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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 www.siliconbeachaustralia.org
    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 www.ats.business.gov.au
    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 at:www.meetup.com/open-coffee-sydney/
    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 www.growthtown.com
  • 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 at:www.startup-australia.org
    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: www.barcamp.org/BarCampAustralia
    Bar Camps
  • 9. Plug into the wider, global community
    Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders from the Stanford Technology Ventures Program
    Search on iTunes or go to ecorner.stanford.edu
    Watch leading tech summits, streamed online
    Web 2.0 Summit: tv.web2summit.com
    Consumer Electronics Show: www.cesweb.org
    and many, many more
    Podcasts & Remote Access