Innovation Ecosystem

OliverForresterProfile1Local Canberran, Oliver Forrester, 27, was announced a winner in the 2017 Anthill 30under30 Awards on Friday 10th November. He’s the only winner from the ACT this year and joins an impressive list of young achievers from across Australia. Founding Director of local creative agency, OPF Consulting, Oliver also owns and operates two Anytime Fitness franchises in Victoria.

“I set out to lead work I enjoy doing, with good people, or people trying to achieve great things. It needs to make a difference. As a small business owner, I also realised the need to diversify my risk base. So I chose two different models – a communication consultancy and gyms,” Forrester said.

FAI graffiti‘Interesting People Doing Interesting Things’ is the theme for the upcoming Festival of Ambitious Ideas, a unique event filled with ideas and viewpoints from all corners of Canberra. The quarterly event is a collaboration between local innovation consultancy, Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre, and the Canberra Airport. It is designed to be fast-paced and informal, following the Ignite format where speakers each only have 5 minutes to tell their story and ‘ignite’ the audience.

Lighthouse CEO Anna Pino says, “The Festival of Ambitious Ideas provides a platform for the intersection of different fields and disciplines; where academics, public servants and entrepreneurs; experienced speakers and students can all engage in conversation”.

city people walking blur1The Startup Catalyst Youth Mission application deadline is this Sunday (17th of September). This is an opportunity for a fully funded, 10-day mission to San Francisco and Silicon Valley from the 29th October to 10th November this year.

Ideal candidates have these attributes:

  • Are between 18 and 29 years of age
  • They have domain expertise (the ability to create things) [This can be anything from software skills to agriculture to design]
  • Leadership potential
  • They are startup curious (but there is no requirement to have started a business)
  • They have a #givefirst approach to life

You would absolutely know Lion's brands - XXXX, Hahn SuperDry, Kirin, Dairy Farmers, Dare Iced Coffee and Steinlager - among many others. But did you know Lion is one of the region's largest and most innovative food and beverage companies?

Lion's vision is BIG. They are looking for ideas in all facets of the production, distribution and consumption of food and drink, within an ever-changing society.

The 12-week Accelerator program will call on the world’s best startups and scaleups to help disrupt the food and beverage industry with the ultimate goal being potential commercial investment from Lion. So do you know anyone?

kord us groupKord USA Board - Dr Peter Moran, Major General (ret) Mike Regner, Uwe BoettcherMinister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today attended a signing ceremony to mark the success of Australian company, Kord Defence Pty Ltd winning a contract to develop innovative products for the United States Marine Corps.

Minister Pyne said Kord Defence was awarded a contract by the United States Marine Corps worth US$2.25 million over 18 months that would see up to an additional four staff employed, including two engineers under the United States Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) program.

telstra women awards 2017The achievements, leadership and creativity of business women took center stage at the launch of the 2017 Telstra ACT Business Women’s Awards, yesterday in Canberra.

Now in their 23rd year, the Awards play a crucial role in raising the profile of women in business across Australia.

Telstra’s CMO/Group Executive Telstra Media and Awards Ambassador, Ms Joe Pollard said the Awards acknowledge the achievements of inspiring business women across the State.

Ms Pollard said entries for the Telstra Business Women’s Awards officially open on 26th April.

canberrawisewomenCanberra Wise Women have launched their 2017 program with three events in three weeks! The first two events on February 10 and 16, have been joint events with national organisations who were keen to partner with the inspiring vibe of Canberra Wise Women.

“It’s been wonderful to start our second year working with the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) and the Australian Computer Society (ACS).” Explains Lisa LaMaitre, the Creator of Canberra Wise Women. “Both organisations have introduced new people to our audiences. Our co-hosted lunch with AIM, and joint movie screening of Hidden Figures with the ACS, were both sell out events!”

The third event will see a return of the Canberra Wise Women ‘live’ interview format, held in the evenings. This year all evening events will be held at the Guggenheim inspired Vibe Hotel, at Canberra Airport.

canberra 112101 640Entries are now open for the 25th annual Telstra Business Awards, the event that celebrates the achievements and entrepreneurial spirit of Australia’s best small and medium businesses (SMBs) and charities.

Telstra Business Group Managing Director and Awards Ambassador, Paul Tyler, said that the Awards are part of Telstra’s long-standing commitment to enabling SMBs to thrive.

“Small and medium businesses make a huge contribution to our local communities and national economy. They drive growth and deliver jobs to millions of Australians,” he said.

“For the past 25 years, Telstra has been proud to champion excellence and innovation among SMBs, and more recently charities.”

app store smlDr Alireza Abbasi, a lecturer at UNSW Canberra, is studying how social media platforms have been used during emergencies and natural disasters to exchange information between the public (often on the scene) and emergency management authorities. His research focuses on analysing the content of these communications to look at how we can develop a system to extract and process the valuable public (online) data and provide beneficial information for emergency management decision makers.

Social media is increasingly being used both as an information source for those impacted by natural disasters; and as a vehicle for authorities to receive real time information from the public.

first responders smlDuring the January school holidays (17, 18, 19 January 2017) Teen Start-up will once again introduce Canberra’s teens to the entrepreneurship process. School students (12-18 year olds) from across Canberra will form teams, work together to come up with an idea for a business or social enterprise and then pitch their concept to a panel of judges.

The theme for the January Teen Start-Up competition is “First Responders”.

2014 UC inline CMYKThe Innovation Voucher Program aims to connect businesses from Canberra and the surrounding region to UC. UC has a wealth of resource, capability and expertise which can stimulate innovation and business growth. UC is committed to engaging with business in the local region to drive economic and social development.

Vouchers up to $35,000 are awarded on a competitive basis to eligible projects that partner with UC. Applicants are required to provide a 25% financial contribution to the project.

canberra 112101 640Author and culture change expert Andy Fleming wants the Australian Public Sector to wind back its “twentieth-century” focus on high-profile senior leaders, and to start linking culture change with learning at all levels, in every agency.

Fleming, Principal at Way to Grow Inc, a US-based professional services firm and a contributing author to the recent book, “An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organisation”, will visit Canberra next week for a series of speaking engagements.

ipad 820272 640Australia’s small and medium businesses could miss out on reaching new customers and billions of dollars of online sales this Christmas because they don’t have a website or they’re lacking eCommerce capabilities, online experts say.

Telstra research with 1,031 SMBs, showed half (49 per cent) report not having a website, and of those that do, more than one third (38%) are not optimised for mobile devices.

Executive Chairman of the National Online Retailers Association, Paul Greenberg, said businesses should consider upgrading their online presence in time for Christmas to take advantage of the increasing number of digital savvy shoppers.

sparkle sml‘Interesting People doing Interesting Things’ is the theme for the upcoming Festival of Ambitious Ideas, a showcase of Canberra’s innovators, game-changers and status quo challengers to be held on the 27th October.

As we enter the final quarter for 2016, we will be celebrating some of the individuals and organisations working on innovative projects in our region.

The Festival of Ambitious Ideas provides an opportunity for twelve speakers from a range of different industries and perspectives to share their experiences, successes and challenges and their plans for 2017.

Lighthouse CEO Anna Pino says, “The Festival of Ambitious Ideas celebrates the many innovative businesses and entrepreneurial individuals who contribute to our city.”