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Xcelerate founders from BlueChilli
The pitches are done, the judges have deliberated and BlueChilli and Coca-Cola Amatil have announced the 12 lucky startups and their incredible ideas that have been selected into the 6 month accelerator program Xcelerate. For the past two weeks, 40 startups from around Australia and New Zealand have been undergoing a rigorous bootcamp to prove...
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Yesterday, we felt incredibly proud to be standing in front of the inaugural Xcelerate bootcamp cohort of 40 startup founders. Over the next two weeks, these founders from all around Australia and New Zealand will work on their concepts with our product, engineering and Entrepreneur in Residence teams to develop early proof of viability with...
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Applications have just closed for CityConnect, Australia’s first smart cities accelerator and we have over 200 great applications to review. Brisbane startups overtake Melbourne for the first time Melbourne is a bigger startup community than Brisbane, right? Well, maybe not when it comes to ideas for smart cities startups — 24% of applicants called Brisbane home,...
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CityConnect, Australia’s first smart cities accelerator, has been open for applications for one week, so let’s take a look at some of the idea-stage and prototype-stage startups that have applied so far. If you’re interested in applying but haven’t done so yet, here are some of the ideas submitted so far: Get fit on the...
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Coffee and newspaper
This morning, the number one ‘news moment’ in my Twitter headlines was the news that old media publisher Fairfax is cutting its annual operating budget by a further $30M, sacking more editorial staff and focusing on stories which will increase its online audience. Watching the ancient print mastheads of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald turn into a...
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Today we launched Australia’s first open innovation program to identify and solve urban challenges at the Myriad Festival in Brisbane. The CityConnect program brings together leading corporates, governments, investors and universities to collaborate with startups on a 15 month program to find and fund entrepreneurs with smart cities solutions.   “Our cities are changing dramatically – we...
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We recently learned that the original Australian tech startup incubator Pollenizer is closing down. This hit me hard because I was an investor in Pollenizer and worked there on and off for a few years in the early days. But it hit me harder because Pollenizer was such a huge influence on the direction of the Australian...
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Ben Graetz launches Grassrootz
As founder and CEO Ben Graetz tells it, the original inspiration for his Grassrootz charity fundraising platform was his young son’s stay in hospital after a major operation, and his decision to support the work of the Starlight Foundation which made his son’s lengthy stay so much more bearable. At BlueChilli we’re hugely proud that Ben...
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Wynyard walk to Barangaroo, Sydney
Today we’ve officially announced some news that some in the urban strategy community already knew: Johanna Pitman, an experienced authority on the challenges facing urban communities, has joined us as Program Director for BlueChilli’s next accelerator program, CityConnect, launching in 2017.   Before BlueChilli, Johanna was the Deputy CEO for the Committee for Sydney, an independent think-tank advocating for global...
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Mountains
  This year’s Startup Muster report highlights an issue that’s been on my mind for some time: too many people in Australia’s tech startup community are first-time founders, with no prior experience being a tech startup founder and no prior experience as a tech startup employee. 54.6% of Australian tech startup founders and 71.6% of...
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