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17 Jul

Australian technology transforms Paris airport experience

by launch-admin Jul 17, 2015 0 News



MEDIA RELEASE

 

·      Twenty ICM Auto Bag Drop units ‘go live’ serving Air France customers at Charles de Gaulle airport

·      First large scale deployment of self-service bag drop units in France

·      Australian-developed technology expected to process 1.5m bags in 12 months


Sydney, 9 March 2015: ICM Airport Technics, the Sydney-based global leader in airport baggage technology, today announced the roll out of its Auto Bag Drop technology in Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport.

 

The first stage deployment saw twenty ICM units become operational in Air France’s T2E and T2F terminals, for Air France customers flying on domestic and international routes. A further fifteen Auto Bag Drop units will be rolled out later this year in Charles de Gaulle T2E, T2F and T2G.

 

Auto bag drop units bring a seamless check-in experience to customers, allowing them to check-in their luggage at self-service terminals. They significantly reduce check-in times and clean up crowded terminals. The units integrate cutting-edge scanning technology with ergonomically friendly design, and ‘plug’ directly into existing airport baggage handling infrastructure. They also facilitate real time monitoring and fault recovery, with the 24 hour support provided by ICM’s central control team. 

 

Mike Sanderson, Managing Director of ICM Airport Technics UK, said: “We are thrilled that the first round of Auto Bag Drop units have successfully commenced operation at Charles de Gaulle Airport – cementing ICM Airport Technics’ technology as the most deployed and proven self-service check-in solution. This also signifies our first rollout in Continental Europe, which is a major milestone for us.”

 

“This growth and expansion is only the beginning for ICM Airport Technics in France, with a further 15 units to be installed in Paris in coming months. We look forward to making the check-in process a fast and efficient one for passengers in Charles de Gaulle and Orly Airports.”

 

Nicolas Champeaux, Procedures & Operations Manager at the Baggage Operational Unit of Aéroports de Paris Charles de Gaulle, commented: “This month we processed the first live bags for passengers travelling Air France at Charles de Gaulle’s 2TE and T2F terminals and were delighted by the reception they received from travellers. The installation of ICM’s units is a definite win-win situation– there are not only strong check-in capacity benefits for us but passengers are also taken by the innovative technology, and the simpler and faster process for checking in.”

 

Samir Cadi, Program Manager – Air France said: “The Auto Bag Drops are working very well and are meeting our expectations.  We look forward to further roll-outs of this technology in France, as well as some airports abroad that we operate in.”

 

ICM Airport Technics approximated that a total of 1,500,000 bags will be processed through Aéroports de Paris airports this year alone.

 

-ENDS-

 

Media Contacts

 

Ashford Pritchard, Launch Group                                                                                           

E: ashford@launchgroup.com.au | M: +61 411 020 680 | T: +612 9492 1040

 

Laura Blue, Launch Group                                                                                           

E: laurab@launchgroup.com.au | M: + 61 416 699 925 | T: +612 9492 1000

 

About ICM Airport Technics

ICM Airport Technics is a global leader in airport baggage technology, and inventor of the self-service Auto Bag Drop units used by the world’s best airport terminals. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia with offices in the UK, Germany, and Singapore, ICM Airport Technics uses cutting-edge innovation to help airlines and airports enhance the traveller check-in experience, while helping airports and airlines improve their efficiency. ICM Airport Technics currently operates over 100 Auto Bag Drop units in over 16 airport terminals across the world, and processes more than 6 million bags a year. 

17 Jul

Seamless bag check for Sydney Airport T1 as pilot project made permanent

by launch-admin Jul 17, 2015 2 News




MEDIA RELEASE

  

Sydney, 11 February: Global leader in airport baggage technology, ICM Airport Technics, today announced that Sydney Airport has purchased the Auto Bag Drop units currently installed in the T1 International Terminal following a successful 12-month trial.

 

The pilot project, which took place in Australia’s busiest international airport terminal, servicing around 13 million travellers annually, saw four Auto Bag Drop units process more than 125,000 bags. These self-service baggage check-in units will now be placed into permanent service, helping to bring a fast and seamless check-in experience for QANTAS customers flying on international flights.

 

The customisable ICM Auto Bag Drop self-service units are already in operation across Australia for domestic flights, and have helped cut check-in times and clear up crowded terminals across the country, as well as in leading international airports such as London’s Heathrow airport.

 

They integrate cutting-edge scanning technology with ergonomically friendly design, and ‘plug’ directly into existing airport baggage handling infrastructure. They also ensure real time security and safety, with 24 hour monitoring provided by ICM’s support team. 

 

Richard Dinkelmann, Managing Director of ICM Airport Technics, commented: “We are delighted that Sydney Airport has made the decision to purchase our Auto Bag Drop Units for the T1 International Terminal following a very successful pilot.”

 

“These market leading self-service bag drop units not only deliver notable benefits to both airports and airlines, but they present passengers with a simpler and faster service for checking in their bags – it is very rewarding for us to see that Sydney Airport has experienced first-hand such improvements. This is another key milestone for bringing the Australian-developed Auto Bag Drop experience to international travel across the world.”

 

-ENDS-

 

Media Contacts

 

Ashford Pritchard, Launch Group                                                                                                                               

E: ashford@launchgroup.com.au | M: +61 411 020 680 | T: +612 9492 1040

 

Laura Blue, Launch Group                                                                                                                             

E: laurab@launchgroup.com.au | M: + 61 416 699 925 | T: +612 9492 1000

 

About ICM Airport Technics

ICM Airport Technics is a global leader in airport baggage technology, and inventor of the self-service Auto Bag Drop units used by the world’s best airport terminals. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia with offices in the UK, Germany, and Singapore, ICM Airport Technics uses cutting-edge innovation to help airlines and airports enhance the traveller check-in experience, while helping airports and airlines improve their efficiency. ICM Airport Technics currently operates over 100 Auto Bag Drop  units in over 14 airport terminals across the world, and processes more than 6 million bags a year.

 

17 Jul

Government investment helps position Queensland as Startup State

by launch-admin Jul 17, 2015 0 News


MEDIA RELEASE                                

 

Australia 14 July 2015: Queensland business leader and startup advocate Steve Baxter today recognised the state Government’s ‘Advance Queensland’ budget initiatives as a win for the startup community and the Queensland economy.

 

Mr Baxter, an entrepreneur and investor who established Brisbane’s premier co-working community, River City Labs, said the funding priority given to startups in the budget will help position Queensland as Australia’s leading startup state.

 

“Queensland has the fundamentals in place to become Australia’s strongest startup ecosystem. If we take positive control of the growth of our entrepreneurial community, the returns to Queensland could be enormous,” said Mr Baxter.

 

“The recent Crossroads Report by StartupAUS identified that high-growth tech startups could account for $US109 billion and 540,000 new jobs Australia wide by 2033. To say this is a huge opportunity is an understatement.  The Queensland government is smart to put their hand up for a significant share of this potential economic windfall.”

 

Mr Baxter said he was also pleased to see the government focus on the role of private sector in growing a stronger startup culture.

 

“Although universities and research establishments play a role in producing more entrepreneurially enthusiastic graduates, these institutions will not produce the next world beating tech startup founders in Queensland. In order to secure that we need a whole of pipeline approach. It’s high time we developed a plan to build more global companies in Queensland led by entrepreneurs and not the insistence that this must come from the academic sector. A new approach is needed.

 

“While matched funding from governments is an important part of the process, this is ineffective without the right kind of input and support from the broader startup ecosystem.

 

“Where this essentially starts is by incorporating coding and technology skill building into every stage of the schooling process, to promote the number of science, technology, engineering and maths graduates. And on a more sophisticated level, it means providing startup founders with access to good advice, mentoring and growth capital along with R&D tax incentives and the encouragement of later stage investment support through Private Equity and Venture Capital. The Queensland Government plan does seem to have elements of these and as such would make it a very integrated, thoughtful and national leading approach.

 

“River City Labs is a vital part of this pipeline, offering strong support to Queensland entrepreneurs. River City Labs’ recent Startup Weekend Brisbane event reaffirmed the state’s incredible pool of local startup talent, with over 200 business founders, entrepreneurs, developers and investors turning out for the launch event.

 

“We are keen to work alongside the government to support the success of the initiatives introduced in this budget and establish Queensland as the startup leader in Australia. The devil will be in the detail and we look forward to the good words being translated into great actions,” said Mr Baxter.

 

-ENDS-

 

Media Contacts:

Laura Blue laurab@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1000 / 0416 699 925

 

About Steve Baxter

Steve Baxter is one of Australia’s most successful tech entrepreneurs, and an active investor and mentor to startups. Steve is an active supporter of Australia’s and Queensland’s startup eco-system, as a founding board member of advocacy group StartupAUS, the founder of Brisbane co-working community River City Labs, and the mission leader for Startup Catalyst. http://www.stevebaxter.com.au

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17 Jul

TXT4Coffee hits 850 locations, sets stage for global expansion

by launch-admin Jul 17, 2015 0 News




MEDIA RELEASE

 

Brisbane, 12 March 2015 – Australia’s first, free coffee ordering and payment app TXT4Coffee has today announced the signup of their 850th coffee store nationwide, alongside ambitious plans to launch into the US, UK and EU markets by June of this year.  

 

Conceived by coffee enthusiast Daniel Filmer while standing in line for his usual morning coffee, TXT4Coffee clears up the dreaded queues faced by coffee store owners on a daily basis, while creating a seamless experience for the avid coffee drinker. TXT4Coffee allows customers to “jump the queue” by ordering and paying for their morning brew using their iPhone, iPad or Android device.

 

Independent boutique café, Haven Espresso, is the 850th customer to jump on board the TXT4Coffee revolution, joining a list of well-recognised chains that already employ the app, such as Gloria Jeans, Coffee Club and Donut King.

 

CEO and Co-Founder of TXT4Coffee, Daniel Filmer, said: “TXT4Coffee’s draw card is that it is free of charge not only for coffeeshops that sign-up but for end-user customers who download and/or subscribe to use it.”

 

Backed by Steve Baxter, startup investor and Shark on TEN’s Shark Tank Australia, TXT4Coffee has seen notable growth since its inception, having already signed up a number of international stores in the lead up to its official launch into these markets later in the year. 

 

Mr Baxter commented: “TXT4Coffee has a an extremely smart and unique business model. It’s free for all parties involved because of its contextual based advertising, which makes it the most feature rich coffee ordering and payment platform in the market. Essentially, I’ve invested in an app that is free, unique, and dynamic and has huge growth potential both here and internationally.”

 

Mr Filmer added: “Everyone benefits from using TXT4Coffee. Coffee stores are saving on average 50 minutes per day and not only is it free for end-user customer but they are also rewarded for using the platform through the loyalty rewards system and special discount offers.” 

 

The TXT4Coffee app is available from the App Store for iPhone, iPad and Android users. For all other devices, an account can be set up through the TXT4Coffee online portal for use online or through SMS.

For more information, or to create an account, visit the TXT4Coffee website at www.txt4coffee.com.au

 

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Media contacts

 

Ashford Pritchard, Launch Group                                                                                                                               

E: ashford@launchgroup.com.au | M: +61 411 020 680 | T: +612 9492 1040

 

Laura Blue, Launch Group                                                                                                                           

E: laurab@launchgroup.com.au | M: + 61 416 699 925 | T: +612 9492 1000.

 

About TXT4Coffee

TXT4Coffee is a revolutionary Australian-first coffee ordering and payment app developed to save coffee-store owners and their customer base time and money. The app is available for download from the App Store or customers can set up an own account on the website. Skip those queues today and visit TXT4Coffee at www.txt4coffee.com.au

 

17 Jul

Rescue Swag founder Tracey Beikoff exits Shark Tank with more than swagger

by launch-admin Jul 17, 2015 34 News


MEDIA RELEASE


Brisbane, 9 March 2014 –The founder of the innovative first-aid kit the Rescue Swag has struck a $220, 000 deal with Steve Baxter, following a lively and highly interactive pitch on Shark Tank, which aired on TEN last night. 

 

Created by Tracey Beikoff in 2012 following a minor accident while she was out horse riding and realised she didn’t have the required first-aid kit handy, Rescue Swag is a comprehensive first-aid kit which doubles as a sling, a splint, a compression device and a water carrier: Its proportion and design gives it ultimate portability, allowing it to be effortlessly attached to all transportation devices.

 

Tracey Beikoff, Founder and CEO of the Original Rescue Swag company, commented: “I’m over the moon that Steve chose to put his money into Rescue Swag. This is more than a business to me, it’s about saving lives and preventing serious injury.

 

“Being a lover of horse riding and a bushwalking and camping fanatic, I was looking for a practical first-aid kit that had everything you need for the Aussie outback without being a nuisance to carry around. I couldn’t find anything that met what I wanted, so I created one instead.”

 

On last night’s episode of Shark Tank, Tracey accepted an offer from Mr Baxter of $100,000 for 40% of the company and a $120,000 loan repaid with a $10 royalty on all products sold.

 

Steve Baxter, Internet pioneer and startup investor, said that the product and its international appeal made the Rescue Swag a sound bet for him.

 

“It’s not often a product blows me away, but I am really excited about the Rescue Swag. Tracey has created an authentically Aussie product that is a necessity for any sort of great outdoors adventure. As an ex-serviceman, a fisherman and a pilot, I can see a million and one situations where Rescue Swag could make a real difference,” he said.

 

“Ultimately, Tracey won me over with her pitch because she handled herself in a way that demonstrated her command of the business and showed she had a strong drive to succeed.”

 

The Rescue Swag is not just a comprehensive set of first-aid tools wrapped up in a compact and easy-to-carry form but it is also a high-tech device, with space for a personal locating beacon, linked to rescue satellite networks. Its newest app feature allows users to take their mobile phones and scan codes displayed on the first-aid kit in order to see photographic instruction on how to treat injuries they may have sustained.

 

Mr Baxter added: “I wasn’t completely sold on the mobile phone feat until Tracey informed me you don’t actually need a sim card or mobile phone coverage to make use of it. Because the content is stored on the SD card in the phone this content is accessible at all times, making it simply ingenious.”

 

The investment will allow the Original Rescue Swag to grow its manufacturing base and ramp up marketing activities to take the brand to new markets.

 

To check out the new and improved Rescue Swag head to: http://www.rescueswag.com.au

 

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Media contacts

 

Ashford Pritchard, Launch Group 

E: ashford@launchgroup.com.au | M: +61 411 020 680 | T: +612 9492 1040

 

Laura Blue, Launch Group                                                                                                                           

E: laurab@launchgroup.com.au | M: + 61 416 699 925 | T: +612 9492 1000

 

About The Rescue Swag

The Rescue Swag is a comprehensive first-aid kit that is both conveniently durable and portable for lovers of the great outdoors. The Rescue Swag has a number of resourceful components including its sling, splint, compression and water bag features, and contains 129 pieces of first aid material, suitable for major and minor injuries. The latest product in the Original Rescue Swag line has been coded for full functionality with the Rescue Swag 1.0 App.

 

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17 Jul

Dream investment for Queensland mums

by launch-admin Jul 17, 2015 0 News


MEDIA RELEASE

 

Brisbane, 23 March 2015 – The founders of specialised child-care facility, Hummingbirds Early Intervention and Education Service, have landed a life-transforming investment from Sharks Steve Baxter and John McGrath, following their heart-warming pitch on TEN’s Shark Tank last night.

 

Sharing the same vision to provide a supportive and nurturing environment for all 0-5 year-olds with a disability, good friends and business partners, Rebecca Glover and Leah James, have developed a holistic approach to child-care, offering an educational, therapeutic and social setting for kids to blossom.

 

Rebecca Glover, Co-Director of Hummingbirds, commented: “Two years ago Hummingbirds was just starting out, and now we are looking at doubling in size, so its truly remarkable to see the speed at which we are moving.

 

“As mothers to two beautiful children with disabilities, the most important thing for Leah and I is that we use the exposure from Shark Tank to raise awareness of the plight of those people caring for children with disabilities. While everyday is extremely rewarding, it’s also incredibly challenging, so we hope to garner wide recognition for the amazing strength shown by both families and caregivers.”

 

Leah James, Co-Director of Hummingbirds, added: “Before going in to pitch to the Sharks I actually had a dream Steve invested in Hummingbirds, so it was quite literally, a dream come true. Our kids are our world, they are what motivated us to build Hummingbirds, so I speak for both Rebecca and I when I say we are going to give this business everything we’ve got.”

 

On last night’s moving episode of Shark Tank, Rebecca and Leah accepted a co-offer from Mr Baxter and Mr McGrath of $80,000 for 25% of the company.

 

Steve Baxter, Internet pioneer and startup investor, said that the specialised child-care service was too important to pass up.  

 

“Not only does Hummingbirds strike a chord with me because of the simply incredible service it offers, it’s also a very smart business investment because it is essentially filling a large gap in the market. Rebecca and Leah have the heart, the passion, the wits and the business smarts, all brilliant traits in a business partner.”  

 

John McGrath, CEO of Australia’s fastest growing real estate group, McGrath Estate Agents, added: “I believe success in business always starts with a dream and the passion and determination to drive a great idea.  Rebecca and Leah have demonstrated these qualities.   I feel privileged to be working with Steve and give the support necessary to Rebecca and Leah to grow Hummingbirds and help them achieve even greater success.”

 

The investment will allow Hummingbirds to build its new premises, purchase specialised equipment and facilities and to grow the brand.

 

To find out more about Hummingbirds go to: http://www.hummingbirds-care.com  

 

– ENDS –

Media contacts

 

Ashford Pritchard, Launch Group 

E: ashford@launchgroup.com.au | M: +61 411 020 680 | T: +612 9492 1040

 

Laura Blue, Launch Group                                                                                                                           

E: laurab@launchgroup.com.au | M: + 61 416 699 925 | T: +612 9492 1000

 

About Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds Early Intervention and Education Service is a specialised child-care facility providing parents and caregivers support with raising children with disabilities. Irrespective of a child’s developmental requirements, Hummingbirds offer a holistic approach to the child’s and family’s vision, in an educational, therapeutic, social and nurturing environment. 

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17 Jul

Bottlepops tops, as founders snag $150,000 funding on Shark Tank

by launch-admin Jul 17, 2015 0 News


MEDIA RELEASE

  

Melbourne, 16 March 2015 – The founders of interactive bottle-opener startup Bottlepops have landed a life-changing investment from Steve Baxter and Andrew Banks, following a hair-raising pitch on Shark Tank, which aired on TEN last night.

 

Based on an idea hatched by sport-crazed mates Greg Jury and Stephen Brooks over a beer in Japan while returning from a volleyball tournament, Bottlepops’ talking bottle openers are a ‘world-first’ product, with a global patent pending. The result of almost a decade of product development to craft the perfect beer opening experience, the openers are designed around a host of sporting and entertainment themes. Fully customizable, they are aimed at both individual and corporate customers with order sizes ranging from 1 to over 500,000.

 

Stephen Brooks, Co-founder of Bottlepops, commented: “We are stoked to have clinched two Sharks and gained the investment we need to take Bottlepops to the next level. Having invested over $185,000 of our own money over the past ten years, we’ve started to achieve real traction in the market following our launch last year. The funds raised from Shark Tank will allow us to expand our distribution channels in the US as well as develop some exciting new product ideas.

 

“We’re also honored to be able to add the support and mentorship of two of Australia’s leading businessmen to the Bottlepops team.”

 

On last night’s episode of Shark Tank, Jury and Brooks accepted a combined offer from the two Sharks of $150,000 for 40% of their company, having wowed them with the quality of the product, and their initial market traction.

 

Steve Baxter, Internet pioneer and startup investor, said it was hugely encouraging to see a unique Australian-based innovation with so much potential for global expansion.  

 

“Bottlepops’ genius is in the simplicity of the product – it is not only functional but it has huge entertainment and novelty value. Bottlepops have the potential to be the bottle-openers of choice for sports fans across the world,” he said.

 

“I’ve always said the investors behind the business are as important or even more so than the business concept itself. Bottlepops was a no-brainer for me because the founders behind the idea are not only passionate about their product and ambitious about where they can take it, but they know exactly what they are talking about.”

 

Andrew Banks, who is Los Angeles based, added: “This product and the founders behind it are unique and the Licensing opportunities in the US market are nothing short of “huge” so we are pumped!”

 

Greg Jury, co-founder and Director of Bottlepops, commented: “We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try out our luck on Shark Tank. The applications for the series opened around the same time we were in the midst of approaching venture capitalists about Bottlepops – the chance for exposure was too great to turn down.”

 

Bottlepops bottle-openers can be ordered online at: http://www.bottlepops.com/products/. A portion of every bottle-opener sold is donated to Cystic Fibrosis Australia to aid in their research to find a cure.

 

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Media contacts

 

Ashford Pritchard, Launch Group                                                                                                                              

 E: ashford@launchgroup.com.au | M: +61 411 020 680 | T: +612 9492 1040

 

Laura Blue, Launch Group                                                                                                                           

E: laurab@launchgroup.com.au | M: + 61 416 699 925 | T: +612 9492 1000.

 

About Bottlepops™

 

Bottlepops™ sport designed talking bottle openers was developed to provide a variety of gift and merchandising sectors a high quality product that delivers an all round entertaining and jovial experience for consumers. The Bottlepops™ novelty began in 2004 and launched in 2013 following years of research and development to capture the original vision. For a list of products offered by Bottlepops go to: http://www.bottlepops.com/products/

 

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17 Jul

Startup community calls for better govt policy on entrepreneurship

by launch-admin Jul 17, 2015 0 News


MEDIA RELEASE


·       River City Labs straw poll reveals top startup eco-system policy wish: incentives to bring more successful startups to Queensland

·       83% say Government is not doing enough to support State’s startup eco-system

·       Only 19% rate the Queensland opposition ALP party’s policy on startups ‘good’ or ‘very good’

·       Funding, a Brisbane startup precinct, and incentives for corporate and government bodies to work with startups also key call

 

 

Brisbane, 21 January 2015: River City Labs today released the results of a straw poll that shows Queensland’s startup community feels it is being ignored by politicians. The survey collected responses from 200 entrepreneurs, investors, startup employees, mentors and supporters. It found that 83% do not believe the state government is doing enough to support the startup eco-system, and only 19% rate the opposition’s policy as ‘good’ or ‘very good’.

 

Steve Baxter, entrepreneur, Shark on Shark Tank Australia and founder of River City Labs, said that the next government needed a wake-up call, to recognise the benefits that Queensland’s startup sector could bring.  

 

“Governments the world over are investing time, energy and resources to understand and support technology startups. They have become accepted as key drivers of employment opportunities and economic growth. Ingenuity, creativity and entrepreneurship are not finite resources, and with a little elbow grease and a lot of government support, I truly believe Queensland has the potential to be a powerhouse for global innovation,” he said.

 

The poll also asked respondents to choose the most important policy areas for the next Queensland government to consider. Interestingly, while State government funding for new startups did feature prominently, the top policy identified by the startup community was incentives to bring more successful Australian and international startups to Brisbane.

 

Queensland’s startup community government policy wish list:

 

1.

Launch financial and regulatory incentives to attract more Australian and international tech startups to operate in Brisbane

57.2%

2.

Startup funding grants for new Queensland tech startups

49.3%

3.

Establish a Queensland Startup Precinct in Brisbane to bring the eco-system closer together

42.8%

4.

Make technology education a focus in the school curriculum in Queensland

38.3%

5.

Create incentives for Queensland companies and governments to partner or work with Queensland startups

36.8%

                                                                                                                                                Source: River City Labs

 

Other areas on the startup community wish-list included the establishment of a Startup Precinct in Brisbane and improved technology education and incentive for large Queensland organisations to partner and work with startups.

 

Mr. Baxter commented: “It’s not just about ramping up investment and spending government funds to encourage new startups, although that is part of it. What the startup scene wants is a Government committed to doing things smarter, faster and more agile – and bringing our policy making into the 21st century.

 

“Startup and technology are not exactly simple areas to understand, and traditionally Australian politicians have struggled to get their heads around where they fit in to the government agenda. In recent years we have seen some market improvement steps, but based on our straw poll it appears the report card says “more effort required”. We hope that this survey will be useful to the next Government in formulating its approach to new business in the state.”

 

 

– Ends –

 

Media Contacts

 

Ashford Pritchard, Launch Group                                                                                                                          

E: ashford@launchgroup.com.au | M: +61 411 020 680 | T: +612 9492 1040

 

Laura Blue, Launch Group                                                                                                                        

E: laurab@launchgroup.com.au | M: + 61 416 699 925| T: +612 9492 1000.

 

 

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. 

 


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17 Jul

River City Labs hosts Startup Weekend Brisbane

by launch-admin Jul 17, 2015 1 News



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River City Labs invites entrepreneurs to join ‘Startup Weekend Brisbane’ and learn how to launch their startup in 54 hours

 

Brisbane, 1 July 2015: Co-working community River City Labs has announced that registrations to partake in Startup Weekend Brisbane (10 – 12 July) are now open with local entrepreneurs, developers and designers encouraged to join Steve Baxter and be part of the world’s largest entrepreneurial community network, Startup Weekend.

 

Startup Weekend Brisbane offers participants the opportunity to engage in all stages of the startup experience, from pre-pitching their own startup, to collaboratively working in teams to design and launch a final product, to evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of their startup with local entrepreneurial leaders.

 

Founder of CarValues.co and Startup Weekend Brisbane’s 2014 winner, Christopher Drake, said: “Startup Weekend Brisbane was one of the best experiences of my life. Unlike University, where it is all talk and no action, Startup Weekend takes you out of the building and has you talking to potential, paying customers. It’s all about validating your business idea, and making sure you are actually creating something that the market wants – not just wasting your time building something that has no business context.”

 

“Since winning Startup Weekend Brisbane 2014, my startup, CarValues.co, has had discussions with a number of major car listing platforms and large car dealers which has helped us validate our business model further. This has helped us bring on a number of student developers who are using our information to create some very exciting products.”

 

Participants of Startup Weekend Brisbane will be judged by an expert panel of entrepreneurial leaders, including River City Labs Founder, Steve Baxter, with prize packages being awarded to the standout startup pitches.

 

River City Labs Community Manager, Josh Anthony, commented: “Startup Weekend Brisbane is the perfect opportunity for entrepreneurs of all tech-levels to get involved in an event that is both highly effective and enjoyable. Participants get to work in a supportive environment alongside like-minded individuals, industry leaders and locally-established startups – What a fantastic array of skill-sets to be in the one place at the one time.”    

 

Live tweets across the weekend can be found by following the official @RiverCityLabs account and the #SWBNE15 hashtag.

 

-ENDS-

 

Media Contact:

 

Laura Blue laurab@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1000 / 0416 699 925

 

Fleur Brown fleur@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1000 / 0419 270 863

 

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 Weekend Brisbane:

Startup Weekend Brisbane is an intense 54 hour event where a community of local entrepreneurs, business startup enthusiasts, web and software developers, designers and marketing gurus collaboratively participate in all stages of the startup process, including pitching, business model creation, coding, designing and market validation.

 

About Startup Weekend:

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. 

17 Jul

Startup Catalyst offers 20 young entrepreneurs trip of a lifetime to Silicon Valley

by launch-admin Jul 17, 2015 1 News




MEDIA RELEASE 

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.”

 

To check out what last year’s Startup Catalyst participants had to say about the experience head to: http://www.startupcatalyst.com.au/ 

 

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.

 

-ENDS-

 

Media Contact:

Laura Blue laurab@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1000 / 0416 699 925

Ashford Pritchard ashford@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1040 / 0411 020 680

 

 

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.

 

To find out more about the 2014 mission, visit the blog or watch the highlights videos.

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