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GRIFFIN's Startup Essentials
Startup Essentials

Every startup and entrepreneur is different, but among the hundreds GRIFFIN Accelerator’s CEO, Craig Davis, meets every year, he sees a few common and easily avoided mistakes.

In the Startup Essentials talk, Craig will take you through some of the key steps all entrepreneurs should take to maximise their chances of getting their innovation to market.

Some of the lessons are basic (but still worth even experienced entrepreneurs to stop and check) and some are more subtle. Dr Davis will aim to be thought-provoking and in some areas perhaps controversial. There will be plenty of time for audience questions and interaction.

The event will be held on Wednesday, March 15, from 12 pm to 1:30 pm. Tickets are free.

Presenter Craig Davis, CEO, GRIFFIN Accelerator, is an experienced entrepreneur, angel investor and startup mentor.


Agtech start-up, The Healthy Grain successfully completes $8M capital raising round

Agtech start-up The Healthy Grain has successfully completed an $8 million capital raising round, with the full amount invested by Teijin Limited, a Japanese listed group operating a wide range of advanced technology businesses.

The Healthy Grain was founded in 2014 by CSIRO and Australian Capital Ventures Limited (ACVL) to commercialise a portfolio of non-genetically modified grains with substantial health attributes. The first product of the portfolio, BARLEYmax, a patented high fibre variety of barley developed by CSIRO, is already available in several products in Australia and abroad.

ACVL is a Canberra-based venture capital funds management company specialising in early expansion investment. ACVL is the manager of the Canberra Business Development Fund (CBDF), an equal- share investment by the ACT Government and Hindmarsh, a national construction and property development company. ACVL Chairman and Chairman of Hindmarsh, John Hindmarsh, said, “Australian Capital Ventures is pleased with the progress of The Healthy Grain, which shows that, as global consumers become increasingly aware of the importance of healthy food, high quality Australian healthy products have an excellent growth potential”.

John Hindmarsh is a director of The Healthy Grain and said that the funds raised would be used by the company to expand the global market penetration of BARLEYmax, to complete the development and start the commercialisation of two new products, an ultra-low gluten barley for food use and a novel variety of healthy black rice, and to potentially add similar new healthy grains to the company’s portfolio of grains.

Canberra to receive federal funding for women in STEM and entrepreneurship programme

Women in STEM

The Minister of Industry, Innovation and Science Greg Hunt MP announced today that he has awarded a Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Grant of $240,000. This programme will be led out of the CBR Innovation Network who is one of twenty-four grant recipients nationwide.

The funding will go towards creating an out of school 10-week programme for girls in Canberra and the surrounding region. The programme will be run four times over a two-year period and is designed to develop STEM and entrepreneurial skills that enable career pathways for women to enter into these fields.

Erica Hediger, The Creative Element

The programme aims to increase confidence and interest for girls at an age that will enable them to make real choices in their Year 11 and 12 subjects. The activities in this project include skills workshops, career presentations, field trips, connections with female STEM mentors, role models and speakers.

Dr Sarah Pearson CEO, CBR Innovation Network said ‘young women make up only 16% of those studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, and only 16% of entrepreneurs are female in Australia. This is a shocking inefficiency as time and again it is shown that women are at least as successful and in many cases more successful than their male counterparts in these areas.’

Women are underrepresented in STEM related studies and professions, this programme will assist in addressing the gap in developing skills, confidence and knowledge of STEM and Entrepreneurship pathways for young women in the Canberra area.

‘This programme will help young women see that they can change the world, grow our economy, solve our biggest challenges and build companies; at a time when they make their study choices which can either enable them to grow through rewarding careers, or lock them out of the high growth jobs of the future’ said Dr Sarah Pearson CEO, CBR Innovation Network.

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