Awais Bhattee and Neem Pillai from the IACT19 Committee were on the scene at InnovationACT Launch Night, chatting to the community and to provide us with a recap of the evening.
“It takes a village to raise a child”
This is just one of many quotes that embody the spirit and culture of InnovationACT, and just one of many quotes that we’ll share in this post, the first blog update of IACT19!
Just as a child learns from many different experiences and places, guided by the wisdom of those around them, so do entrepreneurs working on a new venture. The theme of ‘community’ was one that ran strong throughout InnovationACT 2019: Launch Night, earlier this week. Not only did hundreds of like-minded individuals from the local innovation community come along to help kick off this year’s program, but they got to meet some of the innovative initiatives that support (and/or are supported by) the community, and also heard about the generous network of mentors, alumni, judges, and support organisations, who make InnovationACT possible each year.
The event was one of those nights where you wish you could freeze and rewind time, over and over again, just to get the chance to have endless conversations with the group of people, from a diverse range of backgrounds, industries and experiences, who joined us from the broader Canberra innovation community.
With that in mind, the IACT19 Committee took to the room to try to capture some of the expertise and experience from the community, with the following question:
Do you have a tip for those starting their entrepreneurial journey?
This is just a small sample that the IACT Committee gathered over a short time at Launch Night, so one can only imagine the wealth of advice and wisdom that IACT19 participants will gain over the next ten weeks, not just directly through the InnovationACT program, but from the wider Canberra ecosystem.
We’d love to take this opportunity to that the community, particularly our program Partners, Supporters, judges, and mentors, whose collective generosity allows us to continue supporting hundreds of up-and-coming entrepreneurs each year.
To all the teams participating in IACT19, best of luck, and we can’t wait to see how your ideas develop. To the rest of the community, please do continue supporting these bright, young minds – you can follow along on their progress via our newsletter, or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the #IACT19 hashtag.