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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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Westpac Innovation Challenge
In partnership with Westpac Group we’re excited to announce Josh Rowe and team from the Australian real estate pricing startup realAs are the winners of the inaugural round of the Westpac Innovation Challenge. The Westpac Innovation Challenge launched on 17 September giving Australian start-ups the opportunity to develop new ideas to help the bank’s business customers. realAs has won a...
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It’s been fantastic to see Australia’s big corporates get actively involved in innovation and supporting startups even at the very early stage. Both side of this equation can benefit from closer collaboration: corporations often have the resources to support new ventures – more than just financial resources they can offer existing customers, distribution channels, brand recognition, valuable...
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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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  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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