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: