Insights

The innovation apocalypse

November 14, 2017

 By Ben Hutt, Chief Program Director, Slingshot Accelerator You don’t need to be a CEO to feel the change. It’s everywhere, it’s in every article you read, the people you talk to and somehow even sci-fi movies feel lest futuristic and more present day. From the catchphrases of blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, AI, AR, and VR, we…

How to get into a corporate accelerator

November 10, 2017

By Craig Lambert, Co Founder, Slingshot Accelerator The prestigious Horizons Accelerator is just around the corner. After running close to 10 of these events this year I often get asked “what are you guys looking for?” or “how do I increase my chances of receiving an offer?” So for those who may be applying to…

How to solve Startup & Corporate engagement problems

August 22, 2016

By Andrew Campbell, Program Manager, Slingshot Accelerator Why is it so hard to achieve innovative outcomes with Startups in a corporate environment? How do you bring a large corporate and a small Startup together to create value? When it comes to bridging the gap between large corporates and Startups, Slingshot are at the coalface. We’ve run…

Entrepreneurship helps students prepare for the future of work

August 12, 2016

By Adam Van Dyck, COO, Slingshot Accelerator What Lies Ahead? When current students graduate they will enter a working world where employees under the age of 25 will change jobs every 2 years. The casualisation of Australia’s workforce will see a continued shift towards freelance contracting and workers will find themselves underemployed and unemployed for…

Why corporate influencers need to act on innovation

August 8, 2016

By Trent Bagnall, Co Founder, Slingshot Accelerator Last week, Slingshot hosted Australia’s first independent board discussion around demystifying innovation. With 30 of Australia’s most well respected corporate Chairman and Directors, we heard from David Thodey, former Telstra boss and now Chairman of CSIRO and JobsNSW on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Some of…

Ten commandments for women in business

June 29, 2016

By Karen Lawson, CEO, Slingshot Accelerator It’s hard not to overhear conversations on public transport. Sometimes they make you laugh, make you sad, or make you think. Travelling on the 431 bus into the city this week this is what I heard: She says “It’s such a great role, and I think I can do…

The three reasons why Corporates work with Startups

June 23, 2016

By Andrew Campbell, Program Manager, Slingshot Accelerator SO, you think your big idea is ready for investment funding and you want to pitch to investors. Since joining Slingshot in early 2015, I’ve been working on external innovation programs for four large corporates; NRMA’s Jumpstart program, HCF Catalyst, Simplot Ignite & PACE for ING Direct. This…

Startups need great mentors

June 6, 2016

By Trent Bagnall, Co Founder, Slingshot Accelerator Entrepreneurs need good mentors. It’s critical to the success of any Startup venture however, like attracting great employees, finding great mentors can be just as difficult. From my experience, a large number of mentors generally have a broad understanding about how business works. Many also can tell an…

Tax breaks for Scaleups

May 28, 2016

By Trent Bagnall, Co Founder, Slingshot Accelerator So I had an idea. At last night’s InnovationAus Budget Insider event, Rob Fitzpatrick asked a great question of the panel – what one thing would you allocate $100m towards in order to make a difference to innovation in Australia? Karen Lawson responded straight away by saying that…

The good, the bad and the review

March 1, 2016

By Trent Bagnall, Co Founder, Slingshot Accelerator Does anybody actually read website reviews on hotels and restaurants? It turns out that 93 per cent of people say reviews impact their booking decisions and 51 per cent of travellers have written accommodation reviews after a trip. Recently, I spent time in Thailand and it’s fair to say the…



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