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Council kick-starts top tech start-ups

15 May, 2014

Some of Brisbane’s most talented entrepreneurs have shared in $25,000 of funding from the Lord Mayor’s Budding Entrepreneurs Grant Program.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will today announce 12 successful winners of the second year of grants designed to support innovative entrepreneurial projects.

The Lord Mayor said a website connecting students and job seekers to community projects and an online marketplace connecting businesses with spare space are just some of the start-ups to benefit from the Budding Entrepreneurs program.

“The Budding Entrepreneurs program provides practical support to some of our City’s best emerging start-ups,” Cr Quirk said.

“The calibre of all 114 applications received was of an incredibly high standard and every entry should be commended for showing the innovations and initiative to be a Budding Entrepreneur.

“These young entrepreneurs, who through their own initiative and often self-taught skills are tackling global markets or creating business solutions through technology.

“In Brisbane we have a growing community of exciting and inventive start-ups with low entry costs, and the potential to reach global markets and bring significant investment into the Brisbane economy.”

Since it launched in 2013, the Lord Mayor’s Budding Entrepreneurs Grant Program, which is part of the Digital Brisbane Strategy, has provided $50,000 to 24 up-and-coming Brisbane tech entrepreneurs to help them get their businesses off the ground.

Grant recipients have used their funding to help with costs of researching and making their dreams a reality; including memberships at local incubator spaces including River City Labs, iLabs and QUT Creative Enterprises; to attend start-up education programs or trade missions; and for obtaining professional advice.

One of this year’s Budding Entrepreneur Program industry judges, Reload Business Group managing director Llew Jury ¬said this year’s applicants were of an exceptional standard.

“It's great to see Brisbane showcasing so many entrepreneurs that want to go global,” he said.

“I was particularly impressed by the education, crowd-funding and community-related projects that could really make a difference both here and globally.

“The applications that clearly showed detailed market research and long-term business growth and scale opportunities were the standouts.”






Budding Entrepreneur Grant Program recipients:

Hollie Gordon, from West End: Milaana is a social enterprise start-up that connects students and job seekers with the projects of community organisations.
GRANT USE: Attending the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance Summit to share ideas with global thought leaders.
GRANT AMOUNT: $1,295

Samantha Saunders, from Lutwyche: Goldfish Software is a cloud-based ordering system for cafes that integrates with cafe point of sale systems and social media.
GRANT USE: Professional advice to improve the product and membership at local incubator River City Labs for access to mentoring and relationship building with other entrepreneurs.
GRANT AMOUNT: $5,000

Benjamin Forday, from Norman Park: CoSituate is an online marketplace that connects businesses and organisations with spare space, and those that need space.
GRANT USE: Membership at local incubator River City Labs for access to mentoring and relationship building with other entrepreneurs, and start-up education programs.
GRANT AMOUNT: $1,076

Jillian Kenny, from Kelvin Grove: Machinam has produced Mach Book, which uses the latest technology to revolutionise maths textbooks for high school students and connects students with what they are learning in class to real life and future career plans.
GRANT USE: Membership at local incubator River City Labs for access to mentoring and relationship-building with other entrepreneurs.
GRANT AMOUNT: $1,200

Peter Kable, from Bulimba: Peter Kable Architecture has launched the Digital Development Agent that produces a report to show customers the range of exempted development options available to them for any residential site in Brisbane.
GRANT USE: Membership at local incubator River City Labs for access to mentoring and relationship building with other entrepreneurs.
GRANT AMOUNT: $1,000

Andrew Brett, from Keperra: UniMap is a simple and intuitive three-dimensional, map-based application package featuring university campus teaching rooms that can be used.
GRANT USE: Attendance at General Assembly start-up education program Programming for Non-Programmers.
GRANT AMOUNT: $1,000

Michael Otway, from Fortitude Valley: Floor Five is a website that gives customers the opportunity to win back products they purchase online.
GRANT USE: Start-up education training with a Google Certified training centre to ensure a comprehensive knowledge of Google Analytics and Google Adwords.
GRANT AMOUNT: $4,000






Benjamin Harrop, from Highgate Hill: inKind is a donation platform that centralises the revenue collection for charities and rewards people for donating.
GRANT USE: Membership at a local incubator, as well as funds towards completing a start-up education program.
GRANT AMOUNT: $2,000

Nkosana Mafico, from Sinnamon Park: PeeP Digital is an online platform that simplifies the international phonetics system and makes English pronunciation easier.
GRANT USE: Membership at local incubator iLab and a trade mission to San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
GRANT AMOUNT: $2,500

David Ryan, from Teneriffe: Metaset Media developed a mobile video app that creates a platform for journalists and content curators to access, engage with and request crowd-sourced content and citizen journalism.
GRANT USE: Membership at local incubator QUT Enterprise Australia for access to mentoring and relationship building with other entrepreneurs.
GRANT AMOUNT: $2,100

Ben Maggacis, from Carindale: MassPay is a suite of payment tools that streamline payments globally.
GRANT USE: Membership at local incubator River City Labs for access to mentoring and relationship building with other entrepreneurs.
GRANT AMOUNT: $1,980

Ben Manderville-Clarke, from St Lucia: Distractless is a system to prevent drivers becoming distracted by their smartphones.
GRANT USE: Attendance at a start-up conference to network with industry experts and other businesses and access to a start-up education program to develop skills.
GRANT AMOUNT: $1,750

[Ends] MAY 15, 2014



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