When it comes to events in the Australian startup ecosystem, one of the premium events that has been operating for the past five years now is Sydstart – The largest startup and growth conference to ever be held in the country. The first Sydstart ever was founded by Pete Cooper and held in 2012 at Darling Harbour and had over 1000 startups in attendance. This year the conference will be held in the centre of the city at Sydney’s Town Hall and the audience numbers are expected to exceed 2000.
The Institute for Global Women Leaders (IGWL), founded by Rosie O’Halloran, is an Australian based non-profit organisation that has a mission to support, connect and empower young women from around the world as agents of change. The organisation believes that young women are one of the most underutilised and powerful assets the world has for social transformation and are making an unparalleled investment in their personal and leadership journeys.
In the report ‘Surviving the Singularity’, MYOB explores the rapidly evolving field of Artificial Intelligence and how machines that are capable of independent thought – a concept known as ‘singularity’ – may impact business, society and work in the not-so-distant future. If the predictions highlighted in the report come to fruition, the future of retail, business and particularly employment, will look very different to what it is today.
The mobile phone has become such a critical part of our daily lives that businesses who choose not to capitalise on the rapid-growth of this space will miss out on a plethora of opportunities. ‘Touch’-based and ‘Tap and Go’ technologies are fast becoming the new norm in the Australian retail sector, as our country leads the way on the global stage.
In the last couple of years, the business has experienced rapid growth and is now known as the KX Group, a high performance, boutique fitness company with a range of studio-based offerings like pilates, yoga, barre and cycle, as well as overseas fitness retreats.
Australian startup and SME founders have revealed in a recent survey conducted by MYOB that their first port of call when their business runs into financial difficulty is their accountant. The MYOB monthly snapshot survey regularly quizzes a section of the company’s 1.2 million strong database of clients about topical issues related to business conditions, and almost half of those surveyed said that accountants were the professionals they looked to first and trusted most to help them through tough financial times.
One problem Anna Massie noticed was that many companies were not providing the childcare facilities that many mothers would prefer. The companies that did have childcare centres had huge waiting lists. So Massie decided to create her platform called The Corporate Kid.
In order to achieve diversification, we must first create the foundations in which new ideas, new technologies and new businesses can thrive. It is highly likely that some of Australia’s next great businesses, with innovations that could potentially transform our economy, are in startup mode today. However, the odds of surviving to realise that opportunity are heavily stacked against them.
Last night, BRW revealed their annual Top 50 Best Places to Work list for the year. Call it a coincidence or call it the stars aligning, but there happens to be a little bit of crossover with our own list of emerging Australian leaders and some of the companies that were chosen by Fairfax. The message it sends is clear: there is a particular group of people breaking down barriers and building sustainable businesses and organisations. These people will no doubt serve as inspiration for the next generation of dreamers, creators and business builders, and that is something to be truly proud of. [Sponsored]
Founded in January 2014, local startup Grow My Team is a new technology platform that helps business owners recruit and manage staff while avoiding the financial risks that come with hiring full-time in-house staff. Essentially, it’s an innovative spin on the traditional temp or part-time staffing solutions business. [Sponsored]
Coworking seems to be becoming the new popular way to work these days and upstarts and corporates alike are jumping on the bandwagon.
Serviced office space company Servcorp recently launched their own coworking spaces across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth.
The City of Sydney’s new 10-year action plan is all about creating an environment where entrepreneurs can start and grow successful global businesses. Authored by Charnelle Mondy, the plan reiterates exactly how vital tech startups are for Sydney’s future.
Global IT&T recruitment company, Talent International, has again teamed up with Founder of Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson, and Co-Founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, in their search to find 2015’s biggest technology superstars for the Talent Unleashed Awards.