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Andrea Martins is a startup founder, writer and passionate participant in the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane startup ecosystems. Say hi to her on Twitter at @andreaexpat

Entrepreneur Aaron Birkby: ‘startups need more real wins in Australia’

What did it take for Startup Catalyst’s CEO, Aaron Birkby, to edge out both Martin Hosking, the $288 million IPO hero of Redbubble, and startup darling Canva’s Melanie Perkins, bagging the Australian Computer Society’s 2016 Pearcey National Entrepreneur Award last December? ...

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Australian edutech company Schoolzine announces UK expansion

Emily Halderthay and Phil Reardon from Schoolzine shake hands

With 35,000 newsletters produced for almost 500 schools and 170 childcare centres across Australia, the Sunshine Coast’s Schoolzine is an online publishing force to be reckoned with. Yet there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of the Queensland-based company, despite ...

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ESIC RiverPitch attracts a full house and an investment offer

Sprout Kitchens, Cardihab, and Critik founders pose together for a photo at RiverPitch.

If you’re looking to invest money into beer, quirky venues, kitchen space, customer feedback, or cardiac rehab – then Brisbane’s RiverPitch last week was the place to be. In a full house of 80 pre-screened investors, venture capital firms, and entrepreneurs, five ...

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Behind the scenes with River City Labs’ second muru-D accelerator cohort

River City Labs' second cohort pose for a group shot.

Like cheese in a mousetrap, the temptation of six months intensive mentoring, $60,000 funding, and introductions to top local and international investors proved too hard to resist for the teams who were announced last week as the second muru-D Brisbane ...

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Success sets Brisbane medtech company DoseMe up for U.S. market

It was 2012 and Dr Robert McLeay was chatting to his wife’s colleague at a backyard Brisbane barbecue. While enjoying his burger, McLeay listened intently to a story about a scientific innovation not yet easily available to clinicians, but which ...

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Travello secures $1.26 million in funding from local investors

It was almost Christmas: the busiest travel season of the Southern Hemisphere, when Brisbane mates Ryan Hanly and Mark Cantoni, had their global travel app pulled from Apple’s app store. The timing couldn’t be worse. Not only did the Outbound ...

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Students outshine the adults at Startup Weekend Youth

This past weekend, non-profit Startup Steam hosted their second annual Startup Weekend Youth event on the Sunshine Coast, for children in years 10 to 12. With the opportunity for the winning team to score a one-hour mentorship session with Shark Tank’s ...

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Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre shows off innovative local food and lifestyle startups

Queensland foodies, innovators and researchers gathered last week at the Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre for a showcase of local food and wellness companies looking to scale globally. USC Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Roland DeMarco, opened the event with a challenge. ...

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Spark Bureau Incubator announces second cohort and shares lessons learned

Hot on the heels of its inaugural cohort, which graduated in June, Spark Bureau Incubator announced this week its second cohort of local, innovative startups. Zach Johnson, Spark’s co-founder and CEO, was thrilled at the quality of applicants, citing the ...

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Brisbane mates raise the stakes along with $750k

An Englishman, an Irishman and an Australian walk into a bar. They bet on horse racing, their billiards game and their beer sculling contest. One of them wins all three bets. The winner doesn’t get paid. Why not? No, this ...

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