Techstars Expands to Asia-Pacific with Techstars Adelaide

Techstars increases our global footprint with our first Asia-Pacific based accelerator in Australia – Techstars Adelaide

Techstars Adelaide will support early-stage companies advancing applications in Internet of things (IoT), big data, sensors and robotics, with potential to develop and commercialize technologies related to the defense and security sectors.  

Defense research has driven some of the most transformative consumer innovation the world has seen, from the internet and GPS to superglue and digital photography.

Located in Adelaide, the state capital of South Australia, the program will connect 10 startups from all over the world to an established Techstars network of community leaders, founders, mentors, investors and corporate partners including seven of the world’s best companies: BAE, Thales, Austal, SAAB, ASC, Rheinmetall and DCNS.

Companies selected for the program will gain access to some of the most advanced technologies and advanced research through our partners. They will also collaborate with accomplished leaders working to advance the capabilities of a host of technologies being developed by the defense and security industries.

Adelaide is poised to become a global center of excellence for the defense sector with over $100 billion worth of major industry projects in the pipeline. Recent investment in innovation in South Australia includes a $230 million Center for Defense Industry Capability backed by the Australian Federal Government.

Applications for Techstars Adelaide are open. The program will run beginning in July 2017. Apply today.

Michael McLeod Talks With ABC About Indigenous Entrepreneurship

Listen to Michael McLeod talk about Indigenous entrepreneurship and Australia’s First Indigenous Startup Weekend.

Michael is a Ngarrindjeri Monaro man from Southern NSW, who is a judge and Keynote speaker at Australia’s First Indigenous Startup Weekend.

Michael’s business is called Message Stick, which is a unique business in that it is owned by Aboriginal Australians. The company was started in 2003 to show that Aboriginal Australians can own and manage a services business that engages with large corporations and Government agencies. The business does not seek any sponsorship, donations or social grants whatsoever. They seek only the opportunity to prove themselves and to be treated as worthy business partners.

Michael’s future is aimed at advocating the need for Australian society (particularly the private sector and our Governments) to embrace, and support, the challenge Indigenous people face when his people begin the journey towards economic independence.

His Message Stick business model is aimed at proving that Indigenous and non-indigenous people can work together to achieve generic economic results – yet still fully support, and participate in, community growth.

Townsville is Collectively Starting Something Creative

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You need a great team when building a startup, and between team members many hats are worn.  One common skillset in startups is creative work – from creating effective online platform formats for tech-based products, to designing products and packaging, to advertisements and more.

So who in the North is at hand to add their creative expertise?  And who in the Northern Australian creative industries is tapping into the region’s growing startup community, understanding its needs as the concepts grow?  These are the questions that led to a great ‘cross-sector mingle’ event between Startup Townsville and the Creative Industries Sector at JCU City Campus recently.

As luck would have it, both groups had arranged events in the same building on the same night.  This was too good an opportunity to miss!

Over a few drinks and nibbles, techies and entrepreneurs met graphic artists, film makers and more.  We talked about the creative process, the benefits of talking early when developing a concept, and some of the common challenges faced by both sectors here in the North.  But what was clear is there is strength in collaboration, and these two sectors are a great match to support, inspire, share and grow together here in the North.

The  Startup Townsville Community would like to extend our thanks to Eileen Larsen and Alex Christopher from JCU’s School of Creative Arts for opening the doors to our yearling community group and we look forward to working together more in the future…to create something great!

Did you miss the last Startup Townsville event?  Don’t fear!  We will be holding another one on 7 October, at JCU City Campus with a focus on idea generation in preparation for this year’s Townsville Startup Weekend on 20-22 November.  Head over to  for more info.

Until then….stay creative

Lauren Heritage-Brand

Co-organiser, Townsville Startup Weekend 2015