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All work and no play make Jacques a dull boy. Don’t be like Jacques. Let your inner grownup sleep in on May 29th, because this one’s going to be a little bit different! To get the best ideas flowing in your team, you can do better than talk and sticky notes. “The way we’ve always done it” for meetings and workshops works really well for some, but not so well for many others. To get the absolute best out of our teams when it really counts, we need a fresh approach that taps in to an organisation’s collective intelligence, that engages everyone creatively, and that drives really powerful conversation. If we can do it with a big pile of LEGO in the middle of the table, so much the better! On May 29th, join Joel Birch from the Very Serious Business Co as he demonstrates the power of LEGO® Serious Play®, a method for harnessing the full range of expertise, creativity and perspectives in your organisation to solve complex problems. It’s playful, it’s fun, everyone leans forward to contribute, and the insights can be profound. The LEGO bricks themselves are the medium to build and express complex ideas through storytelling and metaphor. It unleashes creative energy, modes of thought and ways of seeing that most adults have forgotten they even possessed.
Calling all startup founders! On the first Wednesday of each month, let's get together for a tasty beverage or two, celebrate and/or commiserate the month that was, and share plans and ideas for the month yet to be! You might even meet your future Co-founder, Lead Programmer, or Chief Ninja of Ideation and Crypto Research. As Elon Musk could have once said, "All my success is due to drinking with other startup founders as often as possible". This is a very casual, monthly, after-work event, in addition to our fortnightly Morning Startup meetups at Spacecubed. So if you're not a morning person, this is for you! There will be no speakers or formalities. Just a bunch of startups, in a pub, having fun, and learning from each other. We may or may not have sponsors, so make sure you save up ahead of time to cover the cost of your own exotic cocktails and Perth-priced-drinks. (If your company is interested in putting on a bar tab or buying a pizza or two, in exchange for exposure to the Perth Startup Community through our extensive member list, let's talk! [masked] ) To find us, ask the bar staff for the Founder Sundowner table and they'll point you in the right direction. Look forward to seeing you there!
Are you developing an innovative product, process or service and could use matched funding of up to $1 million, as well as access to expert advice and connections? Are you marketing your company overseas and would like to recoup some costs? Or maybe you're freaking out over the recent changes to the R&D tax incentive program? Sheryl Frame is the Commercialisation Adviser for the Department of Industry, Innovation & Science, and she's here to tell you what's what! Sheryl will be taking us through the wide array of support available through the Australia Government Entrepreneurs' Program (https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/entrepreneurs-programme) including Accelerating Commercialisation and Innovation Connections. She will also talk about the Springboard Enterprises Australia (https://sbeaustralia.org/) that provides female founders the support, tools, expert knowledge and confidence to elevate ambitions and accelerate growth. SBE Australia has helped 56 companies raise $207 million, leading to 2 IPO and 6 exits! Sheryl will also recap on other funding opportunities such as the EDMG grant, and address the recent crackdown on the R&D Tax incentive rules which forced some startups to pay back their previous benefit!(https://www.smartcompany.com.au/startupsmart/advice/rd-tax-incentive/) So if you're building a company in WA, come along to Morning Startup and learn how to raise money, learn skills, gain connections, and recoup costs with the support offered by the Australian Government.
Pitch Practice is on again! We're giving you, the upcoming new startups of Perth, a chance to practice your pitch in front of the non-intimidating and supportive Morning Startup audience. Why pitch? Because communicating what your startup is about is an essential skill that only gets better with practice. Every pitch will teach you something about the way you tell your story, allowing you to refine it so it has an even bigger impact on the next audience. This is a great opportunity to get some practice under your belt in a casual, friendly atmosphere. The plan: Each startup gets three minutes to pitch and two minutes to answer questions from the audience. You'll be clapped out as soon as the 3-minute mark is reached. Only three minutes? WTF?! Yeah, that's right. Three minutes prevents waffling, keeps the audience listening, and gives more people the opportunity to have a go! You need a short, succinct pitch that clearly communicates: 1. The problem you're solving. 2. Who the customer is. 3. Why your startup is unique. 4. Can it be copied? Does it stand out? Is it interesting in some way? 5. The market opportunity. 6. How you are going to market/sell. 7. Call to action. Are you looking for investment, co-founders, talent, advice? Register to pitch Spaces are limited, so if you're interested in pitching, email us ASAP at [masked]. Include your contact details and a quick description of your startup and we'll be in touch! If you're reading this thinking "I should do it, but it's totally out of my comfort zone", then email us now ([masked]) before you give yourself another excuse not to. You won't regret it! (https://medium.com/the-mission/get-out-of-your-comfort-zone-your-success-depends-on-it-23f6be0f740d) Register to watch Even if you're not interested in pitching, please come along and be part of the audience to ask questions and give feedback. There will also be half an hour of general networking after the pitches to provide feedback one-on-one. Just hit the button on this page to tell us you're coming. So come along, bring a Voltage Espresso coffee (tell them Morning Startup sent you for a discount), and start the day inspired! It's free!