15 August 2019 Recap: Hardware Tech Startup Meetup

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The Sydney Hardware Startup Meetup community joined Venture Café for a range of talks, showcases and demos. This was hosted in affiliation with CSIRO’s Lindfield Collaboration Hub and North Sydney Innovation Network.

Innovate Hear started off the afternoon; this week’s session saw David McAlpine and his team workshop a new hearing future from the point of view of the customer or practitioner.

Our community then had the opportunity to learn more about some of the exciting companies in the Sydney Hardware Tech space. Thanks to Genesys Design, Okra Solar and VIso Space!

We launched our Office Hours program this week! Our Office Hours program offers founders and business leaders free 1:1 mentoring from a local business expert, consultant, or service provider. This week, our community learnt from Abbie Widin, Strategy & Sales Director, Go To Market Co. for business strategy; Sayee Ganjekar, CEO, Innovation Drive for support around R&D; Stuart Campbell, Associate, FB Rice for support around IP and legal.

We were honoured have to Somaly Mam join us to share her inspiring story of survival; we learnt how we can help change the lives of young girls in Cambodia who have suffered from sex slavery, exploitation and abuse. Thanks Somaly and Meredith Roach (Konica Minolta) for this emotional and inspiring story of resilience and courage.

Peter Franke from Franke Hyland hosted an interactive workshop surrounding the IP essentials for hardware startups. We learnt why IP matters, what investors expect to see and what the pitfalls are and how to avoid them.

We heard from an inspiring lineup of seasoned hardware tech developers, with specialities ranging from electronics and IoT to medical devices, where our experienced panel shared their tips, tricks and insights on how to tap into these services along the various stages of the growth ladder.

Thank you to:

and moderated by Ruth Oliver, Faculty Science & Engineering, Macquarie University