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  1. Got a short film idea? Win an indie production worth $12,000

    Want to turn your script into a film? Upload your 90 second pitch for a 10 minute or less short film. The winner gets $12,000 worth of free rental hire to turn your idea into a reality.  To enter, visit:

  2. Startup Weekend Tourism and Hospitality May 1-3

    A tourism themed Startup Weekend: pitch and work on new ideas to innovate the global tourism and hospitality industries. Do you have an idea for a new product or service in the tourism or hospitality sector?  Are you sitting on the next Uber or AirBnB?  Or just curious about how to launch a global startup?  Come and get involved at Startup Weekend Tourism & Hospitality!  It’s happening on May 1-3 at Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast. This event is Tourism themed, meaning that the ideas pitched will need to be related to tourism and hospitality.  Maybe it’s a new travel app, a new piece of software for hotel management, a new tool Read more

  3. Annual IDEA Network Pitch Night – Brisbane – 17 October

    Continuing on with the success from last year, The Annual IDEA Network Pitch Night is here bigger and stronger with more ideas and prizes flowing than before. IDEA Network proudly brings you a night that’s meant to be unforgettable with 5 finalists team carefully selected from IDEA Network Entrepreneurial Competition. They will be pitching their start-up ideas in front of prominent judges (comprising of mentors, investors and many start-up alumni) and you. Whether you are pitching or spectating, drinks and food are guaranteed, what’s better than releasing your creative minds from the normal uni days and enjoy the benefits of the event. Enjoy this night with overflowing drinks and delicious Read more

  4. 100 Investors in Aussie Startups (by Startup Daily)

    Interested to know who is investing in what in Australia.  Check out this list of 100 local investors:

  5. Delving into Disruption: Creative³ 2014

    Australia’s only incubator and investor for creative industries, QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA), established Creative³ forum five years ago to help creative ventures succeed. This year’s Creative³ conference celebrated the game changers, the business leaders and the disruptive thinkers – bringing together the creative industry’s brightest minds and empowering the next wave of entrepreneurs with the theme ‘radical thinking and disruptive approaches’ to innovation in business. Creative³ is the only conference of its kind that bridges the gap between arts, technology and business to celebrate the sector where they collide: the creative industries. The more than 300 creative entrepreneurs and professionals attending Creative³ forum offeredenthusiastic accolades and left energised to work Read more

  6. SLIM Conference 2014

    Where: Varsity College Senior Campus When:  Tuesday 9th December 2014 Who:     Opening keynote speaker Dan Haesler has been confirmed with many other presenters offering workshops during the day Price:     $100 (EQ employees) $150 (Non-EQ employees) Registration:  Via the surveymonkey link to the right

  7. How to start a startup – Y-Combinator lectures at Stanford #1

  8. The F1® Connectivity Innovation Prize – Challenge 2 is now LIVE

    This is your opportunity to win VIP trips to the 2015 Grand Prix De Monaco and the $50,000 grand prize.  Tata Communications is pleased to announce the second challenge of the groundbreaking F1® Connectivity Innovation Prize. Challenge 2 – The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team Global Scrapbook Challenge – tasks entrants to create and sustain a virtual museum that tells the story of Mercedes’ storied history in the sport. Celebrating the periods of 1950-55 and 1993 to the present day, your solution must demonstrate how you would build an online treasury of anecdote, recollection and intrigue that will attract browsing visitors as well as contributors. Click here to hear what competition judge Lewis Hamilton has to say about the challenge and to Read more

  9. 2014 Premier’s Awards for Open Data

    Calling on all web and app developers, graphic designers and digital entrepreneurs! The search is on for the most innovative use of Queensland Government Open Data. The 2014 Premier’s Awards for Open Data will recognise and celebrate innovation in Queensland. We want you to transform Queensland Government Data into something beneficial to the Queensland community and maybe even start a new business. Use the information on to the limits of your imagination: create an app; graphically represent it; use it in any way you please. There are more than 1300 datasets available now for you to use: check out data on guide dogs, wave heights, shark captures, 3D dinosaurs Read more

  10. City of Gold Coast’s 2015 Australia Day Awards

    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

  11. 2014 Queensland Small Business Week

    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.

  12. You are invited to join the 2014 Queensland Small Business Week celebrations!

    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:

  13. Channel 10 is looking for startups for a new TV show

    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.

  14. New fund AirTree to invest up to $5m in 15 early growth stage tech firms

    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:

  15. IBM SmartCamp Sydney 2014

    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: Simply Read more

  16. Creative3 – An investor pitching event for creative startups on Thurs 18 September 2014

    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 If you are selected you must be able to present in person Read more

  17. Event: Creative³ 18–19 September 2014

    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.

  18. The next Startup Weekend GC – November 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

  19. Gov Hack 2014

    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

  20. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Procurement Supplier Information Sessions

    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).

  21. Silicon Lakes Networking Lunch 12.30pm – Tuesday 3rd June

    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.

  22. Announcing Winner of Singularity University ANZ Global Impact Competition 2014

    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

  23. Learn to Code on The Gold Coast with the Coder Factory, 21st-22nd June

    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…

  24. SolutionsConnect 2014 with IBM in Brisbane on 27 May

    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:

  25. GovHack 2014 – register now

    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.

  26. The Startup Club – Southport Meeting – April 17 6:30pm

    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

  27. Startup Weekend CultureHack 2014 results

    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.

  28. A list of 100 accelerators in incubators in Asia Pacific

    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:

  29. Tuesday Lunch at Silicon Lakes, 12.30-2pm

    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!

  30. IDEA Network & 180DC Presents: Singularity University & Exponential Technology with Dr Clarence Tan

    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.

  31. Creative Chatter 2014 by DIA Gold Coast

    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.

  32. AIC Webinar Series for 2014

    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.

  33. Startup Muster 2013 – Help show what the Australian Startup Scene really looks like

    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. I urge you to add your business and to pass this on to any other startups you know Read more

  34. Enhance your entrepreneurship skills – 10 week course commences Tuesday

    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:

  35. Startup Weekend Gold Coast – April 11-13

    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:

  36. Startup Entrepreneurship Program – 10 week evening course

    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.

  37. Startup Spring 2013: 18 Sep – 9 Oct

    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

  38. Startup Weekend Gold Coast – 15-17 November

    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.

  39. Singularity University GSP13 opening ceremony

    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.

  40. Interactive Minds Digital Summit 2013

    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,, NRMA and more. Full details here:

  41. The hunt is on for 100 women of influence

    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.

  42. CampJS – Gold Coast Hinterland August 2013

    Bringing together the most awesome JavaScript talent from Australia & worldwide.

  43. Google I/O 2013

    Silicon Lakes hosted the Google I/O 2013 keynote review this morning at 7am.  In case you missed the keynote, here it is.

  44. Startup Weekend Gold Coast – 19-21 July

    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:  

  45. ABC Coast FM 91.7 App Segment

    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!

  46. Gaming app downloads to reach 81 billion in 2013 – SMH

    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:

  47. Apps Expo and App Comp 2012

    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.

  48. Results from Australia’s first Startup Weekend Health

    Australia’s first Startup Weekend for Health was held at the Translational Research Institute (TRI) at the Mater Hospital last weekend, and was a huge success. 157 people were involved as participants, mentors, judges, and volunteers. 12 teams formed on the Friday night, of which 10 made it to pitches on Sunday night. The winning team was Dr Know – an automated patient reminder service for immunisations, pap smears, dentist, blood pressure checks, etc. Second place was a new cushion to reduce bed sores, but with an unrealised potential to add a digital aspect to it to capture data and alert staff to move patients etc.  Two of the teams won Read more

  49. startup bootcamp to broadcast

    National Health and Wellbeing Innovation Challenge 6 month program – bootcamp to broadcast • Consumer products/service – new concepts, prototypes •Up to $40K in services – mentoring, filming, promotion and preparation for mass audience viewing and investment = 7% equity •Mentors, advisors and service providers in health, entrepreneurship and investment •Further cash investment of up to $40K for vetted teams = 7% Proudly supported by: Little Tokyo Two, Fishburners, York Butter Factory, Inspire9, Brisbane Healthtech Innovation Qld, Sydney Healthtech Meetup, Startup Healthtech Melborune, Anthill Magazine Senior Advisors: Peter Davison, Paypal investor, Fishburners co-founder Scott Frew, Cchair and Founder, Distribution Centre, BRW fast growing 5 years in a row Meet Read more

  50. Startup Weekend Health – Brisbane

    Australia’s First Startup Weekend for Health will be held from 27th to 29th March in Brisbane at the Translational Research Institute adjacent to the PA Hospital. As well as the opportunity to collaborate on creating fantastic new innovative models for health and wellness, participants will be privileged to hear as kick off speakers both Prof Ian Frazer, inventor of Gardasil vaccine, previous Australian of the Year and general inspiration to hundreds of health innovators,  and Dr Geoff Garrett, Qld Chief Scientist and ex CEO CSIRO. The website for the weekend is Twitter: @SWHealthBris  #SWHealthBris Facebook:

  51. Local startup Tanda are running a hackathon

    Tanda Open Data Hackathon. Many of you will know team Tanda in Brisbane.  They are running an open data hackathon on April 17.  They’ll give you a wealth of data, and your team’s challenge is to make something really cool with it. The best programmers, designers, and developers from Brisbane’s universities, startups, and technology scene will be here. We’ll have plenty of experts on hand to help you to make something really cool. (It’s all for a bit of fun, and everything you build is yours to keep.)  Full details are here:

  52. Bernard Salt: “The Gold Coast must become a startup city”

    Speaking at a sold-out TSS breakfast yesterday morning, Bernard Salt present the Beyond the Horizon report, funded by the council, Regional Development Australia and KPMG, which reveals the Gold Coast will grow from a place that didn’t exist in 1954 Census data to a thriving metropolis, its growth having far outstripped every capital city in Australia.  He said the city had the potential to become a “start-up city” and that there should be festivals celebrating the ingrained have-a-go spirit of its people. Mr Salt said Census data showed that the Gold Coast was more entrepreneurial than any other region in the nation, with more than 20 per cent of the workforce self-employed.   Read more

  53. GCDuino

    Check out the new miniature Arduino board GCDuino built right here on the Gold Coast: What is GCDuino?  Well it’s a series of Arduino compatible micro controllers based on Atmel’s chipset.  So far they have: GCDuino: A 5v general purpose micro controller. MiniMoto: A dual motor driver for the CGDuino allow you to build Robots. GCDuiNODE: A 3v3 micro controller that has connections for wireless networking, bluetooth and Wifi. Mighty CGD: A multi purpose micro controller that features 5v & 3v3 power lines, 24 Digital pins, 8 PWM pin & 8 Analog Pins. It nicely bridges 2 joined breadboards breaking out both power rails. Not to mention it has handy connections Read more

  54. UAV (drones) and their use in industry

    This event on UAVs in Brisbane has three guest speakers, along with the essential drinks and pizza.

  55. Capital Exchange Australia

    Capital Exchange Australia is now live, providing linkages to capital and support for Small Business, Start Ups, and Early Stage Ventures It incorporates… Konnect – A service to connect innovators and entrepreneurs to sources of funding and support to help them get going Lite Raise – A Crowd Sourced Equity Funding platform for raises of early stage seed capital, providing a full training module as well as profiling their raises on our site Open Your Eyes To Cash – a workshop to hear the offerings from most of the relevant providers of funding, as well as key providers of support services to help their business or transform and grow. Read more

  56. Wearable Wednesday

    Steve Dalton is kicking off a new Meetup group – Wearable Wednesday – tonight (Wed 21 Jan 2015) at the Robina Community Centre, Level 2. Steve says: “This will be a starter meeting for us all to meet and work out some future format. I will explain how Wearable World works elsewhere in the world and we  will hold off on our first panel and demo until February.  We will also be doing things in other cities – but seeing as this is home base, this is where we will start.” One of the features of Wearable Wednesday is that there are always demo tables during the networking session so Read more

  57. Smart Tech education starts Thursday

    Gold Coast TechSpace are running their Smart Tech Discovery Education Program, starting THIS THURSDAY. They have a total of nearly 20 different sessions, delivered by four trainers who are all Gold Coast TechSpace members. The sessions all have maxima of 10 students, so book early. They are nearly all designed with beginners in mind, and we expect to be able to cater for keen and focussed students from 13 yr old up. For younger kids our first fortnightly Saturday KidHack and the Minecraft sessions for 2015 are scheduled to begin this Saturday. See the TechSpace page for a summary list of the session offered. One of their trainers, Ronald Diaz, has a website with full descriptions Read more

  58. An evening with Dr David Martin

    Brought to you with the support of Gold Coast City Council (Drinks & Food provided) we have an amazing internationally renowned speaker in Dr David Martin to engage with our start-up community this Thursday 8th at 6pm at ONE 50 Public House in Bundall.  Details and RSVP via:

  59. Helloify launch: Business messaging reinvented

    Helloify Pty Ltd, a Gold Coast startup, released their multi-platform business messaging app in public beta yesterday. Founded by local Gold Coast entrepreneurs and residents at WOTSO WorkSpace, Luke Ronalds and Dan Norris, Helloify combines the best of live chat and team chat software into a unique messaging experience.= “Consumers have come to love the ease of messaging their friends via apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. But what about messaging businesses? We believe consumers want the same ability to interact with businesses and not have to resort to painful experiences like calling and leaving voicemail messages,” says co-founder Dan Noris. Helloify’s current beta release realizes that vision. Businesses install a website widget Read more

  60. City of Gold Coast tender information sessions

    The City of Gold Coast will soon be going to market with the following tenders: LG314/1185/15/010 – ICT Managed Services – Moving the ICT function to a position where it brokers services for the City of Gold Coast, with the ability to scale as required by the demand forecast for the business. This will include developing greater service integration and business liaison functions to manage both the suppliers and customers in relation to: IT infrastructure (centralised computing, end user computing, networks and telecommunications) Applications support, maintenance, development and database administration. LG314/1185/15/007 – Local Government Platform – decommission legacy applications and replace these with a single, integrated local government platform that is Read more

  61. Start-up Christmas Drinks

    Come join us next week on Thursday at BINE in Nobby’s for some Christmas Cheer and a few drinks. At this stage, this not sponsored event but there are a bunch of the crew keen to celebrate the year that was in the start-up scene on the Gold Coast. The Craft Beers, cocktails and food are pretty dam good at BINE, so if keen to join us, then Please RSVP so we can get a sense of numbers as we have a reserved area within BINE. When: Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM Where: Bine Beer Bar, 1/28 Chairlift Avenue, Nobby’s Beach, Gold Coast (map) RSVP via

  62. The Pulse Unwrapped – Holiday Party!

    Join our favourite geek Jack and the Elance oDesk team at The Pulse Unwrapped Christmas Party this Friday at 6pm at River City Labs. It’s their way of saying thank you for creating Brisbane’s fastest growing community of entrepreneurs and innovators. Startups, tech stars, and entrepreneurs get together for a night of celebration!  With anapés and drinks are on them!  Find out more and RSVP via:

  63. SURF Accelerator Demo Day and graduation

    The StartUp Really Fast (SURF) Accelerator program recently wrapped up, with teams presenting at the Gold Coast Demo Day held at Bond University. SURF was a 12 week accelerator program, funded by the City of Gold Coast, and delivered by Silicon Lakes.  64 applications were received for the program, from which 6 teams were selected.  Four SURF teams pitched at Demo Day, along with six teams from the Bond Business Accelerator – a sister accelerator program delivered by Bond University.   Over 300 people attended the night, including investors, sponsors, mentors, academics, faculty, business owners, and many who travelled from interstate.  The event was also broadcast over a live video Read more

  64. Shareables and wearables dominate at Gold Coast Startup Weekend

    It may have been the fourth event of it’s kind on the Gold Coast, but it was clear in the lead up that this Startup Weekend was going to be anything but routine! The 54-hour event designed to bring together designers, developers, entrepreneurs and everyone in between to share ideas and launch new businesses was held from 21st-23rd November at the WOTSO WorkSpace. The event attracted a record attendance of 132 people, which included a cohort of 13 developers and designers from The App Center in Korea, who flew in specifically to participate.

  65. Expert Night: Spotlight on Female Founders

    The second Pulse Expert Night has arrived.   Register via: We’ll be hearing from smart, savvy, and successful female founders and the people who work alongside them. If you’re an entrepreneur, a startup founder, or an employee thinking of leaving the 9-5 behind – this night is for you. SPECIAL NOTE: This event is for everyone.  We expect a vibrant mix of entrepreneurs (both men and women).  So bring a friend, bring your questions, and come learn from some of Brisbane’s most successful startup founders. Drinks will be provided, with plenty of time to network before and after the panel. The line-up: LOU KENDALL & HEIDI BAILEY – LouenHide Lou Kendall & Heidi Read more

  66. Online Hiring Expert at WOTSO WorkSpace

    Come along to WOTSO (194 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes) on the last Thursday of the month (November 27th) to learn best practices for using Elance and/or oDesk to hire and manage remote workers. Jack Ferguson will be in the building for mentoring while you begin to navigate the exciting world of online hiring and managing.  He will be available between 4pm-6pm for 1 on 1 mentoring and will be sponsoring some drinks and food from 6pm.  Drop in, say hi and get involved.  Make sure you RSVP so that your spot is confirmed. Who For: Entrepreneurs and Business Owners. A chance to learn new skills while you meet and connect Read more

  67. Pitch your idea this weekend for the chance to head to Silicon Valley

    This weekend we kick off Startup Weekend Gold Coast, competing with 250+ cities around the world, in the Global Startup Battle.  Some serious prizes are up for grabs.  Check out all the details here: and grab your tickets via:  We already have some 75 people registered, and we’re hoping to hit 100, so tell your friends and grab a ticket today.

  68. The Truth About SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) – IT Forums

    How many times, as a business owner, have your been approached by web development companies promising you that they can get your website listed on the first page of Google for a couple hundreds of dollars per month? Are they telling you the truth?  Can they actually deliver on their promise? Matt Raad is passionate about SEO and up-to-date on the current SEO methods.  Come to this seminar and find out the truth about how they do it.  You will also come away with a list of questions to ask to the next company that approaches you to assist you in making an informed decision. Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 from Read more

  69. Gold Coast Demo Day Live Feed – tune in Wednesday 6pm

    The teams from the Silicon Lakes SURF Accelerator and the Bond Business Accelerator will be pitching to a large audience of investors, partners, businesses owners, and academics this Wednesday 19th November from 6pm.  You can tune in to the live feed of the event via this link:  The passcode is “GCDemoday” The SURF Accelerator Program is fully funded by the City of Gold Coast, and delivered by Silicon Lakes.  The Bond Business Accelerator is delivered by the Faculty of Business at Bond University.

  70. AWS APAC Webinar Week

    You are invited to participate in the first AWS APAC Webinar Week to be held between December 1-5. Join us for a series of deep dive webinars which are designed for IT professionals looking to leverage the AWS Cloud to build their business with rapid access to flexible and low cost IT resources. AWS APAC Webinar Week will be delivered by AWS experts and the agenda includes in-depth sessions on core AWS infrastructure services and deep-dive technical sessions on Data & Analytics and Application Deployment on the AWS Cloud. Whether you are new to the cloud or an experienced user, you will learn something new at the AWS APAC Webinar Week Read more

  71. Can you solve these challenges?

    After the success of the first event, Queensland’s Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts are again working with PricewaterhouseCoopers in conjunction with other state government agencies to bring together a wide mix of experience and expertise from business, government, entrepreneurs and startups to solve the following three challenges:   “Roadwork Safety” – Department of Transport and Main Roads “Park Information” – Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing “Emergency Management” – Inspector-General Emergency Management What we’re looking for We are looking for applications from teams interested in presenting a solution to the problem owners, potential investors and customers for the opportunity to work in a 12 Read more

  72. Announcing Global Startup Battle Tracks for Startup Weekend

    This year attendees at the Gold Coast Startup Weekend (Global Startup Battle) have the opportunity to compete in themed tracks that offer different prizes, resources, and judges! Champions Track: The Champions Track will showcase the best of every city and Region. To compete in this Track your team must place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at your local Startup Weekend. Learn more. Startup Women Track: We’re honored to support building diversity with a Track focused on women entrepreneurs and highlighting their work and talents. The Startup Women Track drives participation at all levels by accepting teams that have a female founder, led by a woman, or consisting of 50% or more women members. Learn more. Education, Empowered Track: From Read more

  73. Transport for NSW and PwC are looking for public transport solutions

    Transport for NSW and PwC want to tackle the huge problem of using the NSW public transport system with impairment or disability and we thought you, or someone in your network, might be able to help us. Share in a slice of $85,000 in initial seed funding. Not only is this a worthy cause, but the best solutions as judged by a panel of subject matter experts from Transport for NSW and customers with impairment or disability will get to share the $85,000 initial seed funding. Secure an ongoing and direct commercial engagement with Transport for NSW. In addition, there’s also the potential to enter into a formal, direct and Read more

  74. Tendering for Government Business Workshop Announced

    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 comprise of a 4.5 hour interactive session. Participants will learn the art of developing and submitting tenders including: the principles of government procurement policies and processes, how to interpret and effectively respond to offer and tender documents, where to look for current and upcoming tendering opportunities, how to conduct market research to maximise your chances of success and a presentation by City of Gold Coast Procurement Office. For Read more

  75. Slingshot Jumpstart is your access to 2.4 million customers

    Slingshot has partnered with the National Roads and Motorists’ Association (The NRMA) to bring you the Slingshot Jumpstart program.The NRMA is Australia’s largest member network with 2.4 million registered members and owns a number of iconic brands including Thrifty, Travelodge and NRMA Road Assist. Jumpstart is a mentor driven program designed to assist entrepreneurs in the tech space who want to develop a startup or scaleup with the assistance of an innovative partner and most importantly a massive customer base. The Accelerator program offers startups $30,000 funding, co-working space in either Newcastle or Sydney (your choice), quality mentors and access to The NRMA’s 2.4 million members to test ideas/products.   The Bridge program Read more

  76. Code for America/Australia Workshop

    Code for America and Code for Australia are holding a workshop to explore how government, residents, and the private sector can effectively work together to create stronger, more resilient communities. It’ll be a ‘roll-up-your-sleeves’ workshop that will convene innovators from local government and civic-minded technologists, designers, community organisers, and entrepreneurs. Expect guest speakers, demos, prototypes that commit to making Gold Coast a better, smarter city. The workshop will be jointly facilitated by Lynn Fine of Code for America and Alvaro Maz of Code for Australia. All are welcome – both conference attendees and guests. Being from the Gold Coast is also not mandatory, there is something for everyone interested in Read more

  77. Startup Weekends across Queensland

    Over 150 people gathered at River City Labs on Friday to watch 44 different ideas pitched on the launch night of Startup Weekend Brisbane 2014. Out of the 44 pitches, concepts were voted on culminating into 13 working startup teams. After 54 hours of planning, collaborating coding, eating and drinking, team emerged winners of Brisbane Startup Weekend 2014.  For the full event wrap up head to: There have also been some big recent announcements with two new national sponsors for Startup Weekend events across Australia: intuit and Elance/oDesk. Coming up on the horizon we have Startup Weekend Toowoomba on November 14-16, and then Startup Weekends on the Gold Coast, Read more

  78. Save the date: Gold Coast Demo Day

    The Gold Coast Demo Day will show case the six startups graduating from the Bond Business Accelerator (developed and run by Bond University), and the 6 startups from the StartUp Really Fast (SURF) accelerator program (funded by the City of Gold Coast and delivered by Silicon Lakes).  Each startup will pitch, and afterwards there will be time to socialise and network.  Invitations will go out soon, but in the interim, save the date in your calendar. When: Wednesday November 19, 5:45pm – 10pm Where: Bond University

  79. Amazon Web Services Event – Accelerate your Gold Coast Start-up

    You may well be aware that Amazon Web Services provides startups with low cost, easy to use infrastructure needed to scale and grow any size business. Some of the world’s hottest startups including Pinterest, Instagram, and Dropbox have leveraged the power of AWS to easily get started and quickly scale. Ian Gardiner, Amazon Web Services commercial representative for the Australia & NZ Start-up community will lead the discussion with AWS team representatives and some local Gold Coast start-ups that are utilizing some of the AWS solutions. On the night the following will be covered:  An Overview of the Activate Program which is aimed at accelerating startups via leveraging AWS. Read more

  80. TONIGHT: Clearing the cloud confusion – IT Forums event

    It started with Dropbox and now we have Google Drive, OneDrive, Amazon3 and hundreds of other companies providing ‘Cloud’ services and it can be very confusing for non-technical people.  Small business and big companies must take a more strategic approach to utilising Cloud services and make sure they plan their Cloud migration rather than just ‘letting it happen’. Come to this panel discussion specifically dedicated to business owners.  Get answers in layperson’s terms in order for you to make an informed decision on the best solution for your business. Benefits, costs, data protection and privacy and security implications in the cloud will also be highlighted. There will be time for Read more

  81. Uber is hiring in Brisbane

    Want to change your city for the better? Uber is growing like crazy in Brisbane and we’re looking to grow our family. The Uber interview process isn’t easy, but if you think you have what it takes to be part of our team, we’d love for you to submit an application. It’s time to get your game face on, and get started now. Take a look at this video to see what it’s like working for Uber in Australia.  And review the job opportunities here: Or sign up to be a driver:

  82. Clearing the cloud confusion – IT Forums event

    It started with Dropbox and now we have Google Drive, OneDrive, Amazon3 and hundreds of other companies providing ‘Cloud’ services and it can be very confusing for non-technical people.  Small business and big companies must take a more strategic approach to utilising Cloud services and make sure they plan their Cloud migration rather than just ‘letting it happen’. Come to this panel discussion specifically dedicated to business owners.  Get answers in layperson’s terms in order for you to make an informed decision on the best solution for your business. Benefits, costs, data protection and privacy and security implications in the cloud will also be highlighted. There will be time for Read more

  83. Are you registered for the Open Source Developers Conference yet?

    The Open Source Developers’ Conference is a not-for-profit conference covering all aspects of Open Source Technology, from software and systems to open data. While OSDC was born in Melbourne 10 years ago, it has become an open source product in its own right, seeing it forked in countries including Malaysia, France and Taiwan.  The Australian OSDC 2014 will be hosted at the Griffith University Gold Coast campus, with the support of Griffith’s School of ICT. Program The conference has three main days (Tuesday 4th to Thursday 6th November 2014) followed by an open/tutorial/workshop day (Friday 7th November). Our keynote and plenary sessions include: Richard Keech: Linux-based monitoring and control in Read more

  84. Pre OSDC Event: Jaap Van Till – Beyond the Richard Florida approach

    The Gold Coast has the pleasure of welcoming Jaap Van Till (The Connectivist) from the Netherlands to our shores this November. He is a keynote speaker at the Open Source Developers’ Conference and has agreed to do this additional talk, open to all, on the eve of the conference. You can read Jaap’s blog at The famous Richard Florida approach has been effective in attracting the Creative Class to cities with Talent, Technology and Tolerance. Jaap will be talking about steps beyond that, to boost the Local Tech Economy, cooperation, broadband & disruptive technologies and other policy steps to create jobs and wealth. There is an urgent demand among the young for a positive perspective towards Read more

  85. Microsoft Cloud Dev Camp

    Join Microsoft for a special Cloud Dev Camp event. Microsoft Cloud Dev Camps are free and fun events for developers, by developers. This special Cloud Dev Camp will be presented by Microsoft technical experts. You do not want to miss this unique event. What am I going to learn? At this Cloud Dev Camp you will learn how to use the new Microsoft Azure features and services including Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines, Websites, and Visual Studio 2013 to build and move a variety of apps to the cloud.  You will see how to build websites, mobile applications, and enterprise-class applications. The Microsoft Cloud Dev Camp is a great place to get started with Read more

  86. Bitcoin comes to Burleigh

    You may have heard of Bitcoin? Want to learn more?  You are cordially invited to attend the Launch of the worlds first Cashless Bitcoin Kiosk. You will see how easy it is to get Bitcoins securely and safely with this amazing approved Australian made machine. Bridging the gap between the digital economy and the real economy Date: 15th October 2014 Time: 3pm sharp Venue: The Bluff Café Address: 66 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads, Queensland RSVP: 14th October 2014. What’s more you’ll learn what you can do with Bitcoin and how it works for instant funds transfer, everyday purchases, travel and savings globally Contact: Diamond Circle on 04 39 27 33 48 Read more

  87. StartupQLD social event at River City Labs

    Come along on Tuesday the 14th of October for the first event StartupQLD is running at River City Labs. Meet other Entrepreneurs, Freelancers and SME owners for a networking opportunity and interactive learning.  Sponsored by Elance-oDesk, Brisbane City Manager Jack Ferguson will also teach you the best practices to navigate the exciting world of online hiring and managing. Food and Drinks will be provided.So drop in, say hi, and get involved. This will be held at River City Labs in Brisbane. Just make sure you RSVP to ensure your spot is confirmed. Who For: Entrepreneurs, Freelancers and Business Owners. A chance to learn new skills while you meet and connect Read more

  88. Starlight Children’s Fundraiser & Launch of Safe Spot

    Join Gold Coast ‘Mumpreneur’, Niki Burton and her co-host, twelve-year-old entrepreneur Lili Scout, to launch a sensational Black Tie event to connect, empower and change lives. Business, Bling & Blessings Starlight Children’s Fundraiser & Launch of Safe Spot Black Tie Masquerade Sofitel Hotel – Broadbeach Room & Balcony November 1, 2014, 7.30pm till 12am. Proudly Brought to you by Media Partners Rebel FM and Breeze FM  Live music by award winning Motown Trio Sex and Chocolate, live artistry, performance by Dream Crew, Rogue Magician, professional photography and photobooth, free travel to or from event with Uber, 2 hours canape’s, complementary drinks and bar, silent auction for starlight and more. Tickets on Read more

  89. Win your way to Silicon Valley

    A reminder that applications for the Startup Catalyst trip to San Francisco and Silicon Valley are closing at 5pm on Monday 13 Oct – that’s three days away. Startup Catalyst is an annual mission to Silicon Valley for twenty young people (aged 18-25) who have the potential to be Australia’s next batch of globally successful tech entrepreneurs. The mission is taking place from 16 to 28 November 2014, and 20 lucky people will receive a fully funded place on the trip – including airfares, accommodation and tons of events – including taking part in a Startup Weekend in SF. This project is backed by Brisbane’s own Steve Baxter and supported Read more

  90. Healthtech Innovation Queensland Meetup

    For those interested in Healthtech Innovation you may be interested in a new meetup group – Healthtech Innovation Queensland and thier first meeting is at River City labs on Tuesday the 21st October starting at 5.30 PM.

  91. Amazon Web Services Event – Accelerate your Gold Coast Start-up

    You may well be aware that Amazon Web Services provides startups with low cost, easy to use infrastructure needed to scale and grow any size business. Some of the world’s hottest startups including Pinterest, Instagram, and Dropbox have leveraged the power of AWS to easily get started and quickly scale. Ian Gardiner, Amazon Web Services commercial representative for the Australia & NZ Start-up community will lead the discussion with AWS team representatives and some local Gold Coast start-ups that are utilizing some of the AWS solutions. On the night the following will be covered: An Overview of the Activate Program which is aimed at accelerating startups via leveraging AWS. Visibility Read more

  92. A breakfast event with Steve Shillingford from California

    Topic area of discussion: Start-up Learning’s When: Friday October 17 at 7:45am. Silicon Beach have another great event organised.  They will be particularly drawing on Steve’s experience of growing a very small start-up in California into a successful player in the security technology market and achieving a successful exist, Steve will discuss all the high/lows, pitfalls, mistakes made, learning’s, raising money, and the journey along the way. Steve will also talk about the current Start-up environment in the US today and the difficulties in attracting and raising money in today’s climate. 7:45am arrival for an 8:00am start and some networking afterwards.  Register here: Breakfast will be provided: This event is sponsored Read more

  93. Microsoft social drinks (plus free Uber rides)

    This Thursday 2nd October, Silicon Lakes is hosting Microsoft for some free drinks and pizza at the WOTSO WorkSpace in Varsity Lakes from 4:30pm.  Reserve your place here: Plan on having a drink?  Take an UberX with the promo code MICROSOCIAL (new Uber users get 2 free UberX rides up to $25 each).

  94. Support “The Fetch” on KickStarter

    Our friends at The Fetch are on Kickstarter so if you can assist then your support will be well received Help Create the future of The Fetch. Help us build a community product that makes it easier to share and discover great professional events. // About // “The Fetch started as a side-project in Melbourne, Australia in March 2011. Since then it’s expanded into a community-led initiative around the globe, covering what’s happening in cities like New York, Sydney, Brisbane, San Francisco and London. The current format is a weekly newsletter of curated links covering what events are on across the business, tech and creative industries. Then there’s interesting Read more

  95. Slingshot Jumpstart Launch Brisbane

    RiverCityLabs & The MitchelLake Group brings to you: Slingshot Jumpstart Launch Brisbane Thursday 16th Oct – 6pm @ RiverCityLabs NRMA and Slingshot accelerator would love you to join them to help launch Jumpstart , Australia’s newest accelerator programme for high tech entrepreneurs.

  96. Building a startup ecosystem

    I’ve spent the last two years of my life focussed on ecosystem building.  A lot has been written on the subject.  Here’s a white paper written by Google and UP Global.  It makes for interesting reading. Peta Ellis from River City Labs also shared this video with me on the 1871 coworking space in Chicago.  I haven’t made it there yet, but every time I step foot in the US someone mentions it to me again. Take a look: <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

  97. Win a free seat to the Ultimate Business Propellor workshops

    Here is your chance to win one free seat at the Gold Coast and one free seat at the Brisbane Ultimate Business Propellor workshops in October.  These half Day intensive and interactive workshops help you define your core message and identify your target audience so you can package your start-up business to really take off! To enter, just answer this question: In the Start-Up World, what does MVP stand for? Email your answer by 5pm Friday 3rd October to to be in the draw. Go here for more info about the workshops:  

  98. Study Computer Science with Stanford online

    You can now study Computer Science online at your own pace with Stanford University. CS101 teaches the essential ideas of Computer Science for a zero-prior-experience audience. Computers can appear very complicated, but in reality, computers work within just a few, simple patterns. CS101 demystifies and brings those patterns to life, which is useful for anyone using computers today. In CS101, participants play and experiment with short bits of “computer code” to bring to life to the power and limitations of computers. Everything works within the browser, so there is no extra software to download or install. CS101 also provides a general background on computers today: what is a computer, what Read more

  99. Key to a Successful Capital Raising / Listing on the ASX

    In conjunction with the Mentoring and Investment Readiness team and the Microsoft Innovation Centre, Wholesale Investor will be conducting an exclusive Information Event in Brisbane for companies that are seeking to raise capital in the next 12 months. 1 October 2014, 9:00am – 11:00am, Microsoft Innovation Centre, Brisbane

  100. Open Source Developers Conference – Nov 4-7

    The Open Source Developers Conference is being held on November 4 to 7 at Griffith University.  Register now to reserve your place at this highly informative event. The Open Source Developers’ Conference is a not-for-profit conference covering all aspects of Open Source Technology, from software and systems to open data. While OSDC was born in Melbourne 10 years ago, it has become an open source product in its own right, seeing it forked in countries including Malaysia, France and Taiwan. The conference will have three main days (Tuesday 4th to Thursday 6th November 2014) followed by an open/tutorial/workshop day (Friday 7th November) which may also host miniconfs. We’ll have a Read more

  101. Startup Weekend Kids Brisbane

    Australia’s first ever Startup Weekend Kids is scheduled for Brisbane this coming 12-14 September at the Microsoft Innovation Centre.  The event is exclusively for kids between 8 and 14. WHEN: 12-­14 September 2014 WHERE: Microsoft Innovation Centre ­ Level 28, 400 George Street, Brisbane, 4000 WHAT IS STARTUP WEEKEND? Startup Weekend is a series of workshops over one weekend, where you and your mates go to start a business. In just 54 hours, you can go and create a real life company with the help of experienced coaches and mentors. Register online: ENTER PROMO CODE: KIDPRENEUR TO PAY $65 FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND!! Got any questions? Feel free to contact the team via Read more

  102. Cloud and Cloud Applications – workshop for GC businesses

    Come along and learn how moving your business to the cloud can help you save on both capital and operating costs associated with purchasing and maintaining IT hardware and software. Cloud services (file storage and sharing) Cloud applications and integration (Finance, CRM, Job Management, etc) Costs and benefits of cloud services compared to in-house network systems Cyber security The Digital Enterprise Program is an Australian Government initiative helping to improve the way organisations do business and deliver services online. Date: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Time: 4pm – 7pm Venue: Enterprise and Training Company, Level 5, 140 Bundall Road, Bundall Places are limited – register today. To book please visit:

  103. Ultimate Growth Strategies with Dr Tom McKaskill

    Come and join IT Forums and the Australian Computer Society to listen to Dr Tom McKaskill talk about the practical and structured treatment of the elements of business management and product/marketing positioning which facilitates high growth.  The event is on Tuesday 23 September at 6:30pm at the Wotso Workspace in Varsity Lakes.  Register here:

  104. ATO determine Bitcoin to be property, not money

    The Australian Tax Office has released draft rulings stating their view that the digital currency, Bitcoin, is property and not money. Allens law firm consider the potential consequences for Australian businesses using Bitcoin in this article:

  105. Tax essentials for start-ups

    A free ATO webinar is on this Tuesday 2 September between 3pm and 4pm.  Register via this link:

  106. Ultimate Business Propellor Workshop

    Learn about marketing and branding, to position your business into a niche, at the Ultimate Business Propellor Workshop on Saturday 13 September at Silicon Lakes, in the Wotso Workspace.  Full details and registration is here:

  107. Microsoft are shouting drinks at Silicon Lakes

    Microsoft are hosting a free meetup for startups and hackers, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Thursday 2 October.  We’ll be chatting about all things startup while having a friendly afternoon drink. Please bring along your business cards so we can keep in touch! You don’t need to be a member of Microsoft BizSpark to join us  If you’re coming along please register so we know how many people to cater for - Thanks and see you there!

  108. muru-D information session

    muru-D is the Telstra backed accelerator looking to support the very best digital talent that Australia has to offer, and they are coming to the Gold Coast to tell us all about it. When: Tuesday 9 September from 12 – 2pmWhere: Arts Centre Gold CoastCost: complimentary with lunch includedTickets are limited

  109. Embedded podcast with Steve Dalton

    Our good mate Steve Dalton (@spidie) was recently interviewed for a podcast with Embedded, covering topics from starting a hackerspace, visiting Silicon Valley, tech, and fencing Australia.  Listen to the podcast here:

  110. Startup Weekend Kids

    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

  111. Microsoft Big/Open Data App Development Masterclass

    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

  112. SURF Accelerator teams announced

    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:

  113. Startup Boot Camp for the SURF Accelerator

    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.

  114. Farewell to Sharon and Sam

    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

  115. Startup Apprentice – inspiring our future entrepreneurs

    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

  116. “THE INTERNET OF THINGS” Technical Evening

    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

  117. Queensland Small Business Week

    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.

  118. Bond Business Accelerator now open

    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

  119. Lord Mayor’s Budding Entrepreneur Grants Program

    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

  120. Graphic designers: win two free tickets to Startup Weekend Global Startup Battle

    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

  121. What I learnt at Startup Weekend Cairns from Graeme Wood and others

    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.

  122. SURF Accelerator applications update

    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

  123. Accelerator Program

    Last day to submit your #startup for the SURF Accelerator Program! Find out more here:

  124. Innovation Pipeline Part 2: Crowdfunding – the reality check

    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.

  125. The state of current VC funding

  126. Accelerator Program

    Only 2 days left to submit your #startup for the SURF Accelerator Program! Find out more here:

  127. Accelerator Program

    Only 3 days left to submit your #startup for the SURF Accelerator Program! Find out more here:

  128. How to pitch for investment by Dave McClure

    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:  There are also some good examples from TechStars here:

  129. Accelerator Program

     Only 4 days left to submit your #startup for the SURF Accelerator Program! Find out more here:

  130. Ticket sales now open for Startup Weekend Gold Coast

    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:

  131. 6 days left to apply for the SURF Accelerator

    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  Don’t have a startup idea you want to pitch?  Then why not apply to be a student intern.

  132. New York just made it REALLY attractive to launch a startup there

    The role of Government in assisting startups is often discussed and argued in our ecosystem.  Check out what New York is offering startups there:

  133. Elnace oDesk free workshop – come and learn how to get stuff done

    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:

  134. Apply for a bursary to attend Creative3

    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

  135. SURF Accelerator will open for applications this afternoon

    Later today the applications for the SURF Accelerator will open.  Full details of the program are now available on the new program website at   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.

  136. Student Interns Wanted – come and be part of a startup

    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:

  137. Monthly lunch cancelled for August

    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: 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.

  138. Accelerate Ideas grants

    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.

  139. Deadline extended for The Australian Innovation Challenge

    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.

  140. Review of Marcus Schappi Crowd-funding event

    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.

  141. Our Silicon Valley Trip Debrief & House Warming Party

    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

  142. Event: Developing an Innovation Epicentre on the Gold Coast

    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 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

  143. Tool: Startup Growth Calculator

    Here is a simple online tool for you to quickly calculate and project your funding requirements and revenue growth:

  144. Workshop: tendering for the Commonwealth Games

    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

  145. SNAPTRAX – Bluetooth Baseball Cap

    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:

  146. Event: Creative Industries Innovation Centre business consultations

    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.

  147. Changes to New Zealand patent laws

    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

  148. Nominate a local Science or Innovation Champion

    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

  149. Want to pitch your creative startup business to secure capital? Apply for the Creative³ Pitch

    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

  150. Event: CampJS

    CampJS is on the Gold Coast, Friday Oct 31st to Monday 3rd Nov.  Get your tickets here: Included:- Accommodation Food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) Drinks (alcohol etc) Workshops Presentations etc

  151. Event: AWS Brisbane Summit

    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

  152. Event: Product Enhancement rather than Product Devaluation

    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.

  153. AusIndustry news

    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.

  154. Win $5000 cash for ICT innovation in Mobile, Big Data and Cloud!

    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:  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

  155. Accelerator Program launching on the Gold Coast soon

    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.

  156. Study at Stanford University online

    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

  157. We’re moving to Varsity Lakes

    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

  158. Lunch today on the balcony at Silicon Lakes

    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.

  159. Presenters wanted for the Open Source Developers’ Conference

    The Open Source Developers’ Conference are looking for presenters (4-7 November 2014, Griffith University Gold Coast Campus, QLD). Register on the site and propose a presentation. They have space for sessions, tutorials, hands-on workshops with keyboard or soldering iron (or both!) and yes, Miniconfs.

  160. iAwards launches the Hills Young Innovator of the Year award!

    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?

  161. Silicon Beach presents: An evening with Shane Cheek, 29th May @6pm

    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!

  162. How does this week’s budget compare to other countries for startups?

    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: 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: Meanwhile, for the perspective from Ireland, read this summary: For Canada, check this out: For coverage of India’s recent budget, check out:        

  163. G20 Global Business Challenge – entries open now

    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

  164. Microsoft Dev Camp

    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

  165. Want inspiration for your entry into the Global Impact Competition?

    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: 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: Sponsors for the Global Impact Competition are: The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Griffith University, City of Gold Coast, Baldock Foundation, and Silicon Lakes.

  166. DIY in Space: Harnessing Exponential Technologies to Create Global Impact

    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

  167. Startup Weekend Sunshine Coast results

    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

  168. The Startup Club: May 8, 6pm

    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:

  169. Tendering for Government Business Workshops

    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: 

  170. Global Impact Competition – last chance to enter!

    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

  171. Calling all Gold Coast emerging creative digital designers

    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 (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.

  172. Create, Build & Launch your own Website in 2-Hours (Sydney course)

    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

  173. Local startup goStandby is now live! Check them out…

    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.

  174. AIC webinar series

    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.

  175. Want to raise money in the USA?

    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 -

  176. Interested in Big Data? Two events at Griffith

    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:

  177. Opening your genes, should you protect your privates? Come and debate it!

    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:

  178. Gold Coast Business Awards

    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.

  179. Need inspiration for your logo?

    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:

  180. Looking for a big idea?

    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: Want to become a billionaire?:

  181. The Raise: Entrepreneurs’ Stories on Raising Capital

    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.

  182. Global Impact Competition Launch – Griffith University

    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:

  183. Post event survival guide for Startup Weekend CultureHack

    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:

  184. NASA Space Apps Challenge Gold Coast results

    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 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.

  185. Global Impact Competition Launch today @ Griffith University Nathan Campus

    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.

  186. Singularity University Global Impact Competition Launch @ Griffith University

    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

  187. Talent Unleashed Awards

    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

  188. 2 Guest Lectures on the Gold Coast next week

    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. 

  189. Have you setup your Delaware company yet?

    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:

  190. Australian Technologies Competition

    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:

  191. Naming your startup

    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

  192. Have you got an idea for Startup Weekend Culture Hack this Friday?

    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: 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:

  193. Impacting a Billion people with Exponential Technology

    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 – 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

  194. AWS City On a Cloud Innovation Challenge

    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

  195. Coomera Anglican College’s inaugural 7×7 networking function

    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

  196. “The Startup Club” redesigning their platform to suit all Business Owners

    “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  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.

  197. NASA Space Apps – Information Evening, Tuesday 8th April 7pm

    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

  198. Startup Weekend “Culture Hack” information session today

    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

  199. iLab Winter Germinate Program

    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.

  200. Pitch your Creative Idea at TEDx Sydney

    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.

  201. Startup Networking Drinks @ Pablo Pablo

    Silicon Beach are heading to an awesome Latin Tapas Bar in Palm Beach called Pablo Pablo. You can check them out on Facebook – 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.

  202. Deep Learning from Big Data – Griffith University IMPACT Lecture

    You are invited to attend the second IMPACT @ Griffith Sciences Lecture, Deep Learning from Big Data presented by Professor Michael Blumenstein.

  203. BizSpark Expressway Network Forum Event (Wednesday!)

    INVITATION EXPRESSWAY BizSpark Network Forum 26th March 2014 at Microsoft Innovation Centre

  204. Sports Without Borders Annual Conference

    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.

  205. Singularity University Global Impact Competition

    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.

  206. Bond Incubate Accelerator Program Demo Day

    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. 

  207. NASA Space Apps Challenges are LIVE!

    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!

  208. Brand Slam! Early bird tickets end this weekend

    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:

  209. Say hello to Uber at CoSpaces next week

    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

  210. Silicon Beach Startup Networking Drinks @ Pablo Pablo

    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 – 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.

  211. Dr Clarence Tan on Exponential Technologies

    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

  212. NASA Space Apps Challenge – make a galactic impact!

    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.

  213. Find out about the new privacy laws at IT Forums event

    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.

  214. Startup Weekend Information Session

    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:

  215. CeBIT Sydney – cheap exhibit stands for startups

    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

  216. Come for Lunch next Tuesday!

    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!

  217. Brand Slam! Learn how to stand out from the crowd at this fun half-day event…

    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.

  218. Interested in seeing Silicon Valley? Come chat with us about our planned trip

    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: And if you want to know what it is like in Silicon Valley, read this:

  219. Nominations for the iAwards now open

    Nominations for the 2014 iAwards are now open for any startup which has developed an innovative or potential superior ICT Product.  Full details here:

  220. Business co-founder wanted – Brisbane startup CeeQTM

    Brisbane startup CeeQTM is looking for a business co-founder.

  221. AWS Activate now available to Silicon Lakes startups

    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.

  222. Take Advantage of Google! event this Tuesday

    Google Enterprise – Google’s Emerging Technologies for Business

  223. Brisbane Business Workshop: How to Engage with your People and Develop Team Capacity

    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.

  224. We are off to Silicon Valley again – want to come?

    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:

  225. Learn about modern entrepreneurship

    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:

  226. Early Stage Funding / Accelerator Programs – An Evening with Steve Sherlock

    Silicon Beach is running an evening with Steve Sherlock on the topic of “Early Stage Funding / Global Accelerator Programs”.  Register here:

  227. Startup Lunch Tuesday at Silicon Lakes

    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.

  228. How To Brief Your Web Guy (or Gal) – webinar

    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?

  229. Local startup CartHopper has just launched!

    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.

  230. Monthly Lunch @ Silicon Lakes

    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.

  231. Need New Business Cards? This Fantastic $89 Offer Closes January 30th…

    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.

  232. Come and listen to Dr Clarence Tan this Tuesday evening

    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 ( Parking: Details will be sent to all individuals closer to the date that register their RSVP

  233. Top Tips for Amazing Head-shots

    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

  234. Send a Gold Coast startup to Silicon Valley – voting ends today

    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…

  235. Pimp your profile with Professional Head Shots – Limited Places Available

    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.

  236. Print an electronic circuit board on paper

    Local startup, Cartesian Co, have developed a way for you to print electronic circuits to paper.  

  237. R&D Tax Incentive Programme information session

    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?

  238. Kids as entrepreneurs – does it get any better?

    There were 3 teams at Startup Weekend Gold Coast with founders under the age of 15.

  239. A Very Techie Christmas Party! You’re invited

    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

  240. Startup Weekend Gold Coast results

    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.

  241. Going forward as a team after Startup Weekend GC

    So, you came, you saw, you conquered.  Awesome.  But what’s next for you individually or as a team?

  242. Slingshot accelerator applications now open

    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.

  243. Envirohack – passionate about technology and environmental data?

  244. Social media training for Startups

    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.

  245. Global Startup Battle: put your startup idea on the global stage

    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!

  246. Webinar: Introduction to Cloud Computing with AWS

    Amazon Web Services is running a webinar on Nov 13 to introduce you to cloud computing and their services.

  247. Car pooling your way to Startup Weekend GC

    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 and we will pass your details on.

  248. New tickets for Startup Weekend GC released

    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:

  249. Last chance for discount tickets to Startup Weekend GC

    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:

  250. Video of Startup Weekend Gold Coast July event

    Here is a video on the first Startup Weekend Gold Coast event back in July:

  251. Brisbane Council – a new approach to ICT investment

    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.

  252. City Forward – open data platform

    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.

  253. Indigenous Social Enterprise Fund

    The Indigenous Social Enterprise Fund (ISEF) provides investment and business support to Indigenous social enterprises.

  254. Startup Weekend early-bird tickets extended

    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:

  255. Mentors and volunteers wanted for Startup Weekend

    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

  256. MongoDB for Node.js Study Group

    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:

  257. Premier’s Open Data Awards – Mixer Event

    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.

  258. Ladies…Let’s Collaborate!

    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

  259. Startup Weekend Gold Coast results

    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).

  260. Going forward as a team after Startup Weekend GC

    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

  261. Coaching sessions on exporting and tendering

    Gold Coast City Council is running a coaching session on exporting, and the Queensland Government is running a session on Government tendering.

  262. Introduction to Drupal for website and social enterprise development

    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.

  263. The Australian Innovation Challenge

    The Australian Innovation Challenge is now open and looking for both individuals and teams in a range of categories.

  264. Founders Forum breakfast invitation

    The next Founders Forum breakfast is on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 from 7:30 to 9:30am. Tickets are $50.  

  265. “Questions on Capital” panel discussion event

    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.

  266. Impact Engine accelerator program for non-tech startups

    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:

  267. Terminator 2-style liquid metal can be 3D-printed

    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.

  268. Reasons why you MUST attend Startup Weekend

    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.

  269. Silicon Valley Trip – Presentation

    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

  270. Pitching review tools and resources

    Here are two great websites to help you get your investment pitch and idea pitch tested and validated.

  271. Learn about Silicon Valley – insights from our recent trip

    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:

  272. Agile – resources for learning about Agile development

    Here are some resources for learning Agile.

  273. Tech23 – applications now open

    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! 

  274. B-Corporations – a new corporate structure set to change the world

    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.

  275. City of Gold Coast Export Assistance Scheme

    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

  276. What is Startup Weekend?

    Startup Weekend Gold Coast runs from July 19 to 21. Register here:

  277. Future Gaze with Craig Rispin

    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.

  278. Queensland looking for data gurus – Premier’s Awards for Open Data

    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.

  279. Lord Mayor’s Budding Entrepreneurs Program

    Lord Mayor’s Budding Entrepreneurs Program An Initiative of Digital Brisbane The Budding Entrepreneurs program aims to encourage people to take the plunge.

  280. TransLink Data – open data for Queensland public transport

    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. 

  281. Silicon Valley Trip Presentation Night

    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:

  282. Female founders & entrepreneurs wanted!

    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:

  283. GovHack GC – 30 observers, 50 participants, 9 teams, 48 hours

    Checkout the Gold Coast GovHack 2013 event video made by team GovHat and posted on YouTube, and remember to vote for the national awards.

  284. GovHack Award Ceremony and Singularity University presentation

    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:

  285. GovHack – must read for participants

    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…

  286. Preparing for GovHack – Open data ideas and inspiration

    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.

  287. Learn about how to build a startup business

    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

  288. CeBIT StartUp Pitch and Funding Day

    Your Invitation to join an exclusive investors event CeBIT Pitch and Funding Day Thursday 30 May 2013 08.30am – 4.15pm

  289. Evening Course: How to build a lean startup

    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:

  290. GovHack tickets going fast

    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 today to ensure your chance at winning some great cash and mentoring prizes.

  291. Flights booked for Silicon Valley

    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.

  292. GovHack – let’s build some apps

    Want to build an app or web service in a weekend?  Developers and non-techs can come and be part of this national event.

  293. NASA Space Apps Challenge this weekend!

    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 for more information.

  294. Android apps stealing your personal data

    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.

  295. Silicon Lakes officially open for business

    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.

  296. Ray Stevens MP to officially open Silicon Lakes

    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.

  297. Top 6 mistakes people make when they get an idea for an app

    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:

  298. US Angel Investor data

    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

  299. 50 Most Innovative Countries – Bloomberg Rankings

    Bloomberg Rankings have released their 50 Most Innovative Countries report.  Australia ranked 22nd.

  300. Top 4 reasons why most people write apps

    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?

  301. Corporate Creativity (funny)

    Sadly there are many corporations that approach innovation with an outdated business model

  302. Things every business plan must have

    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.

  303. Interesting SMH article on women in tech start-ups

    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).

  304. Developer Economics Report by Vision Mobile

    The latest Developer Economics Report (Jan 2013) is out now.  Download the report here.

  305. Open Networking with Glenn Tozer

    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: 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.

  306. Sir Tim Berners-Lee lecture at Griffith Uni

    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.

  307. Book review – App Empire

    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.

  308. Less than 5% of Australian startups manage to scale up

    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.

  309. Book review – The 4-Hour Work Week

    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.


  1. Silicon Valley Startup Tour 2014

    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

  2. Startup Entrepreneurship 10-Week Program

    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

  3. Our Team

    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.

  4. Members only

    Welcome G’day members!  This page contains information you may need to know, plus handy links to other sites and tools.  Please keep this information solely for your own use. Documents Co-Working Space – House Rules Printer Drivers Colour printer – Brother HL-4150CDN – IP address – download driver Multi-function centre – Brother MFC-7860DW – IP address – download driver Shredder There is a paper shredder located in room 2.6.  Please remove staples and paper clips before inserting paper.  Please only insert a maximum of 8 pages at a time.  Please empty it when it is near full. Wireless Internet SSID: Silicon Lakes WPA2: angrybirds

  5. Events

    Our Events: Past Events:

  6. Startup incubation, mentoring and training

    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

  7. Co-Working for startups and freelancers

    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.

  8. Contact Us

    Please use the contact form below to contact us.    


  1. Sylvie Danoy

    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

  2. Yvette Adams

    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 - 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

  3. Richard Turner-Jones

    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.

  4. Danny Maher

    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

  5. David Novakovic

    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 (AIMIA Best Publisher Winner 2013) and (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

  6. Cullens Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys

    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

  7. Bill Potter

    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

  8. Steve Dalton

    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

  9. Microsoft BizSpark Program

    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

  10. Stick ‘n’ Log

    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

  11. PokaJot

    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. 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

  12. Robb Snell

    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 Robb joined the two co-founders on day one in a warehouse in southern Sydney, with a blank sheet of Read more

  13. Davies Collison Cave

    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

  14. Tara Beth Events

    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

  15. Peep Digital

    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.

  16. William Bass

    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

  17. Aaron Birkby

    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

  18. Spark Concepts

    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.