And just like that, it’s mid-year! Where does the time go?
Amid the blur of end of financial year activities, we saw the first grand final of the Fishburners Pitch Off series at The Capital. Over 10 weeks, 24 startups from Fishburners and Brisbane pitched their idea to the crowd. The series was designed to provide pitching practice as much as exposing the great ideas our entrepreneurs are working on. I was fortunate enough to be a ‘Big Fish’ at the grand final (think shark but not as predatory), where four finalists pitched to a more-than-sellout crowd of 175 people! Evan Shaw Fleamail won the overall competition, with Stuart Clough of NoiseNet taking out the crowd favourite.
This month also brings with it the opening of another year of the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards. Easily the standout business celebration in the Brisbane calendar, LMBA recognises the best of Brisbane businesses across a range of categories. If you haven’t already, check out the ISPT Award for Digital Adoption, the QLD Urban Utilities Award for Product Innovation, the Australia Pacific LNG Award for Business Innovation, the CCIQ Award for Outstanding Small Business or the ANZ Award for High Growth Startup. It is EASY and free to enter – though you need to do it before this Friday 20 July – so get on it – nominate here.
On a final note, I can’t let the recent Wild Boars Soccer Team rescue in Thailand go without mention. Regular readers will know that one of the key drivers of innovation success is collaboration – multiple parties working together to solve chunky, tricky and otherwise insurmountable challenges. It’s this notion that sits at the heart of Brisbane Innovate, and was so beautifully demonstrated in the cave rescue. The solution in Thailand didn’t sit in new-fangled submarine technology, but rather with long term experts working together and utilising each other’s’ strengths and knowledge to develop and execute a solution. Never underestimate the power of a group of people. Ever.