Spurred on by success at winning the SEGRA 2015 Challenge, Troy and I went to work on our pieces of the puzzle last October.
Quick history of ST leading up to SEGRA:
- 2014-2015: Driver Team of 6 (core of 3) worked toward a Startup Weekend Tablelands
- May 2015: Highly successful Startup Weekend Tablelands with theme of Rural Innovation (40 participants, great mentors from statewide in Qld, super facilitator from Melbourne, hugely enthusiastic feedback except, ironically, from the winning team’s “leader”….go figure!)
- We were told we were the Startup Weekend with the largest watershed, the smallest population (size of Tassie and 40,000 inhabitants), and the oldest median age of any STW anywhere!
- On the basis of our successful work, one ST core collaborator, George Corea, won a trip to the Global Startup Weekend conference in Spain.
- Typical slump in activity as we few Drivers were burnt out. However, we managed to pull together 8 follow up events in 2015.
- From November George Corea and I battled on basically on our own on the Atherton Tablelands with wonderful support and mentorship from Troy Haines.
- 2016 was already underway when new faces started to show up. Spoiler Alert for anyone attempting to do this at home in a rural area: expect it to be less than Blitzkrieg speed!
- Through unending efforts by Troy and his colleagues at TheSPACE Cairns, we slowly built up the team that would plump out our rather skinny Drivers’ Team as well as take on the Traineeship with Troy: Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Regional Australia.
- We crossed the line in May, becoming the Beta group for Troy’s program, and a great team of 9 trainees we are! Spread from 17 to 67 years, from outright geeks to economic development freaks, from agricultural devotees to mad meditators, the group could hardly be more diverse!
- We have already finagled funding, evidenced the dire symptoms of meetingitis, learned collaborative meeting and IT techniques, pulled in partners, put on some events, and manifested an amazing amount of traction that George, Troy, and I could only have dreamt of as 2016 opened up in front of us with not such great prospects, a little money, a few funding grants submitted, and outrageously daring hope in our hearts.
- In short: ST is going places!
I will be posting more. Please ask your questions, make your comments, provide any feedback or suggestions in our SEGRA Linked In conversation.
We are in the game and we want you to join up as well. It is hard work, but it is not impossible!