Sydney has become “the epicentre of innovation, economic growth and jobs in Australia,” according to Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney.
It’s true: about 75–90% of start-ups will fail (or, in other words, not make it to a trade sale or IPO). In face of these grim odds, it is easy to feel discouraged, and want to throw in the towel when it comes to your own start-up.
If you use your mobile phone or the web to do most, if not all, of your money management, then you’re a part of the digital revolution that has disrupted the banking and finance world in the last couple of years.
You already know Ping Data won a hotly contested CeBIT PitchFest 2018, pipping runners-up Littlescribe and BenchOn to first place. But what about the other seven start-ups selected as finalists? What innovative ideas did they share?
In a rapidly evolving business environment, there are big opportunities on offer for canny start-up founders in the B2B space.
CeBIT Australia 2018 came to an exciting close with PitchFest 2018. Ten worthy finalists (from 40 entrants) pitched their tech-related start-up ideas to the panel of expert judges: Adam Cook, Investment Associate, AirTree Ventures; Bradley Delamare, Chief Executive Officer, Tank Stream Labs; Rohen Sood, Investment Manager, Reinventure; and Noga Edelstein, Co-Founder, UrbanYou.
Twenty three start-up companies and organisations from the Hunter and Central Coast regions north of Sydney commandeered a bus this week - the ‘start-up Xpress’ - to travel to the Asia Pacific’s largest technology exhibition.
As CeBIT Australia 2018 fast approaches, one of the most anticipated events is the PitchFest, where start-ups go head-to-head in front of our highly experienced panel of judges, and an audience of fellow start-ups, investors and potential customers, to see who will come out on top.
As a tech entrepreneur, particularly in the early stages of a startup, you have to be a jack of all trades in order to succeed.
When fourth-generation farmer Naomi Stuart hit on a new and better way to process payments for crops – a market worth an estimated $2.1 billion each year in Australia – she found financial support for her idea from an unlikely source: the NSW Government.
Quality developers don’t just play an essential role in the success of every tech company; they also play an essential role in the Australian digital economy,
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Deputy Premier John Barilaro unveil the Sydney Startup Hub plaque with Jobs for NSW Chairman David Thodey and Minister for Innovation Matt Kean watching on
In a major coup for NSW, Microsoft will bring its world-renowned intensive program for start-ups to the new Sydney Startup Hub, making it one of only eight locations in the world to host the accelerator program.
The Australian technology start-up scene is thriving, due in part to tax incentives for early-stage investors being introduced last year, as well as the $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda launched by the Turnbull government in December, which aims to help innovators gain funding to make their ideas a reality.
Presenting at events, such as an industry conference like CeBIT, is beneficial for two big reasons: it positions you as a thought leader within your industry, and it’s a great way to network, which may eventually lead to profitable partnerships or sales.
Back in the early 90s two self-proclaimed “total nerds” graduated from Australian National University, set up in a bedroom clad with Star Wars wallpaper, installed a second phone line and started a company.
2017 is shaping up to be a good year for tech crowdfunding projects. Here’s a list of our favourite ones so far.
What qualities does an effective IT leader need to create lasting and dynamic change?
CeBIT Australia’s strategic panel “Streamlining and growing business with the aid of technology” brought together some dynamic entrepreneurs at various stages of their journeys to share their experiences in founding their business, and creating a fertile environment for growth. This blog post summarises some of the key findings from the session.
Sydney’s School of Entrepreneurship’s first intake of students will hit the books at the Ultimo campus in August. It’s an exciting time with the mammoth project positioned for ultimate success.
The CeBIT Pitchfest 2017 cat is well and truly out of the bag with Macquarie-based start-up Look Who’s Charging taking home first prize.
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X
A start-up focused on eliminating the stress of unknown transactions on your credit card statement won the CeBIT Australia 2017 PitchFest competition.
Fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship is a critical element of a thriving Australian business technology industry.
It was fitting that Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director Hannover Fairs Australia, commenced CeBIT Australia 2017 by taking a moment to commend its relocation to the beautiful new International Convention Centre. He acknowledged, ‘the rebuild of the ICC is a landmark project for the NSW government.’
For the first time, CeBIT Australia is featuring six strategic panels where some of the most successful leaders and greatest minds in the industry will debate the biggest issues in business technology.
Superannuation. It’s not the most riveting topic. If you’re under 35 the idea of retiring probably isn’t on your radar, and that’s okay considering the day you walk away from work for the last time is at least 30-40 years away.
By John Barilaro, Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional NSW, Skills and Small Business
Everywhere we look at the moment, it seems industries are being transformed, traditional firms disrupted and business models reborn.
After years working for the man, you’ve finally made the transition from being staff to needing staff — and are now ‘the man or ‘the woman’. Congratulations!
The alarm goes off at 6:30pm, but the thought of dragging yourself from your warm and safe bed to the horrors that lay in your inbox put you into near paralysis.
Everybody is itching to know what breeds start-up success and how they can mirror it. Is it timing? Is it marketing? Is it that new, edgy product?
About 19.8% of business time is wasted by employees searching for information to do their job effectively.
For some of us the thought of maths brings on sweaty hands and memories of staring at a chalkboard with tilted heads in utter confusion.
The adage to fail fast and to fail often has become a mantra within the tech space.
It was in early 2015 that start-up founder Vidya Nallamad had to pull the plug on the central idea that established her start-up business NetHealth.
Did you know that women only represent 14%-24% of start-up founders and only 4% of funded Australian start-ups — those attracting investment — are led by female entrepreneurs?
There’s nothing more satisfying than growing your business: seeing your team expand in size and confidence, boldly venturing onto cool new clients and knowing that all your blood, sweat and tears are paying off.
Creating a start-up pitch that convinces investors to trust you with millions of dollars is a lot of pressure.
If you work in IT, your job title is probably something along the lines of professional developer, programmer or engineer, but to the technologically illiterate, you’re a technopath capable of solving problems by mind melding with machines.
We are looking to the future with the launch of our CeBIT Australia 2017 agenda. As the largest and longest running technology conference and exhibition in the Asia-Pacific, we pride ourselves on bringing together a diverse array of experts from around the world.
For some of us, thinking outside the box is a challenge — we don’t get that light bulb moment in the shower.
The Australian start-up scene is an exciting space to be in, but it’s not without its challenges. One of the biggest difficulties budding start-ups encounter is funding their venture.
There’s no doubt that asking people for hundreds of thousands of dollars to go into your product is a challenging task.
Our ability to communicate effectively has an impact on many areas of our lives.
You may be brilliant in your current role as a technical implementer.
Funding a new idea or start-up isn’t an easy task. Raising capital in general is incredibly time consuming and often frustrating.
Lawyers are known for many things, but a fantastic client experience is not necessarily one of them.
Amanda Ogilvie, from the Australian Chamber’s Biz Better Together initiative, talks to Jo Burston, CEO of Inspiring Rare Birds, about the opportunities for Australian women entrepreneurs.
You’ve created something that has the potential to change the world.
It was literally a pain in the butt that led two Australian tech entrepreneurs to develop a million dollar idea.
Innovation is the lifeblood of technology, and sometimes inspiration comes from the most unlikely of places.
Everyone knows the importance of having the right people in their business.
To say that the tech startup industry is competitive is an understatement.
David O'Leary, CEO and Co-Founder of Australian start-up contactSPACE – a cloud-based contact centre, is letting us in on the secrets behind the company’s success.
Funding is the lifeblood of every start-up.
At the start of 2011 Hamish Petrie, CEO and Founder of taxi app ingogo, found himself quite literally dressed up with nowhere to go.
Once a mantra of Silicon Valley tech start-ups, “Fail fast, fail often” has now become a success mantra for all businesses, tech or not.
IP telephony, cable modems and biometrics - those were the topics shaping the business technology landscape in 2001 when CeBIT Australia opened its doors for the very first time.
Recently bought a smartwatch? Hands up if you’ve received a message and experienced the crippling confusion of how to actually respond to it. It turns out you currently can’t do this easily... unless you’re happy to rely on voice dictation, or the ability to time travel into the near future (if that’s the case then the following won’t come as much of a surprise).