News & Analysis

Is the NSW Government choosing not to put its money where its mouth is?

- November 10, 2015 3 MIN READ

The Victorian Government is putting its money where its mouth is: just a few weeks after announcing $1 million in funding and five years of additional in-kind marketing support to get SydStart to move to Melbourne and rebrand to StartCon, the government has announced that it has made a significant investment to help customer service software startup Zendesk open a new Melbourne office.

News & Analysis

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’.

Profiles

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.

News & Analysis

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.