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Entrepreneur Events

Over250 entrepreneurs, tech geeks and Investors attended the annual Tech Connect event ran by Slattery IT. The event also signifies the launch of the upcoming Tech23 event which takes place in October this year. This is an event where young and innovative companies will compete and pitch for major prizes in cash and services for their growth.

Crowd Funding Site Records Broken

Pebble a new US based startup that creates Smart Watches that sync to your Smart phone has set records this week when it turned to crowd funding in order to get it’s product off the ground. Founder Eric Migicovski orginally set a goal of raising $100,000 through crowd sourcing site Kickstarter, however has well and truly smashed that goal raising to date a little over $3.2 million in less than 30 days.

The Worlds first Sex School

In what has to be one of the world’s weirdest startups, Austrian Entrepreneur Ylva Maria – Thompson has launched the world’s first sex school. She says that lessons will be less theoretical and more practical ensuring that students leave the school as better lovers. Students are encouraged to practice their homework at night in their mixed sex dormitories.

Bad Tweets

Be careful what you tweet entrepreneurs, Aussie Startup Hub York Butter factory came under fire this week when an employee tweeted “Techs are the pussy of the startup scene, fill the club with them and the business guys will follow. Got tech chops? @YorkButter wants you!” – Many people from the scene blasted back and accused the YBF of being a sexist boys club – Founders of the business Darcy Naunton and Stuart Richardson issued an apology straight away and the person involved has since resigned from the business.

side note: Having interviewed these guys and been there, I am confident that this is NOT the environment they have or are wanting to create and kudos to the founders for taking accountability and acknowledging the situation straight away.

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