Startup Daily has partnered with General Assembly to host a guided panel discussion on what it takes to launch, scale and take a local startup to the global stage.
Adelaide is most likely not the first city that comes to mind when those of us in other parts of the country think of arts and culture, yet with the Adelaide Fringe, the city can lay claim to being home to one of the world’s largest arts festivals. This year, entrepreneurship is being added to the usual mix of comedy, music, and theatre with the new MAVERICK conference.
The Walkley Foundation has partnered with the Global Editors Network and Google to host the first Editors Lab in Australia, a hackathon focused on creating innovative news prototypes.
Adelaide entrepreneurs are being called on to apply for the Venture Catalyst seed funding program, an initiative that provides entrepreneurs with a business idea that has the potential to benefit the South Australian economy with $50,000 in seed funding.
Fusion Labs, an organisation helping corporates learn how to innovate, has launched the Startup Friendly Awards, designed to recognise large businesses that work with entrepreneurs to innovate and foster the development of the wider entrepreneurial community. The awards will aim to promote and accelerate partnerships between the corporate and startup ecosystems, and recognise those who “exhibit excellence in proactive, respectful, and responsible collaboration” with startups.
Brisbane will soon be home to a new $5 million innovation hub known as ‘The Capital’, located in the heart of the city’s CBD in order to inspire “creative collisions” with industry and government. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced that the hub, the need for which was outlined as an economic priority in the Brisbane 2022 New World City Action Plan in May, would “kick-start a ‘Clever Business District’ for Brisbane by immersing startups into the city’s corporate business precinct.”
Telstra-backed startup accelerator program muru-D announced its latest intake of startups last night after an intense three-day bootcamp. This particular intake represents the first time that 50% of the companies have female founders or cofounders.
Freelancer is hosting a hackathon this weekend in conjunction with the Indonesian government which aims to find solutions to problems regarding corruption in the country. The ‘Hackathon Merdeka’, which translates to ‘Freedom Hackathon’, is Indonesia’s national hackathon, and is part of the government’s attempts to use technology to help solve social, government, and economic issues.
When one thinks booming startup ecosystems, Silicon Valley, Israel, and China are usually the first to come to mind, but India has had a stellar 2015, with an increase of seed funding from $15 million in 2014 to an expected $100 million in 2015. Keen to keep its finger on the pulse, tech and startup publication Tech in Asia has announced that it is expanding its physical presence into India, setting up an office in Bangalore.
Just a few weeks after Slingshot announced the launch of a HealthTech accelerator in partnership with HCF, the organisation has partnered with food manufacturer Simplot Australia, the company behind brands such as Lean Cuisine and Bird’s Eye, to launch Simplot Ignite, Australia’s first FoodTech accelerator program for startups and scale-ups.
Deloitte has partnered with LifeJourney, an organisation that provides online career simulation experiences, to launch Day of STEM, a new initiative that hopes to inspire young Australians to develop a love for, and pursue a career in, STEM fields.
HealthTech startups are being urged by the NSW Government to come up with health driven innovations to combat mental illness, which it will support through its new $4 million Mental Health Innovation Fund.
News Corp’s Melbourne daily The Herald Sun has announced that it will be holding a hackathon later this month, challenging participants to develop innovative digital products from all its news and information data. Set to begin on the evening of Friday November 27 and continue across the weekend the event, dubbed HSCodeFest, will be run by the Herald Sun and Melbourne University’s Melbourne Accelerator Program.
Though the tech community is constantly working on products, services, and events through which it hopes to make a difference in society, for whatever reason, the success rate of these efforts is often mixed. By having hackers learn about the problems they need to solve directly from the people who experienced them, this month’s Techfugees Hackathon aims to help tech teams develop real solutions to the issues facing refugees settled in Australia.