BizSpark AU August Newsletter Content


Events

AIIA National Awards
4th August 2011
Palladium Crown Melbourne Australia

A big congratulations to BizSpark companies 99Dresses, Rome2Rio, CaterXpress and Ezi Data Solutions who have all won their State Finals and now make it to the National awards ceremony in Melbourne this week. Tickets to the Awards are still available – see here for more details

 

The Entourage Unconvention
6th August, 2011
Melbourne Australia

The Young Entrepreneurs Unconvention is on again! This event is the coming together of Australia's top entrepreneurs, leading brands, executives and under 35 entrepreneurs. As part of Microsoft's ongoing partnership with The Entourage, we're giving away 8 double passes to the event! CLICK HERE to get yours while they're available. The Young Entrepreneurs Unconvention is Australia's largest event for young entrepreneurs and the upcoming speakers include; Matt Barrie, BRW Entrepreneur of The Year and Ruslan Kogan of The BRW Young Rich List. CLICK HERE to secure one of the 8 double passes.

 

 

Entrepreneurs Night Out (Sydney)
11th August, 2011
Sydney, Australia

Are you an Innovative Business Owner Based in New South Wales With a passion for business and a desire to meet other like-minded business builders? If so, you are invited to join Anthill's 'Entrepreneur's Night Out' at our secret location Sydney location on Thursday 11 August 2011 (6pm-9pm). This time the super rockstar Ruslan Kogan will be the guest speaker. Book online here http://enokogan.eventbrite​.com/

AnzaTech G-Score Events
11th/15th August 2011
Adelaide and Melbourne

The G/SCORE, developed by leading global market analyst Chris Shipley of the Guidewire Group, is a standardized method to assess a startup as it grows from initial concept to scalable enterprise. It's designed to accurately and consistently assess companies regardless of their stage, market segment and geography. When you get your G/SCORE, you will be able to benchmark your company against thousands of companies worldwide, you'll get actionable, unbiased feedback about your strengths and opportunities. Find out how your startup or early-stage company is positioned on the global stage and be in the running for the 2011 Innovate!100 list of the world's best performing startups at our G/SCORE Pitch Slams. Don't miss out! Register now

PushStart Mentor Live! Sydney
16th August 2011
Sydney
Startups - come and meet some of the PushStart mentor team and book yourself in for 1-on-1 sessions (i.e. 1 startup team per mentor), lasting 15 minutes each, with mentors of your choosing. GET ALL THE DETAILS HERE

Don't know what Mentor Live! is? CLICK HERE to check out how the last Mentor Live! went down

Tech23
August 23rd, 2011
Sydney Australia

Once again congratulations to the 8 BizSpark members who have made it to the Elite tech 23 for this year: Centryc Solutions, Cinergix, Effective Measure, Go Catch, Kaggle, Orion VM, Roamz and ZeroMail.

You too can join the industry's brightest and best-connected at Tech23 2011 and be part of making innovation happen! With loads of time for networking - meet and be inspired by some amazing entrepreneurs, inventors and IT gurus. And just when you think the day can't get any better - soak up the festive spirit with old and new friends at the evening Awards Celebration event - and see who walks away with the $150,000 in cash prizes thanks to the NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services. See more info here: http://www.tech23.com.au/

Tech ED Australia 2011
August 28 - September 2, 2011
Gold Coast, Queensland Australia

Tech•Ed is the conference that can help you solve today's real-world IT challenges and prepare for tomorrow's innovations. Now it's coming to New Zealand. From hands-on learning to deep product exploration and opportunities to connect with industry and Microsoft experts one-to-one there's no better place to hone your craft. You can See info here and register here.

BUILD 2011
September 13-16, 2011
Anaheim, CA USA

Discover how Windows 8 will change everything - make plans to attend BUILD, a Microsoft event that will show modern hardware and software designers how to take advantage of the future. Pre-conference sessions will be held September 12. Register now so you don't miss a moment!

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PushStart Mentor Connect now Live + Major Sponsor Announced - Microsoft
The big news is that Mentor Connect has gone through beta testing and is now open to the public. That means that if you're a startup or mentor that wants to be involved with PushStart, no matter where you are in Australia, you're more than welcome to come and apply.

Mentor Connect is a unique solution to the startup growth problem and there's interest from all over the world in how it goes, so we're very excited be officially live. I am also excited to announce that Microsoft is the new major sponsor for PushStart - Microsoft.

Microsoft has been a keen supported of the local tech startup community and we're excited to be working with the guys at PushStart.

 

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Angel Cube
Each startup that joins AngelCube will receive $20,000 seed capital, office space, travel opportunities and mentorship from some of Melbourne's most experienced web entrepreneurs (a community we're only just starting to build!) You can read more about the program & terms here and view key dates here. Applying is simple. There's no powerpoint, no video pitches and no 5 year financial models required. Simply fill out the form on our website and we'll notify you if you'd made it to the shortlist for an interview.  For more information visit the website or email us at hello@angelcube.com. We look forward to helping make Melbourne a better place to build a startup!

 

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Silicon Beach Drinks expands to Melbourne & Wollongong
Silicon Beach Drinks started off in Sydney (and still happens every Friday night at Bar 77 at The Grace Hotel in the City) and is now spreading to other cities. The Melbourne Silicon Beach Drinks is now happening on the First Thursday of every month (see here), while the Wollongong Silicon Beach drinks is also now happening each Thursday night at the Hotel Illawarra (See here for details & the Mascot)

 

Sydney Startup Weekend Wraps
The worldwide phenomenon of Startup Weekends hit Australia recently – with the first event in Melbourne a few months ago, followed by the Sydney event last weekend. 80 participants (spread over 13 teams) gathered on Friday evening, formed teams, built Proof of concepts and some even locked in their first customers! The competition was tough but the winner was @GetClassMate which officially launched their solution on the Monday morning. Their idea was to provide a collaborative consumption/sharing platform for teachers to share their lesson plans. Congratulations to Jesse Black & the team.

MEGA Pitch Fest Wraps
The last 13 weeks of work of the mentors that have supported the NSW MEGA program culminated in the Pitchfest held on Thursday at the Australian Technology Park. The 12 high calibre teams pitched to a panel of judges and investors. Congratulations to Sajari with their clever multi word/level search tool for Recruitment who took out the grand prize.

 

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BizSpark Company Rome2Rio Launches their Carbon Offset
Rome2Rio is an Australian Startup company that allows you to calculate how to get from A to B via multi-modal travel options. They have just released their carbon neutral travel feature to its offering with a partnership with Offset Options.

This means that you can now compare the carbon footprint of every travel option available, at the same time as comparing the price of the different options. You can then decide which option to take to make your trip carbon neutral! Nice!

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Resources

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Windows Azure Marketplace available in Australia in September!
The Windows Azure Marketplace is a global online market for customers and partners to share, buy, and sell finished SaaS applications and premium datasets. Whether you are looking for new customers for your Windows Azure based application or datasets, or are seeking new Windows Azure solutions to power your business, the Windows Azure Marketplace is a one-stop location supported by Microsoft to help you succeed.

It’s time to start thinking about how to get your Application and dataset published to the Marketplace! https://datamarket.azure.com/publishing

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