Startup Tasmania Message Board › Invitation to AGM + Board nominations are open!
(Apologies if you've already received this email - we need to cover all bases!)
Hello Startup Tasmanians!
It has been a busy and somewhat tumultuous 17 months for Startup Tasmania.
We started with a new wave of energy and enthusiasm as the elected board of 10 first met in August 2012. We talked vision, direction and growth and set our sights high.
Over the course of the following months, we were overwhelmed with the administrative requirements of the changing organisation, causing a standstill as competing priorities saw the board reduce to just 5. We lost touch with our members and our regular meetups (once the cornerstone of our community) suffered as we spent months in the background, trying to make the organisational machine operate once more. We were forced to re-evaluate our skyward vision and focus on the grassroots of the organisation and the community we had left behind.
We set ourselves a new agenda and a new vision. A new, leaner organisation. Less time wrangling admin, more time helping Tasmania’s startups; working with other organisations instead of against them; and providing for our members rather than asking them to provide for us.
So, what did we actually do?
We supported The Typewriter Factory in their establishment of the Loft coworking space. We continue to support The Catalyst Project and in particular their Macquarie House project. We supported the establishment of Cradle Coast Innovation and their successful application to run a Business Enterprise Centre. We supported the Breath of Fresh Air festival, sponsoring the Tasmanian Action Day and committing to working with the ideas and outcomes discussed. We hosted a number of inspirational guest speakers at free and paid events. We launched a new website and are in the process of consolidating our events & membership into one system.
But, by far our biggest achievement was in running a series of events during the Australia-wide Startup Spring festival. Working with a number of partners, sponsors and supporters we put together the second biggest calendar of events in the country (second only to Sydney, where the festival originates), drawing national attention to the innovation culture in Tasmania and re-engaging with the startup community. Our efforts allowed nearly all events to be free for participants.
We have a vision for the next 12 months, to continue the grass roots efforts and community support. We’d like to share it with you at our AGM in two weeks’ time at The Typewriter Factory.
Startup Tasmania 2013 AGM
6pm, Wednesday 11th December 2013
The Typewriter Factory Loft, Level 3 13-17 Castray Esplanade Hobart
RSVP here: http://suptas.nationbuilder.com/startup_tasmania_2013_agm
We’d also like to invite all members to consider nominating for the Startup Tasmania board (or if you’re not a member, join at http://suptas.nationbuilder.com/join and then nominate). There are a total of ten positions on the board and they’re all available at the AGM. We’ll also be electing a President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary/Public Officer. Send your nominations as a reply to this email - we’ll be accepting nominations right up until the start of the AGM.
In addition to sharing our vision and electing the new board and executive, business at the AGM will consist of the presentation of financials, appointing an auditor and determining remuneration for the board and executive. There is also an opportunity for any member to introduce business to the meeting - we’d appreciate a heads up so we can put it on the agenda, just reply to this email.
Thankyou for your support over the past 18 months, we hope you can make it to the AGM and continue to be involved with a more engaging organisation in the following year.
Don’t forget to RSVP here: http://suptas.nationbuilder.com/startup_tasmania_2013_agm
Interim Chair & Public Officer, on behalf of the Startup Tasmania board