Friday, 19 December 2014

Business Connect December issue


Screen shot of the December newsletter

The December issue of our Business Connect Newsletter is now available:

In this issue:
  • New one-stop shop for business developers and community groups
  • Seven Canberra businesses share in Innovation Connect funding
  • AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 Business Programs
  • Two new innovative precincts announced for Canberra
  • Support for hiring a STEM tertiary Intern
  • Canberra start-up recognised for sustainability project
  • New support programs available through the CBR Innovation Network
  • Round three Digital Canberra Challenge Innovators Announced
  • Hackathon ACT 2014
  • 'The Code' receives 10 AACTA Award Nominations
  • Canberra Business Chamber launches

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

New one-stop shop for business developers and community groups


ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has announced that the ACT Government will establish a new ‘one-stop shop’ to cut red tape and better connect Canberrans to government services.

Access Canberra will connect Canberrans to the ACT Government and will include the already well known service Canberra Connect. It’s new function will be to bring together our shopfronts and regulatory arms into a single service.

The service will be available to small and large businesses, community groups and individuals seeking access to permits, approvals and licenses needed to establish a new business or event in the ACT.

Chief Minister Barr said "I want to see Access Canberra engaging with these businesses and groups as soon as possible, discussing how the service can streamline engagement with ACT Government directorates."

"I regularly hear from businesses and individuals who feel frustrated at the multiple approval bodies they have to contact throughout the ACT Government during this process. As Chief Minister I want this to improve."

"The aim of the initiative is to introduce a ‘no wrong door’ approach for entrepreneurs engaging with the ACT Government. Access Canberra will work closely with businesses, community and sporting organisations to help them thrive. I also expect to see more services and information available online through Access Canberra."

"One of my priorities as the ACT Chief Minister is to have a greater focus on regulatory reform and to drive red tape reduction. It is important that the ACT Government maintains high standards of health, safety and probity for everyone in our community. However, we must also enable businesses and community groups to do great things in our city."

The new service will be located in the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate.

Friday, 12 December 2014

AFC Asian Cup Business Programs


The ACT Government’s Invest Canberra program, in partnership with Austrade, will be hosting three International Sports Business Programs as part of the AFC Asian Cup matches being held in Canberra in January 2015.

These programs include a trade, investment and education themes and will provide an opportunity to showcase Canberra’s capabilities and opportunities in key target markets.

AFC matches and key sectors are below:


  • 11 January 2015 – UAE vs Qatar – Infrastructure
  • 13 January 2015 – Kuwait vs Korea Republic – Digital/Telecommunications
  • 18 January 2015 – China PR vs DPR Korea – Tourism Infrastructure.


To find out more or register your interest in attending the events visit the Invest Canberra website External Link - opens in new window.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Hackathon ACT 2014


Hackathon ACT 2014 participants

Last weekend 58 local innovators, including 25 high school students and one primary school student, participated in this year’s Hackathon ACT (HACT) challenge.

The HACT challenge gives teams 32 hours to design, code and launch a new digital product or service. It is part of the TriHack weekend with simultaneous hackathons also taking place in Wollongong and Bega as part of unlocking innovation in the regions.

The HACT challenge, held at Entry 29’s External Link - opens in new window new facilities at the CBR Innovation Network External Link - opens in new window, included workshops and mentors and culminated in a public pitching event.

The participants made up 18 teams, with 15 teams choosing to go to the final pitching event.

Congratulations to the winning HACT 2014 teams:

Biggest Impact Idea ($1,000 prize provided by the CBR Innovation Network)
'Elocution Lab'

Outstanding Young Entrepreneur ($500 prize each provided by the CBR Innovation Network)
'Bottled'
'AntiGreyMatter'
'Tap Plus'

Best Community/Open Source Product ($1,000 prize provided by October CMS)
'ACTcident'

Find out more about Hackathon ACT External Link - opens in new window.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Canberra Business Chamber launches


The Canberra Business Chamber, along with its new brand and new look, has officially been launched. The Canberra Business Chamber, which is a result of the merging of Canberra Business Council and the ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was launched at it inaugural Gala Dinner on 13 November 2014.

The merging of the two groups means that there is now, for the first time in Canberra, one body representing all of business.

Currently the Canberra Business Chamber represents more than 5,000 businesses through direct membership and over 100,000 affiliated industry and association groups.

They provide their members with a source for information, and access to connections and business opportunities that benefit their businesses. This includes a Workplace Relations hotline, monthly programs, speaker events, training, projects and links to business and industry experts.

They also run a range of business focused programs including the ACT Government supported ACT Digital Enterprise and ACT Exporters’ Network programs, and the CBR Innovation Network’s triage service, Canberra BusinessPoint.

Watch the Canberra Business Chamber’s launch video ‘Welcome to future of Canberra business’.


To find out more visit the Canberra Business Chamber website External Link - opens in new window or phone (02) 6247 4199.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Seven Canberra businesses share in Innovation Connect funding


Congratulations to the seven Canberra-based businesses who have been awarded funding from the recent round of the Innovation Connect program.

Innovation Connect is the ACT Government’s flagship innovation program which provides matched-funding grants of up to $50,000 to assist early stage Canberra businesses and entrepreneurs to accelerate the development of products and services through commercialisation pathways.

Since the program was established in 2008, funding of more than $3.5 million has been awarded to 142 local businesses, and that amount was at least matched by all of the grant recipients.

This round’s successful grant recipients were:
  • Burnology Pty Ltd - A web-based collaborative mapping and intelligence management system for use before, during and after emergency incidents;
  • Davoodi Pty Ltd - The development of AutoMed – an automatic, self-adjusting medication system for livestock complete with a mobile and cloud-based management system and data recorder;
  • Ezygene Pty Ltd - Development of a DNA diagnostic kit for identification of Pseudomonas bacteria suitable for commercial sale;
  • Rosemark Water Tanks - The development of a full scale working prototype of an innovative water storage solution designed to remove space, cost and aesthetic barriers to greater water tank adoption;
  • Pendulum Technology Pty Ltd - Bindle the new way to travel. A mobile application that leverages crowd sourced information to help users help themselves. Bindle enables travellers to connect with one another around the world and revolutionises the traditional travel guide as it stands today;
  • MediSen Solutions Pty Ltd - The development of an electronic portal that places control of claims in the hands of the health care providers; and
  • Pictionist - The goal of Pictionist is to revolutionise how people search for images and pictures within an organisation. This will be achieved through implementation of an image search engine that can be customised based on specific characteristics such as image colour, visual structure, and metadata.

Further information visit our Innovation Connect page.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

New support available through the CBR Innovation Network


Male entrepreneur looking at camera

Public Sector Landing Pad

Have you been a permanent employee of the Australian or ACT Public Service in the past 12 months? Are you ready to work on your innovative idea full-time?

You may be eligible for the CBR Innovation Network’s External Link - opens in new window ‘Public Sector Landing Pad’ (PSLP) program.

Being run by the Network’s partner, Entry 29, the PSLP program gives you 3 months free full-time access to the Entry 29 co-working space located at 1 Moore St, Canberra, normally valued at $990.

The Entry 29 space allows you to work closely with other entrepreneurs and start-ups, as well as the CBR Innovation Network and their partner institutions.

You’ll also have access to the Entry 29 facilities External Link - opens in new window which includes 24 hour access, high-speed internet, height-adjustable desks, breakout spaces, meeting rooms and kitchens. You will also have access to other co-working spaces when you travel through Entry 29’s Reciprocal Membership arrangements.

Youth Entrepreneur Summer Session

All teams that received seed funding in this year’s Innovation ACT External Link - opens in new window (IACT) 2014 competition are invited to take part in the inaugural ‘Youth Entrepreneur Summer Session’ (YESS) program.

As part of the program you will receive 3 months free full-time access to the Entry 29 co-working space located at 1 Moore St, Canberra, normally valued at $990.

Eligible IACT start-ups must commence their 3 month access prior to 31 December 2014.

To find out more and discuss your eligibility for the PSLP or YESS program contact Entry 29:

Website: www.entry29.org.au External Link - opens in new window
Phone: 0426 816 288

The CBR Innovation Network has been established by the ACT Government and the ACT innovation community to play a major role in accelerating innovation and growth to maximise wealth creation and transformation of the ACT economy. The Network is unique within Australia in that it’s based on a collaboration between five world-class research and education institutes in the ACT: the ANU, University of Canberra, NICTA, CSIRO and UNSW Canberra. 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Friday, 7 November 2014

ACT innovation community collaborates to form new CBR Innovation Network



ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has officially launched the new CBR Innovation Network (CBRIN) at its space in Level 5, 1 Moore St, Canberra.

In an Australian-first collaboration between the ACT Government and 5 research organisations, CBRIN is a central hub to connect, promote and accelerate innovation in the ACT. It is a not for profit organisation, supported by the ACT Government with leadership from its 5 foundation partners: The Australian National University (ANU), University of Canberra (UC), National ICT Australia (NICTA), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and The University of New South Wales (UNSW Canberra). The broader innovation community is engaged through various avenues, including an Advisory Committee that will give input to strategic direction.

CBRIN CEO, Dr. Sarah Pearson said "The ACT is uniquely positioned to transform its economy. No other city in Australia can boast such a strong collaboration between its major research and education institutions, coupled with a vibrant and engaged innovation community. We have all the ingredients needed to make our city a globally recognised economy driven by entrepreneurial and innovative companies".

Professor Michael Cardew-­Hall, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Innovation and Advancement) said of the ANU's involvement "CBRIN is an exciting opportunity for ANU to connect with the broader innovation community, to support the growth of innovation culture and capability, and is already helping connect start-ups with the support they need".

Professor Frances Shannon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UC said "UC is looking to CBRIN as a collaborative approach to engaging students in entrepreneurship, as well as an opportunity to develop new industry sectors for the ACT".

Dr Phil Robertson, Chief Operating Officer at NICTA said that being based on collaborations between industry and researchers, NICTA was a natural foundation partner for the CBRIN

"We are keen to see CBRIN connect ACT innovators into market supply chains to deliver innovative solutions and a thriving economy", said Dr Phil Robertson.

Lindsay Adler commented "CSIRO is pleased to be involved in this unique collaboration, and will use CBRIN as a tool to support the growth of the ACT innovation ecosystem and economy".

Professor Hans Riesen from UNSW Canberra highlighted "the collaborative approach that CBRIN is employing is unique in Australia, and we see this as a great opportunity to foster excellence in entrepreneurship and successful commercialisation".

The ACT has over 26,000 businesses, with the vast majority being micro and small. It has the highest business formation and patent PC rate in Australia, and is a hotbed of youth entrepreneurism.

CBRIN is headed by Sarah Pearson as the CEO, and Tony Henshaw as the Chair. CBRIN will take a central role in growing the innovation ecosystem and diversifying the economy in the ACT, and will do this by:

  • Providing a service connecting innovators and entrepreneurs to the support they need, both online and offline
  • Providing a supportive co-­working space in collaboration with Entry 29
  • Supporting a business accelerator program with Griffin Accelerator
  • Developing an incubator program
  • Workshops, talks and events for capability building, connection, promotion and commercial solution development through open methods
  • Delivering a business assistance service for small companies wishing to innovate and grow
  • Delivering programs to support youth and public servants wishing to start on the entrepreneurial journey
  • Promoting innovation in the ACT nationally and internationally, to attract funding, talent, and companies wishing to be part of the concentration of world-­class expertise and entrepreneurship

Canberra is on track to become a globally recognised hub of entrepreneurial success- a clever, connected and creative city that attracts companies, ideas and talent. With Canberra's unique concentration of education and research institutions, skilled people and multinational companies, CBRIN will integrate, align and expand diverse innovation activities.

Find out more about the CBR Innovation Network at www.cbrin.com.au External Link - opens in new window.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

CBRfree public Wi-Fi goes live in Civic


ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has today launched CBRfree public Wi-Fi in Civic East – the first area of the city to go permanently live with Canberra’s new free public Wi-Fi network.

At the launch, the Chief Minster also announced that service provider iiNet will increase the download limit of CBRfree from 100 megabytes per day (3 gigabytes per month), to 250 megabytes per day (7.5 gigabytes per month).

“This is a significant moment for Canberra and represents the ACT Government’s commitment to our future as a smart and digital city,” the Chief Minister said.

“We want to ensure Canberra is a place where businesses and entrepreneurs can compete globally in new knowledge-based and ICT industries.

“The rollout of CBRfree Wi-Fi will continue to make Canberra a place of influence and innovation. It will encourage vibrant town centres where Canberrans are connected to their community and are able to engage with Government services easily.

“It is fantastic that iiNet have offered to increase the download limit of CBRfree to 250MB at no additional cost to the Territory. This allows iiNet to create a homogenous service across the cities in which it delivers free public Wi-Fi while giving Canberrans even greater connectivity.

In May this year, the Chief Minister announced that as of October Civic East – from Garema Place to the Convention Centre, round to Gorman House and up to Girrahween Street in Braddon – would be the first area of the city to go live with CBRfree public Wi-Fi. This would be followed with a staged rollout in other town centres and commercial precincts over the following 12 months.

“The next area of Canberra that CBRfree public Wi-Fi will be rolled out in is Civic West – from Moore Street to the New Acton precinct. This area is scheduled to be fully live in January 2015,” the Chief Minister said.

“Over the coming months, as free public Wi-Fi is rolled out across all of Civic, Canberrans will start to see signage that will identify the free public Wi-Fi hotspots. I encourage you all to log on and check out the new network,” the Chief Minister concluded.

CBRfree public Wi-Fi was recently made available at this year’s Floriade and was incredibly popular. There were more than 48,000 sessions and nearly 13,000 unique users connecting to the network over the duration of the festival.

The new free public Wi-Fi service will provide users with 250 megabytes per day, totalling 7.5 gigabytes per month. An example of the type of internet activity Canberrans will have per month is:
  • the capacity to send around 15,000 emails (without attachments);
  • make around 1,500 Facebook posts;
  • download about 525 songs; or
  • download roughly 1,500 photos.

For more information on the rollout of CBRfree public Wi-Fi visit www.digitalcanberra.com.au  External Link - opens in new window.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

New laws to reduce red-tape for food businesses


New laws to be introduced into the Legislative Assembly this week will reduce red-tape for several food businesses and community groups by removing the need for not-for-profit groups to appoint a food safety supervisor when fundraising, Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher announced today.

"The ACT Government listened to the concerns raised by members of the community about some of the requirements that were placed on local community groups and sporting clubs when it came to handling and selling food, and these changes address these concerns," the Chief Minister said.

"The proposed legislation also seeks to strike the right balance to reduce regulatory burden on food businesses, while at the same time protecting the high standards of food safety enjoyed by the Canberra community when eating out."

If passed, the Bill will reduce red tape for businesses that sell only shelf-stable foods, including packaged cereals, breads and long life milk. These businesses, which pose a low risk to public safety, will no longer have to notify ACT Health of their operation.

The Bill will also allow food businesses to register for up to three years as a further red tape reduction measure. Currently, all businesses must register annually.

"Within the community sector, the Bill removes the requirement for fundraising non-profit community organisations to register and appoint a Food Safety Supervisor, regardless of the types of food being sold. This will not only reduce the regulatory burden on these organisations, but support the sale of more nutritious options, such as fruit salad and soups at fundraising food stalls," the Chief Minister said.

"The ACT Government will continue to improve its online resources to make it easier for food businesses and community organisations to understand food safety requirements and their role in protecting public health.

"As an important food safety measure, it is intended that all food-related activities conducted at large public events, such as the National Multicultural Festival, will continue to be regulated however the ACT Government will establish a streamlined process for event registration.

"ACT Health is committed to working with industry and has established a Food Regulation Reference Group to collaboratively discuss food regulatory issues and improve communication between ACT Health and the food sector. The group, which held its first meeting in September 2014, comprises representatives from industry, government and public health organisations," the Chief Minister concluded.


Further information about the proposed options to deregulate businesses operating in the food sectors is available by calling the Health Protection Service on 6205 1700.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Streamlined ‘digital ID wallet’ from Imagine Team wins top Canberra SME innovation award


Winners of round 2 of the Digital Canberra Challenge

A prototype app giving Canberra residents the ability to seamlessly access a wide range of local services has secured first place – and a $12,500 cash prize for Canberra’s Imagine Team – at the Digital Canberra Challenge External Link - opens in new window awards this week.

Imagine Team’s 'digital ID' wallet gives users one app instead of a myriad of cards to access buses, libraries and other government services. The app, called ‘Cardly’ is the brainchild of co-creators Zakaria Bouguettaya and Andrew Clapham. The prototype app incorporates MyWay cards and ACT drivers' licences but can be extended to include other services. Bouguettaya said he will use the cash prize to further develop the prototype.

“I want to thank NICTA’s eGov Cluster and the ACT Government for backing the Digital Canberra Challenge. The support that this competition is giving to innovative SMEs in Canberra has been fantastic,” said Mr Bouguettaya.

Mr Bouguettaya says he anticipates using the money on extending the concept of Cardly, and investing on his other venture, QuicklyPay.it. As for the next steps for Cardly, Mr. Bouguettaya is in discussions with government agencies to see how the concept can be rolled out for a private beta, and what would be needed to see it through to reality.

The runner-up app came from local start-up company Basement Labs. It aims to streamline information about the Canberra Hospital for patients, visitors and staff. Tim Ainge from Basement Labs has trialled the app in the hospital’s new paediatrics ward. “The value of the app is in providing information in smaller and more relevant ‘chunks’, making it easier for people to consume,” said Mr Ainge.

This awards were presented last night at NICTA’s Canberra Laboratory by ACT Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr. He also launched round three of the Challenge. “Through the Challenge, we have seen SMEs challenging the status quo and thinking deeply about the issues facing our government. These businesses have been focussed on developing the right solutions for these challenges. The Digital Canberra Challenge encourages ACT public servants, and the local community, to get involved in thinking differently about our government and developing new and better ways for us to do business,” said Minister Barr.

Michael Phillips, Manager of the NICTA-led eGov Cluster said: “Once again, the diversity, drive and resourcefulness of Canberra’s innovators was on show in the Digital Canberra Challenge. Congratulations to the winners!”

Digital Canberra Challenge is an ACT Government initiative to engage Canberra’s brightest minds to help build and support a dynamic, healthy and prosperous Digital City for the 21st century.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Canberra opens its doors to Shenzhen City in new economic agreement


Canberra is set to benefit from an economic cooperation agreement signed today by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and the Mayor of Shenzhen Mr Xu Qin, in China, marking a new era of collaboration between the two cities.

“This memorandum of understanding opens the door to a range of significant new opportunities for Canberra businesses with a city which plays home to some of the largest technology companies in the world,” the Chief Minister said.

Shenzhen has a population in excess of 15 million people and an economy eight times the size of the ACT and 15% of the size of the Australian economy.

“There are many similarities between the cities of Canberra and Shenzhen but in the first instance areas like innovation, high technology, education and environmental protection have been nominated as the priority areas to focus on,” the Chief Minister said.

“We know a number of Canberra based innovative ICT businesses are pioneering digital and other high
tech projects which are grabbing attention internationally and I hope that this economic cooperation deal will help them and others to build and promote their businesses and help them to establish in such a significant overseas market.”

The agreement will diversify Canberra’s economy by prioritising business investment, strengthening the education sector and building Canberra’s vision as a digital city.

The MOU highlights two-way investment and cooperation between the companies and institutions of Canberra and Shenzhen, on areas of shared interest including technology, innovation and industry.

This agreement with the Mayor of Shenzhen builds on the existing relationships Canberra already has with China including most importantly the well established sister-city agreement with Beijing in 2000.

“The MOU will reinforce the importance and growth of the ACT’s exporting community, and I hope that it will have significant benefits for the local economy,” the Chief Minister said.

“This agreement outlines a commitment to look for opportunities to connect Canberra and Shenzhen through Digital Canberra Action Plan initiatives, including the proposed Digital Hub.”

The Chief Minister also participated in a roundtable discussion with key business leaders in Shenzhen where she was able to showcase investment opportunities in Canberra.

“I had the opportunity to promote Canberra to investors by providing information on a number of our biggest and most exciting projects, such as City to the Lake and Capital Metro, which are priority infrastructure projects for Canberra,” the Chief Minister said.

“Other ACT Government initiatives such as Study Canberra, Digital Canberra and Visit Canberra were also highlighted, as well as our significant capabilities in research and development.

“Today’s discussion also focussed on digital industry and innovation and included discussions with some of Shenzhen’s biggest and most innovative companies.

“My message to Shenzhen businesses is that Canberra is open for business and ready for international investment and partnerships,” the Chief Minister concluded.

Today’s signing ceremony signifies as important step forward for Canberra as a global city. Partnering with one of the world’s most rapidly developing, innovative and dynamic economies is a very positive development for Australia’s national capital.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Seeing Machines named 2014 ACT Exporter of the Year


2014 ACT Chief Minister's Export Awards winners

Canberra-based technology company Seeing Machines has been crowned ACT Exporter of the Year at the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards held on 14 October 2014.

Seeing Machines is renowned for developing state of the art fatigue and distraction monitoring technology, including the Driver Safety System (DSS) which is already being used by mining, commercial road-transport and automotive industries worldwide.

The company, which was founded in 1999, now has 95 employees working across Canberra, San Francisco, Arizona and Tuscany, with export sales accounting for 53% of its revenue.

Seeing Machines recognition as 2014 ACT Exporter of the Year comes a month after the company announced a collaboration deal with Samsung which aims to bring face and eye tracking technology to the consumer electronics market.

"We are delighted to be recognised as the 2014 ACT Exporter of the Year," Seeing Machines CEO Ken Kroger said.

"Canberra is a great place to do business. The collaboration between organisations such as NICTA and the ANU are part of a small technology community that come together to share resources and ideas and support each other."

Seeing Machines have also signed a three-year strategic agreement with Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. which will introduce their state-of-the-art Driver Safety System to the rail industry.

Canberra Business Chamber CEO, Chris Faulks, congratulated Seeing Machines on winning the 2014 ACT Exporter of the Year, as well as the Information and Communication Technology category for the second year running.

"Seeing Machines success is a testament to the growing strength of the export industry in the ACT", Ms Faulks said.

"Since winning the Information and Communication Technology category at the Export Awards last year Seeing Machines has grown considerably and this award is due recognition for their achievements.

"Seeing Machines, along with the other 10 category winners, is a prime example of the innovative, global success of ACT exporters who use our country’s capital as a base".

First time winners in this years Export Awards included iSimulate (Education and Training), OnTheGo (Online Sales), as well as Frameskin and Austranter Medical, who shared the Emerging Exporter award.

The full list of winners for the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards:
  • ACT Exporter of the Year – Seeing Machines 
  • Business Services – Intelledox 
  • Education and Training – iSimulate 
  • Environmental Solutions – Windlab
  • Health and Biotechnology – Aspen Medical 
  • Information and Communication Technology – Seeing Machines
  • Manufacturing – Datapod 
  • Online Sales- OnTheGo 
  • Small Business – IE Asia Pacific 
  • Emerging – Frameskin and Austranter Medical (ACT only) 
  • ACT Exporting Government Solutions – Royal Australian Mint (ACT only) Exporting To Asia – Intelledox (ACT only) 

All ACT category winners will qualify for entry into the 52nd Australian Export Awards which will be held in Melbourne in November.

The ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards are an initiative of the ACT Government delivered by Canberra Business Chamber.

Monday, 13 October 2014

ACT economy and StudyCanberra to form focus of China discussions


Promoting Canberra as an investment location and developing agreements to boost the local economy will be high on the agenda when Chief Minister Katy Gallagher visits China this week.

"I will be conducting a series of meetings with significant Chinese investors as well as Chinese companies which already have a keen interest in Canberra, like Huawei," the Chief Minister said.

"These meetings will not only help to further develop the trade and economic relationships that have been established during previous trips to China but will aim to build new avenues for the ACT Government to pursue which relate to our government priorities, such as StudyCanberra and major infrastructure projects like the City to the Lake development."

"I am looking forward to my discussions with the Mayor of Shenzhen, Mr XÇ” Qín, who we have been working closely with to develop an economic memorandum of understanding (MOU) between our two cities," the Chief Minister said.

"Shenzhen is a city of 10.6 million people and has an economy which is eight times the size of the ACT and 15% the size of the entire Australian economy. This MOU will be a great opportunity for the ACT to strengthen trade and investment relationships and promote tourism and education.

"This MOU will also present new and exciting opportunities for Canberra businesses to build new relationships with Chinese businesses but also to attract investment opportunities in government projects like City to the Lake," the Chief Minister said.

The new relationships created during this visit will build on the existing strong relationship that Canberra has had since 2000 with the Chinese Capital Beijing and I look forward to the imminent opening of he Chinese Garden which symbolises this important relationship.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Business Connect October 2014


The October issue of our Business Connect Newsletter is now available. Stories inside this month's issue include: Winners of the 2014 Canberra BusinessPoint Awards announced; Canberra based accelerator participants pitch to investors; Legal assistance for local small business; and more.

View the October 2014 Business Connect Newsletter.

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Canberra based accelerator program investor presentations


The five teams participating in Canberra start-up accelerator program, GRIFFIN Accelerator External Link - opens in new windowpresented to investors in Sydney and Canberra this week, generating substantial investor interest.

On Tuesday the teams pitched to Sydney based investors at ATP Innovations, who partnered with the Canberra mentors to run the program. From an audience of over 45, mostly potential investors, all five teams received genuine initial interest from investors.

In Canberra on Wednesday the teams pitched to an audience of over 60 people in a joint event with Capital Angels and again received strong interest. Across the two venues, teams received 46 expressions of interest not counting any additional contacts made during post-pitch networking.

In both venues the audience overwhelmingly voted that the quality of the pitches exceeded their expectations.

GRIFFIN mentor and investor Dr Craig Davis said “We are delighted at the level of initial interest the companies are getting from investors. We feel we found five great teams and the accelerator added real value, but we’re astonished to have all five teams doing so well. Syndicates are forming but its not too late for investors who couldn’t make the presentations to get on board.”

Forty teams applied to GRIFFIN accelerator and through a competitive process the best five were selected. After 3 months intensive work guided by the GRIFFIN mentors, all five teams have real customer traction, are making rapid progress and are ready for investment. The teams are presenting their business to investors seeking Angel or Seed investment.

The five teams are:

Enabled Employment: www.enabledemployment.com External Link - opens in new window
Enabled employment enables employers to tap into a huge untapped talent pool of Australians living with a disability using telework technology to remove barriers.

Made for Me: www.madefor.me External Link - opens in new window
Madefor.me is a marketplace connecting designers, local manufacturers, and consumers who want unique, made to order 3D printed designs. 

Quizling: www.quizlingapp.com External Link - opens in new window
Quizling is taking the ‘quick quiz’ and building a social-gaming platform to engage learners across the classroom and across the world. With enterprise level analytics and privacy management, Quizling is the complete platform for learning. 

Symberra: www.symberra.com External Link - opens in new window
Symberra is a cloud-based data analytics platform that specialises in large-scale data modelling and simulations. Our optimised data storage and simulation algorithms enable domain experts to gain in-depth insights from big data in a fraction of the time required today.

Snapknock: www.snapknock.com External Link - opens in new window
Facebook for Auctions - with a motto “Social Local Fast”, Snapknock is the only pre-loved belonging 
buy and sell platform built with social in mind from ground up. With emphasis on people, not items 
or businesses, Snapknock takes social commerce to the next stage. 

3 of the participating teams, Made for Me, Quizzing and Enabled Employment, have also received support through the ACT Government's Innovation Connect program.

The program is being run in collaboration with Ignition Labs part of ATP Innovations. Hamish Hawthorn, CEO of ATP Innovations said “We are delighted to be able to support the first accelerator program to be run in Canberra. There is a terrific group of mentors who have committed their time and expertise. We are now looking forward to seeing these five companies go on to become significant commercial enterprises”.

Jessica May from Enabled Employment said “we are very excited to be making so much progress already filling jobs and growing so fast. The positive response from investors is a dream come true and we’re ready to start detailed discussions about how we’re going to grow this business even more rapidly”.

The GRIFFIN Accelerator program is being run with the assistance from the ACT Government and has broad support from a wide variety of organisations including: ANU Connect Ventures, ATP Innovations, The Australian National University, Australian Capital Ventures Limited, Capital Angels, CollabIT, CSIRO, eGov Cluster, Entry 29, Lighthouse, NICTA and the University of Canberra.

Monday, 8 September 2014

2014 Canberra BusinessPoint Awards Finalists Announced


The finalists for this years Canberra BusinessPoint Awards have been announced. Category finalists:

Web & Mobile

Imagine Team Pty Ltd
Likeajob
Enabled Employment

Clean & Green

Pure Pod
One of a Kind Apartments
Reposit Power

Bricks & Mortar

Capital Self Storage
Hotel Hotel
Therapy Masters

Creative & Design 

Flashpoint Training & Consulting
Tatts On Tatts Off
Handmade Canberra

Micro-enterprise

Bright Spark Speaking
Canberra Region Premium Tours
Penny Hyde

High growth

Barmco Mana Partnership
Red Robot Pty Ltd
Tailored Accounts

Congratulations and good luck to all the finalists. Winners will be announced at the Awards evening on 25 September 2014. Find out more on the Canberra BusinessPoint website External Link - opens in new window.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

StudyCanberra Scholarship winner announced

One of Canberra's most enthusiastic advocates in the higher education sector has been announced by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher as the recipient of the inaugural StudyCanberra and Yellow Edge scholarship to China.

Luke Garner from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra will travel to Shanghai at the end of next week to attend the Global Leadership Practices Program (GLPP) at the prestigious China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP), where he will gain valuable insights in to the Australia-China strategic relationship and workings of the Chinese central government.

He will also have the opportunity to promote Canberra as a world-class destination for education and business, and will share the StudyCanberra message with potential students and businesses overseas.

"We received a number of strong applications for the scholarship but I am delighted to announce Luke as the winner," the Chief Minister said.

"Luke was able to articulate a broad vision for how he will use the scholarship for the benefit of Canberra and I have no doubt that we have chosen one of Canberra's strongest higher education advocates to highlight the opportunities our city  boasts not only in education, but in employment, business and investment."

Mr Garner's career in the education sector has spanned over 16 years and he has experience in alumni, working with industry and graduates, research, admissions, student recruitment and student services.

"I am proud to call Canberra home and I want to be an advocate for all stakeholders in the education and research industries as I believe these industries will underpin the future growth of the Canberra economy," Mr Garner said.

"Canberra's education and research industry has not reached its full potential and it will continue to attract more high quality students and research partners from Australia and around the world.

"Where Boston is considered America's centre for higher education and research, in my opinion Canberra is deserving of this reputation in Australia," Mr Garner concluded.

The ACT Government partnered with local leadership development and performance experts Yellow Edge to establish the scholarship which was open to ACT residents working in the private and not-for-profit sectors.

"The ACT Government is always pleased to align itself with local companies who are passionate about our city and who work hard to ensure Canberra is seen as a global leader in education," the Chief Minister said.

"The team at Yellow Edge have done a remarkable job on the scholarship so far and I look forward to continuing to work closely with them for the duration of the StudyCanberra program."

The scholarship to China is one of the initiatives of StudyCanberra which aims to establish Canberra as a destination of choice for domestic and international students, increase the capacity of ACT tertiary education for research and innovation and to promote the contribution of education to the ACT economy.

For more information visit the StudyCanberra website External Link - opens in new window.

Watch Luke's application video:


Thursday, 21 August 2014

ACT students put their business skills to the test


ACT students have the opportunity to put their business skills to the test following the launch of the 2014 InnovationACT competition.

As part of the competition, participants are required to form teams and develop a business concept. The teams then take part in a 10-week educational program structured to guide teams through the development and validation of their business idea.

Completed business models will be assessed by a panel of judges from the local innovation ecosystem against criteria including how realistic and sustainable their strategy is, their stakeholder validation evidence, the capabilities of the team and their continuation plan. Up to $50,000 seed funding will be provided to the winning ideas.

The program is open to current students, staff and alumni from the Australian National University (ANU), University of Canberra, Canberra Institute of Technology, Australian Defence Force Academy, Charles Sturt University and the Academy of Interactive Entertainment.

At least 50% of the team must be students.

To find out more information visit the InnovationACT website External Link - opens in new window. To keep up to date with the latest news about the InnovationACT competition, follow it on Facebook External Link - opens in new window or Twitter External Link - opens in new window .

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Northrop’s innovation in pursuit of international markets


Originating from Canberra, specialist engineering and consultancy service, Northrop has now expanded its services across metropolitan and rural Australia, South East Asia and New Zealand.

In 2013 the company was named the winner of the Business Services category at the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards, acknowledging their commitment to delivering innovative and flexible designs for their clients.

Since winning the award, Northrop has also pursued projects in Hong Kong, Singapore and Qatar and now has its eyes set on projects in the United Arab Emirates and India. Dynamic marketing and the consequential recognition has been instrumental in increasing brand awareness in Asia and the Middle East.

Northrop’s Specialist Service Manager, Jason Shepherd, recognises the ACT Government and Austrade as major supporters of the company and their international pursuits.

“[Winning] has been extremely beneficial to our company as we develop our export markets. Having the ACT Government’s recognition is a big door opener and instiller of trust in us for what we do and our reliability” said Mr Shepherd.

On the topic of the company’s Canberra origins, Shepherd adds that Canberra is a great place for business.
“Costs are reasonable, services are good and lifestyle allows for work life balance. It also has good access to government and other exporters who touch on defence and law enforcement so the opportunity for partnering and brainstorming is substantial.” Mr Shepherd said

On recommending other companies to participate in the ACT Export Awards, Mr Shepherd is quick to encourage others, stating that “it is extremely worthwhile.”

Has your business had international success like Northrop? Nominations for the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards are currently open and close on 22 August 2014.

For more information or to apply for the awards visit the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards website External Link - opens in new window.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Speak Up About Regulation and Red Tape!

Your opinion counts to making the ACT a better place to do business!


The ACT Government wants to know about regulatory burden and red tape facing your business.

We invite you to respond to a few questions and describe how ACT business requirements affect you. Just as important, we’d like to know how you think the regulatory environment can be improved for your business.

How can I be heard?


You can provide feedback about your business in two ways:

  1. Online, by selecting the relevant link below:
    -  the hospitality sector External Link - opens in new window;
    -  the building and construction sector External Link - opens in new window; or
    -  another sector External Link - opens in new window.

    OR
  2. In a one-on-one conversation. Please email CMTDRedTapeReduction@act.gov.au to arrange a time to have a discussion. (In consideration of time, limited places available. Requests for one-on-ones will be handled based on sector sampling needs).

Your participation will be important to help us better understand the effects of regulation in the ACT and to help us make the Territory a better place for innovation, growth and starting a business. Your input will also help support work nationally to reduce regulation and red tape. The information collected in this survey will be treated as confidential.

We would appreciate your input by close of business Wednesday 20 August 2014.

If you have any questions, please email CMTDRedTapeReduction@act.gov.au.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Canberra businesses recognised at Australia Startup Awards



Canberra-based business Red Robot has won the competitive ‘Product Business of the Year’ category at this year’s Australian Startup Awards External Link - opens in new window.

The awards, presented on 2 August, recognise and celebrate the best talent in young entrepreneurship in Australia. Applications are assessed by some of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs with this year’s judging panel including BRW Young Rich List members Ruslan Kogan, Dorry Kordahi and Clair Jennifer.

Founded in 2011, winning business Red Robot External Link - opens in new windowdevelop and distribute innovative photo and imaging technologies and supplies, now becoming one of Australia's largest photo booth suppliers and exporters.

Red Robot was awarded funding under the ACT Government’s Innovation Connect grant program. Since that time the company has evolved from a simple Photo Booth manufacturer into a team of creative people specialising in the niche market of photo sharing technology. They have surpassed the $1 million milestone in domestic annual sales and are at an all-time high production output level.

Red Robot weren’t the only local business to be recognised at the awards, with Canberra’s OnTheGo Sports External Link - opens in new window named a finalist in both the ‘Product Business of the Year’ and ‘Startup of the Year’ categories.

OnTheGo Sports, who recently had success as part of the ACT Government’s Trade Mission to Singapore, was founded in early 2010. The business is fast becoming a global leader in quality custom made sportswear and uniform items, holding contracts with over 60% of Australasia’s health club market.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Benefits of Trade Mission to Singapore


Mick Spencer, Founder and Managing Director of ‪Canberra‬ business OnTheGo discusses the benefits of the ACT Government's recent Trade mission to ‪Singapore‬.



Tuesday, 29 July 2014

A year of growth and development for Windlab


Global wind energy development company Windlab was established in 2003 to commercialise world leading atmospheric modelling and wind energy assessment technology as developed by Australia’s scientific research institute, the CSIRO.

Windlab has been utilising this technology to identify and develop ready to build wind farms which produce significant amounts of renewable energy, at a lesser expense than any other electricity producing alternative.
Windlab’s initiative and key role in the creation and development of Australia’s wind industry was recognised at the 2013 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards where they took out the category winner’s prize for Infrastructure and Construction.

Since then the company has continued to expand with Windlab’s 7500MW of renewable energy development pipeline maturing rapidly, as well as significant expansion in the overseas market.
2014 has also been a busy year for Windlab , with a focus on research and development.

Windlab’s Canberra based renewable energy centre-for-excellence, the WindScape Institute, was announced in March. The Institute consists of a team of highly trained physicists and engineers, many of whom studied locally at the Australian National University (ANU).

The objectives of WindScape are to create a high resolution global wind energy database using Windlab’s industry leading wind prospecting technology and to provide a centre to train the next generation of wind energy engineers and scientists.

Windlab Australian General Manager, Garth Heron, says that Canberra’s unique characteristics have played a key role in the company’s development and success.

“As a knowledge-based exporter, the strength of the ACT’s educational and tertiary institutions is at the heart of Windlab’s domestic and international competitive advantage,” Heron said.

“Canberra possesses an active culture of innovative technology-based entrepreneurialism that is not just encouraged but actively pursued and enabled through private and government collaboration.”

Windlab’s collaborative efforts stretch to government, tertiary institutions and industry associations such as the ACT Exporters Network, Canberra Business Council, South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence (SERREE) and others.

The ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards celebrate success stories such as this, providing national recognition for some of ACT’s quietest achievers.

“I’d whole-heartedly encourage any company exporting products and services from the ACT take a brief moment away from their day to day business and get involved in the ACT Export Awards,” said Heron.

Has your business had success like Windlab? Nominations for the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards are currently open and close on 22 August 2014.

For more information or to apply for the awards visit the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards website External Link - opens in new window.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Singapore connections strengthened


In June, Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr led the ACT Government’s biggest ever overseas-bound delegation to Singapore, promoting Canberra’s trade, investment and tourism credentials as well as the education, ICT, creative, food, wine and sport sectors.

Participants on the trade mission included, Link Digital, SchoolPro, Quintessence Labs, E-Way, Contentgroup, Wild Bear Entertainment, OnTheGo Sports and 2014 Telstra ACT Business of the Year, Intelledox.

Other participants included prominent Canberra organisations such as ActewAGL, the National Gallery of Australia, University of Canberra, the Australian National University, Canberra Airport, the Canberra Business Council, NICTA, CollabIT, the National Zoo and Aquarium, the University of Canberra Brumbies, the AIS, ACTSport and the Accor and Rex Hotel groups.

Trade missions are component strategies of the ACT Government’s Global Connect program. The mission to Singapore had multiple objectives, from continuing to advocate for direct international flights to Canberra, to presenting investment opportunities around transformational projects such as City to the Lake and Capital Metro, deepening tourism connections and leveraging the business of sport.

The trade mission also showcased Canberra’s ICT capabilities with a number of participating companies taking part in CommunicAsia, Asia’s largest ICT exhibition. In the context of CommunicAsia, Intelledox announced a new deal that would see the company partner with business giant Fuji Xerox. The deal means that Fuji Xerox will become an authorised reseller of Intelledox’s Infiniti software in the Asia-Pacific market. Read more in Canberra software company Intelledox to partner with Fuji Xerox.

Canberra business OnTheGo Sports also had success on the mission, signing an exclusive deal to supply customised fitness apparel to international fitness chain, Anytime Fitness, for its Asian operations. The deal means OnTheGo will expand on its partnership with Anytime in Australia by supplying more than 30 individual products to gyms across Singapore, China, India, Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines. Read more in Canberra fitness startup signs new Asian deal.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Software innovator named Telstra ACT Business of the Year


Locally-based global software company Intelledox has this week been named Business of the Year at the 2014 Telstra ACT Business Awards.

Intelledox, who just last month participated in the ACT Government’s Trade Mission to Singapore, was founded in 1992 by ANU science graduates Phillip Williamson and Michelle Melbourne.

Since that time Intelledox has attracted more than one million worldwide users to its flagship product, Infiniti, with the company now competing with some of the biggest names in IT.

The Infinti software helps organisations to digitise and streamline paper-based information processes, mitigate risk and improve customer communication. A response to the demand for mobile-enabled business solutions, Infiniti was named one of Australia’s most innovative products or services on Anthill Magazine’s 2013 Smart 100 list External Link - opens in new window.

The business has experienced rapid international expansion from its small base in Fyshwick, with 35 staff now based in offices in Singapore, Toronto and recently opened offices in New York and London.

Mr Williamson, Intelledox’s CEO, says they are challenging traditional approaches to collecting, controlling and transforming customer interactions and manual processes through smarter document automation and more targeted customer communications for clients in the government, financial and healthcare sectors.

Mr Williamson said: "Our software is driven by the belief that applications should be simple to use, elegantly designed and able to perform beyond clients’ expectations."

"In technology, it is not enough to be a fast follower. We strive to be a thought leader in the customer communications and business process automation space."

Intelledox’s win at the 2014 ACT Telstra Business Awards comes just weeks after they announced a new partnership with business giant Fuji Xerox External Link - opens in new window. The deal see’s Fuji Xerox become an authorised reseller of Intelledox’s Infiniti software in the Asia-Pacific market.

Continuing the digital innovation trend at the awards, digital security contractor, Cogito Group, was named winner of the Start-Up category - recognised for its digital inscription technology that protects key public infrastructure from hackers and cyber attacks.

Other winners at the 2014 ACT Telstra Business Awards were Phillip-based micro business, Solace Creations, which specialises in energy efficient windows and doors, and father and son small business, Today’s Homes, which provides custom design and construction services for residential home-builders.
Winners of the ACT awards progress to the Telstra Australian Business Awards, which will be announced in Melbourne on 7 August.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Emerging exporters still lifting their game

In 2013 local company QuintessenceLabs’ profile was lifted after being crowned the Emerging Exporter at the 2013 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards.

The company specialises in next generation security solutions and has continued to enhance its product and service offering by speaking directly with customers and prospects.

QuintessenceLabs CEO, Vikram Sharma, says that the award was motivation for the company to take-on larger international markets and customers.

“Winning the Emerging Export Award was recognition of the hard work the talented team at QuintessenceLabs puts in to secure long term and sustained international business,” Dr Sharma said.

“It was a proud example of our projected success into the future.”

Since winning the award in 2013, Quintessence has remained focussed on building a business to be successful on the world stage.

“It is possible to do business anywhere in the world, but Canberra presents a unique combination of attributes that makes it a truly great place to do business,” Sharma continued.

“Every year of our journey has been exciting and 2014 is proving to be the most exciting yet.”

The 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards will be held on 14 October at the Hyatt Hotel and will continue to play a key role in recognising the excellence and brilliant possibilities of the local exporting industry.

Will your business have success like QuintessenceLabs? Nominations for the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards are currently open and close on 1 September 2014.

For more information or to apply for the awards visit the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards website.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

ACT Budget 2014-15: Investing in Canberra

On 3 June 2014, ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr handed down the 2014-15 ACT Budget, a budget about investing in Canberra to maintain growth in our economy and support local jobs.

This includes $2.5 billion investment over four years in a capital program - the largest ever by an ACT Government – which will help progress transformational projects such as Capital Metro, Australia Forum, City to the Lake and new court facilities. It also includes investment in the tourism and events, education, health and community sectors.

The ACT Government recognises local businesses as the lifeblood of the economy and it is hoped these investments will deliver the transformative infrastructure needed to support businesses for the long term. As part of the budget there is also a range of new and continuing initiatives aimed specifically at helping businesses to grow and create jobs.

This includes the acceleration of payroll tax reform which will see the threshold rise from $1.75 million to $1.85 million in 2014-15. For businesses with a payroll of $2 million this will mean a saving of $6,850 per year.

Combined with the 2012 payroll tax cuts, this means Canberra businesses, on average, are each paying $25,000 less payroll tax annually than before the reforms.

In his Budget speech, Minister Barr said “Businesses in Canberra continue to benefit from our tax reform agenda. Stamp duty continues to come down and insurance taxes will be fully abolished in 2016.”

The ACT Government recognises the burden government regulation imposes on business and so this Budget brings red tape reduction to the fore, with specific actions right across government.

During 2014-15, the ACT Government will set up a new forum to give business a direct voice in regulatory reform prioritisation.

Businesses will also be able to interact with government easier, with funding commencing for the digital project, iConnect. When fully developed, iConnect will give access to many government services and payment transactions through a single sign on.

As part of its commitment to making Canberra a digital city, the ACT Government will also introduce electronic tendering which will modernise the process for businesses seeking to work with the Government and reduce the administrative burden on small business.

The 2014-15 ACT Budget also provides continuing support for Canberra’s entrepreneurs.

To help those affected by Commonwealth Government job cuts stay in Canberra and build a new future, a specially tailored program will be implemented to provide them with support to start their own business.

Young entrepreneurs will also benefit from the budget through the new Young Business Connect program. The $300,000 program will provide assistance to young entrepreneurs, helping them to develop their ideas and establish new local businesses. This will include business planning and market development advice, connections to specialist advisors and business mentors and assistance in attracting start up funding.

The recently announced CBR Innovation Network, which will provide a more joined up approach to the delivery business services and advice, will have an important role to play in shaping the delivery arrangements for these new programs.

ACT businesses are the heart of our economy and community and this package of measures aims to invest in our city and our economy in partnership with the business community.

View the full ACT Budget 2014-15 External Link - opens in new window.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Free Wi-fi provider announced


Creating a leading digital city. That’s the ultimate goal of the ACT Government’s Digital Canberra Action Plan External Link - opens in new window, unveiled by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher MLA earlier this year.

One of the major priorities within the action plan is the implementation of free Wi-Fi in Canberra, commencing in Civic and later rolling out to other town centres and commercial precincts. Last week, the Chief Minister took the next step in achieving this goal, announcing iiNet as the successful supplier to provide the Wi-fi which will be available in Civic from October this year.

iiNet has delivered a free public network in Adelaide that is used by 200,000 people each month and has up to 500 people connected during peak periods.

Once available, Canberrans will be able to download up to 100 megabytes per day of data. When complete, the Territory’s network will be the largest free outdoor public network in Australia.

Read more about in the Canberra Times article, ‘Free Wi-Fi for Canberrans to come to Civic in October’ External Link - opens in new window.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Business Connect June Issue


Screenshot of Business Connect Newsletter

The June issue of our Business Connect Newsletter is now available:

In this issue:
  • Canberra duo inducted into to the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Global Hall of Fame
  • Bionic Eye trialled in Canberra
  • Start-Up Camp helps Canberra find its inner entrepreneur
  • Australian incubator recognised as best in world
  • Innovation, Trade and Investment branch

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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Start-Up Camp helps Canberra find its inner entrepreneur



Start-Up Camp Canberra is an event that celebrates creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking.

Run over the course of a single weekend, individuals come together to form teams, work to come up with an idea for a web-enabled business and then pitch their concept to a panel of judges.

The purpose of Start-Up Camp is to encourage entrepreneurial thinking no matter whether you are young or old, already involved in a start-up or simply an ‘ideas person’. Start-Up Camp is open to anyone over the age of 16 years who is interested in innovation, creativity and problem solving.

Last year’s attendees had this to say about start-up camp:

“This one night, two-day crash-course in entrepreneurship gave me an amazing insight into the world of development: the importance of knowing your customer, and how much we need a network of people to compliment our own skills & interests. I strongly recommend attending events like this one if you have ideas, and want to bring them to life!” Pirra

“The weekend showed me that if you are among the right people and focus on an idea, implementing it does not seem as challenging as it would when you are trying to tackle the idea on your own. It also definitely gave me a better understanding on where to start working on start-up ideas.” Sajj

“I registered for Start-Up Camp Canberra because I was interested in seeing “behind the scenes” of what goes into planning and starting a business. Although I have a business I run from home, being a mum with two young children means that I normally mainly meet other mums. I was keen to network amongst a completely different crowd of people and move the “grey matter” out of the playroom and into the boardroom.” Suzanne

Start-Up Camp Canberra will be held 25 - 27 July 2014 at the ANU College of Business and Economics.

To find out more visit the Start-up camp website External Link - opens in new window.