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Getting Plugged Into the Startup Scene<br />ICT Illawarra – Lightening Talks, NovemberGeoff McQueen, Internetrix & Hiive Systems<br />
Being an entrepreneur can be very isolating<br />Australia is a small market a long way from most of the world’s tech in Silicon Valley<br />You can dramatically increase your chances of success by learning from others<br />Fortunately, there is a large community of entrepreneurs, many of whom are willing and able to help you<br />It’s the community, stupid<br />
Active and high quality mailing list<br />A bit over a year old<br />732 members<br />3781 posts<br />Regular Friday Drinks<br />Bar 77, Grace Hotel, Sydney<br />More info at www.siliconbeachaustralia.org<br />Silicon Beach<br />
Run in NSW by Dept Industry & Innovation<br />Free to join, but need to have good tech<br />Run or connect to range of activities & events<br />Recently put on the Tech 23 conference<br />Also arrange for discounts to trade shows, etc<br />Also $20K in matched funding available<br />More info at www.ats.business.gov.au<br />Australian Technology Showcase<br />
Informal meet-ups for Sydney Entrepreneurs<br />Run by Kim Heras, editor of TheNextWebAU every 2nd Thur<br />Good mix of wantrepreneurs & more established players<br />More info at:www.meetup.com/open-coffee-sydney/<br />Open Coffee<br />
Roughly quarterly evening events in Syd<br />“This is NOT about starting. This is about growing”.<br />Good selection of speakers & networking<br />Drinks are usually funded by a sponsor<br />A few regulars from Wollongong<br />More info at www.growthtown.com<br />Growthtown<br />
Have been 5 since Sep 08, held in Syd (2x), Melb (2x) & Canberra (1x)<br />Come up with idea, build product, launch product, pitch business in <2 days<br />All volunteer driven<br />More info at:www.startup-australia.org<br />Startup Camp<br />
Bar Camps are informal, conference style meetups with open agendas & little planning<br />Provide an opportunity to share ideas & meet diverse people in the tech community<br />One on this Saturday, 21st at ATP, Redfern<br />More info at: www.barcamp.org/BarCampAustralia<br />Bar Camps<br />
Plug into the wider, global community<br />Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders from the Stanford Technology Ventures Program<br />Search on iTunes or go to ecorner.stanford.edu<br />Watch leading tech summits, streamed online<br />Web 2.0 Summit: tv.web2summit.com<br />Consumer Electronics Show: www.cesweb.org<br />and many, many more<br />Podcasts & Remote Access<br />
Short 5 minute presentation prepared for ICT Illawarra's final networking evening of 2009.