BlueChilli partners with Coca-Cola Amatil to accelerate the growth of early-stage startups

Megan Flamer, Program Director for Xcelerate, with Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin, CEO of BlueChilli

Fresh from partnering with VC firm Hatcher+ to produce 240 early-stage startups over three years, tech accelerator BlueChilli has teamed with Coca-Cola Amatil to help budding entrepreneurs launch scalable, global tech companies.   [Related: Investors in BlueChilli startups automatically qualify for tax deduction after ATO ruling and Why the startup ecosystem needs more non-technical entrepreneurs, not stereotypes] Up… Continue reading BlueChilli partners with Coca-Cola Amatil to accelerate the growth of early-stage startups

“I’m still pinching myself”: BlueChilli’s CEO on the deal that will generate 240 tech startups

BlueChilli's CIO Colette Grgic with CEO Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin

Leading tech accelerator BlueChilli will create 240 early-stage startups over three years with the aid of a US$125 million fund managed by Singapore-based VC firm Hatcher+. [Related: Investors in BlueChilli startups automatically qualify for tax deduction after ATO ruling and Why the startup ecosystem needs more non-technical entrepreneurs, not stereotypes] Commenting on what the partnership means for BlueChilli,… Continue reading “I’m still pinching myself”: BlueChilli’s CEO on the deal that will generate 240 tech startups

Let’s Talk: Entrepreneurship

Hiring people with entrepreneurial spirit. Supporting the open flow of ideas. Celebrating wins in creative ways. Encouraging experimentation while tolerating failure. Promoting competition within teams. Making every employee the ‘CEO’ of something and giving them ‘skin the game’. Role modelling entrepreneurial characteristics and leading with zeal. These are some of the ways in which business… Continue reading Let’s Talk: Entrepreneurship

The case for entrepreneurial all-rounders

In tennis, 20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer has carved out a successful career as an ‘all-rounder’. By accounting for different surfaces, opponent playing styles and weather conditions, he’s performed consistently across two decades in the game. In much the same way, entrepreneurs in the tech space should seek to develop a broad, well-rounded repertoire… Continue reading The case for entrepreneurial all-rounders

Why non-technical founders need greater support from Australia’s startup ecosystem

Depending on your source, it’s estimated that ‘technical people’ account for around 7% of the global population. That includes everyone from quantum computing experts right through to your brother-in-law’s childhood friend who knows how to mock up a WordPress site.   If you’ve got a great idea but you’re in the ‘other’ 93% of the population… Continue reading Why non-technical founders need greater support from Australia’s startup ecosystem

“The stories we’re telling are changing the startup narrative,” says SheStarts director

The second SheStarts cohort with program director Nicola Hazell (centre)

Named Australia’s ‘Accelerator of the Year’ at StartCon 2017, SheStarts returns for its sophomore series tomorrow (Tuesday, 30 January) with nine female founders, representing eight early-stage tech startups, taking part in the BlueChilli-backed program. The second SheStarts cohort includes Dr Annie McCauley (Talk-i-Wear), Andrez Coco (Knowlly), Karen Hind (Recall App), Danielle Owen Whitford (Pioneera), Laura… Continue reading “The stories we’re telling are changing the startup narrative,” says SheStarts director

Let’s Talk: Gender Equality

Last year, the Weinstein scandal shone a light on the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in Hollywood, with members of the Boys Club brought to task in its wake. More recently, the producers of ‘All the Money in the World’ drew heavy criticism after Mark Wahlberg earned 1500 times more than his co-star Michelle Williams for… Continue reading Let’s Talk: Gender Equality

Investors in BlueChilli startups automatically qualify for tax deduction after ATO ruling

Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin, CEO of BlueChilli

Investors who back startups in the BlueChilli portfolio will now enjoy an immediate tax deduction plus capital gains tax exemptions. This follows a private ruling by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) approving BlueChilli as the nation’s first accelerator program with Early Stage Investment Company (ESIC) accreditation.  Under ATO rules, investors who have met the agency’s sophisticated… Continue reading Investors in BlueChilli startups automatically qualify for tax deduction after ATO ruling

Why the startup ecosystem needs more non-technical entrepreneurs, not stereotypes

"Literally, if you can get your idea on napkin, you’re at the right stage for us."

To draw more talented non-technical entrepreneurs, including women, into the world of startups, BlueChilli is eschewing the Silicon Valley stereotype of founders being hoodie-wearing coders and using language that promotes inclusivity, according to co-founder and CEO, Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin. Ahead of his appearance at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Sydney (5-6 December), where he’ll participate… Continue reading Why the startup ecosystem needs more non-technical entrepreneurs, not stereotypes