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.