River City Labs is calling on startups to be part of Startup Catalyst’s 2015 mission
· 20 budding entrepreneurs from the Sunshine State score once in a life time opportunity
· Applications open for tech savvy 18-25 year-olds to join the sponsored trip to Silicon Valley
Brisbane, 23 June 2015: Co-working community River City Labs has today announced applications are now open to be part of this year’s ‘Startup Catalyst’, an annual sponsored mission to Silicon Valley for 20 young budding entrepreneurs in Queensland’s tech startup scene. Startup Catalyst will take place from 28 September to 7 October 2015, with entries now being accepted at www.startupcatalyst.com.au.
Following the huge success of the inaugural mission in 2014, Startup Catalyst is back for a second year with the aim to give rise to Australia’s next batch of globally successful tech entrepreneurs. Fronted by Brisbane’s own Steve Baxter, the ten-day mission will immerse 20 lucky Queenslanders in Silicon Valley’s rich culture of high-growth entrepreneurship.
Participants will visit the offices of global tech companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and Apple, attend networking events with startup founders and student entrepreneurs, meet with fellow Australians who are running startups in the Valley, and take part in educational events to equip them with an understanding of what is involved in launching a globally successful tech startup.
River City Labs founder and Startup Catalyst’s Mission Leader, Steve Baxter, said: “Startup Catalyst has the potential to kickstart and grow the ideas of Queensland’s budding tech startup entrepreneurs. We only have to turn to the results of last year’s mission to see what kind of new talent the Valley can bring to life.”
Alex Ghiculescu, Director at Tanda and 2014 Startup Catalyst alumni, commented: “Startup Catalyst was such an eye-opening experience for the Tanda team. We took away sound, expert advice and hugely benefited from mixing with both sides of the tech spectrum – from those experts at Google and Facebook to fellow entrepreneurs sitting in the same boat as us at the startup related events in Silicon Valley.”
The program will accept applications from young people who meet the following criteria:
· Aged between 18 and 25
· Reside in Queensland
· Have coding skills
· Have an interest in entrepreneurship
· Are willing to share their newfound experiences with the wider community upon return
Those selected will be provided with return airfares from Brisbane, travel, accommodation, group meals and participation in all relevant events.
Any interested candidates from Universities, TAFEs, incubators and co-working spaces, or with their own startup ideas are invited to apply. Formal IT qualifications are not required, although participants will be asked to demonstrate that they have sufficient technical skills to build a usable product such as a website, app or game.
About River City Labs:
River City Labs is Brisbane’s premier co-working community and central clubhouse for tech startups. They are a not-for-profit organisation aimed at fostering Queensland’s startup ecosystem.
Current membership sits at over 100 members ranging from early stage startups and founders to established startups and entrepreneurs who have successfully raised capital in the last 18 months.
River City Labs focuses on providing the right environment for entrepreneurs to make valuable contacts while learning from peers, mentors and industry experts helping them to connect, work and grow.
About Startup Catalyst:
Startup Catalyst is an annual mission to Silicon Valley for twenty young people who have the potential to be Australia’s next batch of globally successful tech entrepreneurs.
The 2015 mission will take place over a ten-day period from 28 September to 7 October 2015 and will immerse the participants in Silicon Valley’s rich culture of high-growth entrepreneurship. The group will visit the offices of global tech companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and Apple, attend networking events with startup founders and student entrepreneurs, meet with fellow Australians who are running startups in the Valley, and take part in educational events to equip them with an understanding of what is involved in launching a globally successful tech startup.