DEAR ARTHUR SINODINOS

DEAR ARTHUR SINODINOS

Welcome to your new role as Minister for Innovation. I am a big believer in your mission and hope you can keep it for longer than those that came before. You will need to convince your colleagues that innovation takes time. Explain to them it is a cliche that startups...
WHY HIGH-VIZ MUST INNOVATE

WHY HIGH-VIZ MUST INNOVATE

Bruce Herbert is the Chief Supply Chain Officer for Coca-Cola Amatil East Japan. I asked him to write this post after he expressed a view during his closing remarks at our Firehose hackathon that struck a chord with me. 100 people had just spent 54+ hours...
HOW YOU CAN HELP #NEXTMONDAY

HOW YOU CAN HELP #NEXTMONDAY

This is a message to the innovation community of Australia. Friends, we are on the bleeding edge of the disruptive wave. Those that know me, will know I am a ‘stubborn optimist’. It is very hard for people like me to imagine that the future is worse than the past. You...
STANDING AT THE START OF GEELONG’S NEW RUNWAY

STANDING AT THE START OF GEELONG’S NEW RUNWAY

This is a guest post by Leighton Wells from Runway Geelong.  Geelong is transitioning, of this – there can be little doubt. Transitions are of endings but they’re also of beginnings. It’s these beginnings and the possibility that they bring that are truly exciting....
TASMANIA’S STARTUP SCENE

TASMANIA’S STARTUP SCENE

If you’re thinking about moving to Tasmania, or stopping down south for a working holiday, then this guide should give you a great head start on figuring out who’s who in the community and where the local focal points of startup activity are. The startup ecosystem in...
VEGEMITE AND STARTUPS

VEGEMITE AND STARTUPS

Can brands and startups make each other stronger? We are working with Mondelez International, the largest snack food company in the world, to give startups an ‘unfair advantage’ with a $40,000 grant (no equity) and access to the consumers of brands such as...
BRISBANE’S STARTUP SCENE

BRISBANE’S STARTUP SCENE

A couple of years ago you could have been forgiven for asking “What startup scene in Brisbane?” – but today the river city is at an inflection point, and the startup ecosystem is really beginning to buzz. What’s driving this growth? A couple of things. Firstly,...
ADELAIDE’S STARTUP SCENE

ADELAIDE’S STARTUP SCENE

Getting started Familiarising yourself with where the action is, will be your first step into the startup scene in Adelaide. Co-working spaces are a bit of a new thing to Adelaide. To their credit, those in operation are making noise and adding substance to this...
PERTH’S STARTUP SCENE

PERTH’S STARTUP SCENE

It is an order of magnitude smaller than Sydney and Melbourne, but the Perth startup scene has been bubbling away over the past year or two, and is in the early stages of its busiest month ever. With a suite of national and international investors descending for the...