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Canva co-founder Melanie Perkins takes out top prize at the NSW Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

- October 21, 2015 2 MIN READ

The wins keep coming for design startup Canva. Just a few weeks after closing a US$15 million Series A round that has valued the startup at $165 million, co-founder Melanie Perkins has taken out top prize at the NSW Technology Entrepreneur of the Year awards in recognition of her ‘entrepreneurial endeavours and role model qualities’.

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Maitland startup Smart Sports Solutions wants to bring moneyball analytics to grassroots football

- September 28, 2015 3 MIN READ

There are two schools of thought in the sports world when it comes to analysing and grading athletes. The first sees a team rely on a gut feeling that says that player’s going to be a superstar, while teams going by the second have endless amounts of data to back up their opinions. Thanks to the greater acceptance of analytics in sports that came with the book Moneyball, which explained how a Major League Baseball team used advanced analytics to build a good team cheaply, teams are increasingly relying on the latter.

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NSW launches “whole-of-government” data initiative to help startups create smart solutions to societal problems

- August 5, 2015 5 MIN READ

Despite data being one of the greatest assets at the disposal of governments, it is also one of the most underutilised. For long, governments, both at a state and federal level, have been sitting on millions of bytes of data and spent tax dollars on products that are still perceived to be substandard. This may be set to change with the NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, The Hon Victor Dominello MP, announcing the launch of a “whole-of-government” data analytics centre to drive innovation in the State.

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$100K Awarded for Best in Class at Tech23

- October 25, 2012 2 MIN READ

Some of the State’s most innovative technology start-ups were honoured at this weeks Tech23 showcase in Sydney. Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner said the Tech 23 innovation event showcased 23 young technology companies and their business models to an audience of over 400 potential investors, partners and clients.