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Welcome to Day One

Amplifying the stories of Regional Startups & Founders

A Few of our stories

Liam Scanlan from Eat Your Water

Liam Scanlan from Eat Your Water

Today you’re going to hear the story of Eat Your Water featuring Liam Scanlan.
Before we go back to the beginning, here’s where we are today, Liam has been named one of the top 50 people in e-commerce in the whole of Australia. In November 2019 alone over 100,000 people went through the Eat Your Water store and Eat Your Water has one of the lowest cost per purchases at 27 cents per purchase with an average order value of $56.
Very impressive numbers and Liam is an impressive guy and is only 23 years old. Now, let’s go back to day one where this story begins…

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Startmate – Featuring Michael Batko

Startmate – Featuring Michael Batko

Today you’re going to hear the story of Startmate featuring the head of operations at Startmate, Michael Batko.

Startmate is the leading tech accelerator in Australia and they take 10 to 15 companies and new stage founders in each cohort and help them from three to four months to get them to the next stage of their business.
They look for just the most ambitious founders and then work with that talent. Startmate doesn’t necessarily specialise in a certain area or industry. Startmate just focuses on the most ambitious founders and work with them to create immense value.

Let’s go back to day one, to a pub in Surry Hills where this story begins…

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Slingshot – Featuring Trent Bagnall & Craig Lambert

Slingshot – Featuring Trent Bagnall & Craig Lambert

Today you’re going to hear the story of Slingshot featuring Trent Bagnall and Craig Lambert.

Today slingshot is Australia’s number 1 corporate accelerator. Trent told me that Slingshot is really invested in supporting regional and have a strong focus on supporting really early-stage startups. They’ve done 20 investments within the Hunter Valley alone at the time of recording. Which is as he told me, probably more than any other investor in the region, let alone accelerator.

Slingshot has a strong pedigree, they’ve been around about the same time as Startmate, 6 to 8 years. Slingshot is here to stay for the long term.

With that in mind, let’s find out where Slingshot comes from and how they got started, starting with Trent studying at university. Let’s go back to day one, where this story begins…

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Startup Muster – Featuring Murray Hurps & Maria MacNamara

Startup Muster – Featuring Murray Hurps & Maria MacNamara

Today you’re going to hear the story of Startup Muster through its founder Murray Hurps.
Startup Muster is a report that produces the most comprehensive data on the Australian startup ecosystem with the goal of measuring and publishing the progress, challenges, and opportunities within the startup ecosystem. Startup Muster is important because the startup world here in Australia is in no sense of the word booming. But it could be, and Startup Muster aims to make the data available for us to course-correct our ship. All hands on deck, let’s go back to day one where this story begins…

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Yolanda Surjan from RadVet

Yolanda Surjan from RadVet

Today you’re going to hear the story of Yolanda Surjan from RadVet. 
Dr Yolanda Surjan is a senior lecturer of Radiation Therapy at the University of Newcastle, she has a bachelor degree in Medical Radiation Technology, a graduate certificate in health promotion, a masters in health science education and a PhD. She has worked in Europe and North America and she has a total of 5 teaching awards and was awarded CSIRO’s Breakout Female Scientist of 2017 and is the founder of RadVet. 

RadVet has gone through CSIRO’s ON Accelerate program and is helping to treat cancer in animals through Yolanda’s research, we will talk about all of that and so much more, but for now, let’s go back to day one where this story begins…

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The Startup Xpress – brought to you by Hunter iF & The Business Centre

The Startup Xpress – brought to you by Hunter iF & The Business Centre

Today you’re going to hear the story of the Startup Xpress. Here’s the itinerary for today’s journey.
First, as we head off, we’ll meet the man whose idea it was to put the key in the ignition of the Startup Xpress.
Then we’ll meet the organisers who pulled everything together and the organisations who have come along.
We’ll take a pitstop and meet some of the founders and hear about one of the main objectives and most valuable aspects of the Startup Xpress.
Then before we meet the politicians at parliament house we’ll talk about the changing Hunter region.
Then after parliament house, we’ll tour Sydney Startup Hub and talk to the startups again and hear how the Startup Xpress has impacted them.
Welcome aboard the Startup Xpress thanks to the Business Centre and Hunter iF. Let’s hit the road.

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Daniel & Alicia Edge from CompEAT Nutrition

Daniel & Alicia Edge from CompEAT Nutrition

Today you’re going to hear the story of Alicia, Daniel and CompEAT Nutrition. The concept of CompEAT first planted itself in Daniel & Alicia’s mind in 2016. Since then they’ve bootstrapped it themselves for quite some time and invested a lot of themselves into bringing this amazing company into existence, they eventually went through the ICON Slingshot program at the Newcastle University’s Integrated Innovation Network and all while raising a young family.

Daniel & Alicia are trying to fix a real problem and it’s a two-sided problem. CompEAT Nutrition are well on their way to solving the problem with their first product to market. 

300 active users and they’ve been very successful in the last 12 months in proving their assumptions around scalability. We’ll cover all of that and more, but for now, let’s go back to day one where this story begins…

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