Startup Catalyst Participants Blog

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A university’s role in an emerging startup community and other conversations

I’m Rosie Odsey and I interviewed Rowena Barrett from QUT in late August 2018. A quick note: My words are in italics. Rowena’s are in regular font. Headings, hyperlinks, and images have been added for effect but the words are ours.   Meet Professor Rowena Barrett Professor Rowena Barrett is Head of the School of Management in QUT’s Business School. Anyone within the school will tell you that she is super approachable, but outside of the university people just think of her as QUT’s ambassador. She’s known for her awesome tweet game and for being at every event in the city but people...

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Engaging with the startup community: in conversation with Reece Walker and William McCullough

We got in touch with Reece Walker and William McCullough, two lawyers from McCullough Robertson, to chat about their journeys. We talked about how startups have changed over the last few years, what support has meant to them, Startup Catalyst missions and their impact, as well as ways to get involved in the startup community. In Conversation with Reece and Will We had a conversation with Reece and Will and what you’ll see below is a summary of that conversation. We thought we’d briefly introduce them first for some context before launching into the good stuff. Meet Reece Walker Reece Walker is...

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Mission wrap: London 2018

In June we conducted our third annual mission to London for London Tech Week. 16 participants from Queensland, South Australia, and New South Wales took part in the week long mission, with a total of 25 official events, meetings and tours, and another dozen private meetings organised by participants, as well as other events from the London Tech Week schedule. We commenced the mission on Sunday afternoon with a briefing ahead of social drinks with the Victorian delegation and local Trade and Investment Queensland and UK DIT officers. On Monday we had a private tour with Tech City Ventures, where...

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Wrap-up of the Startup Community Leaders Mission USA 2018

The second Startup Community Leaders Mission to the USA took place from 11-18 March 2018, with 20 participants taking part, including 14 from 11 different regional towns in Queensland, 3 from Brisbane, one from Sydney, one from Adelaide, and one from New York (assisting the Beach City film crew). All the participants are running some type of program or space to support startup entrepreneurs or build the startup community in their region, from running accelerators and co-working spaces, to startup meetup groups, student entrepreneurship groups, and maker spaces, as well as University faculty and Government policy makers. Why we run this...

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What happens when you take 12 investors to Silicon Valley?

In November 2017 we delivered our first Investor Mission, heading to San Francisco for an intensive week meeting with angels, VCs, corporate venture programs, accelerators, startups, pitch events, and dinners.  The mission was led by Steve Baxter, an investor on Shark Tank and the current Queensland Chief Entrepreneur. Who we took The mission participants were a mix of angel investors, VCs, and an accountant and lawyer (who manage investment deals) from Queensland and New South Wales. What they did The program kicked off with a full one-day angel investor education program delivered by Angel Labs. The topics ranged from the...

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Reflections from the 2017 Future Founders Mission to Silicon Valley

The 2017 Future Founders Mission just wrapped up it’s two-week stint in Silicon Valley, and in this post we share some of the insights and reflections from participants. Who went? This year we had 529 applications, from which we interviewed 71 to ultimately select the final 20 successful applicants.   The partners and sponsors This mission simply would not be possible without our amazing partners, supporters and sponsors. The mission works on a scholarship model, where each participant is funded by a corporate, University, startup or Government department. This year our amazing partners and sponsors included: Where did they go?...

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Israel mission day 6 summary

Startup Catalyst’s purpose is cultural transformation – that means taking people to other startup hotspots to immerse them in the local culture to the extent that the participants view of the world is changed. So it was fitting that on the last full day of our mission (a Friday) we had a complete cultural and historical experience. We boarded a bus and headed to Jerusalem on a guide tour. Although not officially part of the mission schedule – due to the security risk – almost all the participants agreed that we simply had to visit Jerusalem regardless of the risk....

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Israel Mission day 5 summary

Day 5 started with the teams getting a chance to pitch to Roee Tamari who is CEO at Greenergy Renewable Energy Ltd, Gideon Zusman who is co-founder & Managing Partner at GreenSoil Investments, Yoav Schwalb from the Agrilever Investment Fund, Dan Krasnostein who is a Partner Square Peg VC, Stephane Itzigsohn who is an analyst at Our Crowd VC, Linoy Katzav from Innovation Tech Terminal at Deloitte, and Ilan Cohen who is a Patent Attorney and Senior Partner at Reinhold Cohn & Partners Patent Attorneys. Patrick Weeden from Scout Aerial giving his pitch   After the pitches, the team at...

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Israel day 4 summary

Day 4 of our Israel mission kicked off with a 2 hour bus ride north to the Galilee region to meet with Sarai Kemp from Trendlines. Trendlines is a “licensed incubator”, meaning it is funded by the Israeli Government. Of the 20 incubators in Israel, Trendlines have two – one for agtech, the other for medical.  They also have an in-house innovation centre (Trendlines Labs), plus a venture fund that only invests in their portfolio companies (and the fund made its first investment a few weeks ago). Of the 250 opportunities they review each year for their incubator, they currently only...