I am very disappointed that I am unable to attend the upcoming Un-Convention being held in Melbourne next weekend - on the 6th of August. But this is always such a fantastic event I don’t want to miss out!
So – I need your help! I have purchased 5 Tickets that I will be giving away for 5 lucky people to go on my behalf! Now, with these tickets comes great responsibility! I need you to be my eyes & ears at the event! I need you to send me a (short!) follow up report listing your top lessons learnt or favourite moments from the event – all of which I will promote on this blog, and of course this can include a shameless plug of yourself and your startup
There is a fantastic summary of the last event thanks to Jason Cartwright CEO of BizSpark company Constructiv: http://constructiv.co/news/2011/4/17/my-thoughts-on-the-young-entrepreneur-unconvention-melbourne.html including his video summary & notes that I highly recommend you take a look at.
This upcoming event is going to be even bigger! Speakers include Matt Barrie – (BRW Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011), Stuart Cook (CEO of Australia's Fastest Growing Franchise), Andrew Morello (Winner of The Apprentice), Katherine Sampson (Founder of Healthy Habits) plus more!
To be in the running, send me a short email that includes details about your startup and why they should be selected. The submission must be no longer than 500 words. I will be reviewing each submission based on quality, originality and creativity. The 5 best entries will win one (1) ticket each for entry to the Entourage Un Convention being held in Melbourne on the 6th of August 2011 valued at $47 each. Note that the prize does not include Flights or Accommodation so you need to get yourself to the Conference.
Winners of all prizes will be notified via email on 1st of August 2011.
T&C’s can be located here: T and C Unconvention Melb 2011
On Tuesday the 9th of August the next Sydney Angel Dinner is being held. If you're an entrepreneur in the high-tech space and your business is looking for funding, you might be interested in pitching at this event. Here’s what you need to do:
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS 5PM ON FRIDAY, 29 JULY 2011. (Updated with correct date!)
Innovation Bay is a not-for-profit networking group bringing together extraordinary people who are passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship and technology.
More details are here: http://www.innovationbay.com/
Last year’s winner Raina Mason - Associate Lecturer & Women in Technology Program Coordinator for Southern Cross University said:
“It's wonderful to receive this award for so many reasons, but particularly because it gives greater visibility to our program. It's important that people know what we are doing, particularly with our local schools program, and the planned remote school program, where we will get to talk to kids that normally wouldn't hear anything about careers in IT, and encourage girls to get involved.”
This year, the Women in IT lunch will feature internationally renowned Lynn Langit, Developer Evangelist from Microsoft Redmond as our Keynote speaker. Not only is Lynn a true Geek in her own right, recognised for her work in SQL Server, Business Intelligence and Azure, but her pet project is around Teaching Kids Programming. Hear Lynn share stories on her experience Teaching Kids Programming & learn about how you too could help teach the next generation the skills they need to be what’s next.
If you’re a Tech•Ed 2011 delegate and are interested in attending the complimentary Women in IT lunch on the 31 August from 12:45pm -1.45pm, please indicate your interest in attending via Schedule Builder. As seats are strictly limited, attendance to the Women in IT lunch is on a first come, first served basis – so get there early!
More details are here: http://australia.msteched.com/womeninit
The Tech23 2011 companies have now been announced – visit tech23.com.au to see the list! The23 companies will each be given 5 minutes to outline their business model at Tech23 2011 on Tuesday 23rd August 2011 to an audience comprising of potential customers, investors, partners, collaborators, mentors and supporters whilst vying for five prizes - one for $50,000 and four for $25,000 thanks to the NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services.
It looks like I will be on the Judging panel and am really looking forward to seeing these top 23 companies pitch.
I would especially like to pass on my Congratulations to the 8 BizSpark companies who made the top 23! Congratulations!!
Tech23 2011 also features an incredible line-up of our local ICT talent with this year's industry leaders including the likes of - Mike Cannon-Brookes, Hugh Durrant-Whyte, Martin Hosking, Daniel Petre, Matt Rockman and Alex Zelinsky.
The Tech23 team sends their thanks to all the sponsors - NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services, Australian Technology Showcase, Amazon Web Services, Citrix, CSIRO, University of Technology Sydney, NICTA and Starfish Ventures.
Do your Startups need to hire cost effective talent to develop and grow their business? oDesk helps them hire, manage, and pay over 1.4 million remote contractors and developers from around the world as if they were right in the Startup’s office. oDesk has a special offer for BizSpark members: $100 in credits toward hiring an hourly contractor (even .NET developers!). Check out the offer here.
30under30 is an Anthill initiative that was launched in early 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among young Australians.
The program provides recognition to 30 entrepreneurs under the age of 30 for their outstanding entrepreneurial endeavours.
Applications close: Friday 15 July 2011
Having met quite a few of the winners of previous years, the calibre is always high – but that doesn't mean you shouldn't apply!
The application asks you to give information on how you have uniquely addressed issues around: Getting buzz, Problem solving, Motivation, Persuasion, your Entrepreneur Super power and more. The Award categories extend beyond IT Entrepreneurialism – to include those of you working in the Online, Offline, ‘Bricks & Mortar’, Agricultural, Fashion and retail spaces. There is even a special award for teenagers in this space.
Take a look at the Application form here and be sure to submit your application to get the recognition that you are as awesome as you know you are!
The Unconvention has proven to be the largest event for young entrepreneurs in Australian history.
With over 300 attendees at every event so far, this event is only going to be bigger. CLICK HERE for details and to see a short video trailer!
Hear From Australia's Best Entrepreneurs
Matt Barrie - BRW Entrepreneur of The Year CEO and Founder of the world's largest outsourcing platform, Freelancer.com. His revenue which exceeded $23.5 million in 2010 contributed to his being listed as entrepreneur of the year. Ruslan Kogan - BRW Young Rich List Member Ruslan has built Kogan Technologies and Millan Direct into BRW Fast Starters, taking on Australia's largest retail giants. Ruslan is listed on the BRW Young Rich List at the age of 28. Stuart Cook - CEO of Australia's Fastest Growing Franchise Stuart is the CEO of Zambrero, BRW's Fastest Growing Franchise for 2011. Stuart oversees 170 staff, 14 stores and over $10m revenue at the age of just 25. Andrew Morello - Winner of The Apprentice Andrew works alongside Mark Bouris as head of business development at Yellow Brick Road. As one of Australia's leading salesmen and a business owner since the age of 15, Andrew is working with some of Australia’s largest brands to help them increase their financial performance.
Thanks to our sponsors, we can offer you access to the strictly limited tickets first! And at only $29 until July 5th (Normally $47). CLICK HERE for further details
Why This Event Cannot Be Missed
CLICK HERE to see the details for when the event is in your city.
Every Unconvention ever held, has sold out! Unfortunately, we've run out of tickets well in advance of every event. So please, don't miss this opportunity to hear from Australia's best.
As part of small business September, The guys at Buerilla have a couple of very handy “Pitch your Business” events happening that you should all check out!
Pitch Your Press Release to CLEO Magazine, Sydney Morning Herald and Mix 106.5
Buerilla has assembled a world-class panel of MEDIA experts to review and critique Small Business Media Pitch live at its “Pitch to Media” Panel on Wednesday 7th September, 2011 from 6:00 to 9:30 PM at 99 on York, Sydney.
Writing a press release and attracting media interest for your business can be the quickest and most cost effective way to BUILD YOUR BUSINESS for free... you just need to know how!
The panellists of Journalists, Producers and Magazine Editors will provide fair and honest feedback so that local businesses can start attracting media attention immediately or they might event pick up your story that night.
The experts will cover:
Get an experts review, comment and professional feedback on Media Pitches from Small Business Owners live from a Panel of Media Experts.
They might even pick up your story that night!!
Pitch Your Business Idea to Angel Investors, Business Investors and People who have secured Millions from investors funding
Buerilla has assembled a world-class panel of FUDNING experts to review and critique Small Business application for angle investors and investment live at its “Small Business Angle Investment” panel on Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 from 6:00 to 9:30 PM at 99 on York, Level 2.
It’s a Dragons Den without the Dragons, these business funding experts and angel investors will give you positive and constructive advice so you can attract more money, better money and funding that will be a powerful influence on your business.
The panellists will provide fair and honest feedback so that local businesses can start attracting funds immediately.
You can attend with General Admission to see experts review, comment and give professional feedback on active Business looking for funding. Learn how you can create a business profile and proposition to attract more funding offers that lead to bigger business outcome.
Get TOLD how you to change your website so it starts attracting more business $$$...
Buerilla has assembled a world-class panel of WEBSITE experts to review and critique Small Business websites live at its “Website’s that’s bring my Clients” on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at 99 on York, Level 2, Sydney The panellists will provide fair and honest feedback so that local businesses can start improving their websites immediately. The experts will cover:
See live experts review, comment and give professional feedback on active websites. Learn how you can powerful changes to your website to attract more traffic, increase sales and enhance your site retention.