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Trip to China + chance to pitch to Investible for $1million!

We entered into a pitch comp at the last second, and managed to take it down! All expenses paid for trip to China, where we can progress to the global finals of OTEC, access new markets and also talk to manufacturing partners too!

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We get to work with RamenLife with a shared client

Ramenlife x InsideSherpa are working together in a cool project with the SSH :)

Big deals, Small world win! 🎉

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Congratulations!

Huge congratulations to Advoc8 for taking out the win last night! You have both been super starts the whole way through.

Also congratulations to Paper Pens Co. for coming in second, you have both achieved so much in such a short amount of time it is fantastic to see!

Very glad to have Treena and jobBuddy tied for third as well, congratulations!

I know the voting was super hard on the night and I was really struggling up until the deadline, you are all doing amazing things and I am really keen to continue to help you all however I can!

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Another Accelerating Commercialisation Win

Client had unsuccessfully claimed the AC grant previously. We reworked the application to secure a successful a grant of $800,000. The commercialisation of more brilliant Australian technology is able to progress in a more timely manner.

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Made a profile on Ramen Life!

Today the SRI created a profile on Ramen Life.

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Launch Pad is now an Approved HubSpot for Startups Partner!

We have some exciting news to share - Launch Pad is now an Approved HubSpot for Startups Partner!

This means, if you're eligible, that you can now apply to receive the Startup Friendly Pricing to HubSpot's growth stack software package (All-in-one CRM, Sales, Marketing, and Services plans). This is an average savings of $23,500 in the first year!

Here are the links for your convenience: Apply For Your Scholarship Today - ++Apply to get started using HubSpot at the scholarship rate++. Education - ++Learn Sales, Marketing, and Services best practices from HubSpot's Academy for free.++ HubSpot Demonstration - ++Join a Startup Group Demonstration to learn how 6,000+ startups use HubSpot's software to grow their companies.++ Introduction to HubSpot Deck ++Click here to see what HubSpot is all about.++

++Here are the eligibility requirements to be accepted to HubSpot for Startups:++Less than USD $2 million in total funding

Current participant or alumni of a HubSpot for Startups Partner (that's us!)

Not an existing Basic, Professional, or Enterprise HubSpot customer.If you have any questions about the scholarship, education, or anything related to HubSpot please email ++Startups@hubspot.com++

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Launch Festival Sydney 2019 - free founder registration

(Not exactly a "win" but I've posted it because it should be of interest to many here.)

The Launch Festival is a startup "festival" run by well known US angel Jason Calacanis and was held for the first time in Sydney in June. Not really a "festival" like the Spark Festival, but more like a conference hosted by Calacanis, who has a deep knowledge of startups and angel/VC rounds https://www.amazon.com.au/Angel-Invest-Technology-Startups-Timeless-Investor/dp/0062560700 . It will be running again in 2019 (June 18 & 19 - if you can think that far ahead) and is currently taking applications from founders for free registration https://www.launchfestivalsydney.com/founderpass . I attended it last year & found it well worthwhile, and recommend it. I hope to attend again in 2019.

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Noisenet Launches Nationwide

After working with 4 councils in the South East Queensland region, we reached a point where our smart noise monitoring devices were sufficiently stable and reliable to be put (unsupervised) in the hands of our customers.

Since 1st October we have attended 2 conferences in NSW, have signed 2 customers in South Australia (champion Innovation state) and have 6 trials underway in VIC, NSW, SA and Northern Territory.

The response to our 2nd generation smart noise monitors (including noise source location) has been fantastic and we are currently looking at some form of crowd-funding program with councils across Australia.

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Spark South West - Startup Weekend Hackathon

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$2,000 in cash thanks to Unite Consulting Pty Ltd

4-Hour Prototyping Workshop at Sydney Startup Hub thanks to Jobs for NSW

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Found an amazing animator!

https://www.fiverr.com/adnanranna - wish I found this guy earlier.

All your animation needs, super fast turn-around, cheap as chips

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Mental Health hackathon 2018

Won 2nd place at the Mental Health hackathon organised by Vibewire in February 2018.

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Slingshot Accelerator - HRTech - Retrospective win

Last month (March), we were honoured to be shortlisted in the Slingshot HRTech accelerator. This was out of hundreds of applicants down to just 30.

While we were unfortunate not to be selected to go through to the accelerator, the application process was thorough and forced use to do an enormous amount of valuable work to detail and describe the product.

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PitchX pitch competition

We were able to get Third Place at the PitchX pitch competition on Thursday 27 April 2017.

We had some tremendous feedback and support, with several people coming up afterwards asking if they can get on a waiting list as they want to use it as soon as it's released. After getting the opportunity to explain a little more about the idea, they were blown away by the potential saying they loved the concept outlined in the pitch, but they realise that it is way better than they thought after they understood more about it.

They signed up to the site on the spot!

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Scored first government contract! Yay!

We were contracted by the Australian government to create the official resource to be used for Australian startups when considering Japan market entry. Money now in bank - woohoo!

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Launch Pad is now an approved GoogleCloud for Startups Partner!

We are pleased to announce that you've been accepted as a Partner for our GoogleCloud for Startups Program, and we'd love to offer your startups our Start package, which includes $3K in credits!

To have your startups redeem this offer, please have them fill out the form: https://gcpstartups.com/q183. This form is your team’s unique application link - please help us avoid fraudulent use by making the Start Package available only to those in your portfolio.

Below is information you can use to circulate to your startups. If you have any questions, please reach out to cloudstartupsupport@google.com, otherwise, we look forward to our partnership with you!

Sincerely, The Google Cloud for Startups Team

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Google Cloud for Startups Program

Start Package The Google Cloud for Startups Program is designed to help startups build and scale using Google Cloud. We are a small team with startups in our DNA. We appreciate what makes early-stage companies tick, and we think that Google Cloud’s continued success over the next decade will be fueled by great companies yet to be born. But like you, we’re mostly here because startups are challenging and fun and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Startup Support Startups eligible for our Start Package will receive $3,000 in Google Cloud Platform and Firebase Credits*, good for 12 months.

In addition to Google Cloud Platform Credits, startups in our Start tier are eligible for:

  • Invitations to exclusive local Google Cloud events.
  • Access to Hire FREE for 6 months - a $600 value. (Currently only available in the U.S.)
  • $500 in Qwiklabs credits to kickstart your company's hands-on lab training initiatives.
  • One year of free G Suite (up to 5 Users - only valid for new domains), or a year of discounted upgrades to G Suite Business or G Suite Enterprise.
  • An opportunity to apply to our Spark program to extend your credits to up to $20,000 for a second year as your business continues to grow.

Cloud Credits are available for early-stage, technology-based startup companies that are focused on growth potential, based in an approved territory, have not previously received promotional Cloud credits outside of the free-tier offering, are less than 5 years old, and have not raised more than a Series A.

Building Community We know that startups are wired differently, and that success for you and us means getting scrappy and creative. We have a strong presence at private and public events, exec dinners, workshops, hackathons, competitions, and more. If you are working on interesting ways to bring more value to the startup community, let’s talk about how we can help.

Here to Help

Our priority is listening and supporting all startups, partners, and investors. Please contact cloudstartupsupport@google.com at any time with questions, suggestions, or details on joining the program.

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Launch Pad is now an approved AWS Partner!

Amazon Web Services provides startups with low cost, easy to use infrastructure needed to scale and grow any size business. AWS Activate is a program with resources designed to help startups get started on AWS. Join some of the fastest-growing startups in the world and build your business using AWS.

Instructions:

Visit the AWS Activate webpage https://aws.amazon.com/activate/portfolio-signup to apply.

  1. Use this Organization ID (case-sensitive) on your application form: 0mLRm (Note: This is not a promotional code that can be used in your Billing Console)

  2. Provide your AWS Account ID on the application. Promotional Credits will be added directly to this account, so please double check it - we cannot transfer credits in the future.
  3. Please provide your startup company name and email address associated with your AWS Account ID.  

*Please note that this link and Org ID should not be shared. To see your credit balance, applicable services, and expiration date, please go to your Billing and Cost Management ConsoleYou will be eligible for:

$5,000 in AWS Promotional Credit valid for 2 years 1 year of AWS Business Support (up to $5,000). 80 credits for self-paced labs

AWS Promotional Credits expiration dates are based on your program start date or the date you received investment, regardless of when you actually submit the application, so please apply promptly. Companies may not be eligible for AWS Promotional Credits if they previously received a similar or greater amount of credit. Companies may be eligible to be "topped up" to a higher credit amount if they previously received a lower credit. For more information, please review the AWS Activate Terms & Conditions.

If you have additional questions please contact Amazon or myself r.pham@westernsydney.edu.au

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MVP grant success

Classy Lists has received a Jobs for NSW MVP grant. Woo hoo! A nice surprise for election week.

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After Y Combinator, Whispli raises a $2.8m seed round from US and AU investors

We’re excited to share that we raised our $2.8M seed round from top US and Australian investors. eBay founder Pierre Omidyar's UP2398 fund, alongside Australian VC firms (AirTree Ventures and Blackbird), with US (Pioneer Fund and Liquid Fund), and a few angels among which Louis Beryl (YC partner formerly at Andreessen Horowitz) – they all decided to back our vision to make it safe and easy for anyone to speak up.

First and foremost, a massive thanks to our A-team that worked around the clock and without which we wouldn’t be here. The intensity of our collaboration peaked during our experience in San Francisco, when we participated to the Y Combinator Summer batch 2018.

Read more:

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Western Sydney University Launch Pad and NAB signs three year partnership.

In a win for Western Sydney’s knowledge economy, National Australia Bank (NAB) has partnered with Western Sydney University’s award-winning Launch Pad Technology Business Incubator.

A significant investment in Launch Pad’s innovative projects is just one part of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by NAB and the University. The partnership also includes plans for high-rise facilities at Parramatta Square and the development of a graduate program for NAB.

“Western Sydney University’s Launch Pad program has been instrumental in creating a tech start-up ecosystem embedded in Sydney’s west. NAB’s significant investment will translate into more award-winning businesses and ideas for the region,” said Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Scott Holmes.

Anthony Healy, Chief Customer Officer – Business and Private Banking said employment pathways and work experience opportunities for Western Sydney University students at NAB will also be explored.

“Collaborating with academic bodies like Western Sydney University through the Launch Pad Business Incubator ensures we stay connected to the local community and continue to foster local entrepreneurship,” Mr Healy said.

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Launches

Launched 3 startup in June 18 with $1.5m funding.

Raising funds for 6 startups currently.

Looks like we will complete a $1.8m raise this month.

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Sharing advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and early stage business owners on Forbes.com

I (Founder & Director of Teko) was featured in Forbes last November.

Take a look at the five tips I share for aspiring entrepreneurs and early stage business owners

Article Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/meimeifox/2018/11/19/want-to-start-a-business-consider-this-advice-from-a-19-year-old-tech-entrepreneur/#2ecb4a81315c

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Wyd launched on IOS!

The Wyd app is now live on IOS and filled with all kinds of events for people to find, such as concerts, board game nights, startup events and parties!

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2018 Bright Ideas winner from Regional Australia Institute

2018 was a big year for us, with our idea progressing from shortlisted Finalist from ideas all around Australia, to taking out the overall Winner - see http://www.regionalaustralia.org.au/home/prime7/ and our accompanying media release at https://www.cleanm8.com/brightidea2018-winner.html

Great validation for an idea that's sprung from a very clear need in regional communities and motivates our work in Digital Therapeutics development, as part of a larger push in AU for creating value through HealthTech ventures - see https://www.mtpconnect.org.au/Story?Action=View&Story_id=168

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Australian Student Startup of the Year!

We took the prize down at StartCon last week!

Thanks to everyone who's helped along the way.

More exciting things to come, including crowdfunding and testing in the next 4 - 6 months!

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Fishburners

Fishburners is currently our showroom. We have made all the furniture for the whole organization