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Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin
Although I rarely (never) code on our startups these days, I still do enjoy software development and on some weekends I muck about on small projects, just so I can keep my mothballed skills somewhat relevant.   So when Intel pitched an idea at me through my friends at digivizer.com to build some cool tech using their...
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What’s the one thing that startups crave more than capital? Customers. Too often we seem to focus on capital intensive startups with multiple rounds of VC and celebrate their high paper valuations.  The “lack of VC” is a common gripe in the Australian startup landscape.  But you know what there is more a lack of? Customers....
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In a recent ASX announcement from Collaborate Corporation Limited (ASX:CL8) (a major investor in BlueChilli startup FundX) has announced that FundX has made significant progress since its soft launch in September. Enquiries for over $1m in loans have been received and five loans have been advanced, representing more than 20% of the value of the...
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The federal government has just announced $1bn of initiatives to support an innovation culture in Australia and to drive ideas – under the hashtag #ideasboom.  Over 20 ideas designed to support entrepreneurship, ideas, investments and startups have been released.  Here are my thoughts on the good, the bad and the ugly. Firstly however, it’s important...
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Especially now that innovation is on the national agenda, there’s a lot of talk around incubators, accelerators and coworking hubs or spaces. But what is the difference between these? Turns out, there’s a huge amount of difference and it’s important to understand them if you’re thinking of using their services. Depending on your individual requirements,...
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Collaborate Corporation Limited (Collaborate or the Company) (ASX: CL8) is pleased to announce it has expanded its reach into the rapidly expanding fintech industry through an initial investment in peer-to-peer SME lending platform FundX (www.FundX.com.au). FundX will also license Collaborate’s PeerPass platform as part of its funding assessment process Collaborate has made an initial investment of $150,000 in...
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What more can we do to support the growth of Australia’s future innovation industries? Assistant Minister for Innovation Hon Wyatt Roy MP today announced the launch of Policy Hack, a new initiative in industry policy design to take place on Saturday 17 October in Sydney. “The Federal Government is committed to making innovation a centrepiece...
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After being frustrated working in a corporate environment and being unable to book a meeting room, Space Connect founder Matt Pope decided to do something about it. “I have always been passionate about technology and improving the way we work and operate”. Using “Ambient Intelligence” through Bluetooth based iBeacons, SpaceConnect brings together people and office...
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The key driver for Adam Poole, founder of Safety Compass, was a depressing workplace statistic where globally 1 person is killed every 15 seconds.  This equates to over 5,500 people a day or 2.5 million people a year who don’t come home from work.  “It’s a confronting issue and coming from a professional safety background in heavy...
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Startups are really hard work. Really really hard work. Unfortunately in all of our efforts to promote success we often overlook the journeys we take to get there, we forget the challenges we faced and brush aside the emotions and efforts along the way.  That’s why we’ve teamed up with the award winning guys at Hixon...
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