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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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We’re delighted to announce that leading marketing services firm IPG Mediabrands has chosen BlueChilli as a partner in offering its employees first-hand experience in startup innovation. Believed to be a first for the Australian media industry on such a large scale, the new partnership offers Mediabrands’ 500-plus people an opportunity to engage directly with the leading edge of tech startup...
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We’re proud to share the news that cyber security portfolio startup, ResponSight has raised a US$880,000 round led by Carthona Capital. The round also included a follow-on investment from Black Sheep Capital. ResponSight’s technology detects hackers using behavioural analytics, using differences in user activity to proactively alert and isolate threats. Based out of Melbourne, ResponSight earlier raised US$57,450...
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Last month, our team at BlueChilli won a “Merit Award” for innovation, recognising our work supporting startups across Australia. As we stood smiling for the cameras, certificate in hand, it dawned on me – “I thought merit was only for men!?!” At least that’s what our politicians keep telling us. On ABC’s Q&A last week,...
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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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It’s been a massive start to the new financial year at BlueChilli! For me, July kicked off with a whirlwind trip to the US, where I had the huge honour of sharing a stage with Barack Obama(!!) in Washington DC for the Select USA Conference on Innovation, putting Australian startups on the global map. Our...
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Last Monday BlueChilli portfolio company CurrencyVue launched their innovative foreign exchange (FX) risk management platform.  After an extensive process of customer validation, the CurrencyVue team has built a simple, intuitive platform that will make a significant difference to small and medium sized import and export businesses (SME’s). Whilst there has been a terrific amount of energy...
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Introducing the finalists With the date of the Pitch Event approaching rapidly, it is finally time to present to you the five finalists of the #HelloHealthTech innovation challenge! The finalists are currently halfway through their bootcamp at BlueChilli, which is a fun but at the same time challenging experience. With Pitching workshops, strategy and validation...
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If we needed any further confirmation that Australian industry has been swept up in the innovation wave, last week’s NSW iAwards were it. The digital awards program hosted by the Australian Information Industry Association has been running for 22 years, with the aim of recognising and rewarding the ICT innovations that have the potential to,...
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This year’s influential Anthill Smart 100 competition has featured a record ten BlueChilli portfolio companies in its list of the hottest 100 startups in Australia. James Tuckerman, Founder, Anthill Magazine & the SMART 100 says, “With over 700 nominations and 100 innovations profiled and ranked each year, the SMART 100 Index is the largest awards...
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