12 steps to a successful startup community

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post in TC (TECH CRUNCH) by Mark Suster (@msuster), a 2x entrepreneur, now VC at GRP Partners. He publishes more frequently over on his blog BothSidesoftheTable

Recently I wrote a post arguing to make the definition of a startup include morethan what Silicon Valley, fueled by Venture Capital return profiles, like to attach the word to.

Today I’d like to talk about what startup communities outside of Silicon Valley look like, how they emerge and what makes them take hold.

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The Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme

It’s official, the former government’s Industry Precinct plan is dead and along with it the hope for a Tasmanian node of the Creative Digital Industries Partnership (CDIP). It did not help that the former Labor Government in its wisdom decided to delay the announcement of the CDIP until it was firmly into caretaker mode. As a result the CDIP was essentially a Labor election promise.

The announcement earlier this month of the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme included the confirmation that the Precinct Programme, contentious as it was, would be disbanded before it even got off the ground. The existing precinct organisations will be dissolved, and as of Dec 2014 no further activities will be undertaken for the two sub elements of the Precincts Program, the Industry Collaboration Fund and the Industry Innovation Network. 

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Support for Startups in Australia

Looking for money is always hard. Here is a list of the options we know of in Australia.

Thanks to Pollenizer for this information.

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Innovation challenge 2014

THE $65,000 The Australian Innovation Challenge is open for entries! This is a great time for Australian brains to step up and SHINE!

Brought to you by The Australian in association with Shell, the awards are helping drive some of the nation’s best ideas to commercialisation or adoption.

Now in its fourth year, the Challenge has attracted entries from researchers in laboratories and start-up companies around the country, from people making a difference in lecture theatres, classrooms and the community, and from backyard heroes inventing in their spare time.

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Salting the earth for startups?

A lot has been made about the latest budget, says Dominic Collins in Anthill Magazine, with the focus among Anthill readers probably on how it is not particularly kind to innovation, startups and entrepreneurs. Somewhere in the region of $850m has been taken from various programs that assisted those sectors.

I truly believe the greatest political motivator is loss, and for all the quite mutterings and disbelieving complaints, I have not seen a lot of motivation to effect change or increase the Government’s understanding as to why the cuts are a mistake.

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Want to try something new?

Casual breakfast get togethers aren't everyone's cup of tea (ahem, sorry), so if you'd like to change the format of the Hobart Breakfasts into something more....substantial.....let us know.

We were thinking we could try a new venue and have speakers as one idea. There are other things that might make getting out of bed really worthwhile for you.

What do you think? 

Send us your thoughts by providing comments here.

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Startup events in Burnie kick off next month

We're excited to be bringing Startup Tasmania to Burnie, where we know there's a super-active community of innovative thinkers, startups and entrepreneurs.

Each month, come along for casual networking drinks at Bayviews Restaurant and meet like-minded people, create new opportunities, share ideas. Great things come from these events!

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2015 Myer Innovation Fellowships

Expressions of interest for the 2015 Myer Innovation Fellowships are now open and will close at midnight 31 August 2014 (AEST - Melbourne time).

The Myer Innovation Fellowship program provides support to individuals rather than organisations. These individuals will have a proven track record of achievement in their field of expertise. This program will provide these outstanding individuals with freedom from their day jobs to:

• Open productive new lines of inquiry
• Ask provocative questions
• Challenge conventional wisdom
• Develop new ideas, approaches, and strategies.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step outside the routine and rhythm of everyday life and chase down an answer to the great tests we face as a nation.

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Festival of Voices kicks along with StartupTas support

The Festival of Voices Teaching Entrepreneurship workshop has been kicking along brilliantly this weekend, with a stellar line up of speakers and guests and a challenging program that is truly interactive and engaging.

Supported by Startup Tasmania, Bitlink and the Tasmanian Innovations Exchange, the program is a world-class professional development unit providing participants with a one-off chance to meet and connect with Tasmania's tier-one leaders and entrepreneurs: to gain perspective on what makes a successful business and how they can initiate and develop on their own.

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Startup Tas hobart breakfast a real goer

Thanks to everyone who came to breakfast in hobart this morning. It was one of the best turnouts we've had for a while and it was great to see some old, and new, faces!

It's wonderful to see people getting active. Lots more to come! 

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