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1.2 million reasons to get creative

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) last week announced a new $1.2 million investment fund exclusively for startups in the creative industries. On hand to officially launch the fund on Tuesday morning at QUT’s spectacular Room 360 was Brisbane Lord Mayor ...

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Profile: Ian Connor

Ian Connor

The stacks of boxes in Ian Connor’s office don’t seem out of place. A few weeks earlier he flew in from the US, tasked with building a team of software engineers in Brisbane for enthuse.com. “Still unpacking?” I ask, taking in ...

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API Engine intrigues developers

Eleven months ago, a beer and a handshake kickstarted one of Brisbane’s most intriguing startups, API Engine. Greg Davis, former engineering director of a Brisbane-based software company, was building a fairly hefty API that was a chore to document. His ...

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Gold Coast startup aims to reduce empty seats for tourism operators

Empty seats — the bane of every tourism operator from the beaches of the Gold Coast to the ancient ruins of Rome. Every spare place on a boat ride or guided tour is foregone revenue. While services like Lastminute.com.au have made a ...

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Make connections, think big, pay it forward: Valley trip report

“One hundred cups of coffee.” That, says Aaron Birkby of Silicon Lakes, is what it takes before you get your foot in the door with a top venture capitalist or angel investor in Silicon Valley. Or at least, that’s what ...

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Silicon Beach: The Fourth of July

The Brisbane startup scene is going from strength to strength. Last night’s mega Silicon Beach fourth of July event at Cloudland was testament to that, with over 250 members of the startup community in attendance. Many commented on the quality ...

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Blackbird Ventures flies into town

Rick Baker and Niki Scevak of Blackbird Ventures visited River City Labs yesterday for a Q&A session with a roomful of folks from Brisbane’s startup community. So far Blackbird has invested in two companies, Canva and Ninja Blocks, having raised a $30 ...

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Venture-backed San Francisco startup, Enthuse, to build tech team in Brisbane

Just over a year ago, sports fan loyalty platform, Enthuse, raised a venture round of $1.3 million from the likes of Allegro Venture Partners and Greystripe co-founder Michael Chang. Today, it is building its engineering team in Brisbane. Enthuse CTO, ...

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