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

Partnership: Startup Weekend and Festival of Innovation and Creativity

Hi all,

Townsville Startup Weekend and the Festival of Innovation and Creativity are excited to announce a partnership in which the teams with the best performances during the weekend will be invited to present their ideas during the Festival in the following topics:

  • Finance
  • Food
  • Fuel

We have also invited key participants of the Festival to be present on Sunday’s pitches, so we can promote an even greater knowledge exchange between the audiences of the two events.

Festival Schedule

Festival Keynote Speakers:

1. Dr John Hewson will be a special panellist in our Second Energy Futures Roundtable. He is among other things the Chair of the global Asset Owners Disclosures Project, which is heavily involved in issues related to the financial risks of climate change, and how to manage them.

2. Dr Steve Mark AM, the retired Legal Services Commissioner of NSW and former President of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Commission, and a seriously “big brain” when it comes of social organisation, governance and public value and creative public policy development. He was for example a key player in the development of social bonds in NSW as a way of funding “non economic” public policy initiatives. He is a recipient of an Order of Australia for services to the community.

3. Dr Pradeep Taneja, Fellow (Regional Relationships) at the Australia-India Institute, University of Melbourne who is a global expert in China and India economic development policies and trajectories. He’ll help us better understand just where the region stands when it comes to how India and China are planning on meeting their energy needs into the future.

4. Professor Kerry Brown, all the way from Curtin University in WA,  is an internationally recognized expert on regional economic development and the role of clusters and networks. If we need a bit of inspiration about ways in which we can “reshape” how we go about things, Kerry will be able to show us the way.

5. Associate Professor Martin Blake, from the UK, who is a world-recognised leader in corporate and social sustainability. He is prolific and global. Just “Google” him!

Don’t miss this opportunity to get great exposure for your business!

Townsville Festival of Innovation and Creativity

You’re invited to the Innovation Festival!

When we look at Innovation we look past the traditional areas of the creative arts and industrial design. Innovation is about asking questions and finding new answers. And the questions can come from anywhere.

Over 3.5 jam-packed days, it aims to harness the creative energies of local and visitors from far and wide, to promote a culture that recognises that innovation is pivotal to future prosperity and resilience, and embed innovative practice as part and parcel of everyday life.

We’ll do this by tackling three broad themes: food, finance and fuel. The Festival will therefore incorporate an Energy Futures Roundtable as a specific focal area on how regional Australia (especially here in the North) is to fuel itself into the decades ahead.

Places are limited, but tickets are free! You can book directly from this site. Venue size is a constraint for starters, and we also wanted to ensure an intimate conversational atmosphere rather than run another “stand and deliver” conference. So … scroll down and register. You can also find links to some interesting “homework”, and we’ll progressively add more stuff here. A detailed program with who’s appearing at what panels and when can be downloaded.

Check out the full schedule:

See you there!

Festival of Innovation and Creativity