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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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Amatil Xcelerate Group
This is a guest blog by Natalie Collins, Head of Xcelerate within Coca-Cola Amatil. We asked Nat to share her personal story on the journey of launching a brand new accelerator program and corporate partnership from within the organisation… I’ve spent my career becoming familiar with how the “big end of town” operates. It’s been a rich...
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BlueChilli Panel
“An entrepreneur is someone who is willing to work 80 hours a week in order to not work 40 hours a week. But how do we manage burnout?” – Megan Flamer, Program Director of Xcelerate at BlueChilli If there’s one certainty of running a startup or new business, it’s that you’ll find yourself staring down...
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corporate boardroom
I’m a firm believer that if you micro-manage or clock watch an employee, you’re setting them up to deliver the bare minimum. I’ve had it done to me. I’ve found myself sitting in front of a disgruntled manager, trying to explain why I was 10 minutes late back from lunch. They were not sympathetic to...
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A little while ago Aniel Bhaga from Nova invited me to speak on some of the issues around building a rich culture in a startup team, and about translating startup culture into corporate organisations. Q: Leading in this digital age you can face a wide variety of obstacles… Everyone has different adoption levels of technology, new fresh...
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View of paint pots from above
After picking my 8 year old up from school today I noticed he hadn’t eaten his lunch and on asking why, he said to me – “Harry* and I were too busy selling tattoos”. After my initial panic that he may have in fact been instilling lifelong ink markings into his school mates, he went...
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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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Have you ever considered why customers are choosing a competitor’s product over yours? I bet you have. I see startups time and time again say “Oh, we just need X feature” or “We just need to spend more on marketing.” But have you ever considered it might be a branding problem? There are over 1.3M...
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CurrencyVue – Matthew Tyrrell  Matt’s strong background in financial services and business systems proved handy when he was faced with a growing problem that wasn’t going anywhere. He decided it was time to take on the challenge and help bring international payments further into the 21st century. Read on for more insight into where he’s come...
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Therapair – Danielle McFarland & Sheree Evans Coming from a strong client engagement and startup experience background these two ladies are nothing short of impressive. They found themselves coming up against a variety of challenges on their mission to change how customers and wellness practitioners connect. Applying for the BlueChilli 156 accelerator program was one...
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