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Colette Grgic
The second round of the Westpac Innovation Challenge, this time focussing on agribusiness, was a raging success.  We received just over 130 impressive applications from every state in Australia, and the range of ideas was tremendous. Agribusiness itself is very broad and to give you an idea of the types of applications we received, we...
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The excitement is mounting for the five finalists competing for the $40,000 prize in the Westpac Innovation Challenge in Agribusiness. After being selected from over 130 applications from every state in Australia, the five finalists have spent the past two weeks working on their business strategy and competition pitch with the startup advisors at BlueChilli....
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agritech in the field
When we chose to focus on agribusiness for this round of the Westpac Innovation Challenge, I admit I was a touch nervous. We’ve been sticking seeds in the dirt and collecting animals in our communities for centuries without deviating too far from the original methods. Sure, the opportunity for innovation in agribusiness is huge —...
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$230 billion. That’s the annual value of the agribusiness industry in Australia. Did you know that it’s actually bigger than the mining industry? So wouldn’t it surprise you then that we don’t hear much about startups applying new technologies in this sector? Is it because entrepreneurs don’t want to get their hands dirty (pun intended) or could...
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So there goes another year. Many of us look back with mixed feelings – we did some fun things, we did some dumb things, we did some great things. About half of us worked in a job that didn’t quite rock our boats. We wished we were a little braver, followed our hearts a little...
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What does a startup using iBeacons, a startup solving problems for corporate working mothers, and a security access software startup have in common?  They are all finalists in our Disrupt@Scale Human Connections program! BlueChilli has partnered with a major Australian financial institution to develop the Disrupt@Scale Human Connections program, which offers financial support, education and scaling opportunities for idea-stage...
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So there goes another year. Many of us look back with mixed feelings – we did some fun things, we did some dumb things, we did some great things. About half of us worked in a job that didn’t quite rock our boats. We wished we were a little braver, followed our hearts a little...
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Ask anyone who doesn’t live there what’s happening in Adelaide and the answer is bound to be either “church” or “nothing”. But in the past few years Adelaide has stepped up its game and it now boasts – apart from pop-up bars and a hipster coffee shops –  a tight startup community that reminds me a...
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It’s been fantastic to see Australia’s big corporates get actively involved in innovation and supporting startups even at the very early stage. Both side of this equation can benefit from closer collaboration: corporations often have the resources to support new ventures – more than just financial resources they can offer existing customers, distribution channels, brand recognition, valuable...
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  We are very fortunate to have such bold, creative and visionary entrepreneurs in Australia! The Application Stage of the Westpac Innovation Challenge closed on 19 October and we were so pleased to be kept busy with both the volume and the quality of great ideas that came in (well over one hundred applications). Thank you to every single one...
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