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Amplifying the stories of Regional Startups & Entrepreneurs

A Few of our stories

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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Christina Gerakiteys

Christina Gerakiteys

Today you’re going to hear the story of Christina Gerakiteys. Christina is a mentor. Christina has quite a varied background and has done a lot, and for a long time she struggled with that fact. The fact that she never could just focus on one thing. As the quote by Steve Jobs goes, You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. It has all started to make sense for Christina today, and we will get to today, but for now, let’s go back to day one where this story begins...
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Joss Kesby from Diffuse Energy

Joss Kesby from Diffuse Energy

Today you’re going to hear the story of Diffuse Energy and it’s founders Joss Kesby, James Bradley and Sam Evans. Diffuse Energy is a company that, right now, is building wind turbines that are twice as efficient as their competitors, but the vision that Joss and his team have for the company is, well, the sky is the limit. We will hear all about that, but for now, let’s go back to day one where this story begins...
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Andrew Mears from SwitchDin

Andrew Mears from SwitchDin

Today you’re going to hear the story of Andrew Mears and SwitchDin. SwitchDin provides software and hardware solutions for managing distributed energy resources. SwitchDin connects with utilities to help them work more efficiently with the grid. We’re going to hear all about SwitchDin, where the idea come from, Andrew’s backpacking adventures, the pivots that SwitchDin has gone through and so much more, but for now, let’s go back to day one where this story begins…
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Jade Ryan from Cake Server

Jade Ryan from Cake Server

Today you’re going to hear the story of Cake Server and Jade Ryan. Jade blew me away. Jade went to university to study structural engineering, became a structural engineer, started and built a side hustle while working full-time, is a mother of two young children and then, while on maternity leave went through the accelerator program ICON offered by Slingshot in partnership with the University of Newcastle and started a company called Cake Server, which you will hear about today. Oh and one more thing, Jade bought her house at 24. By. Her. Self. We’ll get deeper into Jade’s and Cake Server’s story. But for now, let’s go back to day one, where this story begins…
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