GRIFFIN Alumni shine at AIIA iAwards

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GRIFFIN Accelerator alumni shine at AIIA iAwards

Canberra’s GRIFFIN Accelerator CEO Dr Craig Davis today congratulated current and former participants in the business incubator on winning multiple awards at the Australian Information Industry Digital Canberra iAwards overnight.

‘I’m very proud of SignOnSite, which received the Undergraduate Student Innovation Award, a Certificate of Merit in the New Product category, and the Hills Young Innovator Award,’ said Dr Davis.

‘SignOnSite was accepted into GRIFFIN Accelerator in June this year, and are already achieving great outcomes for the construction industry,’ he said.

Davis also congratulated GRIFFIN alumni Enabled Employment on winning the Startup Company Award, continuing their success in employing people with disability and Australian Defence Force veterans.

‘It’s great to see our startups being recognised by the formal awards for Digital Canberra, and these two companies are achieving outstanding results in their startup,’ said Davis.

‘Both startups will attend the National AIIA Digital Awards in Melbourne to represent GRIFFIN Accelerator and Canberra’s startup community,’ said Davis.

GRIFFIN Accelerator is a three month intensive program run by a group of experienced Canberra entrepreneurs who invest in, host, teach and mentor selected startups to create successful businesses. Enabled Employment completed the program last year, and SignOnSite is a current participant.

SignOnSite https://signonsite.com.au/

SignOnSite helps organisations safeguard their employees, contractors and visitors by leveraging the technology already in their pockets.

Enabled Employment http://www.enabledemployment.com
Enabled Employment provides people with a disability or Australian Defence Force veterans with flexible working options with inclusive employers through their website.

First Wednesday Inspire Workshops

FIRST WEDNESDAY INSPIRE STARTUP WORKSHOPS

Start-ups are disrupting our world. They are fast, agile, lean and they have the power to affect change of entire industries and economies on global scale. To stay relevant in this fast changing world, everybody needs to learn in practice how to innovate like a startup. Come work with others under guidance of professional startup mentors.

VALIDATION

Learn in practice how start-ups validate business concepts with potential customers to find market opportunities and gain early traction. Build experiments to learn how to match your product with needs of your customers.

MODELLING

Even with a validated product-market fit many start-ups fail to find the right business model. Learn in practice how to work with tools that help lean start-up founders prototype and test business models.

PITCHING

Learn in practice how to design and deliver a winning pitch. A validated business model is no good for a founder if they are unable to “sell” to investors, early employees, business partners and most importantly to customers.

WHAT WILL YOU GET

This series of 3 intense half-day workshops will lead you through an early part of the lean start-up journey. You will work in teams on case studies that we will source from Ideaswatch. You will learn to use open source tools, such as the Validation Board, Business Model Canvas and Pitchplanner. You will be challenged and stretched by short dead-line, dynamics of your team and lack of domain knowledge about the case ideas. Just like any start-up founder.

HIGHLY INTERACTIVE PRACTICAL METHODS OF LEARNING

TOOLS

The tools we will use are available online for free to any start-up team in the wolrd. You will not only learn how to use those tools, they will become your daily com-panions in your efforts to structure, test and present any innovative idea.

EXPERIENCED FACILITATORS

Petr Adamek, KILN Incubator Director has 20 years of international experience in business growth and innovation con-sulting. Petr has worked as a business growth advisor or mentor with over 60 startups in Europe and New Zealand.

Dr Craig Davis, GRIFFIN Accelerator CEO, a scientist and an entrepreneur who has been involved with start-ups as a co-founder, CEO, director, investor and mentor for over 20 years. Craig is passionate about helping entrepreneurs make a difference.

WHEN?

From 1:00 pm – 04:30 pm on:

01 July 2015, Market Validation

05 August 2015, Business Models

02 September 2015, Pitching

WHERE?

CBRIN events room, Level 5, 1 Moore Street, Canberra

HOW MUCH?

Price: $350 per person / workshop

KILN incubator & GRIFFIN accelerator will sponsor your first INSPIRE workshop. Apply: http://bitl.ly/INSPIREvoucher

Register NOW, places are limited: http://bit.ly/INSPIREworkshops

GRIFFIN Accelerator is supported by and KILN Incubator is a project of CBR Innovation Network.

2015 teams announced

Today, 1 June 2015, Canberra’s GRIFFIN Accelerator CEO Dr Craig Davis today announced the successful participants for the startup incubator.

‘GRIFFIN Accelerator will invest in and mentor seven great teams this year. Over the next three months we will help them validate their products and start fast growth,’ said Dr Davis.

‘We have a wonderful diversity in this year’s successful startups – from apps to platforms to brand-led to science-driven and including physical products as well as scalable technologies. All teams have innovations with the potential to make a big impact,’ he said.

Eighty-four startups pitched to participate in the program in 2015. GRIFFIN Accelerator selected the final seven teams who will receive investment of up to $300,000 over a three month period.

‘The mentors and I are particularly pleased that four of the seven teams have women co-founders,’ said Dr Davis ‘and we hope that is a sign that the typical imbalance in the ratio of male to female entrepreneurs can change’.

GRIFFIN Accelerator is a three month intensive program run by a group of experienced Canberra entrepreneurs who invest in, host, teach and mentor selected startups to create successful businesses.

GRIFFIN Accelerator’s portfolio includes last year’s substantial successes Enabled Employment, Quizling and Madefor.me.

GRIFFIN Accelerator Teams 2015

Hact http://hs.hact.io/

Magic moments in tech. Inspiring young people to use technology by empowering them to make real things through both local events and online.

Solution Solution www.solutionsolution.com

ART. SCIENCE. LAUNDRY.

Advanced laundry products researched and developed in partnership with CSIRO.

OzGuild http://ozguild.com.au/

With integrated computer vision technology, OzGuild is fusing the physical and digital realms of Magic: the Gathering

Dilkara http://www.dilkaraessenceofaustralia.com.au/

Dilkara Essence of Australia is a Canberra- based, Indigenous owned and inspired Australian made company who specialises in boutique, naturally-derived hair and skin care products using Australian Indigenous cultural heritage ingredients to achieve the best for your hair and skin.

myBUZZ App http://mybuzzapp.com/

myBUZZ smart paging system is a mobile app that saves businesses time and money by instantly notifying their customers, via their phone, that their order or table is ready.

SignOnSite https://signonsite.com.au/

SignOnSite helps organisations safeguard their employees, contractors and visitors by leveraging the technology already in their pockets.

Solar Bare http://solarbare.com.au/

Solar Bare is a new label that creates beautiful sun protection apparel.  Solar Bare’s range makes covering up a fashion statement.