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Yolanda Surjan from RadVet

Yolanda Surjan from RadVet

Today you're going to hear the story of Chantal Abouchar and The Studio. Featuring Ricky Sutton from Oovvuu. Coming Soon: August 13th
Daniel & Alicia Edge from CompEAT Nutrition

Daniel & Alicia Edge from CompEAT Nutrition

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.
Christina Gerakiteys

Christina Gerakiteys

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…
Joss Kesby from Diffuse Energy

Joss Kesby from Diffuse Energy

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...
Andrew Mears from SwitchDin

Andrew Mears from SwitchDin

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...
Jade Ryan from Cake Server

Jade Ryan from Cake Server

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…
Daniel Spiteri from FEIKE

Daniel Spiteri from FEIKE

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…
James Rabbitt from Broader Learning

James Rabbitt from Broader Learning

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...
Heath Raftery from Newie Ventures

Heath Raftery from Newie Ventures

Today you’re going to hear the story of James Rabbitt and Broader Learning. Broader Learning provides STEM based learning programs to multiple schools. This approach allows Broader Learning to provide a higher quality and more cost-effective experience for the students than any one individual school could provide on its own. Broader Learning has grown out of James volunteering at local school’s helping with coding and robotics classes to now operating across a total of 5 campuses. The very first class they ran they received over 3 times the student sign up than the school had anticipated… That’s very exciting and I’m really interested to see where James and the team can take this company.
Sahil Harriram from Elite Robotics

Sahil Harriram from Elite Robotics

Today you’re going to hear the story of Heath Raftery from Newie Ventures. Newie Ventures is an engineering agency. They build solutions to their clients problems, basically their customers come to them with an idea, and Heath and his team go to work figuring out how to build it. In the last 12 months alone Newie Ventures’ client base has tripled and it’s headcount has more than doubled. But as Heath says although those numbers sound impressive in reality things have moved very carefully and very deliberately.
Justin Hales from Camplify

Justin Hales from Camplify

Today you’re going to hear the story of Elite Robotics and it’s CEO Sahil. Sahil and his teams are developing robots that have human-like instincts! Since launching in 2016, The Elite Robotics team have been finalists in 6 out 7 pitching competitions. They’ve built a successful prototype of their autonomous technology and have secured a partnership with a local golf-course to test and refine their groundbreaking creation. Some pretty great wins just there, and that’s just a few points, we’re going to cover more, but for now, let’s go back to day one where this story begins...