Showing posts with label Canberra BusinessPoint. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Canberra BusinessPoint. Show all posts

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 External Link - opens in new window.

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
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


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, 9 April 2014

CBR Innovation Network: A new approach to promoting innovative businesses

The ACT Government is announcing an overhaul of how businesses are supported to grow, innovate and create jobs.

Innovative start-ups and companies with the potential for rapid growth will benefit from the new approach to supporting business in the ACT, with industry stakeholders helping shape the services provided for entrepreneurs and innovation focused companies.

The establishment of the CBR Innovation Network will see an overhaul of Government investment in business innovation through a new body, overseen by industry experts that will provide a more focused approach to supporting businesses.

In February this year the Economic Development Directorate held a workshop with over 30 of the key stakeholders with an aim to build a tripartite approach to innovation.

The workshop recommended the establishment of an innovation network that would connect potential high growth businesses to a range of services, activities and mentors that would assist them to grow and create wealth.

To implement this vision the CBR Innovation Network will be established with the following features:
  • The network will deliver services, programs and support to a wide cross section of growth oriented companies and entrepreneurs; 
  • The network will have a physical location and will also have a charter of outreach that establishes multiple delivery points or partner delivery arrangements;   
  • It will be managed by the stakeholders under a governance structure shaped and agreed by the stakeholders. Potential stakeholders include the ANU, CSIRO, NICTA and the University of Canberra and other partners who want to join the network. The ACT Government will also have representation on the management body for the network;
  • The network will be structured so that smaller players are able to have a role in the direction of the network;
  • The ACT Government will contract the network to provide a range of services to potential high growth businesses, including mentoring, access to capital, skills development, managerial skills and links to international supply chains amongst many;
  • The network will provide a ‘triage model’ for all entities that contact it, but with services that engage quite deliberately and effectively with potential high growth businesses; and
  • The services of the network will be made available to all potential high growth companies, not just companies spun out of research institutions or ICT companies.

The Government will continue its commitment to assisting all general start-up and early-stage businesses in the ACT. The existing Canberra BusinessPoint service including the existing web site will be transferred to the network and will be supported by a telephone and email service.

The CBR Innovation Network, expected to commence operations in late 2014, will complement the ACT Government’s earlier announcement to establish a Digital Hub, centred on Garema Place.

Professor Michael Cardew-Hall, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Innovation and Advancement), ANU, welcomed the announcement of the network.  “A vibrant and well connected Canberra Innovation Eco-system is essential to research institutions such as the ANU in enabling the commercial translation of world leading research, ” Professor Cardew-Hall said.

Dr Phil Robertson, Chief Operating Officer of NICTA, welcomed the announcement of the CBR Innovation Network and its role in catalysing engagement across the innovation community. “NICTA has a strong commitment to supporting innovation in the ACT, particularly where ICT is having a transformative impact on business and enabling new, high-growth opportunities,” Dr Robertson said.

Professor Frances Shannon, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University of Canberra also welcomed the Network.  “The University of Canberra has a strong commitment to innovation and is supportive of a collaborative approach that will be facilitated through the CBR Innovation Network,” Professor Shannon said.

The CBR Innovation Network gives effect to the third strategic imperative of the Business Development Strategy to accelerate innovation in the ACT.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Local business excellence recognised

PayMe, named 2013 Canberra Business of the Year

Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr last night recognised a number of local Canberra businesses for their success and achievements with the presentation of the 2013 Canberra BusinessPoint Awards.

The awards, which are managed by the ACT Government's business advisory and mentoring service Canberra BusinessPoint External Link - opens in new window, showcase the range and depth of successful businesses operating in the Canberra region.

They showcase the innovation and ingenuity of ACT companies who have taken the astute step of seeking assistance through Canberra BusinessPoint.

On the night Minister Barr presented awards to 6 category winners from a range of different industries. 

The category winners were:
  • Web and Mobile –
  • Clean and Green – Envirolove
  • Bricks and Mortar – Autolyse
  • Creative and Design – Handmade Canberra
  • Micro-Enterprise – Ontong Patafta Bernal Football Academy
  • High Growth – PayMe

High Growth category winner PayMe went on to be the overall winner of the awards, named the 2013 Canberra BusinessPoint Business of the Year. The Canberra business provides specialist payroll services to contractors throughout Australia primarily in the information technology, administrative, and oil and gas sectors. Find out more about PayMe External Link - opens in new window.

The ACT Government is committed to supporting business and growing the economy.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalist of this year’s Canberra BusinessPoint Awards.

Find out more about the 2013 Canberra BusinessPoint Awards External Link - opens in new window.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

How do you fix your business when you don’t even know what the problem is – free video resources for your business!

Einstein is quoted as having said that if he had an hour to save the world he would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and 5 minutes solving it. The same can be said for business, after all how do you fix your business when pin pointing the problem is difficult.

Those who were able to attend the series of free business master classes which we featured on our blog earlier in the year External Link - opens in new window know all about this! And now you can too!

The master class series, run jointly by the Canberra BusinessPoint External Link - opens in new window and Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre External Link - opens in new window, included 6 sessions covering a variety of advanced business themes.

The master classes centred on a fictitious case study, the story of Davange Pty Ltd and its two directors, David and Angela O'Dell. The case study aimed to challenge participants to rephrase a problem from different viewpoints, looking at the quality of their problem descriptions and the impact on the solutions.

You can listen to the case study below or read the case study here External Link - opens in new window. Don’t place too much weight on the particular facts of the case study as it is unlikely that these circumstances will be the same as your own!

At each master class an experienced local business advisor and subject matter expert was bought in to explore particular themes including business management and performance, financial, people, legal, business expansion and investment.

The sessions were recorded and these videos are now available on the Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre website as a free online educational resource for you and your business!

View the Master Class Video Series External Link - opens in new window. 

Friday, 28 June 2013

2013 Canberra BusinessPoint Awards

Canberra BusinessPoint External Link - opens in new window, the ACT Government's business mentoring and advisory service, launched their annual awards on Wednesday 26 June 2013.

The Canberra BusinessPoint Awards, launched this year by Minister Barr MLA, ACT Minister for Economic Development and Chris Faulks, CEO Canberra Business Council, showcase the range and depth of successful businesses operating in the Canberra region. They include six award categories: Web and Mobile; Clean and Green; Bricks and Mortar; Creative and Design; Micro-enterprise; and High Growth. One winner from these categories will also be named the Canberra BusinessPoint Business of the Year.

“The Awards recognise small businesses that have interacted with the Canberra BusinessPoint Program and gone on to achieve success over the past 12 months” said Ms Faulks.

“They typify those businesses that have worked hard and been innovative in order to succeed and grow.”

 Anna Pino, CEO Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre commented “Winning a Canberra BusinessPoint Award is a great way for a business to showcase their achievements and raise their profile.”

At the launch, a number of the 2012 award winners spoke about their experience including Tom Henderson, owner of the 2012 Canberra BusinessPoint Business of the Year, Jigsaw Housing.

Mr Henderson set up Jigsaw Housing in 2010 alongside business partner and award winning Canberra architect, Andrew Verri. The pair shared a vision to apply intelligent design principles to create homes that were energy efficient, comfortable and affordable. To help start and grow their business, Jigsaw Housing worked with Canberra BusinessPoint and Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre External Link - opens in new window, which also allowed them to access the Entrepreneur Development Fund External Link - opens in new window.  Find out more about Jigsaw Housing involvement with Lighthouse External Link - opens in new window.

“Last year’s winner of the Canberra BusinessPoint Business of the Year Award is an example of the calibre of ACT businesses and their success in identifying and servicing new, niche or expanding markets,” said Ms Faulks.

Jigsaw Housing has now become a leader in the innovative, emerging field of integrative design offering a comprehensive energy efficient-focused, residential building services including design, construction and thermal performance assessment. They were named business of the year after winning the Clean and Green Category at the 2012 awards. Find out more about Jigsaw Housing External Link - opens in new window.

Other winners in the 2012 Canberra BusinessPoint Awards include CloudCentral, who took out the Web and Mobile category. CloudCentral offers highly scalable, secure, dynamic cloud infrastructure services, with a focus on providing services to Australian software developers, IT service providers, enterprise and government customers. They too have been involved with Canberra BusinessPoint and Lighthouse, and have also received financial support through the ACT Government’s Innovation Connect grant program.

“CloudCentral is currently facing the challenges of any rapidly growing startup company which include sourcing the right people, establishing a quality management team, and raising capital. We are actively engaging with the ACT Government, Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre and Canberra BusinessPoint to help us overcome these challenges presented" said Kris Sheather, founder of CloudCentral after the win. Find out more about Cloud Central External Link - opens in new window.

Applications are now open for the 2013 Canberra BusinessPoint Awards. Entries close 5pm 23 August 2013.

Winners of the awards will be announced at the Award Ceremony on 21 November 2013.

Find out more about the 2013 Canberra BusinessPoint Awards External Link - opens in new window.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Canberra BusinessPoint helping you Master Business – for free!

Canberra BusinessPoint is an ACT Government funded service providing information, mentoring and advice to business start-ups, intenders and small, micro and high growth potential firms. Delivered collaboratively by Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre and the Canberra Business Council, Canberra BusinessPoint taps into the collective knowledge and experiences of the Canberra business community, to provide a service that builds strong foundations and encourages innovation.

Canberra BusinessPoint provides a range of programs to suit the needs of businesses from contemplating an idea through to helping ensure a return on investment. These programs are delivered through their Business Advisory Service, including a mobile Business Advisor, Workshops and Clinics.

For those with a bit more experience in running and managing a business, Canberra BusinessPoint also offers their Master Class sessions. The latest series of Master Classes, which still has some vacancies for attendance, begins on Wednesday 1 May 2013 and includes 6 sessions covering a variety of advanced business themes. Each session will feature a guest speaker who will use an illustrative case study to cover the following topics:
  • Financial focus session – looking at the financial impact of business decisions
  • Business Performance Session – looking at defining issues that affect business performance
  • Funding Expansion Session - looking at funding expansion plans and attractiveness to investors
  • Legal focus session – looking at the legal impact of common business decisions
  • People session – looking at managing communication between partners
  • Marketing session – looking at launching a new product into the market with a limited budget
Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre will be using this series of Master Classes to film six online educational videos and is looking for a studio audience to be involved in them. You can take part in one or all sessions and participation in these sessions is free.  If you are interested in attending these sessions contact Candice Edye at

To find out more about Canberra BusinessPoint, including other upcoming events, visit External Link - opens in new window.