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Megan Flamer leading a masterclass on tips for startup pitching
Startups disrupt industries, markets and the traditional way of doing things. They need early adopters to take a leap of faith and try out their products and services. A huge part of building a startup is communicating a founder’s vision and ideas to customers, investors and partners. Which is where the skill and practice of...
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Scale-up founders with Xcelerate team
After screening 50+ applications, we’re excited to announce the three scale-ups that have been selected to pilot with Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) through the BlueChilli Xcelerate program. Xcelerate is one pillar of Coca-Cola Amatil’s corporate venturing platform, Amatil X, which was created in partnership with BlueChilli, so that together, we could identify the best ideas to...
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A man with a unicorn ice cream
Australian startups are doing us proud. Early this year Canva announced unicorn status after raising US$40m for a US$1bn post-money valuation, adding to the short but mighty list of Australian unicorn tech startups. Obviously not every innovative technology company can wear that price tag. There are only 266 tech unicorns in the world right now....
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This is a guest post from Elle Pacholoski, founder of Get Outdoors from the Xcelerate cohort. Here Elle shares her experience of the Expo where the Xcelerate cohort shared what they have created in just 12 short weeks – the halfway point of the six month accelerator program.  What is an Expo? The Xcelerate cohort...
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This is a guest post from SheStarts founder, Danielle Owen Whitford, on burnout, stress and what sparked the idea for her startup, Pioneera.  It was time. “I don’t want to do this anymore.” As the reality of that statement set in, a tingling of fear crept up my spine. I knew that once I admitted...
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Gary from GlobalWhere, Xcelerate
This is a guest blog by Gary Scott, Founder and CEO of GlobalWhere, a startup in the current Xcelerate cohort. Gary shares how the concept for the business came about, and the many steps taken along the way. GlobalWhere provides a real-time data sharing platform for worker safety information. Following in Dad’s footsteps I grew up...
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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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Xcelerate founders from BlueChilli
The pitches are done, the judges have deliberated and BlueChilli and Coca-Cola Amatil have announced the 12 lucky startups and their incredible ideas that have been selected into the 6 month accelerator program Xcelerate. For the past two weeks, 40 startups from around Australia and New Zealand have been undergoing a rigorous bootcamp to prove...
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Yesterday, we felt incredibly proud to be standing in front of the inaugural Xcelerate bootcamp cohort of 40 startup founders. Over the next two weeks, these founders from all around Australia and New Zealand will work on their concepts with our product, engineering and Entrepreneur in Residence teams to develop early proof of viability with...
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