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101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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March 2016

Get clear about your business idea using the Lean Canvas – Workshop

March 16, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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The Lean Canvas is an effective and simple way to map out your new idea.  In a single page, you understand your customer, the problem you are trying to solve, the value you provide, and what you measure. In this fun and interactive three-hour workshop, you will: • Learn principles behind the Lean Canvas; • Create a new business from scratch using the Lean Canvas; and • Start to apply the Lean Canvas to your own business idea.  

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How to legally mistake-proof your start-up

March 22, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Come and learn some legal secrets that start-ups should be complying with! Some of these are easy (and free) to implement yourself. This workshop is primarily aimed at start-ups, but could benefit existing businesses as well. This workshop is packed full of thousands of dollars worth of legal advice. Bookings are essential on EventBrite here: http://bit.ly/1RzTxpv Cost: $97 Topics are a bit fluid, depending on the needs of the group. Topics often include: • how to formulate a basic contract that is valid,…

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Fire Station 101 Launch: Exclusive for software and hardware developers

March 22, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Fire Station 101, the new innovation hub in Ipswich, is now open! To celebrate our opening, we are hosting a special launch of Fire Station 101 for all current and aspiring software and hardware developers. We invite all programmers and engineers of all skill levels and languages around Ipswich to: • Check out Fire Station 101; • Hear first-hand about the Fire Station 101 focus areas, upcoming events, and programs and what it means to the developer community; • Chat with current Fire Station 101…

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Visiting Entrepreneur Audrey Melnik: Productivity tools for Entrepreneurs

March 29, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Learn productivity tools and powerful lessons from the first-hand experience of serial entrepreneur and startup founder Audrey Melnik. Audrey's presentation, the Q&A session, and networking afterwards will provide incredible value for existing businesses looking to explore new ventures and new startups growing and scaling into new markets. About Audrey Melnik  Audrey Melnik is an Australian serial entrepreneur and startup founder. With 20 years of experience, she has spent 6 of those years living and working in the United States, in San Francisco and New York…

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April 2016

Startup workshop: Advance Qld Ignite Ideas Fund Review

April 1, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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The Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas fund is designed to to support businesses to commercialise their innovative ideas by funding eligible activities such as market research of idea, product, process or service. Funding is available up to $250,000. The current funding round closes 22 April. In this 2-hour free workshop, we will review details of the fund and work together to identify how your startup can take advantage of the opportunity. You are eligible for the fund if you: • Are a Queensland…

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Entrepreneur 101 Session: Practical productivity for entrepreneurs

April 7, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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As an entrepreneur, time is one of your most valuable resources. Metaphors we often hear including wearing many hats, spinning many plates, and burning the fire at both ends. How can you be more productive? In this interactive workshop, we will explore productivity from three perspectives: 1. Tools We will look at specific tools for productivity, including a deep dive into Trello and Slack. 2. Practice We will look at the practice of productivity, including the Pomodoro technique. 3. Psychology…

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Intellectual property seminar

April 8, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Please join us for a FREE intellectual property seminar Topics include: * copyright * trade marks / branding * patents * registered designs * licensing * NDA's (non-disclosure agreements) * IP in grant applications (even if you are not intending to apply for a grant soon, this information will still be useful to most businesses) Presenter : Cathryn Warburton Partner, Acacia Law Patent Attorney & Lawyer

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LinkedIn for Start-Ups, Business and Job-Seekers

April 14, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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LinkedIn can be a powerful tool in the right hands of not only job seekers, but also start-ups, businesses and consultants. In this three-hour, interactive workshop, you will discover how to: • Get clear about the goal of your profile. • Get found by using LinkedIn’s algorithms for search results and how to search engine optimise each part of your profile. • How to develop a profile that turns you from a commodity to an expert and the key elements to building a profile that…

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Entrepreneur 101 session: The Lean Startup

April 14, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Markets and technology are rapidly changing.  Entrepreneurs need to operate as efficiently as possible, rapidly release to the right markets, ensure we measure what matters, and create continuous feedback loops to know if we need to pivot or persevere. In short, we need to be “lean”. In this interactive and practical presentation, we will review the key points from The Lean Startup by Eric Ries, a foundation book in lean thinking. Who this is for You will find value in…

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A real-world introduction to Virtual Reality

April 19, 2016 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Come along to the first monthly meetup for Virtual Reality in Ipswich! Co-hosted by the Brisbane VR Club and Fire Station 101, we are launching a first look into what has been called the final medium, the re-emerging virtual reality technology revolution. On the 19th of April, we will have local developers share about where the industry is today, including what different hardware platforms are currently available, and where the industry is heading. After the talk, you will also have…

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Entrepreneur 101 Session: How to pitch and Pitch practice

April 21, 2016 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Learn how to pitch your big idea in two minutes! The Fire Station 101 team are holding a free How to Pitch Meetup on Thursday 21 April. • Learn how to control presentation nerves • See the proven pitch format • Hear what investors are really looking for • Practice your pitch in a safe environment in front of others and learn from each other Networking and nibbles afterwards and meet other people with big ideas!

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Fire Station 101 Mentor-Member Pitch Event

April 26, 2016 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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By popular demand, we present the Fire Station 101 members and mentors pitch event! The stage will be open for 2-minute pitches for... Current and prospective members: Come along to pitch your business idea to a room full of entrepreneurs and mentors. Current and prospective mentors: Share your business journey and insights to make a real difference for Ipswich innovation. For any and all others, show your support, hear what Fire Station 101 is all about, and stick around for…

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Digital Networking – Build Your Business Via Social Media

April 27, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Social media expert, Francesca Moi, shares tips and tricks to help you navigate and connect with other businesses, via various social media platforms. Register <!-- -->

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May 2016

Innovation in Health Workshop

May 4, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Health innovation is creating exciting opportunities in a range of fields, including fitness, medical practice and service delivery, education and nutrition, aged care, disability services, and more. Fire Station 101 and the Ipswich Hospital Foundation are presenting a panel series that shares experienced and diverse perspectives on health innovation to explore ways to become a healthier community. Join us for a dynamic discussion facilitated by a panel of experts in the industry around the questions "What is innovation in health…

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Create customer loyalty through digital marketing

May 12, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Join us for an exclusive evening with two of the leading experts in Digital Marketing: Cos Luccitti CEO of CXA, and Chris Rozic CEO of WINJA. CXA is a customer experience agency that delivers digital marketing solutions for the likes of The Coffee Club, Lorna Jane, and QLD Cricket. Winja is Australia’s newest social media platform that is set to revolutionise the online relationship businesses have with their customers. You will come away with practical digital insights to enable you…

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Launching Ipswich coding @ codeSwich

May 14, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Welcome to the launch of codeSwich! codeSwich is a 3-hour facilitated weekend coding program running out of Fire Station 101 in Ipswich, Queensland.  The program is split into two sessions: codeSwich-Educate and codeSwich-Collaborate. After this initial launch in May, the program will run fortnightly starting in June. codeSwich-Educate (9:00am to 10:30am) is about facilitating the training and learning of everything code. We want to break down the barriers to learning the skills needed to build the web sites and the applications…

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Getting the most from the Internet of Things (IoT)

May 17, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Come along to the first Internet of Things (IoT) meetup at Fire Station 101! Co-hosted by Fire Station 101, Reekoh, and Smarter Technology Solutions, we will hear leading international experts share real-world applications for IoT Technologies and platforms to: Understand global industry trends in IoT Explore practical applications for both startups and established corporations Play with hands-on examples of sensors, systems, and solutions that put theory into practice Engage in a robust Q&A, and networking after the panel This will…

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Random Hacks of Kindness Ipswich Ideation/Info Night

May 18, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Come along for the inaugural Ipswich RHoK combined ideation and info night to meet our Change Makers and help them come up with ideas about how they might use technology to solve their challenges. We will provide food, drink and all the stuff you need to make the ideas happen. We'll also be providing some more information on the hackathon, and explaining how the RHoK community needs a wide variety of skillsets - from coding to design, to marketing and social media.…

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What is the key to creating successful innovation in small business?

May 19, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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As part of the QLD Government Small business week, we have gathered a panel of 4 experts to discuss tips to get your business innovating. Small businesses are doing it tough in the current economic climate. We all need to innovate to survive and thrive. How do we do this, though? We aim to give you some pointers and have a panel discussion to help you. Presenters: Mark & Cathryn Warburton - patent attorneys & lawyers www.acacialaw.com.au Chad Renando -…

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Small business & startup innovation: Fire Station 101 members panel

May 20, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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What is the difference between a "startup" and a small business? What is innovation to a small business? What makes an entrepreneur? As part of Queensland's small business week, we will explore these questions with a very special panel made up of Fire Station 101 startup members.  We will hear first-hand examples of their challenges and opportunities, and how different perspectives might benefit your business.  

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Minecraft camp

May 28, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Buddyverse provides a structured environment where kids can play Minecraft together, face to face, in a safe and friendly environment Minecraft Camps are events where children aged 6 to 15 come together to play collaboratively and learn from each other on the world’s best kid safe server, BuddyVerse. Each child has their own computer, and they are all participating in the same 'world', so they can collaborate and play together. Camps are held on weekends and School holidays. Camps run…

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Tax essentials for small business

May 31, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Are you thinking of starting a business or new to business? Register now for this free event run by ATO staff. Come along and learn about: business structures – which is best for youregistering your business record keeping -  understanding how to keep track of your businessreporting online to save time business life cycles - why they’re important help and more information  - where to go when you need itnetworking with other new business owners in your area We will show you how to use our…

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June 2016

Record keeping workshop for small business

June 2, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Are you new to business or thinking of starting a business? It's important to get your record keeping right. Come along to a presentation by ATO staff where you will learn about: Keeping good records Record keeping tips and traps How money flows through a business Work through case studies and examples Completing records, statements and other forms Stocktakes and associated records Register

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RHoK Ipswich Winter ’16 Hackathon

June 4, 2016 @ 9:00 am - June 5, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Twice a year altruistic volunteers from the IT community come together to help charities, not for profits and community groups. We spend a full weekend trying to solve some of the problems these organisations face. We build concrete solutions like mobile apps, websites and browser plugins that have immediate impact. Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) was started in 2009 by Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, NASA and The World Bank. RHoK came to Australia in 2011 and is now Australia's largest and…

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Igniting the Business of Creativity: Arts Entrepreneurship Forum

June 9, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Artist? Professional Musician? Writer? Aspiring Creative Entrepreneur? Culture fiend? Fire Station 101, Ipswich’s brand new innovation hub invites you to Igniting the Business of Creativity: Arts Entrepreneurship Forum Join panelists for a rich conversation about the arts, entrepreneurship, and the wealth of opportunity in creative enterprise. Find out how merging an artistic and entrepreneurial mindset can ignite successful creative business. Hear from people who actually doing it. Talk about emerging global trends and the opportunities for arts entrepreneurs to tap…

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Fire Station 101 Startup BBQ

June 10, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Come along to connect, collaborate, and chow down at our first Fire Station 101 Startup BBQ! We will highlight successes of the past three months, share opportunities moving forward, and enjoy a meal in the community of Fire Station 101. We look forward to seeing you Friday! Register

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End of year tax obligations for employers

June 14, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Get ready for tax time With the end of the financial year fast approaching, come along and learn about your tax obligations as an employer and what you need to do to prepare for tax time. You’ll benefit by learning about: Pay as you go (PAYG) withholding annual report and payment summaries Completing and lodging your business tax return What you need to do if you provide fringe benefits to your employees How and when to lodge, and more In addition, we’ll also discuss…

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Double Helix Productivity Workshop

June 16, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Can You Triple Output With Existing Resources? Understand the link between process improvement and the “people“ component. This three-hour workshop will introduce the Double Helix Improvement concept, linking the principles of Lean Management with those of People Management. Through the use of an interactive simulation, witness first-hand how the integration of proven process improvement techniques and organisational cultural improvement concepts can significantly increase (threefold is not unheard of) your output without additional resources! Price: $50 Register on EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/double-helix-productivity-workshop-tickets-25852739239 Presenters Malcom Campbell: After…

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CodeSwich coding program in Fire Station 101

June 18, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Welcome to codeSwich! codeSwich is a 3-hour facilitated weekend coding program running out of Fire Station 101 in Ipswich, Queensland.  The program is split into two sessions: codeSwich-Educate and codeSwich-Collaborate. codeSwich-Educate (9:00am to 10:30am) is about facilitating the training and learning of everything code. We want to break down the barriers to learning the skills needed to build the web sites and the applications that millions of people use every day. We focus on JavaScript, HTML and CSS but we will be branching…

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Fire Station 101 Member / Mentor pitch night

June 20, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Join us over drinks and nibbles as Fire Station 101 members and mentors take the stage with 2-minute pitches for... Current and prospective members: Come along to pitch your business idea to a room full of entrepreneurs and mentors. Current and prospective mentors: Share your business journey and insights to make a real difference for Ipswich innovation. For any and all, come along to show your support, hear what Fire Station 101 is all about, and stick around for networking afterwards to connect with entrepreneurs…

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R&D Tax Incentive for start-ups / Equity based crowd funding in Australia

June 22, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Ernst & Young – A guide to the R&D Tax Incentive for start-ups Ernst & Young will cover the Research and Development Tax Incentive, and how small companies that are developing technologies including software can access cash-back incentives from the government. Did you know you may be eligible for a 45% refund for every $1 spent on developing innovative technology? John and Matthew from Ernst & Young Brisbane will guide you through the information you need to know if you’re…

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Double Helix Productivity Workshop

June 27, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Can You Triple Output With Existing Resources? Understand the link between process improvement and the “people“ component. This three-hour workshop will introduce the Double Helix Improvement concept, linking the principles of Lean Management with those of People Management. Through the use of an interactive simulation, witness first-hand how the integration of proven process improvement techniques and organisational cultural improvement concepts can significantly increase (threefold is not unheard of) your output without additional resources! Price: $50 Register on EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/double-helix-productivity-workshop-tickets-26069038195 Presenters Malcom…

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Intellectual property for startups and small business

June 29, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Everything you have ever wanted to know about intellectual property and your business. Award winning patent attorneys and lawyers, Cathryn & Mark Warburton share their top intellectual property tips and open the floor to questions about all intellectual property related matters. Register

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July 2016

CodeSwich coding program in Fire Station 101

July 2, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Welcome to codeSwich! codeSwich is a 3-hour facilitated weekend coding program running out of Fire Station 101 in Ipswich, Queensland.  The program is split into two sessions: codeSwich-Educate and codeSwich-Collaborate. codeSwich-Educate (9:00am to 10:30am) is about facilitating the training and learning of everything code. We want to break down the barriers to learning the skills needed to build the web sites and the applications that millions of people use every day. We focus on JavaScript, HTML and CSS but we will be branching…

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Startup Launchpad Session #1: Idea testing (Do something that matters)

July 12, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Do you have a business idea but aren’t sure what first steps to take? Maybe you’ve heard words like validate, pivot, and unicorns but you have no clue what they mean. Maybe you went to look for a book to help you and discovered that there are 200 promising the same thing! Deciding to start or significantly change a business is a big deal and you deserve a high five for wanting to. Passion and desire are going to be…

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Innovation in Health Workshop

July 14, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Health innovation is creating exciting opportunities in a range of fields, including fitness, medical practice and service delivery, education and nutrition, aged care, disability services, and more. Fire Station 101 and the Ipswich Hospital Foundation are presenting a panel series that shares experienced and diverse perspectives on health innovation to explore ways to become a healthier community. Join us for a dynamic discussion facilitated by a panel of experts in the industry around "Innovation in preventative health". This is a…

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CodeSwich coding program in Fire Station 101

July 16, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Welcome to codeSwich! codeSwich is a 3-hour facilitated weekend coding program running out of Fire Station 101 in Ipswich, Queensland.  The program is split into two sessions: codeSwich-Educate and codeSwich-Collaborate. codeSwich-Educate (9:00am to 10:30am) is about facilitating the training and learning of everything code. We want to break down the barriers to learning the skills needed to build the web sites and the applications that millions of people use every day. We focus on JavaScript, HTML and CSS but we will be branching…

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Startup Launchpad Session #2: Idea modelling – Get your business plan on one page

July 16, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Do you have a business idea but aren’t sure what first steps to take? Maybe you’ve heard words like validate, pivot, and unicorns but you have no clue what they mean. Maybe you went to look for a book to help you and discovered that there are 200 promising the same thing! Deciding to start or significantly change a business is a big deal and you deserve a high five for wanting to. Passion and desire are going to be…

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Startup Launchpad Session #3: Idea building – Bring your idea to reality

July 20, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Do you have a business idea but aren’t sure what first steps to take? Maybe you’ve heard words like validate, pivot, and unicorns but you have no clue what they mean. Maybe you went to look for a book to help you and discovered that there are 200 promising the same thing! Deciding to start or significantly change a business is a big deal and you deserve a high five for wanting to. Passion and desire are going to be…

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GovHack Ipswich – Digital City

July 29, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - July 31, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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GovHack comes to Ipswich and Fire Station 101! GovHack is a weekend where creatives and designers, developers and programmers, entrepreneurs and business leaders, and anyone with a keen interest in data join forces to make a difference using freely available open source data. It will be a great opportunity to learn, grow, and meet new people. You can bring your own team, and teams will be created on the day. Some teams may create working prototypes, while others my find…

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September 2016

Entrepreneurship 101: Establishing Shareholder Agreements & Business Structures

September 6, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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How do you set up your business structure to scale? What equity should you share among the founders? Come along to Fire Station 101 to learn about shareholder agreements and critical points in setting up your business. Understand when the best time to set up your business is Learn what a shareholders agreement is and when you need them in place Understand what your next steps are for your business Following the presentation, Fire Station 101 members will have an…

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BDO Business Series: Ignite Ideas Fund & Business Structures Part 2

September 15, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Join us for this unique opportunity to access expert advice relevant to your startup and business. Advance Queensland – Ignite Ideas Fund  The Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas Fund aims to foster the growth of innovative Queensland businesses through grants of up to $250,000 (excluding GST). The grant funding will support activities that prove that a company’s idea will work or assist with identifying a market or investor for the product, process or service. Round 2 of the Ignite Ideas Fund is now…

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TedX Ipswich

September 17, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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TEDxIpswich will be a day to celebrate innovators, thinkers and dreamers. The theme of TEDxIpswich is ‘Anything is possible’ – a reflection of the emergence of Ipswich as a city brimming with innovation and inspiration and a call-to- action for positivity, activity and creativity. For more information see the TEDx Website

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Fire Station 101 Pitch Night

September 20, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Pitching your idea is important, whether you are looking for investment, customers, or career advancement. Are you an aspiring or current entrepreneur, mentor, or investor? Come along to practice your pitch and check out the recent progress of Fire Station 101 startup members. A special invitation is extended to Chamber of Commerce members to share lessons and pitches with Fire Station 101 members. You will also get to help us choose which two members represent Fire Station 101 at the…

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Internet Of Things (IOT) Executive Briefing

September 29, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Danielle Storey, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Smarter Technology Solutions will provide an executive briefing and Q&A on what’s happening across Silicon Valley and the wider Californian region in the IOT & Smart City space based on her recent time in the USA. Hear Danielle's observations on: Smart City Initiatives Smart Building Solutions IOT in Agriculture Business IOT in Health Care Sustainability Solutions IOT Data Processing & Analytics More About Danielle Story Dani is a thought-leader in mobility, digital enterprise and…

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Fireside Chat: Lessons in Startup Mentoring

September 29, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Are you a mentor? Do you lead a team? Could you benefit from hearing about the proven experience of professional mentor? Thursday 29th of September, participate in a Fireside chat about Startup Mentoring with one of Queensland's most experienced mentors. In this Fireside Chat learn about: • The elements of successful mentoring • Attitudes and expectations from mentoring • Assessing where a founder's progress • Assessing your relevance as a mentor • The network effect of mentoring • And mentoring as a service provider…

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October 2016

EY R&D Series: Federal ESIC Tax Incentives

October 4, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Join us for this unique opportunity to access expert advice relevant to your startup or business. Federal Government – Early Stage Innovation Companies Incentives Scheme The Federal Government has recently introduced powerful incentives for investors to invest in Early Stage Innovation Companies (ESICs). These incentives enable investors to access tax offsets and capital gains exemptions for investing in innovative start-ups and small businesses that qualify as an ESIC. The program will encourage investment in innovative companies and it provides a…

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Mentor Blaze 7 – Speed Dating for Mentoring!

October 5, 2016 @ 3:45 pm - 7:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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400 Mentor Sessions, 7 Cities across Queensland, 2 hours If you have an idea, or an itch of an idea for a new startup business and want to explore the concept with a range of willing entrepreneurs and expert mentors all in the one place at the one time, then register now for 2016 Mentor Blaze ultimate mentoring event. Mentor Blaze is a high energy, speed mentoring event held locally at Fire Station 101, and simultaneously at a range of…

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Executive Briefing: Spatial Opportunities

October 6, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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In this exclusive Executive Briefing, hear from industry experts as they discuss the Spatial Industry. Listen to Panel members from an industry that reaches from Pokémon Go to the core of Australian life and property as they highlight Spatial Industry capabilities, opportunities and vision for innovation leveraging Spatial Thinking in your business, home or school. Engage with our exclusive panel on: · Successful Startups utilising spatial technologies · Common pain points uncovered by spatial thinking · Platforms and tools to help accelerate your…

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Legal Mentoring Workshop

October 10, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Session 1 – Structures, personal liability, PPSR and disputes - By the end of the session you will have completed a review your current business structure and understand * what is your personal liability in your current business (is your house at risk)? * what to do if you receive a letter of demand * what to do if you have a dispute in your business * what is the PPSR and why should you care?   Session 2 – Contracts…

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Impact Academy Student Showcase

October 10, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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A key to our future success is the ability to create young entrepreneurs today. Come along to a special evening to hear pitches by the participants of the Impact Youth young social entrepreneur program in West Moreton Anglican College. Meet the young leaders helping to areas such as address aged care, mental health and animal activism. About Impact Academy's Youth Accelerator The Impact Academy Impact Youth Accelerator program is a 14-week program that runs over two terms. The program involves…

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Entrepreneur 101: Business Clarity with Lean Canvas

October 18, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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The Lean Canvas is an effective and simple way to map out your new idea or existing business.  In a single page, learn to understand your customers, problems you are trying to solve, the unique value you can provide, and how you measure success. In this fun, FREE and interactive three-hour workshop, you will: • Learn principles behind the Lean Canvas; • Create a new business from scratch using the Lean Canvas; and • Work to apply the Lean Canvas to your own…

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Spatial Thinking Hackathon: Ideation Night

October 19, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia

Come along for Ipswich's first ever Spatial Hackathon ideation and info night to meet our Sponsors (announced on the night) and help them come up with ideas about how they might use technology to solve their challenges. We will provide food, drink and all the stuff you need to make the ideas happen. We'll also be providing some more information on the hackathon, and explaining how the Spatial industry needs a wide variety of skillsets - from coding to design,…

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Ipswich WordPress Meetup

October 30, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Join a group of local WordPress users, developers, designers, and publishers who get together to share their knowledge and experience, and to meet other WordPress users in the area. The group meets up most months on the last Wednesday night of the month. This WordPress Meetup is open to all who love WordPress (including beginners) --- join us! Register

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November 2016

BDO Business Series: Tax for Social Enterprise & NFPs

November 17, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Join us for this unique opportunity to access expert advice relevent to your startup and business. Continuing on from our popular tax series graciously presented by BDO comes Tax for Social Enterprises and NFPs. It is common for business owners to focus predominantly on their product or service, operating under the mentality that a quality product equals business success. However, in a competitive environment the business aspect is just as important.  Many high quality products are on the scrap-heap because…

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PwC Entrepreneur Series: Execution, Tips & Leverage

November 24, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Pricewaterhouse Coopers presents this innovative series on entrepreneur basics from pitfalls to little known funding avenues. In this session PwC representatives will talk through: • Common startup pitfalls • What investors are looking for in your startup • How to make an accurate assessment of your value proposition • How to efficiently execute on your value proposition • How to upsell your collaborators • Alternative funding methods We look forward to seeing you at Fire Station 101 for this informative…

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Survive to 5 Years Workshop – Advancing Small Business Qld

November 29, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Tuesday 29 November 2016 Workshop sessions between 10am – 3.30pm Fire Station 101: 101 Limestone Street, Ipswich  QLD  4305 Limited places Get your business ready for 2017 now! At this workshop you’ll get to learn about business planning, cash flow and accounting plus digital technologies to help you work smarter, as well as staffing and succession planning. Business mentors will also be available for one-on-one sessions to chat about your goals or plans - you can register for these at the registration…

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December 2016

Global entrepreneur session: Early-stage startup expertise

December 9, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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If you are running or considering an early-stage startup or accessing global markets, you will not want to miss this event! Join us for a unique opportunity to get face to face access to global startup expertise. International startup entrepreneur Daniel Johnsen and global startup mentor & Mackay Split Spaces Director, Mark Phillips will share their experience to provide practical tips to build and scale your business. Specialising in early-stage startups, they will cover topics including: • How to find and tap into new…

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codeSwich is in Ipswich!

December 10, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Welcome to codeSwich!  codeSwich is a 3-hour facilitated weekend coding program running out of Fire Station 101 in Ipswich, Queensland.  The program is split into two sessions: codeSwich-Educate and codeSwich-Collaborate. codeSwich-Educate (9:00am to 10:30am) is about facilitating the training and learning of everything code. We want to break down the barriers to learning the skills needed to build the web sites and the applications that millions of people use every day. We focus on JavaScript, HTML and CSS but we will be branching out…

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Fireside chat with a tech co-founder: John Sherwood from Gleam

December 13, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Fireside Chat with John Sherwood

We have a unique opportunity Tuesday night to hear from John Sherwood, technical co-founder of Melbourne-based global marketing platform gleam.io. Join us for a casual fireside chat in Fire Station 101 as we touch on topics such as: • How do you find a technical co-founder? • What works and what doesn't in co-founding teams? • What are some lessons learned after going through seven other startups? • How do you create and manage virtual technology teams? Register

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January 2017

Survive to 5 follow up: 2017 action session

January 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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In November 2016, Fire Station 101 hosted the Business Queensland "Survive to 5" event to build skills in over 50 businesses in the region. Experts spoke on topics of business planning, finance management, digital technology, and people management. Join us on 10 January to learn from others based on what we applied as well as plan for how we will apply the skills in 2017. Our goal is to not just survive, but thrive to build, grow, and scale our…

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Entrepreneur Planning Workshop: Ignite your idea at Fire Station 101

January 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Are you looking to kick start your entrepreneurial project? Do you want to get clear on where you are, where you are going, and what needs to happen? Keen to find like-minded individuals who share an interest in building, growing, and scaling business? Get your startup or entrepreneurial project on track with the Fire Station 101 Ignite planning workshop! On Saturday, 21 January come along to a group workshop and join other entrepreneurs as we: Get clear on where you…

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Startup and small business accounting: Get your business numbers right

January 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Whether you are self-employed, a startup, or an established business, keeping your business books is a resolution you should keep all year. Come to a practical and interactive session that will help you: Simplify the process of getting your business numbers sorted Remove the “fear factor” of talking to a bookkeeper or accountant Find the best software options available for you Topics covered will include: Moving from Employee to Entrepreneur – the info you need to get started on the…

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WordPress Ipswich January Meetup

January 25, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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A welcome back from holidays and kickstart for the 2017 year! Guest speaker and topic to be announced in early 2017 but please mark this event in your calendar so that you can make it. The WordPress Meetups are community driven and focussed. Anyone with an interest in WordPress is very welcome to attend, we have members who range from basic business owners who use WordPress through to designers and developers who have high levels of knowledge. Register

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February 2017

Dealing with Investors as a Startup

February 8, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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The investors may or may not be part of your Startup plan. An investor may approach you out of the blue. So how do you handle them? What does a good deal & relationships look like? What’s the difference between FFFs, Angel Investors and VCs? What does a good ‘investment plan’ look like. How do you gain investment when you need it? What are investors looking for? What are some of the traps that ‘not-so’ angelic investors use? All this and…

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Selling to Enterprises

February 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Mark Phillips joins us once again at Fire Station 101, this time to share his knowledge about dealing with Enterprise Customers and Sales. For this workshop and discussion "Enterprises" are defined as Large Corporations, Institutions like Universities, NGOs and Government, Military etc. Particularly organisations with large bureaucracies with big budgets, global reach and complex decision-making mechanisms. So, how do you as a startup sell them your new innovation, products & services? How do you find the real Decision Makers? How to…

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Lessons for Ipswich from a seven-city North American Innovation Tour

February 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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What can the Ipswich and regional Queensland startup communities learn from Boulder, Denver, San Francisco, Kansas City, Toronto, Vancouver, and Seattle? Hear from Fire Station 101 Community Manager Chad Renando as he shares insights following his three-week whirlwind tour of over 40 North American co-working spaces, innovation hubs, accelerators, and investment programs. Chad had four goals in mind for his trip: 1. Gain insights from best practice examples to apply to the Ipswich region, 2. Create networks and practical expansion…

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February WordPress Meetup

February 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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We had a brilliant start to the year with Andrew's presentation (a copy is available here), covering how to think about your website from a customer's perspective. Our February meetup will have Cameron Jones (from Matter Solutions) presenting 7 Free Third Party Services Every Website Needs. Cameron will give us an insight into what other tools can help work with WordPress to enhance your site. Pizza and drinks are provided, thanks to our gracious sponsors. If this is your first WordPress…

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March 2017

Rapid innovation: A conversation with the founder of Hackathons Australia

March 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Can you achieve rapid and practical innovation outcomes over a weekend? Across the world on any given weekend, people from diverse backgrounds and experiences work together to make a difference. Companies, community groups, and governments are all using hackathons to drive innovation, challenge thinking, build networks, and develop skills. On Monday evening, join us for a very special opportunity to hear practical insights from Angela Bee, founder of Hackathons Australia. In an open conversation with Community Manager Chad Renando, Angela…

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Digital Conservation “DigiCon”­­ Hackathon Ideation Night

March 9, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Ipswich City Council has partnered with Fire Station 101 to connect entrepreneurs, developers and environmentalists with a unique opportunity to create a digital solution which connects the community to our local environment. Digital Conservation or “DigiCon” is the concept of using technology to achieve positive conservation outcomes. And as the fastest growing city in Queensland, it is vital that we strive to preserve our natural environment. The Hackathon is open to any individuals or groups with a great idea, and…

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Leading in the Innovation Age: HALF DAY WORKSHOP

March 14, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Join author Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw for a half-day workshop to help organisations develop inspirational and innovative leaders. Bring your team and network with other leaders to drive  productive and positive change, continuous improvement, and adaptability in a complex and rapidly evolving world. Who should attend: • Managers and leaders at all levels • Emerging leaders • Team leaders • Supervisors • Organisational influencers • CEOs, Directors and GMs • Project managers What you’ll learn: • Bring out the entrepreneurialism of your people • Open the channels of communication that…

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WIRE (Women, Innovation, Research, and Entrepreneurship) Program

March 15, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Come along to find out how you can be a part of a unique program encouraging women entrepreneurs in rural, regional and remote areas. Fire Station 101 is hosting one of 15 pop-up" sessions across the State to launch the WiRE (Women in Rural, Regional and Remote Enterprises) Program. Become part of a community of women who are passionate about being entrepreneurial in rural, regional and remote settings! Learn about 5 key factors for success in creating and progressing your venture. Help plan a support…

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Digital Conservation “DigiCon”­­­ Hackathon

March 17, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - March 19, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Ipswich City Council has partnered with Fire Station 101 to connect entrepreneurs, developers and environmentalists with a unique opportunity to create a digital solution which connects the community to our local environment. Digital Conservation or “DigiCon” is the concept of using technology to achieve positive conservation outcomes. And as the fastest growing city in Queensland, it is vital that we strive to preserve our natural environment. The Hackathon is open to any individuals or groups with a great idea, and with the…

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Social Media : The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

March 28, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Our exciting panel will each talk for 5 minutes and then throw the floor open to questions ... come along and pick our brains about getting the most out of social media in your business. Liz Campbell - The Word Stylist discusses "the good" about social media ... how every word you write can influence your potential client base. Cathryn Warburton - The Legal Lioness discusses the "bad" ... how what you do on social media can land you in…

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March WordPress Meetup: Hands-on Workshop

March 29, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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As requested by a few of our members, this month's meetup will be a hands-on workshop! This means that you can bring your laptop along to run through a series of topics to implement and use on your own WordPress installation. If you have an aching issue, question or problem you've been trying to solve with WordPress, please add it in as part of the RSVP question and feel free to detail it further in the comments if required. We (the…

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April 2017

Startup workshop: risk, metrics, and pricing

April 11, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Whether you are an existing business expanding into new markets or a brand new startup, starting something new can be a risky endeavour. Come prepared for a practical workshop on your business as startup Mentor Peter Laurie guides us through a conversation about: Entrepreneurial risk (why startups aren't that risky and how to convince yourself and others of that) Pirate metrics (sanely describing how your business is going and what it is worth to yourself and others) Pricing (understanding the…

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Startup lessons with Peter Laurie: Just Start!

April 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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As Mentor in Residence at River City Labs and technical lead for Startup Catalyst, Peter Laurie has seen seen a fair share of startup stories. Come along to hear principles and examples what works and what doesn't as we dive into: • What it really means to be a Lean Startup • How do you embrace change and get real about the "pivot" • Why you do not need to define the end state perfectly or start from the perfect place • How you…

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Learn to Pitch: Prepare for the Australian Post PitchFest!

April 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Want to get better at sharing your ideas? Come along to an interactive evening to learn how to prepare your pitch, practice in a safe environment, and get filmed for entry into the Australia Post Regional Pitchfest! If you are working on a startup or have an idea, join us in seeing how many entries we can get from Ipswich! Australia Post Regional Pitchfest gives anyone from regional Australia with a BIG INNOVATIVE idea the chance to pitch to an expert…

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WordPress Ipswich April Meetup

April 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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This month's presentation will focus on SSL Certificates, presented by Jamin Andrews from Conetix. He will go through what role SSL's play, why there's a strong emphasis on having them in 2017 and what you need to do for your WordPress site to install and use. Drinks and pizza is also provided, thanks to our gracious sponsors. If this is your first WordPress Meetup, please don't be shy! You'll find a great community of users and developers who are all happy…

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May 2017

Mentor Blaze Ipswich – Qld’s Premier Startup & Innovation Mentoring Event

May 15, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Mentor Blaze Ipswich - part of Queensland Small Business Week Registration for this event via Eventbrite HERE is essential to secure your place and requires a small fee of $20 for mentees and $10 for students. Imagine having multiple intense Q&A sessions with outstanding business mentors in one place across a high energy 2-hour session. Welcome to Mentor Blaze 8, Queensland's biggest mentoring event held simultaneously across varied Qld locations including Ipswich. If you have an existing business, an idea, or an itch…

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Coder Connect: A conversation with Darren Rogan

May 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Come along to a fire side chat with technical founder and startup mentor Darren Rogan. In addition to acting as mentor for the iLab accelerator, Darren is a professional software developer and startup founder for ProRoute. This conversation will be both technical and professional, as we chat about: pros and cons of different development stacks, when and how to scale a team, challenges of developing in a startup, and more. Pizza and drinks provided. See you there! Register

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Magikcraft Hackathon – Learn code through Minecraft!

May 28, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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This Sunday, at Firestation 101: Magikcraft Hackathon! Sunday 28 May, 10am to 5pm Catch the final Magikcraft Hackathon before the global launch in Dublin, Ireland. Magikcraft teaches kids to code JavaScript in Minecraft using the metaphor of magic. This Hackathon is suitable for: • Kids who love Minecraft and want to learn to code, • Adults who want to learn to code in a fun and playful way, and • Software developers who want to contribute to a magical open source platform that…

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Upower & Wiserr Ipswich Launch Party

May 30, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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RSVP to this event through Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/370313856697824/ Upower & Wiserr invite you to a free event to hear about the new program to inspire entrepreneurship and innovation in female and mature entrepreneurs. This will be an amazing opportunity to meet mentors, industry leaders, and other entrepreneurs who have already started their own businesses through Upower & Wiserr. Upower Leadership Program is a program that is all about helping you start a successful business without burning your wallet. Come to…

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WordPress Ipswich May Meetup

May 31, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Topic and presenter to be announced early May. Drinks and pizza is also provided, thanks to our gracious sponsors. If this is your first WordPress Meetup, please don't be shy! You'll find a great community of users and developers who are all happy to share their WordPress wisdom and information. The WordPress Meetups are community driven and focused. Anyone with an interest in WordPress is very welcome to attend, we have members who range from bloggers and basic business owners…

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June 2017

EnviroForum: Nature Conservation in the Digital Age

June 2, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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We are living in a digital age with 15.3 million Australians owning a smartphone and 11.2 million owning a tablet. Embracing this technology into nature conservation is an important aspect of continuing improving and promoting our conservation work. The 2017 EnviroForum will discuss key technological initiatives that have helped improve the conservation work at various organisations and the opportunities technology and innovation can provide to help us protect our environment. An interactive innovation experience will also be held at Fire…

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Switch On 2017 Demoscene Weekend Computer Party

June 10, 2017 @ 8:00 am - June 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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In the tradition of Flashback Sydney and Syntax Melbourne, Switch On is a computer demoscene party hosted in Ipswich Australia. Computer enthusiasts come to socialise and compete in competitions such as real-time programming, graphics running on old and new computers, homebrew hardware, pre-rendered animations, graphics and music. The word "demoparty" is globally used to describe this gathering of coders, musicians, graphic artists and creative minds under one roof which share their work and compete with others. Small prizes are given to the coolest "entry winners" which is…

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RHoK Ipswich Winter ’17 Hackathon

June 16, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - June 18, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Twice a year altruistic volunteers from the IT and business community come together to help charities, not for profits and community groups. We spend a full weekend trying to solve some of the problems these organisations face. We build concrete solutions like mobile apps, websites and browser plugins that have immediate impact. Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) was started in 2009 by Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, NASA and The World Bank. RHoK came to Australia in 2011 and is now Australia's…

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WordPress Ipswich June Meetup

June 28, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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This month's meetup will be a bit of an informal round circle chat, entitled "What did you learn about WordPress this month?". Anyone and everyone is encouraged to participate, even if you have only used WordPress for the first time this month! We're not expecting slides or presentations (even a 60 second mention is perfect), but simple tips and discussions and especially focused on the basics of WordPress. It may be that you discovered something neat about the text editor…

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July 2017

Startup and small business Ignite Ideas Fund Round 3 – Grant writer insights

July 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Round 3 of the Ignite Ideas fund is here, but it closes soon! Join us Monday evening at Fire Station 101 with grant writing experts who will share their first-hand experience gained from assisting startups and small businesses with submissions in previous rounds. The Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas Fund, supports startups and small to medium Queensland businesses to commercialise market ready innovative ideas that will help them grow and compete in a global market and create new jobs. Applications for the…

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How to Successfully Launch a Product – Expert Panel

July 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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You have the vision and the product. How do you turn that brilliant vision into a successful reality? Launching something new starts way before the buzz, without the proper launch strategy and ideal timing even the best idea can fall flat. Three fast-moving Startups from the Advance Queensland Hot DesQ program are descending upon Ipswich to share their experiences and tips on best practice for engaging customers and driving the success of a product launch. Join us for a panel…

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Intro to Markdown & Git Workshop

July 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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HS Ipswich is proud to announce a massive day of Introductory training in Markdown documentation paired with GIT version control. Participants will undertake practical learning in document production with Markdown. Break for lunch. With the opportunity to return in the second session after the lunch break to continue with a practical study of GIT version control. Building a basic repository to control versions of their documentation, software, firmware and/or digital creations. Many open source projects depend on version control systems,…

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GovHack 2017 Ipswich Info and Connection night

July 25, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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What could we do for our community with open data? We aim to find out in the upcoming GovHack Ipswich 2017 Hackathon at Fire Station 101. GovHack is an annual weekend event held across Australia where designers, programmers, business people, and anyone with an idea join together to create opportunities using open data. Come along to find out what GovHack http://www.govhack.org/ is all about. You will hear an overview of the upcoming hackathon to be run on the last weekend of…

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WordPress Ipswich July Meetup

July 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Buzzing from the WordCamp Brisbane 2017 the weekend before, we'll have a bit of a decompression about what the highlights were and what was learnt. For the benefit of those who didn't attend, Tim Butler will provide a summary to help share the knowledge. Drinks and pizza are also provided, thanks to our gracious sponsors Fire Station 101, Excite Media, Plesk and Conetix. If this is your first WordPress Meetup, please don't be shy! You'll find a great community of users and developers who…

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GovHack Ipswich 2017

July 28, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - July 30, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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GovHack is returning to Ipswich and Fire Station 101! GovHack is a weekend where creatives and designers, developers and programmers, entrepreneurs and business leaders, and anyone with a keen interest in data join forces to make a difference using freely available open source data. Find out what GovHack is all about here: http://www.govhack.org/ You can bring your own team, and or join teams created at the event. It will be a great opportunity to learn, grow, and meet new people. Some…

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August 2017

Scaling to the USA – Fireside chat with Gabe Sulkes

August 7, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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The USA market presents big opportunities, but can also seem daunting for those looking to scale their business for the first time. The Australian Landing Pad in San Francisco supports Australian startups landing in San Francisco. Join us in Fire Station 101 Monday afternoon for a fireside chat with Gabe Sulkes, landing pad manager in San Francisco as he shares tips and tricks for entering the US market. Gabe Sulkes - Landing Pad Manager, San Francisco, Austrade Gabe Sulkes serves as the San…

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Steve Baxter Fireside Chat, RCL Accelerator & Startup Catalyst

August 21, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Join us at Fire Station 101 where entrepreneur, investor, and 'Shark' Steve Baxter will share his story and give an information session focussed on getting your startup to go global! Registration for this event via Eventbrite HERE is essential to secure your place WE WILL COVER: • Guest Speaker Steve Baxter shares his amazing founder story • Information on our upcoming RCL Accelerator with Telstra's muru-D - BNE3 • Information on our upcoming international missions with Startup Catalyst • Alumni…

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Ignite Entrepreneur Workshop: Define your Business Model & Pitch Practice

August 26, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Would you like a simple and effective tool to gain clarity on what drives value in your business? How about practical tools to communicate your model to a diverse range of stakeholders? Knowing your business model and refining your pitch is critical whether you are applying for funding or investment, growing customers, expanding to new markets, or attracting employees. This free workshop is for both first-timers and those who want to launch to the next level. Join us for a 3-hour…

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WordPress Ipswich August Meetup

August 30, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Topic for the August meeting to be decided early August! The WordPress Ipswich Meetup group is always looking for people to present so if you're interested, please contact the Meetup organisers. Drinks and pizza are also provided, thanks to our gracious sponsors Fire Station 101, Excite Media, Plesk and Conetix. If this is your first WordPress Meetup, please don't be shy! You'll find a great community of users and developers who are all happy to share their WordPress wisdom and information.…

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September 2017

Tech & startups (what does your MVP need?)

September 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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You have the vision and an idea for a great product. How do you turn that brilliant vision into a successful reality? Often the starting point is with a minimum viable product (MVP). An MVP is a product with a minimum set of features that solves a definite problem in the world. It allows you to spend as little resources as possible to engage your first users and get useful validated feedback for future product development. Join us at Fire…

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Impact Academy Ipswich Regional Accelerator – Info Night

September 21, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street
Ipswich, Queensland 4305 Australia
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Making a difference and a profit The rules of business are evolving. Social Enterprise has found its way to the forefront of discussions in the corporate arena, academia, capital markets, non-profit sector, government departments and even the dining rooms of Australian households. Fire Station 101 has partnered with Impact Academy to deliver their first 'Regional Impact Accelerator' program. Together we're now encouraging startups and businesses with a social impact to apply to the inaugural Ipswich Impact Accelerator program to be run from Fire Station 101…

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