Archives for March 2014

02Mar

Young Entrepreneur Fellowship Showcase @ Hub Adelaide

It’s a very exciting time to be involved in startups and entrepreneurship in Adelaide. Everywhere you look there’s events, coworking spaces, government funding, accelerators and programs popping up to help foster startups and small businesses in South Australia. The Young Entrepreneur Fellowship is one such program that has just brought its first program to a close with a showcase event which I attended on Friday Feb 28th.

Young Entrepreneur Fellowship

The Young Entrepreneur Fellowship is a a joint initiative between Hub Adelaide and the State Government of South Australia where a number of fellows are chosen, both teams and individuals, to work on their business ideas over the course of a four month program.

The program helps the Fellows connect with experienced mentors; gain access to Hubs desks, offices, meeting rooms, wifi and facilities; and the opportunity to connect and collaborate with the growing community of 160+ businesses and influencers in Adelaide and over 1000 nationally.” – Hub Adelaide website

Startup Smart reports that the fellowship will continue with recruiting for the winter program starting in March.

Showcase Event

The showcase event was held at Hub Adelaide and featured presentations from each of the 5 businesses that went through the program. Some presentations were more polished than others but all the ideas were interesting and it was good to see the enthusiasm of the participants. More info on the fellows and their startups at the links below;

Declan Brady – StudySmartAcademy.com – Study Smart Academy teaches high school students the principals and techniques of accelerated learning to improve academic performance. Study Smart will also be branching (in the next 4-5 weeks) into running corporate seminars and upskilling sessions, to improve work related productivity and effectiveness in members of an industry.

Anna Malapira – FunSnap.me – Can you help to move them forward? They’re looking for connections to function venue managers, marketing and communication directors, and executive event managers.

Stuart Burfield – Splat-cat.com – Stuart has just launched his first video game, called Splat Cat, which is free and currently out for Android devices with a planned release for iOS. He is developing a business creating video games for smart devices, and plans to launch several new titles in the near future.

Joseph Costa & Patrick DeRuvo – tootz.com.au – Can you help move them forward? They’re looking for connections to business Owners (fashion boutique stores, cafes, restaurants, etc) and connections to traders associations and Precincts or Shopping Malls. Also they are offering a FREE 3 month trial for all stores that sign up before they launch officially on MARCH 31st

Phi Theodoros – phitheodoros.com (blog post from Phi about the fellowship)

02Mar

Adelaide Jelly Coworking – Awesome!

I attended the first Adelaide Jelly Coworking event of 2014 on Feb 21 and it was awesome! The event was held at the Majoran Distillery’s coworking space in Grenfell street and saw a turnout of around 10 people.

What is Jelly Coworking?

Free casual fortnightly coworking in Adelaide. Work from somewhere different, meet new people, visit coworking and creative spaces across Adelaide. Free WIFI. Bring your laptop.” – from the meetup group page

Organiser Richie Khoo told me its called “Jelly” because when a group of people thought up the idea (in Melbourne I think?) and were wondering what to call it, there was a jar of jelly beans sitting on the table so they decided to call it that… I don’t know if I buy that explanation but its a cool name none the less.

Why is it Awesome?

Well, for people like me who usually work from home, its the perfect opportunity to get out of the house and work with some other people. If you don’t usually work from home, I think its still a good opportunity to meet new people and try working in a different environment. Other pluses;

  • Its Free
  • Its a good excuse/opportunity to explore Adelaide’s coworking spaces and see what they have to offer
  • You can find out about some of the awesome projects people are working on
  • You can meet like minded (and unlike minded) people and get to know them
  • Perfect way to end off the week

When & Where?

Fortnightly in a different space around Adelaide each time.

Get the details on meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Adelaide-Jelly-Casual-Coworking