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For around 18 months, Samara Pepperell has been BlueChilli’s social media guru – while juggling many commitments. In addition to finding the perfect pun or emoji, Samara runs a global company, competes internationally as an athlete, and keeps her 25k+ followers up to date.  These many and varied activities mean Samara has to have a...
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The 457 visa debate ended abruptly in April last year in 2017 when many HR professionals (myself among them), learned on Facebook that the programme had been abolished in lieu of a more “Australians-first” approach, as proposed by the government. Almost a year later, we are still waiting to hear what the actual implications of...
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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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Last month BlueChilli was a proud prize sponsor of Australia’s national #HealthHack 2016, which was a resounding success. Across hackathon venues in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth, the weekend of 14-16 October saw more than 300 people from diverse professions and backgrounds come together to work on 47 health-related technology challenges. Some of the...
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ResponSight – Jeff Paine  With a rich history in startups, corporate life and even the creative world, Jeff set out to do the one thing he hadn’t done yet; be a solo founder in an accelerator program. He had been facing the same human-centered tech security challenges for over a decade and when the Disrupt@Scale...
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After two weeks of an intense bootcamp, endless pitch rehearsing and an unspecified number of coffees, on Tuesday the #HelloHealthTech Pitch Event was finally there! Of all the challenges a startup can anticipate to overcome, fog is not something they usually put on the list. One team barely making it into Sydney due to delayed and...
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Alan teaching at Collaborate CCIQ
BlueChilli has partnered with the CCIQ, Microsoft and Suncorp to assist small businesses with innovation as part of our Disrupt@Scale model, under the banner collaborate.cciq.com.au. Together we’ll invest up to $100,000 in up to 10 startups selected from a group of Queensland applicants who can demonstrate how they solve problems for small businesses. The successful startups will be...
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Back in March this year we announced we’d be producing another version of the startup community map we call Startrail this year, our first since 2013. Sorry it’s been such a long project — we know startup founders, incubators, accelerators, investors and local and state governments are waiting eagerly to see it because you kept...
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Sydney and Melbourne both dropped places in the just released Global Startup Ecosystem Report by Startup Compass. Who cares how Australia ranks in a global study of tech startup ecosystems? You should. It’s an indicator Australia may be failing to transition our economy from primary industry to information and technology. We’re making progress, and viewed...
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Last night’s Federal Budget has generally been received as an “election-preparation budget” rather than another attempt at significant structural change. We don’t disagree. We’ve gone through the budget papers and initial expert analysis and here’s our perspective on how the changes announced will influence the tech startup industry in Australia. Who are you calling “Small Business”? Although...
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