What we're about

Melbourne Silicon Beach (MSB) is the Melbourne community of Silicon Beach Group Ltd (http://siliconbeachgroup.org/)., a “for purpose” company with a mission to “Empower Founders” around Australia and propel us to #2 startup nation in the world by 2025. We are an informal group for anyone interested in founding or working in startups, dev/design in web/mobile tech, IoT, freelancing, investing or working with people in that space. We are a diverse bunch covering all ages, backgrounds and first point of call for newcomers to the startup community in Melbourne.

Have a look at our brand new website (http://siliconbeachgroup.org/) (currently in public beta). Add your startup, app, project to the site. Got something to say? Join the conversation on Silicon Beach Oz Slack channel (http://bitly.com/SiliconBeachSlack).

Watch past 90second pitches and all our past events on our YouTube channel Silicon Beach TV (http://bit.ly/siliconbeachTV).

Our regular monthly MSB Pitch Night happens on the first Thursday night of every month (except January). They usually attract around 100 - 150 Silicon Beachers. They are FREE networking events purposely kept very unstructured, so that our members can chat and get to know each other over a drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic).

Main feature is the 90 second pitch segment where anyone is encouraged to pitch their idea, startup, app or whatever. This is an excellent way to get used to pitching and get feedback from a bunch of non judgemental peers. While we call it a Pitch Night, it’s more of an Open Mic Night for anyone in the startup community or provide products and/or services to startups.

We also host Open Coworking Days (OCWDs), Lunch & Learns at OCWDs, educational events and collaborations with our Sponsors & Partners. We are not funded by governments or any grants. Sponsorships are what keeps us going. Here’s our Sponsor Deck (http://bit.ly/SiliconSponsor).

MSB is about you, we provide you the platform that will enable you to be that awesome startup founder, tech founder, coder, freelancer or whoever you want to be.

Join us and help us make Australia the #2 ranked startup nation in the world by 2025. That’s our BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal). We are currently #5 [source: Startup Blink (https://www.startupblink.com/)]

Melbourne Silicon Beach
Empowering Founders

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Upcoming events (5)

Know Your Customer with EMPATHY’ [Innovation.Research.Design Thinking.ONLINE]

Hello, Silicon Beach community, Mingle with LIKE-MINDED CREATIVES, INNOVATORS, and different THNKers, invite a friend or two, share new ideas, and learn valuable skills to boost your innovative creativity. Our growing Meetup network is an amazing opportunity to interact, learn, and network with people from all over Asia-Pacific. Get inspired and motivated to make your dream and vision come true, too. And find new friends and collaborators to join you on your exciting journey! ** Agenda ** - 11.45 - 12.00 | Signing into the online platform - 12.00 - 12.15 | Introduction - 12.15 - 13.15 | Education Presenter: David Hauser | Founder & CEO at THNK.innovation To make a difference in your customers’ lives you have to know what makes a difference in your customers’ lives. In this session, we will discover together how you really get to know your customers’ needs and desires, their pain points by listening carefully. Topics covered - The man with a hammer - Maslow’s hierarchy of needs - Quantitative vs qualitative research You will learn - How to conduct user interviews - How to differentiate primary from secondary needs - How to identify “the job to be done” - 13.15 - 13.30 | Q&A - 13:30 - 14:00 | Networking ** Location ** Due to current physical distancing requirements, we will hold this meeting online. Once you sign up, we will share the login link and other details with you closer to date. I am looking forward to chatting with you online! David Organizer ⚠️ RECORDING This event might be recorded and live broadcasted. By RSVPing you give consent.

Trademarks 101 - Everything you Need to know about Trademarks!

This is an interactive Virtual Lunch & Learn session via Zoom, presented in partnership with Legally Yours & IP in Focus. The Zoom link will be visible under the heading “Online Event” when you RSVP. SESSION OUTLINE You have started an amazing business - you have registered your company structure, your website is live, and your branding is starting to catch on. But have you registered a trademark? In this session, David Heasley from IP Infocus, will discuss all the basic information you need to know about registering a trademark and most importantly why you can't afford not to do it! KEY TAKEAWAYS Come along and learn the following information: -What is a trademark? -What cannot be trademarked? -A look at the rules around trademark registration -A slightly humorous look at a current trademark case THE PRESENTER David Heasley from IP Infocus David Heasley is a lawyer with an interest in commercial legal issues, intellectual property and trademarks. David taught the Intellectual Property course at Latrobe Bendigo as a sessional lecturer whilst working for a local practice. David has also worked for many years in-house for large defence companies and consultancies, where he advised on high value, complex, consulting and service delivery contracts and subcontracts. These engagements often involved involved licencing, trademark and general Intellectual Property issues. David recently founded IP Infocus as a ‘New Law’ practice to utilise this experience and assist small to medium businesses Connect with David at - https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-heasley/ To learn more about IP Infocus, head to www.ipinfocus.com.au SPECIAL OFFER to attendees : Come and find out! Q&A: There will be time for Q&A after the presentation, do bring your questions. While we record the presentation, the Q & A won’t be recorded. SHARING IS CARING : Please share this page with any of your mates who may benefit from attending. OUR HOST Karen Finch is a non-practicing lawyer, legaltechpreneur, CEO of Legally Yours, Board Member of the Australian Legal Tech Association (ALTA), and a passionate Ambassador of the NewLaw (now Normal Law) movement. Legally Yours is Australia's largest independent legal marketplace that enables everyday Australians to access quality, experienced lawyers without the bill shock! We take the confusion and difficulty in trying to find the right lawyer, by matching you with vetted, experienced lawyers who only offer upfront fixed pricing on their legal services. So before you google search 'I need a lawyer', head to www.legallyyours.com.au and let us match you with the right lawyer, guaranteed. OUR SPONSORS This event is brought to you by the Sponsors of Silicon Beach. Startup Onramp Founders Course - http://bitly.com/FC_SUOR Allied Legal https://www.alliedlegal.com.au/ AppDemoVideos https://www.appdemovideos.com/ Yalmaa Digital https://yalmaadigital.com.au/ RECORDING This event will be recorded. The Q&A session won’t be recorded.

LinkedIn with KJ

Online event

TBA

Define Your Perfect Customer’ [Innovation.Persona.Design Thinking.ONLINE]

Details Hello, Silicon Beach community, Mingle with LIKE-MINDED CREATIVES, INNOVATORS, and different THNKers, invite a friend or two, share new ideas, and learn valuable skills to boost your innovative creativity. Our growing Meetup network is an amazing opportunity to interact, learn, and network with people from all over Asia-Pacific. Get inspired and motivated to make your dream and vision come true, too. And find new friends and collaborators to join you on your exciting journey! ** Agenda ** - 11.45 - 12.00 | Signing into the online platform - 12.00 - 12.15 | Introduction - 12.15 - 13.15 | Education Presenter: David Hauser | Founder & Director at THNK.innovation If you try to pleasing everyone then you will end up pleasing no one. It is easy to get lost when designing a new product or service when your goal isn’t defined properly. Most ideas that we are coming up with during the ideation process will be liked by some of our customers. As the humans that we are we like the idea that the product of our creative work will be loved and as soon as we find someone that we identify to do love an idea, we are drawn towards the positive emotions. In that situation it becomes quite easy to become complacent and going for the low hanging fruit but forgetting about the big price. Topics covered - Define your market - Identify your perfect customer - Quantitative vs qualitative user research You will learn - How to create and use an affinity map - How to aggregate pains and needs - How to build your ideal customer - 13.15 - 13.30 | Q&A - 13:30 - 14:00 | Networking ** Location ** Due to current physical distancing requirements, we will hold this meeting online. Once you sign up, we will share the login link and other details with you closer to date. I am looking forward to chatting with you online! David Organizer ⚠️ RECORDING This event might be recorded and live broadcasted. By RSVPing you give consent.

Past Events

Silicon Beach Virtual Pitch Night : December 2020

Online event

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