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Building an entrepreneurial eco-system is one of the four key pillars of ICT Geelong’s charter.To this end, the organisation plays a leadership role in the region by developing and delivering a number of key initiatives to build the entrepreneurial capacity of the business and tertiary education sectors including:

  • Technology Entrepreneurship Conferences - bringing international / nationally recognised innovation and entrepreneurship experts to Geelong
  • IT Invention Test – a pitching competition to uncover the next generation of technology start-ups
  • Investment Pitching Education – to help entrepreneurs understand what it means to be ‘investor ready’
  • Investment Pitching to Angels / Commercialisation Experts – providing opportunities for entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to investors
  • Entrepreneurship Bootcamps– targeting education and guidance for high-potential start-ups
  • Partnerships with University of California (Berkeley) to take selected high-potential start ups to undertake elite executive entrepreneurship programs
  • Direct access to mentors – providing the opportunity for start-ups to link directly into mentors with strong commercialisation background.
ICT Geelong has built a significant network of national / international organisations and subject experts that can contribute to the value provided in the proposed program under the RFQ. Some of these partners include:

Melbourne Angels

  • University of California, Berkeley (Lester Center for Entrepreneurship)
  • Australian Information Industry Association
  • Pitcher Partners (and Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship)
  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • Angel Cube
  • BlueChilli
  • IBM
  • Alcatel Lucent
  • Freelancer
  • Red Balloon
  • 99 designs
  • Adventure Capital
  • Sydney Seed Fund
  • Startup Victoria
  • Silicon Beach

ICT Geelong’s activities have helped build the Geelong region’s profile nationally as an innovative regional centre.

Outcomes from entrepreneurship & innovation activities

  • 30 start-ups (est) exist as businesses today (across Australia)
  • Employing 80+ people
  • Attracted $1.5-$2 million+ (est) in angel investment
  • Attracted $1 million+ (est) from seed investment sources
  • Establishment of Geelong Angels Investment Network
  • Establishment of HeadStart Accelerator focused on ICT and Sports Tech start-ups.
  • Establishment of Australian Sports Technologies Network
  • Establishment of Geelong Entrepreneurs Network



$50,000 IT Invention Test
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09 August 2015 by Aamir Qutub, in Start-up, Entrepreneurship & Investment

$50,000 IT Invention Test

Geelong Entrepreneurs Network
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09 August 2015 by Aamir Qutub, in Start-up, Entrepreneurship & Investment

Geelong Entrepreneurs Network

IT Invention Test members are:

Name: Robert Reed

Organization: FE Technologies


Name: Craig Hill

Organization: ASTN


Name: Aamir Qutub

Organization: Enterprise Monkey


Name: Terry Hickey

Organization: City of Greater Geelong


Name: Rod MacDonald

Organization: City of Greater Geelong


Name: Hadden Finger

Organization: Regional Development Victoria

Name: Saeid Nahavandi / Michael Johnstone / Mathew Watson (Centre for Intelligent Systems Research)

Organization: Deakin University


Name: Todd Hubers

Organization: Alivate/Startup Cloud


Name: Jennifer Cromarty

Organization: Committee for Geelong


Name: Victoria Laspas

Organization: Enterprise Monkey


Name: Nick Stanley

Organization: Sky Software