5 May 2015 Local Startups Get Helping Hand for Telstra Challenge

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Budding Coffs Harbour entrepreneurs got a bonus surprise at a free workshop hosted by startup guru Alan Jones of BlueChilli, as part of the Telstra Stores Coffs Harbour Digital Innovation Challenge.

 

Impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of the 40 participants, Alan gave them all free access into an online startup programme run by BlueChilli, a company that partners with entrepreneurs to help build, grow and invest in their new startup businesses and which is a sponsor of the Digital Innovation Challenge. Valued at $199 each, this gift added up to a $7,000 in total.

 

“This was an amazingly generous gesture on Alan’s part,” said Nikki Greenwood, Council’s Group Leader City Prosperity. “Not only did the participants learn some valuable advice on getting a startup enterprise off the ground, but they were given an equally prized entry into a very useful online programme – and that’s on top of the morale boost such a gesture creates.”

 

Throughout the workshop on April 30, Alan exposed local budding entrepreneurs to the techniques and tricks of identifying problems to be solved, how to evaluate the best ones to pursue, how to generate ideas and find out how to test them in low-cost ways - and how to put it all together into a lean business model that is at the heart of his approach.

 

Showing that good startup ideas don’t just come from the over 20s and under 40s, there was a full range of ages from school students to baby boomers, all eager to test their solutions. Most of the people there had come with a business idea that they hope to enter in the Telstra Stores Coffs Harbour Digital Innovation Challenge by June 5.

 

The Digital Innovation Challenge is a competition designed to inspire budding entrepreneurs to create and pitch their innovative digital solution to improve business - and provide them with the prize money and specialist support they need to make it happen. A total of $10,000 worth of cash and prizes is on offer in two categories – Open Entrepreneur (25s and Over) and Youth Entrepreneur (Under 25s). For more info, go to www.digitalinnovationchallenge.com.au  

 

If you have a brilliant business idea that you want to make happen, don’t miss out on the opportunity to develop it at the workshops being held every Thursday during May at the Six Degrees Coworking Hub as part of the Challenge.

 

The Six Degrees Coworking Hub is hosted at the Coffs Coast Community College in City Square. For more details, go to www.sixdegreescoworking.com