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Triiyo Empowering parents
This is a guest blog by Rebecca Grainger, CEO and founder of Triiyo, a customised platform that transforms the parental leave experience for employees through enhanced communication, engagement and connectivity. Currently 11 weeks into the Xcelerate program, Rebecca has uncovered a lot of truths about being a woman in her 40’s, a mum and a...
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Presentation skills for startup founders - Think Texas
Pete Lead is BlueChilli’s Accelerator Manager who ensures our founders are fully prepared to flourish after their accelerator program has finished. Pete has more than 20 years experience delivering training on improvised comedy, theatre, presentation and communication skills, and business leadership. He has performed comedy shows in Australia, USA and Canada. Public speaking and presenting...
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Josh DeNutte from Spark, Xcelerate Program
This is a guest blog by Josh DeNutte, Founder and CEO of Spark. Currently in the first month of the Xcelerate program, Josh shares his thoughts on taking the plunge to join BlueChilli instead of going it alone.  How I went from a place of frustration and self-doubt to launching an MVP in a matter...
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In 2015 the New York Times published a process that allowed strangers to find their soulmate in 90 minutes. The article, “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This”, explained the hypothesis of the original psychological study: that asking and answering 36 probing questions with someone could accelerate the feeling of intimacy. The final activity,...
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I remember when I did my first big pitch for DonateNZ, a charitable marketplace where people donated goods & services to community organisations. I’d decided to hold our launch event at my primary school. National celebrities were invited, press releases deployed, a big radio star was the MC. I sat there with my smiley t-shirt...
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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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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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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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This week a wide range of Sydney’s early-stage startups were on stage at ATP Innovations for the finals of the Sydney Challenge Cup, part of Washington DC incubator 1776‘s global search for the most interesting startups in Education, Energy, Health and Cities. It would be un-Australian if BlueChilli wasn’t there 😉 Linda Glassop, founder of one...
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An amateur photographer
Industry dinosaurs like me can still remember when there was no such thing as a startup pitch competition. But times have changed: the glaciers have retreated, bipedal mammals have become the dominant life form, and there are now more startup pitch competitions each year than there are apps in an app store. Good for startups, right? Yes and...
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