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!
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.
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!
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com, otherwise, we look forward to our partnership with you!
The Google Cloud for Startups Team
GoogleCloudfor Startups Program
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.
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.
CloudCredits are available for early-stage, technology-based startup companies that are focused on growth potential, based in anapproved territory, have not previously received promotionalCloudcredits outside of the free-tier offering, are less than 5 years old, and have not raised more than a Series A.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org at any time with questions, suggestions, or details on joining the program.
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.
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)
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.
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 Console.
You 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 email@example.com
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.
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.