IACT18 is now live! Our official Launch Night for this year’s program took place earlier this week at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at The Australian National University (ANU).
InnovationACT (IACT) is a proud initiative of ANU, so it was fitting for us to launch this year’s program at such an iconic building on campus. Close to 250 IACT participants, alumni, supporters and members of the local innovation community came together to mark the start of the 11th edition of the InnovationACT program.
The early part of the evening featured an innovation showcase by former IACT participants and program supporters. Guests got the chance to mingle with key players of the innovation community, including the Canberra Innovation Network, University of Canberra, ANU TechLauncher, the Canberra Institution of Technology, OK RDY, Savage Yeti Games, Tailored Accounts, Square One and Kreatif.
As the evening went on, our guest speakers and program facilitators took to the stage to share what they have learned through their own entrepreneurial journey and to officially open IACT18.
QPay co-founder and ANU alumnus, Andrew Clapham, inspired students with his company’s rags-to-riches story – from their humble beginnings as an app development business, to their app’s adoption by a sizeable chunk of the Canberra community, to now, where the team recently did a deal on Shark Tank, have gone international and are continuing to grow with leaps and bounds.
IACT Program Manager, Vicki Stanley, took the opportunity to extend a huge thank you to our Major Partners, the University of Canberra, IP Australia, ACT Government and Canberra Innovation Network; as well as to our many Supporters, for their continued support.
Each of the facilitators for this year’s program had a word of advice for young entrepreneurs, particularly to this year’s participants, having been through the program themselves and seen their fair share of successful and failed ventures.
Jayden Castillo talked about entrepreneurship’s role in building a sustainable future and making a meaningful contribution to the world. Irene Zhen emphasized the importance of thinking about what you can do to make a difference, now, and take action. Christiaan Hind spoke of how friendships motivated him to first take a leap by participating in the program for the first time many years ago, and he officially kicked off this year’s program.
As the night drew to a close, potential IACT18 participants were given another chance to network and continue their search for a team. Participants were incredibly enthusiastic, many matching with new team members, and the hunt continuing on the front steps of the JCSMR after the event ended.
If you’re interested in being part of this year’s program, there is still time to sign up! Participants have until 1PM on Saturday 18th August to find a team and register via the IACT website.
Join us for Workshop 1 – The Business Model this Saturday…Make sure to get your ticket via Eventbrite to reserve your space, first!
Best of luck to all of the teams participating in this year’s program. We are eager to get to know you and all your amazing ideas. Remember, this is just the start of your entrepreneurial journey.