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Are Australia’s Capital-Disciplined Start-Ups a New Niche?

November 24th, 2015

From ravenous sharks and fanged snakes to fractious crocodiles and deadly spiders – there is no denying Australian’s enjoy the odd boast about how lethal our animals are and just how tough we are as a nation. However, could this underlying imperturbable attitude embodied in our culture work in Australia’s favour as we move towards a more innovative society? It has been approximately two months since Malcom Turnbull rose to the top position as prime minister and instantaneously proclaimed his […]

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Why Australia Shouldn’t Be a ‘Silicon Valley’, But Rather a ‘Silicon Nation’

November 11th, 2015

The Sydney Harbour, or coined the soon-to-be “Silicon Harbour”, is anticipated by several to be the natural home for this Australia’s first digital district.  However, Sarah Pearson, Chief Executive of the CBR Innovation Network, is confident Canberra could become the hub for start-ups in Australia. Pearson, who recently returned from a trip to Israel led by Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy, believes that Canberra’s large universities, well-educated population, the CSIRO, and government and military concentration made it the perfect […]

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2015 Discussion Paper: Innovation in Australia, Building a Prosperous Future Through Innovation

November 9th, 2015

Swanson Reed, in partnership with Wrays, have just released our 2015 discussion paper titled, Innovation in Australia Building a Prosperous Future Through Innovation. The paper is based on four innovation café workshops held by Swanson Reed and Wrays in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in July and August 2015. Key findings in the paper reveal that to become an innovation fuelled economy and sustain a prosperous future for Australia, three interrelated sub-structures, or ‘pillars’, need to be aligned; culture, commercialisation and productivity. The paper gains insight […]

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Should Australia Collaborate with Israel to Push Innovation?

November 3rd, 2015

With a population of 8.4 million people, Israel has over 3,000 start-ups and attracts more venture capital per person than any other country in the world. Made famous by the worldwide bestselling book Start-up Nation, Israel’s start-up culture is indeed among the world’s most effervescent. In fact, Israel boasts twice as many start-ups as Australia with a third of the population – hence, what could we learn from the ‘start-up nation’? Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy is currently touring Israel to […]

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