Looking to expand next year? Young Queensland startups should most definitely check out River City Labs’ Brisbane Sponsored Entrepreneur Program, which has just begun taking applications. Likewise, established businesses can still apply for iLab’s Incubate Program. And if you’re not looking for funding in the new year but might like to engage local entrepreneurs in more obscure spaces, definitely give Spring Hill’s former Japanese restaurant and current workspace Tokyo Two or Bardon’s coffee-shop-cum-electronic-workshop-cum-art-gallery Kobblers a try.
Having said all that, if you’re a technology startup itching to relocate might we recommend Stockholm? The Independent recently argued that the city is rivalling Silicon Valley as a tech ecosystem, reasoning that the city’s dramatic increase in investment, which has resulted in six unicorns, can be traced to both Sweden’s digital focus and culture of “Jantelagen” (loosely translated as egalitarianism).
Finally, StartupSmart has announced four startup trends to look out for in 2015: Bitcoin, internet-connected devices, peer-to-peer lending networks and US venture capitalists investing in Australia. We can admit to being behind on connected devices and lending networks, but have been all over local Bitcoin and American venture capitalist stories this year, with Global Privat’s focus on local female entrepreneurs a particular favourite of ours.