From the world’s biggest companies releasing dismal diversity statistics about their workforces to initiatives such as the Elephant in the Valley project, there has never been more awareness of the difficulties anyone who is not a straight, white male faces in tech. After years of women and minorities being sidelined, they are now fighting back with initiatives aimed at upping their representation in the industry.
The best of Sydney’s Human Resource professionals came together this week to find ways to change, improve and innovate their industry. The event was held at Commonwealth Bank’s Innovation Lab where professionals came up with some brutally honest opinions into how they feel about the current recruitment process. Four major outcomes from the event will be tested in a lean fail-fast approach over the next seven days.
Melbourne startup Quid Pro Quo is an app that bypasses money, and trades second hand good-for-good, matching products with customers who are ready to barter, bargain, and swap. Someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure and that’s what cofounders Leon Chuah and Edward Leung of QPQ Tech are relying on.
Just a few weeks after announcing the board of LaunchVic, the independent body taking charge of Victoria’s $60 million startup fund, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis has today announced the launch of an Innovation Expert Panel, which will look to strengthen Victoria’s position as a leader in Australian tech and innovation.
Skytutor is a new app that looks to cut out the middlemen and help students and tutors connect directly.
Starts At 60 is an online platform allowing over sixties to blog, share posts, and engage with others. It’s like Mamamia for the oldies. The platform also has an editorial team that works to bring together what over 60s want in the media, identifying their interests with tailored and engaging content.
Sydney startup One Education wants to bring more technology into remote schools and teach kids the importance of becoming active tech users. Founder of One Education Rangan Srikhanta believes that technology has an important role to play in classrooms and can have a transformative role in the classroom under the guidance of the right teacher.
If we discount the DJ business I ran with my brother during high school and university years, the first major tastes of ‘learning by doing’ entrepreneurship for me were via a spin-out venture and then a small business I founded in Japan. In retrospect, you could say I was an accidental intrapreneur turned entrepreneur.
Recently listed in KPMG’s FinTech 100 as one of the top 50 established fintech companies in the world, SocietyOne has become one of Australia’s largest P2P lenders since its local launch in 2012.
Australian startup WORK[etc] has today announced its listing on the ASX. The business management startup, which has an annualised revenue run rate of almost $2.5 million, will look to use the capital raised to launch an aggressive push into the US market.
Showpo’s Jane Lu and OneShift’s Gen George are a part of and love many of those groups, but decided to launch one that was more their style late last year. Going strong since October, Like Minded Bitches Drinking Wine (LMB) is exactly what it says on the lid: a community of current and aspiring female entrepreneurs who celebrate each other’s successes, commiserate over setbacks, and share tips and advice on how to grow – preferably over a glass of wine.
Ziip is looking to relieve that particular brand of disappointment that comes with missing deliveries. Cofounders Naby Mariyam and Hyacinthe Hamon saw that the logistic services of Australian delivery companies were substandard and have yet to keep up with the demands of online shoppers and decided to create a solution.
Slingshot has today announced the startups taking part in its first HCF Catalyst accelerator, a program focused on innovation in the health tech sector.
If you’re a clean freak you definitely don’t want to live with a hoarder, and vice versa. When it comes to finding the perfect housemate there are certain little things that you want to know – will you be constantly fighting over the remote? Do you have a certain grocery budget for the week? Having these and other crucial pieces of information before picking a housemate make living a lot easier.
Brisbane tech startup Dog & Bone has announced its latest distribution deal, signing with US electronics retailer Radioshack. The partnership will give the startup exposure to 1,700 Radioshack stores in the US.