It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks on the Aussie startup scene. Over 1,700 young entrepreneurs attended the Unconvention in Melbourne to meet, network and hear from some of Australia’s top business minds such as Ruslan Kogan and Dorry Kordahi.
And keeping with the young theme, startup One Can Grow, which aims to educate high school students about how to monetise their passions, finished their 8 week pilot program. The organisation held a Dragon’s Den event at ATP Innovations, where students from three schools in Sydney pitched their business ideas to a panel of investors from Australia. As an audience member, I have to say I was left speechless at the brains, ideas and just general business acumen of this bunch of 15/16 year olds. I have a feeling a lot of us will be working for them in the not-too-distant future.
In this week’s post I have decided to focus on “regular events” that happen around the startup scene. And there are hundreds in all different sectors everyday, so while I will be naming a few, please feel free to comment below and share other startup events that you want to let everyone know about!
Startup Brisbane [Various, Next event Tuesday 28th August]
Where: River City Labs, Level 2, 282 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley
They describe themselves as: A combined Silicon Beach Brisbane / Startup Brisbane event that will give startups a chance to hear from the key players in the local startup scene who will outline their offering to startups and explain what part of the ecosystem they play in.
to book: http://www.meetup.com/startupbrisbane/
Silicon Beach Drinks [Every Friday]
Where: Fideli’s bar, Grace Hotel 77 York St, Sydney
They Describe themselves as: A group of people who have worked hard all week and want a chance to wind down with some like-minded company. This is an extremely popular event in Sydney, and Melbourne also has the same event. Quite often on the Sydney scene, when interviewing startups for my business, I find that many co-founders have actually met at these events or fleshed out their idea because of conversations they have had with other entrepreneurs. It’s a great place to bounce ideas off over a nice, cold beer.
Melbourne Pitch Club [Various events, various days]
Where: Members get locations of events http://www.meetup.com/pitchclub/
They describe themselves as: This event is organised by Peter Christo, who, among many things in the entrepreneur space, is a mentor and lecturer on Entrepreneurship at RMIT University. There is a charge of $55 to join this group, but that gets you free access to all events and allows you to really refine your pitching skills and gain feedback off some very savvy startup people.
The Startup Club [Various events, various days]
Where: Join the Facebook Group to find out: https://www.facebook.com/thestartupclub
They describe themselves as: A community group of 800+ highly motivated entrepreneurs, technologists, internet marketing consultants and future-thinking professionals. We meet face-to-face once a month to discuss online marketing, small business strategy, creative marketing and general success over dinner and a beer.
Because I operate mainly from the east coast of Australia, if you are one of my West Coast startup brothers or sisters, give me a shout out below and let me know what’s going down in P-Town! We want to let everyone know what you are doing!