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This weekend, there are six Startup Weekends taking place across Australia - in Sydney (where Phil  is one of the mentors on what is an awesome coaching panel!), Melbourne, Perth (which I am facilitating), Cairns, Townsville and the Gold Coast. We're not the only ones though, with one hundred other events across the globe - from Buenos Aires and Lima in South America, to Stockholm and Budapest in Europe, to Kathmandu and Guangzhou in Asia. Events like Startup

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Startup Focus books were literally everywhere last week, as we handed out hundreds of books to those who attended the largest startup conference in Australia.* SydStart proudly welcomed over 1000 attendees, to the annual tech focused conference at their new home, at the Hilton. The full Pollenizer team were at the event, mulling between the different floors of activity from a very early start. There was almost too much on offer, with multiple morning meetups, two floors of

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We will be giving away a Startup Focus book to everyone attending Sydstart 2014. That’s right, for free. Come to the swag table (the registration desk area) to get your copy. Startup Focus is a practical, hands-on manual to help you focus and guide you through the life-cycle of a startup. It’s packed with tips, tools, case studies and action items to get you thinking and scribbling. See you at

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There's perhaps nothing more discouraging than not being able to find the investment you need to continue to develop your startup. The flipside is that investors all have different approaches and preferences. At the recent AngelEd Conference, two very different investors shared their approach with FLT. The high-risk investor – Andrey Shirben, SYD Ventures Since the age of 19, Andrey Shirben has been an angel investor. Striking it lucky early with Storwize, which was acquired

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The Tech23 auditorium audience Now in its fifth year, Tech23 has grown to become the biggest tech startup event in Australia when measured in total value of prizes. It now packs out all the available spaces at Surry Hills' Teachers Federation Conference Centre and places considerable stress on the hipster baristas staffing neighbouring coffee and food outlets (I counted 22 people in the queue at Single Origin Roasters across the road at one point). Tickets

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Telstra has entered the startup accelerator fray, unveiling new offering, muru-D. Now accepting applications until midday November 25 for a February start, the program will run twice annually in a six-month cycle. Offering a co-working space as well as mentoring and coaching, Telstra will also invest $40,000 into each of the chosen startups, split into $20,000 at the beginning of the program and $20,000 at the completion of several milestones that will be agreed upon

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Launched to build a community of investors and entrepreneurs in the tech startup market, Innovation Bay has teamed with PushStart to help potential investors understand the perks and pitfalls that come with angel investment in Australia. “Australia will never get to the same level of sophistication ,” Innovation Bay co-founder and AngelEd organiser Ian Gardiner said. “Silicon Valley is custom built. It’s got education; it’s got money; it’s got the culture that is just ingrained

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“Harvard undergraduates believe that inventing a job is better than finding a job” — a line from The Social Network but seems apt to describe the motivation behind Melbourne University’s Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP), which is aiming to cultivate an entrepreneurial environment on campus. Melbourne University’s second Accelerator Program is almost at its end with the six start-ups selected for this year’s program preparing for a pair of demo days – one in Melbourne and one

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OK, the list of Great Tech Startup Movies is shorter* than any of us would like, but there's one coming out soon, and thanks to our backers at Pollenizer we have some preview tickets for FLT readers. 'Crocodile in the Yangtze: A Westerner Inside China's Alibaba.com' follows China's first Internet entrepreneur and former English teacher, Jack Ma, as he battles US giant eBay on the way to building China's first global Internet company, Alibaba Group. Written, directed

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More than 400 people gathered on Tuesday to hear pitches from Australia’s best up-and-coming tech companies at Sydney’s Tech23. It’s the Aussie tech event which comes closest to a night of nights, with entrepreneurs, investors and government representatives gathering to recognise the most innovative new tech companies. Zeptonics, an enterprise hardware startup, was awarded the big prize; the $40,000 Innovation Excellence Award. The company has developed network devices that operate dramatically faster than competing products,

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Getting your pitch right takes time, says Matt Allen, co-founder and CTO of enterprise startup, ProcessGo!, a company which helps simplify tendering processes giving companies a faster and more accurate way to assess potential suppliers. Allen delivered the winning pitch to the more than 900 people gathered at last week’s SydStart conference, the annual event bringing together startup founders, investors and those with an idea for a business. “I’ve been pitching everyone lately; my kids, my mother and

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