Innovation Ecosystem

telstra women awards 2017The achievements, leadership and creativity of business women took center stage at the launch of the 2017 Telstra ACT Business Women’s Awards, yesterday in Canberra.

Now in their 23rd year, the Awards play a crucial role in raising the profile of women in business across Australia.

Telstra’s CMO/Group Executive Telstra Media and Awards Ambassador, Ms Joe Pollard said the Awards acknowledge the achievements of inspiring business women across the State.

Ms Pollard said entries for the Telstra Business Women’s Awards officially open on 26th April.

canberrawisewomenCanberra Wise Women have launched their 2017 program with three events in three weeks! The first two events on February 10 and 16, have been joint events with national organisations who were keen to partner with the inspiring vibe of Canberra Wise Women.

“It’s been wonderful to start our second year working with the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) and the Australian Computer Society (ACS).” Explains Lisa LaMaitre, the Creator of Canberra Wise Women. “Both organisations have introduced new people to our audiences. Our co-hosted lunch with AIM, and joint movie screening of Hidden Figures with the ACS, were both sell out events!”

The third event will see a return of the Canberra Wise Women ‘live’ interview format, held in the evenings. This year all evening events will be held at the Guggenheim inspired Vibe Hotel, at Canberra Airport.

canberra 112101 640Entries are now open for the 25th annual Telstra Business Awards, the event that celebrates the achievements and entrepreneurial spirit of Australia’s best small and medium businesses (SMBs) and charities.

Telstra Business Group Managing Director and Awards Ambassador, Paul Tyler, said that the Awards are part of Telstra’s long-standing commitment to enabling SMBs to thrive.

“Small and medium businesses make a huge contribution to our local communities and national economy. They drive growth and deliver jobs to millions of Australians,” he said.

“For the past 25 years, Telstra has been proud to champion excellence and innovation among SMBs, and more recently charities.”

app store smlDr Alireza Abbasi, a lecturer at UNSW Canberra, is studying how social media platforms have been used during emergencies and natural disasters to exchange information between the public (often on the scene) and emergency management authorities. His research focuses on analysing the content of these communications to look at how we can develop a system to extract and process the valuable public (online) data and provide beneficial information for emergency management decision makers.

Social media is increasingly being used both as an information source for those impacted by natural disasters; and as a vehicle for authorities to receive real time information from the public.

first responders smlDuring the January school holidays (17, 18, 19 January 2017) Teen Start-up will once again introduce Canberra’s teens to the entrepreneurship process. School students (12-18 year olds) from across Canberra will form teams, work together to come up with an idea for a business or social enterprise and then pitch their concept to a panel of judges.

The theme for the January Teen Start-Up competition is “First Responders”.

2014 UC inline CMYKThe Innovation Voucher Program aims to connect businesses from Canberra and the surrounding region to UC. UC has a wealth of resource, capability and expertise which can stimulate innovation and business growth. UC is committed to engaging with business in the local region to drive economic and social development.

Vouchers up to $35,000 are awarded on a competitive basis to eligible projects that partner with UC. Applicants are required to provide a 25% financial contribution to the project.

ipad 820272 640Australia’s small and medium businesses could miss out on reaching new customers and billions of dollars of online sales this Christmas because they don’t have a website or they’re lacking eCommerce capabilities, online experts say.

Telstra research with 1,031 SMBs, showed half (49 per cent) report not having a website, and of those that do, more than one third (38%) are not optimised for mobile devices.

Executive Chairman of the National Online Retailers Association, Paul Greenberg, said businesses should consider upgrading their online presence in time for Christmas to take advantage of the increasing number of digital savvy shoppers.

canberra 112101 640Author and culture change expert Andy Fleming wants the Australian Public Sector to wind back its “twentieth-century” focus on high-profile senior leaders, and to start linking culture change with learning at all levels, in every agency.

Fleming, Principal at Way to Grow Inc, a US-based professional services firm and a contributing author to the recent book, “An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organisation”, will visit Canberra next week for a series of speaking engagements.

sparkle sml‘Interesting People doing Interesting Things’ is the theme for the upcoming Festival of Ambitious Ideas, a showcase of Canberra’s innovators, game-changers and status quo challengers to be held on the 27th October.

As we enter the final quarter for 2016, we will be celebrating some of the individuals and organisations working on innovative projects in our region.

The Festival of Ambitious Ideas provides an opportunity for twelve speakers from a range of different industries and perspectives to share their experiences, successes and challenges and their plans for 2017.

Lighthouse CEO Anna Pino says, “The Festival of Ambitious Ideas celebrates the many innovative businesses and entrepreneurial individuals who contribute to our city.”


russia 95311 1280The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is assessing the review policies of sharing economy platforms as part of an international initiative targeting online reviews and endorsements.

This review is part of the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN)’s annual internet sweep, involving over 50 consumer protection agencies around the world. This year the focus of the sweep is ‘Online Reviews and Endorsements’ and the ACCC will be focusing on the way in which reviews operate in the sharing economy.

urban 205986 1920 smlEfic and the Export Council of Australia (ECA) have joined forces to launch a first-of-its-kind export focused app. The Export Essentials app has been designed with new and growing exporters in mind, with a focus on small and medium businesses.

“Both Efic and the ECA are focused on helping Australian SMEs achieve export success. With that in mind we developed an app with need-to-know information at their fingertips. Export Essentials will help Australian businesses take the right steps on their export journey,” said Andrew Watson, Executive Director, Export Finance at Efic.

davoodi iawards20162ACT's tech start-up scene lauded by entrepreneur behind world first automatic livestock medication system.

A revolutionary piece of agricultural technology has scooped three iAwards at a gala dinner celebrating innovations expected to make an impact on a global scale.

The automed automatic livestock medication system has been on the market since 2015 but was first conceived a decade ago. The system calculates the optimal medication for each animal, administers the dose and automatically records the data. 

It is a traceable, tamper-proof way of auditing drugs given to all animals from birth to the abattoir and signals the end of underdosing and overdosing. automed founder and chief executive David Edwards said a significant part of his company’s success was due to its location in Canberra, a major city with agricultural industries
located within 30 minutes of its CBD.

red 417106 640The University of Canberra and its partners are exploring the feasibility of a kitchen incubator to support aspiring and existing food entrepreneurs, social enterprises and community organisations. The proposed facility would be located on the University of Canberra campus in Bruce, ACT.

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TBA Finals 2016 130A Byron Bay bohemian fashion and lifestyle brand, Spell and the Gypsy Collective, was tonight named the 2016 Telstra Australian Business of the Year.

The business also won the 2016 Telstra Australian Small Business Award at the national event which was held at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney tonight.

Spell and the Gypsy Collective is known for its unique, vintage-inspired designs, and boasts a celebrity following including the likes of Brazilian supermodel, Alessandra Ambrosio and singer, Katy Perry.

Telstra Business Awards Ambassador, Andy Ellis, praised this year’s winners of the Telstra Business Awards for their sound financial performance, innovative thinking and their dynamic attitude which has the potential to disrupt their industries.