• At the beginning of every founder's startup journey there is pitching. Kai Van Lieshout, a uni student turned entrepreneur, is our first guest on the blue bean bags talking all about his startup journey and key tips for pitching. He discusses his key tips he learnt along his journey through the EnergyInc program and representing Australia and the global Red Bull Basement University Pitching Competition.

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  • Applications are now open for Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK Line Decarbonize22! We’re looking for our second cohort of 10 breakthrough innovations with the potential to decarbonize our planet. As part of the 12 week program, you’ll be working towards refining your business model, building your network and scaling your business to success. You’ll be matched with and advised by industry executives at Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK Line to develop your products into viable businesses!

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  • The top 10 Sport & EventTech startups driving change in the way we engage, consume, participate and commercialise sports have been selected! With the rise of new technologies (eg, NFTs and other blockchain based solutions) and post-COVID digital adoption (eg, digital ticketing) we’re in a wave of massive disruption in the sport and event tech industry. The 10 selected startups are driving this change. Find out which startups were selected and what they do here:

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  • Sustainable fintech solutions can directly and indirectly impact 8 out of the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) as we innovate to create a better future. In this article we give examples of some sustainable fintech solutions improving financial wellbeing and inclusion align with SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing, SDG 5: Gender Equality, SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth and SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities.

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  • When it comes to building a sustainable future everything is interconnected. Transitioning to renewables and creating circular economies are only one part of the journey. Of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, 8 can be influenced by the financial industry. Read about the sustainable fintech fund launching to accelerate 30 sustainable fintech startups over the next 3 years.

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  • Out with the old? Why fintechs are poised to forward sustainable finance

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    The financial sector is notoriously lagging behind on its goals to target climate change. While large (and slow) financial whales find it hard to change their course, fintech startups are unlocking an ocean of new possibilities leading the way to a sustainable future. Unburdened by prior commitments to fossil fuels, emerging fintech startups are creatively targeting climate issues and funnelling financing where it’s needed the most. Where legacy firms are lagging, sustainable fintech can step in. Read our blog to find out exactly how much legacy institutions are doing for our planet ...

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  • Sustainability is no longer a choice, so choose sustainable fintech

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    We have a daunting task ahead of us. As environmental issues continue to deteriorate and businesses are rushed and pressured by various stakeholders to achieve net-zero targets, it seems like environmentally-sustainable business practices are the only way forward. No surprisingly, startups, particularly sustainable fintechs, are providing the necessary solutions to help legacy businesses and individuals transition towards a cleaner future. You can read more here.

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  • Sports & Events Tech Trends 2022

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    Crowds are flocking to stadiums for sporting, musical and comedy events! Live events are back ... but there has been a paradigm shift for hosts, right holders and distributors. This shift has changed the way clubs share content and merch, the way stadiums adhere to COVID restrictions and the way host adapt to changing consumer demands. Read more about three emerging startups helping solve these upcoming problems.

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  • The commercial case for sustainability – and how fintechs can help

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    Ignoring sustainability now would be like disregarding the steam engine in favour of using horses and carts. It would be like turning your nose up at email in favour of always sending letters via snail mail.

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  • Facing the commercialisation challenge in the race to net zero.

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    Getting to net zero is daunting. But the solutions are out there. The biggest single challenge we need to overcome is not the rate of innovation, but the rate of commercialisation. This means startups working with large organisations as they grow and scale - but this isn’t an easy feat and this usually comes down to one common problem.

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  • As Apple’s “Think Different” campaign goes “because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do”. The food team at SBC have been scouting over 800 “crazy” people with big dreams that are finding new ways to feed the world. Here are some of the dreamers in the foodtech, agritech and aquatech sector and how you can get involved in this collective journey.

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  • What does pirate culture have to do with innovation? Despite popular belief, Pirate Culture is not about wreaking havoc and stealing loot, it's about breaking the rules and rewriting the status quo. This article explores the key points when striving to be an innovation "pirate" in your organisation.

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  • Sustainable Fintech – A Clarification

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    You’re almost certainly used to seeing the word “sustainable” preceding an increasing number of products and services. From aviation fuel to business loans, sustainability is becoming a necessary consideration. Finance, however, tends to get lost in the list of things we know need to change but haven’t yet figured out how to.

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  • What do NFTs, AR/ VR and MGUs have in common?

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    Sport, in its competitive nature has been the testing ground for some of the newest and most disruptive technologies in the world. It's also been a breeding ground for new technologies that have later found their way into mainstream industries. We dive deep into these technologies and hypothesis some reason why sport is just so innovative.

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  • Food Innovation Across the World and in Space

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    From vertical farms, to logistics to space, food innovation spans a wide variety of functions, industries and domains. We explore some of the sectors that are seeing a lot of food innovation and the new ideas coming out in this space.

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  • The Future of Work: Working From Anywhere

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    There’s known benefits of working from home, and there’s known benefits of working from the office, so how can we balance these effectively going forward in a post-pandemic work environment- working from anywhere (WFA) is the answer.

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  • Understanding the Impact of Sustainable Finance on Climate Change.

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    While it takes inter-sector effort to win the war against climate change, the finance sector sits in a unique position. Financial institutions that lend, invest in and insure business, have the power to favour corporations that manage impacts on nature. A shift towards sustainable finance is no longer a question of if, but when. In this article we aim to understand the core pillars of sustainable finance and the impact it can have on our planet.

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  • Over a series of four articles we will be taking a look at the role that company culture plays in innovation through viewing organisational culture through different lenses. The third lens is how to work with an existing organisational culture to create innovation change from the inside.

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  • How your organisation's culture plays a role in innovation: Part 2

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    We’re in the business of innovation. But in some instances innovation is rejected by the organisation’s immune system. Some things to look out for and a potential strategy that might help.

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  • 5 Reasons Why Businesses Need to Innovate

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    In this rapidly changing world with the pace of technological development, innovation is no longer a choice, it's essential. Here are 5 reasons why businesses need to innovate.

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  • Part 1 of 4 looking at the role company culture plays in innovation. Inspired by the book “Why Work is Weird” co-authored by Jerry Connor, this article explores how one can identify the culture of an organisation. This is the first step towards a successful innovation project within any type of organisation.

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  • TEN GLOBAL STARTUPS HAVE BEEN SELECTED FOR THE DECARBONIZE ACCELERATOR PROGRAM

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    Startupbootcamp, a global accelerator, works with global partners Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK Line to help 10 startups accelerate their business Core focus of the startups selected is reducing global emissions and working towards a sustainable future.

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  • EnergyNext (EN21) is Startupbootcamp’s (SBC’s) longest running accelerator program. With EnergyAustralia as the corporate partner, the accelerator’s mission is to create an ecosystem of forward thinking and successful solutions to accelerate the energy transition. EnergyNext has chosen the top eight startups to join the program this year and these startups are...

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  • Why Corporates Should Be Ready to Disrupt Themselves

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    What do Kodak and Blockbuster have in common? They’re two very large organisations that forgot to innovate. This article explores the importance of innovating for all organisations, large and small. One way organisations can ensure they are innovating is to “disrupt themselves”. We explore the frameworks around disruptive innovation coined by Clayton M. Christensen. His methodology helps organisations understand how to leverage resources, processes and priorities for the best innovation results.

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  • What do you think? EnergyAustralia’s - Stack On.

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    As entrepreneurs, we're all about feedback. We want to give the opportunity to our community members to get invaluable feedback from others fellow entrepreneurs in our community. At this same time this gives our community members an opportunity to flex their feedback-giving skills. This month we have EnergyAustralia reaching out for some valuable feedback on their new product offering. What do you think?

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  • FOOD INNOVATION: How to Build & Test Ideas in your Innovation Funnel

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    In the wise words of Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup, the big question of our time when it comes to innovation is not “Can it be built?” but “Should it be built?”. Many large Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies are going about the process of screening and testing ideas to develop, inefficiently. This article talks about the latest techniques in growth hacking and how to implement them digitally in the COVID climate.

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  • Measuring ROI from Innovation

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    Return on investment (ROI) is perhaps one of the most important numbers to help reflect on past performance and guide future investment decisions. But ROI isn’t just one ‘number’, it is a series of metrics that combined, give you a holistic picture of your progress. Picking the right set of metrics to measure innovation ROI isn’t an easy feat. In this piece we explore the reasons why it’s important to pick innovation metrics, what are some examples of metrics and what you should consider when deciding which ones are right for you.

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  • 10 fintech startups from 7 countries have been selected to be part of the Startupbootcamp Australia (SBC) 2021 cohort. Over the next 3 months these startups will participate in SBCs intense accelerator program; designed to provide the tools necessary to catalyse the startups from their initial launch to developing a highly scalable business model with solid revenue growth.

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  • EnergyTech Hub (ETH) is proud to announce the ETH21 cohort

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    The EnergyTech Hub (ETH) is proud to announce the ETH21 cohort. Powered by Startupbootcamp the ETH is the collaboration platform that connects international, market-ready scaleup technology solutions with Australia’s energy industry. Seven scaleups from Germany, Finland, UK, Spain, India, and Australia have joined ETH21.

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  • Catching the Startup-Bug: Why I mentor startups

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    The contrast between the startup ecosystem and the corporate world is stark. Each with its own benefits and challenges. But there’s no reason you can’t get the best of both worlds. Read about how Anna found her way into the startup scene and how you can too, through mentorship.

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  • Top 5 Benefits of Mentoring a Startup

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    There are many reasons people get involved in mentoring startups. To find out more about the ecosystem, to get a breath of fresh air from their corporate role and many more. Here we lay out the top 5 benefits of mentoring a startup.

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  • Why more individuals should get involved in startups.

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    Have you ever thought of FinTech as a potential industry to get involved in? It’s an industry that is in dire need of more diverse voices to help shape its future. And you’d be surprised to know how open the community is to different perspectives. Here we describe the FinTech sector through a different lens.

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  • What is happening in the Energy sector and how you can be part of it.

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    The team at Startupbootcamp have been talking to hundreds of clean energy startups from all over the world. They have found the most innovative and crazy energy solutions that will help us move into the future sustainably. If you are passionate about sustainability and want to know more and how you can get involved - it’s all in here.

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  • Upgrading to All-Electrical: A Customer Perspective.

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    When upgrading your house to all electrical, you’re trying to do the right thing for the environment. This should be easy right? Maybe not... For anyone looking to improve the customer journey and make it easier for consumer to make the switch, here are some key aspects worth revising- from a customer's perspective. 

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  • The Tech Transformation of Grassroots Sport

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    Grassroots sport is the beating heart of sport in the community. It’s a stepping stone to the big leagues where athletes first discover their passion and talent. It’s also a friendly space for sports enthusiasts to engage in some fun loving competition with their neighbours. In order to manage, share and fund our beloved activity we need to evolve the technology being used. Here we share some great solutions to three of the main challenges faced by grassroots sports institutions.

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  • Growth and Innovation during COVID - Innovate with Purpose

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    Innovation is key to growing and developing as a business, especially in the face of a crisis. We have seen many industries take advantage of the new trends in a post-COVID world including in industries such as Sports & EventTech, Energy and more. We dive deep into these industries to show the true value of Innovating with a Purpose.

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  • Functional foods can be defined as foods that claim to provide a health benefit beyond basic nutrition. This area of food innovation is ripe for innovation in the global market projected to grow by 6.7% between 2017 - 2027 especially in Asia Pacific. We have outlined the key opportunities and challenges of this sector for all the interested foodies out there.

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  • Technologies that enhance the freshness, flavour and shelf-life of our food are as old as human civilisation. From the early solutions such as salt curing, to the invention of refrigeration, to more recent inventions such as high pressure processing, the quality and food safety of our food supply has improved dramatically. All of this thanks to advances in food technology. Part 3 out of a 4 part series on why we should be excited about food innovation talks all about the different technologies that are being applied in the food industry to improve everything from production to distribution to consumption.

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  • Global startup accelerator, Startupbootcamp, in partnership with Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK Line have announced the launch of their new Decarbonize program.

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  • Startupbootcamp Australia announced today at the launch of the Greater Geelong Hydrogen Technology Cluster, a mapping of the world of hydrogen startups in an openly accessible, world-first global platform called H2 StartupBase.

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  • Developing a Growth Mindset

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    Successful entrepreneurs who scale businesses fast have many things in common; The top attributes that you would expect to see are there, but as you scale a business and build a team, other attributes become essential.

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  • Why you should be excited about Food Innovation Part 2

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    Part 2: Fermented Food & Beverage - Food is emerging as one of the major industries being changed rapidly due to Covid. If you’re paying attention to new opportunities you cannot overlook food. Opportunities for innovation span the entire supply chain and cover all three innovation horizons.

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  • Getting Started in Angel Investing

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    Ever wondered about getting started in angel investing but feel that you do not have the skills or knowledge to start? SBC has launched a co-investment model to enable new angel investors to learn whilst doing.

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  • After an unprecedented year, the Victorian sports and major event industries are primed to bounce back in a big way with the second cohort of Startupbootcamp’s Sport & EventTech Accelerator beginning May 2021 in Melbourne.

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  • Why you should be excited about Food Innovation

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    Most people who aren’t involved in the Food industry don’t realise how innovative it can be beyond regular new product developments. Not to mention how much those innovations change the lives of the people consuming it (cost, health, etc). In March we launched our Food Innovation industry facing workshops designed to identify the biggest problems, challenges and opportunities food businesses in Australia are facing. Here is the first, in a four-part series, of findings.

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  • Hydrogen 101

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    The biggest buzz word in energy since 'Powerwall', Hydrogen has a lot of attention right now, and with good reason. it's attracting a lot of investment dollars and is expected to play a pivotal role in global decarbonisation plans in the coming decades. But not all Hydrogen processes were created equal. So what's all the buzz about? This is the easy to understand cheat sheet on all things Hydrogen.

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  • The Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix was the first, but not the last, major event to be cancelled or suspended in 2020. To ensure the best chance at delivering a close to normal and COVID-safe event, this year's event will see innovation go from the teams to the stands.

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  • Why you need to change the way you look at competition

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    The decline in chewing gum sales invites us to look beyond the product perspective and find hidden competitors that might be stealing our customers.

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  • Startupbootcamp have partnered with Global Victoria to connect Victorian Fintech startups and scaleups with the United Kingdom Fintech ecosystem during UK Fintech Week featuring Innovate Finance Global Summit (IFGS). If you're in Victoria, the UK or just want to see how the two ecosystems are working together more closely come join us from April 19 to April 23.

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  • Investment Opportunities In 2021

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    With 2020 behind us, business owners are optimistic that 2021 will be a better year, if not best. Though COVID-19 is not yet gone, the optimism is guided by the ongoing distribution of vaccines. The acceleration of digital trends due to COVID-19 has advanced years' worth of consumer behaviour within months. Lear about five major business trends that will shape investments in 2021.

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  • On 23 March 2020, the Australian government announced a temporary measure to battle the effects of coronavirus on the economy. Australians suddenly began looking into their super accounts for the first time, comparing them against other funds and seeing where their money was being invested. This gives fintechs a huge opportunity as this continues to unfold.

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  • Energy Startups boldly going where few have gone before

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    “Space, the final frontier” - at the beginning of each episode of the original Star Trek TV series, William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk would start his inspiring speech as the Starship Enterprise came into shot and zoomed past. Since the space race of the1950s and 60s, the final frontier has been the domain of government and large military contractors. But like most sectors in the last ten years, space technology has seen a rapid rate of change.

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  • The Digitisation of Fan Engagement

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    The global pandemic has seriously impacted sports and major events. We have suffered significant blows with the cancellation of major sports events, suspension of seasons, and banning of fans in stadiums. The way we consume, attend and engage with sports has changed forever.

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