Getting Plugged Into The Startup Scene
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Getting Plugged Into The Startup Scene



Short 5 minute presentation prepared for ICT Illawarra's final networking evening of 2009.

Short 5 minute presentation prepared for ICT Illawarra's final networking evening of 2009.



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  • 1. Getting Plugged Into the Startup Scene
    ICT Illawarra – Lightening Talks, NovemberGeoff McQueen, Internetrix & Hiive Systems
  • 2. Being an entrepreneur can be very isolating
    Australia is a small market a long way from most of the world’s tech in Silicon Valley
    You can dramatically increase your chances of success by learning from others
    Fortunately, there is a large community of entrepreneurs, many of whom are willing and able to help you
    It’s the community, stupid
  • 3. Active and high quality mailing list
    A bit over a year old
    732 members
    3781 posts
    Regular Friday Drinks
    Bar 77, Grace Hotel, Sydney
    More info at
    Silicon Beach
  • 4. Run in NSW by Dept Industry & Innovation
    Free to join, but need to have good tech
    Run or connect to range of activities & events
    Recently put on the Tech 23 conference
    Also arrange for discounts to trade shows, etc
    Also $20K in matched funding available
    More info at
    Australian Technology Showcase
  • 5. Informal meet-ups for Sydney Entrepreneurs
    Run by Kim Heras, editor of TheNextWebAU every 2nd Thur
    Good mix of wantrepreneurs & more established players
    More info
    Open Coffee
  • 6. Roughly quarterly evening events in Syd
    “This is NOT about starting. This is about growing”.
    Good selection of speakers & networking
    Drinks are usually funded by a sponsor
    A few regulars from Wollongong
    More info at
  • 7. Have been 5 since Sep 08, held in Syd (2x), Melb (2x) & Canberra (1x)
    Come up with idea, build product, launch product, pitch business in <2 days
    All volunteer driven
    More info
    Startup Camp
  • 8. Bar Camps are informal, conference style meetups with open agendas & little planning
    Provide an opportunity to share ideas & meet diverse people in the tech community
    One on this Saturday, 21st at ATP, Redfern
    More info at:
    Bar Camps
  • 9. Plug into the wider, global community
    Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders from the Stanford Technology Ventures Program
    Search on iTunes or go to
    Watch leading tech summits, streamed online
    Web 2.0 Summit:
    Consumer Electronics Show:
    and many, many more
    Podcasts & Remote Access