GRIFFIN 2015 to be launched by ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr

ACT CHIEF MINISTER TO LAUNCH GRIFFIN ACCELERATOR

2015 PROGRAM

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will launch the GRIFFIN Accelerator 2015 program on Friday 13th February 2015 at 9:00am.

GRIFFIN accelerator is a 3 month intensive program run by a group of seasoned Canberra entrepreneurs who invest in, host, teach and mentor selected start-ups to create successful innovative businesses.

The incubator is seeking up to ten teams of passionate entrepreneurs who want their innovation to have a big impact which doubles the 2014 intake of start-ups.

GRIFFIN Accelerator mentors are some of Canberra’s most successful entrepreneurs with a successful track record of creating successful start-ups. In addition to contributing their time and skills, they will also invest around $300,000 across the selected teams.

GRIFFIN Accelerator’s vision is to change the world by making Australian innovations successful and to make Canberra the innovation capital.

Entrepreneurs and mentors with disruptive innovation and social change stories will be available for interview.

Launch:                               9:00 am, Friday 13th February 2015

Address:                              CBR Innovation Network, 5th Floor, 1 Moore St

Entrepreneurs, investors, mentors and supporters of the startup community are welcome to attend. Please register at:

www.eventbrite.com/e/griffin-accelerator-2015-launch-tickets-15659697577

Elevator Pitching

Have you ever unexpectedly met someone who asked about your startup and you suddenly realise that you don’t have a good clear answer so you start waffling? I have! Instead of an awkward and difficult start to the conversation, have an elevator pitch ready and be excited to get asked!

Your elevator pitch needs to start the conversation and leave the people you’re talking to intrigued, impressed and wanting to know more. You’ve got 30 seconds to create a great first impression. If you succeed you will create valuable new connections, find partnerships, make sales, find investors and more.

Your elevator pitch needs to:

  • be clear and concise (that’s one reason for the 30s deadline)
  • start a conversation (leave the audience wanting to know more)
  • tell who you are and what is your killer advantage
  • convey the key value you deliver (one way to do this is by presenting the pain point then how you solve it)

Thinking about your EP can help you clarify your business too. By forcing you to compress the key ideas into a very short time you have to choose which is the most important idea. If you can’t convey your key idea in 30 seconds that may mean you don’t really understand it yourself. What is the essence?

Elevator pitching is an art form, crafting it is not easy and you won’t get it spot on first try. So constantly practice – tell everyone you meet about your business. Then see how people react and constantly be developing and refining your pitch. If possible, get feedback from experienced entrepreneurs (you’ll certainly get this if you participate in GRIFFIN Accelerator!)

Come to this event entry29.eventsity.com/events/founder-connect-2015-1 and expose your elevator pitch to friendly entrepreneurs – investors and mentors will also be present, see if you can get their attention too!

GRIFFIN in the news – September 2014

http://www.theglobalrecruiter.com/news/new-service-promises-to-access-workers-with-a-disability/5496

http://www.theglobalrecruiter.com/news/new-service-promises-to-access-workers-with-a-disability/5496

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/jobless-struggle-inspires-new-business-to-help-disabled-find-work-20140911-10fdh7.html

http://www.startupsmart.com.au/growth/canberra-startup-to-match-employers-with-australians-living-with-a-disability/2014091113192.html

http://disabilityemployment.org.au/news/item/2102/

http://m.startupsmart.com.au/growth/online-marketplace-set-to-kickstart-australias-3d-printing-industry/2014100313352.html

http://news.anu.edu.au/2014/10/02/anu-students-develop-high-tech-auction-site/

http://www.inside3dp.com/australian-startup-hopes-expedia-3d-printing/

 

 

 

GRIFFIN investor presentations well received

Canberra based accelerator program investor presentations well received

The five teams participating in the GRIFFIN accelerator presented to investors in Sydney and Canberra this week, generating substantial investor interest.

On Tuesday the teams pitched to Sydney based investors at ATP Innovations, who partnered with the Canberra mentors to run the program. From an audience of over 45, mostly potential investors, all five teams received genuine initial interest from investors. In Canberra on Wednesday the teams pitched to an audience of over 60 people in a joint event with Capital Angels and again received strong interest. Across the two venues, teams received 46 expressions of interest not counting any additional contacts made during post-pitch networking.

In both venues the audience overwhelmingly voted that the quality of the pitches exceeded their expectations.

GRIFFIN mentor and investor Dr Craig Davis said “We are delighted at the level of initial interest the companies are getting from investors. We feel we found five great teams and the accelerator added real value, but we’re astonished to have all five teams doing so well. Syndicates are forming but its not too late for investors who couldn’t make the presentations to get on board.”

Forty teams applied to GRIFFIN accelerator and through a competitive process the best five were selected. After 3 months intensive work guided by the GRIFFIN mentors, all five teams have real customer traction, are making rapid progress and are ready for investment. The teams are presenting their business to investors seeking Angel or Seed investment.

The five teams are:

Enabled Employment

Enabled employment enables employers to tap into a huge untapped talent pool of Australians living with a disability using telework technology to remove barriers. https://www.enabledemployment.com/

Made for Me

Madefor.me is a marketplace connecting designers, local manufacturers, and consumers who want unique, made to order 3D printed designs. http://www.madefor.me/

Quizling

Quizling is taking the ‘quick quiz’ and building a social-gaming platform to engage learners across the classroom and across the world. With enterprise level analytics and privacy management, Quizling is the complete platform for learning. http://www.quizlingapp.com/

Symberra

Symberra is a cloud-based data analytic platform that specialises in large-scale data modelling and simulations. Our optimised data storage and simulation algorithms enable domain experts to gain in-depth insights from big data in a fraction of the time required today. http://www.symberra.com/

Snapknock

Facebook for Auctions – with a motto “Social Local Fast”, Snapknock is the only pre-loved belonging buy and sell platform built with social in mind from ground up. With emphasis on people, not items or businesses, Snapknock takes social commerce to the next stage. http://www.snapknock.com

The program is being run in collaboration with Ignition Labs part of ATP Innovations. Hamish Hawthorn, CEO of ATP Innovations said “We are delighted to be able to support the first accelerator program to be run in Canberra. There is a terrific group of mentors who have committed their time and expertise. We are now looking forward to seeing these five companies go on to become significant commercial enterprises”.

Jessica May from Enabled Employment said “we are very excited to be making so much progress already filling jobs and growing so fast. The positive response from investors is a dream come true and we’re ready to start detailed discussions about how we’re going to grow this business even more rapidly”.

The program was named the GRIFFIN Accelerator to celebrate the contribution of the city’s founding father Walter Burley Griffin.

The GRIFFIN Accelerator program is being run with the assistance from the ACT Government under the Strategic Opportunities Funding Program. The program has broad support from a wide variety of organisations including: ANU Connect Ventures, ATP Innovations, The Australian National University, Australian Capital Ventures Limited, Capital Angels, CollabIT, CSIRO, eGov Cluster, Entry 29, Lighthouse, NICTA and the University of Canberra.

GRIFFIN Accelerator Investor Presentations – September 2014

GRIFFIN accelerator and Capital Angels Investment Presentation Evening

When: 6 – 8:30pm Wednesday 24 September

Where: Poppy’s cafe at the war memorial, Canberra

RSVPhttp://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/capital-angels-and-griffin-accelerator-presentation-evening-tickets-12904986161

GRIFFIN accelerator and ATP Innovations Investment Presentation Evening
When: 3:30 – 6pm Tuesday 23 September
Where: National Innovation Centre, Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh, SydneyRSVP:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/griffin-accelerator-investment-pitch-sydney-tickets-12921553715

GRIFFIN accelerator Investment Presentation Evenings

Forty teams applied to GRIFFIN accelerator and after a competitive process only 5 were selected. After 3 months intensive work guided by the GRIFFIN mentors, all five teams have real customer traction, are making rapid progress and are ready for investment. The teams will present their business to investors seeking Angel investment.

After a brief introduction we will have five teams each give a five minute pitch with five minutes for Q&A. Timing will be strictly enforced to keep things lively and give you plenty of time to talk to the most exciting teams over drinks and snacks.

Enabled Employment

Enabled employment enables employers to tap into a huge untapped talent pool of Australians living with a disability using telework technology to remove barriers.https://www.enabledemployment.com/

Made for Me

Madefor.me is a marketplace connecting designers, local manufacturers, and consumers who want unique, made to order 3D printed designs. http://www.madefor.me/

Quizling

Quizling is taking the ‘quick quiz’ and building a social-gaming platform to engage learners across the classroom and across the world. With enterprise level analytics and privacy management, Quizling is the complete platform for learning. http://www.quizlingapp.com/

Symberra

Symberra is a cloud-based data analytic platform that specialises in large-scale data modelling and simulations. Our optimised data storage and simulation algorithms enable domain experts to gain in-depth insights from big data in a fraction of the time required today. http://www.symberra.com/

Snapknock

Facebook for Auctions – with a motto “Social Local Fast”, Snapknock is the only pre-loved belonging buy and sell platform built with social in mind from ground up. With emphasis on people, not items or businesses, Snapknock takes social commerce to the next stage.http://www.snapknock.com

GRIFFIN in the news

July 2014

http://www.zdnet.com/startup-sector-budget-cuts-were-inevitable-nick-mcnaughton-7000031249/

http://atp-innovations.com.au/griffacc/

June 2014

http://www.startupsmart.com.au/financing-a-business/venture-capital/canberra-based-accelerator-program-announces-2014-program-participants/2014063012620.html

March and April 2014

http://www.startupsmart.com.au/leadership/workspace/griffin-accelerator-program-launched-in-canberra-at-anu/2014032711974.html

http://www.startupdaily.com.au/2014/03/canberra-accelerator-program-launched-chief-minister-katy-gallagher/

http://citynews.com.au/2014/70000-innovation-administration/

http://www.business.act.gov.au/blog?sq_content_src=%2BdXJsPWh0dHAlM0ElMkYlMkZhY3Rnb3ZidXNpbmVzcy5ibG9nc3BvdC5jb20uYXUlMkYyMDE0JTJGMDQlMkZjYW5iZXJyYS1iYXNlZC1hY2NlbGVyYXRvci1wcm9ncmFtLmh0bWwmYWxsPTE%3D

http://innovation.anu.edu.au/tag/griffin-accelerator/