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Emerging Entrepreneurs to go nationwide with JCU and theSPACE

In a move set to make the program more accessible nationwide, round two of Cairns’ Emerging Entrepreneurs program has coincided with the announcement that James Cook University will come on board as a key strategic partner. theSPACE is currently working with other regional centres to extend the reach of ...

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ilab Germinate encourages ‘Dynamic Conversations’

Cairns-based workplace trainer and business coach Carol Hautot has spent the last three months progressing her startup as part of ilab’s Germinate accelerator program, and for her it’s been a much-needed shot in the arm. Dynamic Conversations is a platform that facilitates online leadership coaching with a focus on fun.  The idea came from Hautot’s ...

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Cairns three years on: The latest from theSPACE

It’s now been three years since theSPACE took on the gargantuan task of setting up a startup ecosystem in Far North Queensland.  Since then, we’ve had three Startup Weekends and visits by high profile entrepreneurs, but it’s still too early to claim victory in the battle to institute a thriving, self-driven startup community. Let’s take a ...

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Ben Sand on relationships, creativity and Queensland’s team-building advantage

Little Cairns scored big at the end of last month with another esteemed visiting entrepreneur brightening our doorstep:  Co-founder and COO of Meta, Ben Sand.  theSPACE Cairns was the last stop for Sand on his DSITI-sponsored state-wide tour. As a Y-combinator ...

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‘Startup Weekend Cairns – Tourism’ showcases Indigenous ingenuity

Held at the end of May, Cairns’ Startup Weekend – Tourism & Hospitality spawned a range of ideas on how to improve Far Northern tourism, many of which were centered on showcasing local Indigenous culture. The event was launched at the International ...

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Emerging Entrepreneurs Program taps Cairns schools

A recent push for budding entrepreneurs in Cairns has highlighted the importance of teaching innovation in schools, and the state of startup education in Australia. Together with the Department of Education and Training, theSPACE Cairns co-hosted a mega-site at the recent 2015 BLA Careers ...

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CRIG and investment in the Cairns startup community

In February of this year, Pollenizer’s “forty million dollar man” Phil Morle presented a keynote speech at a Cairns forum aimed at promoting regional investment. Rather than encouraging attendees to open their chequebooks then and there, the event was designed to be an educational session for local investors. It covered ...

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Inspection Apps ticks all the right boxes

Cairns entrepreneurs Darryl Posgate and Matt Hanson have turned software originally targeted at pool-safety into an adaptive inspection management platform, Inspection Apps. The idea behind Inspection Apps came from an app they had originally created to complement their pool fence inspection business My Pool Inspection.  But in early 2011, the Queensland Government created a ...

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Startup Weekend Cairns returns with tourism focus

After a forced postponement due to a cyclone threat, Cairns’ first ever Startup Weekend – Tourism & Hospitality is back on track. Rescheduled for May 29-31, this will be Cairns’ third Startup Weekend overall and its first ‘vertical’ (themed) event, with ...

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