicon Lakes. They work at Silicon Lakes because they are passionate about helping local startups and entrepreneurs, and because they believe that the Gold Coast is the best location for launching a global startup.
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Silicon Lakes is a startup incubator. What does that mean? Well it means we help turn ideas into viable businesses or social enterprises. We are a not-for-profit community group, driven by volunteers with the desire to help budding entrepreneurs build businesses. We are all about training future leaders and entrepreneurs to build and launch innovative, scalable ideas into global organisations. Whether you have an idea for a new app, website, technology, charity or social enterprise, we are here to help. How do we help We provide entrepreneur training, education and mentoring via our formal program and other events. We leverage our network of professional service providers to help you get Read more
We have recently moved to a new co-working facility called Wotso. Updated detail, photos, and pricing will appear here shortly. You can come and visit the new space between 9am and 5pm weekdays at: Suite 21, Level 2, The Exchange, 194 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes.
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Sylvie Danoy has over 20 years experience in business development and management. She has experience in the consulting, civil engineering, construction, retail banking, hospitality and fashion industries. She took a business consulting start up to a commercially successful business. She grew a network of licensed business consultants within Australia/ New Zealand. She mentored those consultants to grow their own successful consultancy. She devised, developed and presented training sessions in the field of business, consulting, online marketing and business development- and more particularly educated on new and emerging business trends, smart business tools and emerging online platforms. She also researched and developed new business concepts to help businesses grow and succeed within Read more
Yvette Adams is a multi-award winning business woman and serial entrepreneur having started 5 businesses from scratch, the first a newspaper when she was just 17, and 2 of which she has since sold. She is the founder and owner of The Creative Collective, a creative services and training agency and awardshub.com - an online portal for businesses wanting to find business awards to enter. Her level of expertise has been recognised by several Government departments and has seen The Creative Collective win multiple tenders on behalf of organisations such as AusIndustry, Sunshine Coast Council and DEEDI. She has consulted hundreds of businesses in New Zealand, the UK and Australia on their Read more
UX, Accessibility & Adobe Technologies As a Solutions Consultant (Digital Media) for Adobe ANZ, Richard has a major role in promoting Adobe products and services to the community, as well as managing two of the four Brisbane Adobe User Groups. With more than 18 years in the multimedia and web application development field, as both an Adobe Certified Developer and Instructor, he has been involved in the development of many high profile projects for the Australian Army, Air Services Australia, Suncorp and Caterpillar, to name but a few.
Danny Maher has had over 20 years in the IT industry in executive, management, sales/marketing and technical roles. Mr. Maher is a professional commercialiser of innovation and an executive level, multinational business leader in software development, internet technologies, data communications, network management, Software as a Service and Cloud Computing. Mr. Maher has worked extensively at executive level throughout the Asia Pacific region as well as spending a number of years in senior positions in the USA and the UK. 8 of the organisations Mr Maher has worked in at a full time capacity in the last 13 years have been acquired via trade sale (on average one every 20 months). Read more
David Petar Novakovic David is an award winning technology rockstar who is highly regarded as a startup innovator, software engineer and business communicator. Most notably he was one of the founding software engineers on the We Are Hunted project (acquired by Twitter 2012, AIMIA Best Entertainment Winner 2010) where he designed and developed a large part of the backend technology. He has also been Lead Engineer on projects such as http://eatlove.com.au (AIMIA Best Publisher Winner 2013) and http://brandkarma.com (XMediaLab 2010). On top of development he has overseen, project managed and executed several mobile music apps for clients of We Are Hunted during his work there. He has a Masters in IT, specializing in Natural Read more
Founded in 1936, Cullens is one of Australia’s leading firms of patent and trade mark attorneys with offices in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Townsville. Cullens also practices direct in New Zealand, and through a network of world-wide agents. Todd Martin heads Cullen’s Gold Coast office. He is a registered US, Australian and New Zealand patent and trade marks attorney, as well as a qualified lawyer in California, Washington DC, Ohio and Virginia. Some of Todd’s areas of specialty include general information technology, software/Internet, and applications involving wireless communications. He has considerable experience in preparing, filing, registering and defending patents, both domestically and internationally. Prior to becoming a patent attorney, Todd Read more
Bill Potter has been a founding director of three venture funds, Austech Ventures, one of seven Federal Government Management and Investment Companies licensed in 1984, The North Australian Innovation Fund in 1997 and The Pioneer Pooled Development Fund in 2003. All three funds have had an early stage technology focus assisting ventures beyond the seed capital stage into the critical market growth phase. He was also a founding Advisor to the AusIndustry COMET Program in 2000. Companies invested in at an early stage include Cochlear and Peplin Biotech which are now international listed companies. Bill is an active investor/mentor who believes in working with entrepreneurs at the mine face rather Read more
Steve Dalton is a Software Engineer, Entrepreneur, Maker & connector. In frustration at the lack of cohesive tech community on the Gold Coast he co-founded the Gold Coast TechSpace in 2011 based on the worldwide Hackerspace model. The TechSpace starting in a shed in Southport and has now moved to it’s current multi-purpose location on Nind St. Steve’s particular interest is in Tech Education, in particular Software, Electronics & Robotics and recently started the very popular Lego workshops for kids, held in the School holidays. He is also a passionate advocate for Open Source and Free Software, particularly in Education. As well as being a technical and startup mentor, Steve Read more
Silicon Lakes is a Microsoft BizSpark Network Partner Microsoft® has an exciting program specifically designed to provide early stage Startups like yours with software, support, and visibility to help ignite your success. The program, called BizSpark™, provides access to: Software. Join BizSpark and you’re just clicks away from having access to current, full-featured development tools, including Windows Azure, Microsoft’s Cloud Computing Platform, plus production licensing to develop and bring your solution to market. Support. BizSpark provides you with professional technical support from Microsoft and connects you to a global community of business experts who can help guide you through the hurdles of growing your business. Visibility. Through BizSpark, you’ll have Read more
SticknLog is a father and son collaboration conceived as a vehicle for “bringing ideas to life”. Through SticknLog we aim to remain true to our inner creativeness and pursue with vigor, every one of our dreams and ideas. It is our hope that through this pursuit of our own dreams and ideas, we will be able to collaborate with and assist other creative and innovative people to bring their ideas to life. About Us: “Stick” is a teenage singer, songwriter, musician and dancer, with a cert 4 in digital media. He has been invited to performed at gala events for Qld Education, 2018 Commonwealth Games and was a lead vocalist Read more
PokaJot provides graphic services for small businesses and startups, and we even have some digital startups of our own. We thrive in the spirit of entrepreneurialism. http://www.pokajot.com The Pokajot management team is made up of the two Australian Co-founders, Jacob Turner and Britney Marsden. Jacob is a qualified Chartered Accountant, with a bachelor degree in Commerce, and a bachelor degree in Business Management from the University of Queensland. Jacob brings a wealth of financial knowledge and commercial acumen to the table, with over six years experience working with leading global companies, including KPMG and Hatch Consulting. Britney strengthens the creative side, leveraging her bachelor of Visual Media from Griffith University’s Read more
Robb has worked at the nexus of business and technology throughout his career and has always pursued a true hands-on knowledge of both fields. Early in his career Robb had the good fortune to lead the business and systems analysis teams for companies such as Deloitte, Fidelity Investments, SITA Telecommunications and BSkyB. Over a number of years Robb built an extensive portfolio of successful projects across Australia, the UK and Europe. After returning to Australia and first establishing a successful hospitality management business, Robb took the role of COO at Deputy.com. Robb joined the two co-founders on day one in a warehouse in southern Sydney, with a blank sheet of Read more
Davies Collison Cave provides an extensive range of strategically focused intellectual property services including expert advice in patents, trade marks, domain names, trade secrets, copyright and design protection, as well as licensing, litigation and related legal and commercial matters. Davies Collison Cave boasts over 80 lawyers and attorneys, and more than 37 partners focused solely on the intellectual property needs of our clients. Our industry-leading teams are pioneers of Australian IP law, head international professional bodies, are called upon to advise government on IP policy and have proven records as respected advocates. Davies Collison Cave can trace back over 130 years of intellectual property protection in Australia, having helped pioneer Read more
Tara Hayes is the Event Manager at Silicon Lakes Limited and is the owner of Tara Beth Events. Over the past 4 years, Tara has been involved in planning a diverse number of events. Her Bachelor of Commerce and experience in marketing and event coordinating have allowed her to be thorough and creative in her ability to adapt to the needs of clientele with out-of-the-box concepts. Responsible for a wide variety of events, such as the Toronto Food Show with 150 vendors participating and over 2,300 attendees, Fenix Transformation Challenge with over 500 attendees, Awards dinner with over 700 attendees, LG Fashion Week by L’Oreal Paris, Splash Luxury Pool Event Read more
Peep Digital is an early-stage start-up with an entire new system for teaching English, and is positioned to tap the digital “edutainment” language sector. Founder Greg Beaver is currently working with us on a “minimal viable product” (version 1) app to launch with. Greg recently finished first at Silicon Lakes App Comp 2012, out of a field of 25 app idea entries. As well as winning a cash prize, Greg also won a one year scholarship into our Silicon Lakes co-working space.
Bill Bass is a founding Director at Silicon Lakes, focussed on corporate strategy and commercialisation. Bill holds senior executive positions with International and Australian private and public companies including financial stewardship, business acquisitions, governance, secretariat and leading business re-engineering projects. Bill is a non-executive director and Company Secretary at the publically listed dental group 1300SMILES Limited, and is Chairman of China Magnesium Corporation Ltd, and Australian ASX listed company (ASX code: CMC) holding controlling interest in an integrated magnesium production & distribution joint venture with operations in China. Bill is an Associate at SolutionWise, providing business coaching and executive mentoring. Bill is also an Associate at Managers & Directors, and is Read more
Aaron Birkby is a serial startup founder and passionate startup advocate. Aaron is one of the founders and Directors at Silicon Lakes Limited, an Australian not-for-profit public company focussed on teaching founders and entrepreneurs, as well as mentoring startups. Aaron is also a co-founder and Director at App Start Studios Pty Ltd, which is an app development company, and founder of Coded Intelligence Pty Limited, which has a remote telemetry monitor system for amusement rides and vending machines. Aaron was also a founding Director at Arinda Internet, a business that specialises in internet kiosks, wireless hotspots and digital wireless advertising systems. Aaron jointly operated the Arinda business for 8 years prior Read more
Spark Concepts is an early-stage start-up focussed on building gaming apps for iOS and Android. They are currently enrolled in our mentoring program. Founders Adon and Rhys are currently busy in the conceptualisation and design phase of their first app, dubbed the “My Monster Project” – it certainly is a huge monster of an app to be undertaking! Adon and Rhys recently finished equal second at App Comp 2012, out of a field of 25 app idea entries. As well as winning a cash prize, the boys also won a one year scholarship into our Silicon Lakes incubator program and co-working space.
Silicon Lakes Limited
A.B.N. 59 162 025 934
Suite 21, Level 2
194 Varsity Parade
VARSITY LAKES QLD 4227