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Chris Woods (@tophermwoods) is the Tech Street Journal's Editor-in-Chief. He lives in Brisbane, has worked in places like Sydney and New York (State of), and will someday update his media-news blog.

Mackay’s inaugural Startup Weekend tops off diverse year for Queensland

In what has become Queensland’s biggest and most diverse year yet for startup competitions, Mackay has successfully wrapped up its first ever Startup Weekend. Following the Tablelands’ inaugural event in May and the introduction of vertical themes such as “Education,” ...

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Events startup Gathrin spreads its wings

As part of the post-Airbnb surge in peer-to-peer platforms, Toowoomba startup Gathrin has cultivated a particular niche: renting unique items and services for events planning, up to and including exotic birds. Launched in July, Gathrin rents out everything from grass ...

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Pitch night caps off 100 startups for ilab

Last week, Brisbane startup hub ilab hosted its seventh pitch night, and celebrated over one hundred startups to have been accepted into its Incubate or Germinate programs. Held at Customs House last Wednesday, the night mirrored the format of previous events, ...

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SafetyCulture to grow team following Series A round

Townsville auditing startup SafetyCulture is preparing to massively expand its engineering teams following a $6.1 million Series A funding round. The funding comes primarily from existing investors, such as Atlassian’s Scott Farquhar, and will go towards growing SafetyCulture’s engineering teams ...

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Advance Queensland announces funding for Indigenous researchers

The state government has announced two landmark funding programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) researchers as part of the newly launched Advance Queensland (AQ) initiative. The Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch announced both the ATSI PhD Scholarship and ATSI Research ...

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A look at River City Labs Accelerator’s first intake

Early last week, Brisbane co-working space River City Labs and Telstra-backed accelerator muru-D announced the first intake for their joint-funded “River City Labs Accelerator” program. As we discussed last time, the inaugural accelerator offers $20,000 seed capital in return for 3% equity, and ...

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Tipi targets software developers with Connect launch

Tipi HQ is all about data. Whether it’s the Brisbane startup’s flagship, tailored data analytics services, their new software development app Connect, or even, at a stretch, their video interview platform Instaview, the startup has a tangible passion for the extraction ...

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StartupQLD launches interactive map of our ecosystem

Not-for-profit group StartupQLD launched an interactive and editable map of the state’s ecosystem earlier today. The map offers a comprehensive overview of the state’s startups and support systems, and includes categories such as research, startups, game studios, co-working, startup support (i.e. ...

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InstantContact targets eleven-year-old Gmail problem

Brisbane startup and ilab Germinate graduate InstantContact has launched a free version of their premier product, a “digital secretary” for Gmail. Currently operating as a Chrome extension, InstantContact finds and, in one click, updates Google Contact info such as names, phone ...

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How might Advance Queensland improve our startup ecosystem?

It’s early days for Advance Queensland, but the response from the state’s startup community has been overwhelmingly positive. Championed by Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch, shown above at an Advance Queensland Budding Business Brains Workshop, Labor’s $180 million job package has attracted endless ...

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