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  We are very fortunate to have such bold, creative and visionary entrepreneurs in Australia! The Application Stage of the Westpac Innovation Challenge closed on 19 October and we were so pleased to be kept busy with both the volume and the quality of great ideas that came in (well over one hundred applications). Thank you to every single one...
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We’ll be turning into “BooChilli” next Friday 31 October to celebrate Halloween at the BlueChilli office and burn off a little steam. You can join us, because we’re giving away a great, hand-picked collection of the best classic horror films on DVD, valued at $100, as well as a limited edition ‘BooChilli’ t-shirt to members of...
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Melbourne startup event calendar in CalendarTree
If you’re having trouble getting the word out about your startup events, or having trouble keeping up with the growing number of startup events happening each week, we might be able to help. Longtime Aussie startup community member Claudia Barriga-Larriviere is now using CalendarTree to setup and maintain an online calendar of events including Sydney Startup Events and...
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Westpac Innovation Challenge
September started with a bang for BlueChilli following news that the Myer family and tech entrepreneur Simon Hackett have invested $5 million to fund BlueChilli’s international expansion. The news featured in a number of media outlets including BRW and the Australian Financial Review.   We also teamed up with Westpac in the Westpac Innovation Challenge,...
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Plane with detachable cabin
First, don’t pitch to investors ‘cold’ if you can possibly avoid it, because your conversion rate will be very low. (By ‘cold’ I mean pitching to investors you don’t know, who don’t know your startup. ‘Warm’ pitches, by contrast, are when you are introduced to the investor by someone you both know, and who believes the introduction...
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Having seen a few thousand pitches, mentored 100’s of founders through incubators and accelerators, invested in over 50 startups, both through BlueChilli and privately, and having my on failures on my belt, here’s 8 ways you can f**k up your early stage startup. The good news is they’re all preventable! 1. forget to sell This...
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Your admin needs to support your vision (and valuation) I love good administration. A structured set of documents, all lined up in identical folders with an online cloud mirror with everything scanned and backed up turns me on. I inherited this love from the Navy, where it was called “staff work” and all junior officers...
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Led by Australian business icon The Myer Family Investments Pty Ltd and Internode founder Simon Hackett Capital to be applied to growth in booming Australian tech startup market Sydney, 2 September 2014 — Australian technology startup BlueChilli Group today announced it had closed an AUD5 million round of investment to speed the growth of providing...
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Today I’m really excited to be able to announce a $5m investment in to BlueChilli from key investors, Myer Family Investments and Internode founder, Simon Hackett.  Simon Hackett is a great friend to BlueChilli and sits on our Investment Committee for our Venture Capital fund.  And being aligned with one of Australia’s largest and most respected...
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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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