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Eight start-ups have been announced as the 2014 intake for Springboard Enterprises accelerator, a program connecting women entrepreneurs to growth experts and venture capital networks.

This is the second time the program has been run in Australia. Over 100 companies applied for this year’s program.

The eight companies began a bootcamp today to hone their growth strategies and develop their fundraising skills.

Entrepreneur and Springboard Enterprises chairman Kay Koplovitz toldStartupSmart the fact women still made up such a small percentage of venture-backed start-ups was part of the body of evidence that women face more challenges than male entrepreneurs.

“There is no doubt women are still facing extra challenge because habits die hard, cultures don’t change quickly and people still feel more comfortable backing people like themselves. Springboard is here to grow a new community that gives more parity to women and connect them into existing networks,” Koplovtiz says.

All the companies have a product or service offering in the market, are midway into major growth strategies and one is profitable. 

Koplovitz says the key to bridging the gender gap in investment is education and introductions.

“Women aren’t being rejected, they just aren’t as connected. We want to connect them into the equity capital ecosystem,” she says. “Many entrepreneurs have never needed to raise capital before so they need to learn a whole new language for it.”

The eight companies are 365cups, Flamingo, iVyy, Magnepath, MiPlan, MocoInsight, Seqta and Veilability.

Two of these come from NSW, two from Queensland, three from Western Australia and one from Victoria.

Four are enterprise cloud start-ups, as well as one in consumer tech, health, mining and education.

source: http://www.startupsmart.com.au/financing-a-business/venture-capital/eight-women-led-start-ups-selected-for-global-venture-catalyst-accelerator/2014020411622.html

Merimbula launches bid to be the “SeaChange Startup capital” of Australia

 

The NSW south coast town of Merimbula will be running a start-up camp andDragon’s Den style investment pitching event in March this year, in a bid to draw entrepreneurs to the area.

Entrepreneur and conference coordinator Liam O’Duibhir told StartupSmart the event had two target markets and objectives.

“The camp is basically to inspire people in the region to be more entrepreneurial, embrace technology and ultimately form start-ups, potentially disruptive ones, that will become the backbone of a new economic sector for the region,” O’Duibhir says.

Beyond inspiring the locals, the camp is also to inspire entrepreneurs based in metropolitan centres to move to the beachside town.

“We also want to send a big message to those involved in metro regions like Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne that tech and entrepreneurship are happening here and you can carve out your life in a lovely area and get the best of both worlds,” he adds.

The two-day conference will including speeches and workshops with NSW Finance Minister Andrew Constance, start-up mentor Pete Cooper, as well as entrepreneurs Simone Eyles from 365Cups and SignonSite app’s Mitch Harmer.

O’Duibhir says more start-up events are needed in regional areas to connect the community as the biggest challenge for regional entrepreneurship is finding the right talent.

“Unless you’re going to do everything yourself, which is a tough proposition, you need access to talented people to validate and implement your ideas and enable you to scale up,” O’Duibhir says.

This is the third time the conference has been run by local not-for-profit technology promoting group IntoIT.

source: http://www.startupsmart.com.au/financing-a-business/venture-capital/eight-women-led-start-ups-selected-for-global-venture-catalyst-accelerator/2014020411622.html

Eight women-led start-ups selected for global ‘venture catalyst’ accelerator

Eight start-ups have been announced as the 2014 intake for Springboard Enterprises accelerator, a program connecting women entrepreneurs to growth experts and venture capital networks. This is the second time the program has been run in Australia. Over 100 companies applied for this year’s program.

The eight companies began a bootcamp today to hone their growth strategies and develop their fundraising skills.

Entrepreneur and Springboard Enterprises chairman Kay Koplovitz toldStartupSmart the fact women still made up such a small percentage of venture-backed start-ups was part of the body of evidence that women face more challenges than male entrepreneurs.

“There is no doubt women are still facing extra challenge because habits die hard, cultures don’t change quickly and people still feel more comfortable backing people like themselves. Springboard is here to grow a new community that gives more parity to women and connect them into existing networks,” Koplovtiz says.

All the companies have a product or service offering in the market, are midway into major growth strategies and one is profitable.

Koplovitz says the key to bridging the gender gap in investment is education and introductions.

“Women aren’t being rejected, they just aren’t as connected. We want to connect them into the equity capital ecosystem,” she says. “Many entrepreneurs have never needed to raise capital before so they need to learn a whole new language for it.”

The eight companies are 365cups, Flamingo, iVyy, Magnepath, MiPlan, MocoInsight, Seqta and Veilability.

Two of these come from NSW, two from Queensland, three from Western Australia and one from Victoria.

Four are enterprise cloud start-ups, as well as one in consumer tech, health, mining and education.

 

source: http://www.startupsmart.com.au/financing-a-business/venture-capital/eight-women-led-start-ups-selected-for-global-venture-catalyst-accelerator/2014020411622.html

Merimbula launches bid to be the “SeaChange Startup capital” of Australia

The NSW south coast town of Merimbula will be running a start-up camp andDragon’s Den style investment pitching event in March this year, in a bid to draw entrepreneurs to the area.

Entrepreneur and conference coordinator Liam O’Duibhir told StartupSmart the event had two target markets and objectives. 

“The camp is basically to inspire people in the region to be more entrepreneurial, embrace technology and ultimately form start-ups, potentially disruptive ones, that will become the backbone of a new economic sector for the region,” O’Duibhir says.

Beyond inspiring the locals, the camp is also to inspire entrepreneurs based in metropolitan centres to move to the beachside town.

 “We also want to send a big message to those involved in metro regions like Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne that tech and entrepreneurship are happening here and you can carve out your life in a lovely area and get the best of both worlds,” he adds.

 The two-day conference will including speeches and workshops with NSW Finance Minister Andrew Constance, start-up mentor Pete Cooper, as well as entrepreneurs Simone Eyles from 365Cups and SignonSite app’s Mitch Harmer.

O’Duibhir says more start-up events are needed in regional areas to connect the community as the biggest challenge for regional entrepreneurship is finding the right talent.

“Unless you’re going to do everything yourself, which is a tough proposition, you need access to talented people to validate and implement your ideas and enable you to scale up,” O’Duibhir says.

This is the third time the conference has been run by local not-for-profit technology promoting group IntoIT.

source: http://www.startupsmart.com.au/leadership/management/merimbula-launches-bid-to-be-the-seachange-startup-capital-of-australia/2014020511627.html



A COUNTRY-BORN idea has branched from its home in Wagga Wagga and is now taking the US by storm.

365Cups is a Riverina-based tech business that initially allowed customers to order coffees online - a simple idea that has spread its wings.

The idea come about over a cup of coffee shared by two friends who also shared a love of technology.

Good old-fashioned country service is the catch cry for the business that is well-known in its home town.

"We've had more uptake in regional areas than metro areas," co-owner and founder Simone Eyles said.

"Our regional clients are amazing - they don't need to understand the technology, they just need to know that it works.

"What stands us apart from other business, especially our competitors, is our country service.

"We're not a faceless, robotic service."

The business has now taken on US clients Bacon Brothers.

The mobile food truck is based in upstate New York and is famous for its bacon-orientated menu.

"We can make an App for anyone, anywhere," Ms Eyles said.

"We've also had a call from an LA juice bar.

"Who knows how far it will go," she laughed.

And to all country girls out there - Ms Eyles has a powerful message.

"I'm all for a bit of girl power - there's no reason why we can't have a crack and do something amazing."

source: http://www.theland.com.au/news/agriculture/rural-lifestyle/general-news/waggabased-business-takes-on-the-us/2685377.aspx

The crew at Bacon Brothers food truck: Chris Dambach; his nephew Caden Dambach; and his brother-in-law, Matt Visker. The truck will set up late Fridays and Saturdays at the corner of Franklin and Washington streets in Syracuse. (Gary Walts / The Post-Standard)

Don Cazentre | dcazentre@syracuse.com By Don Cazentre | dcazentre@syracuse.com 
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on January 16, 2014 at 6:50 AM, updated January 16, 2014 at 6:55 AM
Which of these seems like a more original idea for a Syracuse food truck?

1. Create a menu in which every item contains bacon – from several crispy strips to a 1/3-pound slab to a sprinkling of crumbled bits.

2. Start by opening for business in Armory Square from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, to cater to the bar crowd. In mid-winter.

Chris Dambach and the Bacon Brothers food truck are doing both.

2013-01-13-gw-bacon0008.JPGThe license plate on the new food truck in Syracuse says it all. 

Bacon Brothers launches at 9 p.m. Friday on the edge of a parking lot at the corner of South Franklin and West Washington streets, a block north of the Marriott hotel that opened last summer.

It’s the newest entry in the local food truck scene, which ramped up big time last year.

The 4-foot by 8-foot trailer -- topped by a metal pig -- is cozy. But Dambach and his brother-in-law Matt Visker will be equipped to offer everything from a Steak ‘n Bacon Sandwich to Bacon on a Stick (a thick-cut slab of bacon caramelized in maple syrup and seasoning.)

The Syracuse Cheese Steak and the Steak Taco are both sprinkled with what Dambach calls ‘bacon dust.”

“Everything’s got some bacon – even the smallest crumbled bits, the bacon dust,” Dambach said. "You can get a lot of bacon, or just a bit of bacon goodness."

Then there’s Bacon Brothers Glorious Garbage Plate (home fries with peppers and onions, seasoned steak, Bacon Mac & Cheese, a split Hofmann hot dog, cheddar cheese and two strips of bacon).

The side dishes have bacon, like the Bacon Mac & Cheese and Bacon Jam. So do the desserts: Chocolate Covered Bacon, Maple Cupcake with Bacon and Bacon Brownies, for example.

Dambach is a Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War who also runs a landscaping business in North Syracuse. Visker, of Cicero, studied cooking at Johnson & Wales culinary school in Rhode Island and also works at Jolime Café in North Syracuse. On occasion, they will be assisted by Dambach's 13-year-old nephew, Caden.

The truck will operate late on Fridays and Saturdays for now, then possibly add more nights later in the season. Because it will sit on a privately owned lot, it doesn’t need a city permit (though it does need county health department permits).

Come spring, Bacon Brothers will set up during the day on a city-designated spot outside the Museum of Science and Technology in Armory Square. Dambach won the right to that spot in the city’s annual “hot dog” cart lottery in December.

Dambach credits several programs aimed at returning veterans for helping him get the business together. That includes Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango, which serves as the truck's commissary (where preparation and cleaning require running water and sewer services).

Dambach is also excited about his mobile phone app -- Bacon Brothers -- which will allow customers to place their orders from their offices.

"It makes fast food even faster," he said."When you need bacon, right now, and you don't want to wait."

 

source: http://www.syracuse.com/dining/index.ssf/2014/01/syracuses_newest_food_truck_al.html

App attracts mobile award

 

COFFEE cups were raised yesterday in salute of the latest win for Wagga’s own mobile app 365cups. 

It’s been far from a grind for the Riverina-born mobile ordering platform, which has grown from strength-to-strength since it began as a mobile coffee ordering app linking cafes to the palm of a customer’s hand.

365cups fought off multi-national companies, including Starbucks and Donut King, to take out the Best Mobile App, Food and Drink at the Australian Mobile Awards in Sydney on Thursday night.

It was also a finalist in the Best Mobile Expanded Service or Application category. To date, more than 225,000 orders have been processed on the app, generating close to $2 million for cafe clients. 

Co-founder, Simone Eyles, was ecstatic with the win and said the business had come along way during its short two-and-half-year life span. 

“It blows me away to see the 365cups name in among a list of finalists that includes household brand names in both Australia and overseas,” Ms Eyles said.

“This year has been huge for us and has seen massive growth, including our expansion into the New Zealand and Asian markets. 

“We’re still young and have so many more ideas,” she said. The business has recently expanded to provide its platform to other retail and hospitality businesses, including farm supply co-operatives, fruit and vegetable delivery businesses and large property groups.

source: http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/1851118/app-attracts-mobile-award/

365 reasons to be h-app-y

THE revolutionary 365cups app continues to be recognised for its outstanding achievements, taking out the Excellence in Innovation award at last night’s inaugural Murray-Riverina Business Awards.

The awards, held at the Capital Entertainment Centre, recognised the outstanding achievements of businesses throughout the Murray-Riverina region across 10 categories.

The app, which allows users to order items from their phones before visiting participating shops, continues to go from strength to strength, with its most recent awards victory the latest in a long line of successes for the breakout mobile app.

As of June this year, 365cups had been downloaded more than 25,000 times and about 150,000 orders had been processed, generating $1.3 million in revenue for its clients.

Deniliquin businesses had plenty to cheer about at last night’s awards, with the town scooping top gong in three of the 10 categories, including the coveted Local Chamber of Commerce Award.

But the star of last night’s show was Albury-based business Hume Building Society, which took home three of the 10 awards on offer.

The winners of each category at last night’s awards will now contest the State Business Awards, where they will showcase the region’s excellence.

source: http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/1711371/365-reasons-to-be-h-app-y/

Photo: APPY OCCASION 365cups founder Simone Eyles (second from right) toasts to another successful night for the app with Joanna and Mariusz Stankiewicz and Craig Eyles. Picture: Michael Frogley

Read more: http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/1627834/app-tastic-adventure-continues/?cs=332

  • FROTHING: 365cups app co-founder Simone Eyles (left) shares a coffee with Ben Pritchard, owner of Trail Street cafe, Premium Coffee Roasters. Mr Pritchard was the first to jump on board to use the app, which has expanded to more than just coffee since its launch in January 2011. Picture: Alastair Brook

IT STARTED over a cup of coffee between two former flatmates right here in Wagga. 

Now, 365cups, which many may think is just a convenient way to order your coffee, boasts more than 100 clients and can provide everything from a newspaper to a hot dog and even pet food.

The app recently celebrated reaching a massive milestone  – it clocked 150,000 orders made through system which contains at least 5000 individual items. 

More than 59,000 cappuccinos, 41,000 lattes and close to 40,000 flat whites have been ordered within its two years of operation across Australia and New Zealand. 

It’s also turned to providing tech support for some big companies, who can’t yet be disclosed, and has its sights set on entering the US and Asian markets. 

Co-founder Simone Eyles has just visited Silicon Valley, and closer to home the business has begun exploring new avenues such as developing mobile ordering for the Riverina Co-op and Duffy Bros. 

At the Co-op, customers can pre-order supplies at a time which suits them, while Duffy Bros has used the app as a platform for fruit and vegetable orders that can be delivered to the workplace. 

Farmers can order livestock feed and dog food on the app at 9pm and upon arrival at the store, often after an extensive round trip, their supplies should be waiting for them.

“It’s just about offering goods and services, it doesn’t matter if it’s coffee or pet food,” Ms Eyles said. 

“We’ve got people with hot dogs, milkshakes, newspapers – if you sell it, it can go on the app. 

365cups has “thought big” from the very beginning.

“We didn’t know if anyone would ever use it ... we’re lucky they did,” Ms Eyles said.

“Apps that succeed are solving a problem, not just doing something for the sake of it. 

“We’re about building a good, strong profitable business, not just an overnight sensation.”

Trail Street coffee shop, Premium Coffee Roasters, was the first to jump on board and use the app and its now part of everyday operation.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/small-business/startup/is-this-aussie-app-the-next-app-store-sensation-20130705-2pfwc.html#ixzz2Yh0XcRus

Order a coffee from your phone and it's ready by the time you get to the cafe. Genius.

Self-made "app-reneurs" from the bush Simone Eyles and Mariusz Stankiewicz are this week celebrating the 150,000th coffee sold through their mobile coffee ordering app 365cups.

The idea, born over a cup of coffee between the former flatmates in their home town of Wagga Wagga, and launched in January 2011, is now generating more than $1.3 million in revenue for their cafe clients, with more than 1000 orders a day across Australia and New Zealand and rising.

By downloading the free app for iPhone or Android smartphones, customers can place an order with their favourite (or nearest) cafe linked to the system, nominate a collection time, pay either on arrival or through credit topped up on the app, and have their order ready to go when they arrive.

A monthly subscription fee paid by cafes entitles them to a virtual store where they can upload their menu, and receive customers orders via iPad or a custom-made printer. A recent initiative means cafes can directly email their app customers with loyalty programs and menu specials.

After initial research revealed their idea was new on the market, graphic artist Simone and developer Mariusz spent 18 months crunching computer codes, securing trademarks and patents, and debating 80 potential names before launching the brand in their home town.

According to Eyles, the success of the app in rural Australia has proved the naysayers wrong, that even bushies like to save a few minutes in the coffee queue.

“Launching locally has been our best decision. It's really been an advantage, letting us fly under the radar and not compete with the city market when we were just getting established.

“It meant we could be with our first client every day in the cafe, troubleshooting and loading the app on customer's phones for them. More and more cafes picked it up and we just let it grow through word of mouth and personal contact for the first couple of years,” said Eyles.

The first Sydney client came on board after stumbling on the app on a country holiday, and the last six months has seen rapid growth in Sydney and New Zealand.

While several direct competitors such as TXT4Coffee and Beat the Q emerged, 365cups seized the urban opportunity, developing branded apps for other business wanting to offer mobile ordering to their customers, including the GPT Group, who own Melbourne Central tower and the MLC Centre in Sydney.

In 2012 the business won two Australian Mobile Awards – Best App Food and Drink and Overall Best Web App, and was one of only 25 Australian start-up businesses selected to participate in the Advance Technology Summit in Silicone Valley, US, this year.

Recently returned from the summit, Eyles says she had to pinch herself that the homespun bush app was now rubbing shoulders with the Google geeks.

“It was surreal. People would rush by you talking about their strategies and campaigns, and kids in bow ties on street corners would be pitching their apps. It was such a buzz.”

While inspired by the "pay-it-forward" collaborative culture of the American app industry, Eyles says the experience also confirmed for her the way 365cups differs.

“There was a lot of discussion about scale and getting everyone as fast as you can at a premium. We deliberately didn't do that. We wanted to build something solid that would stand the test of time. By charging clients from the start they actually invested and committed to the service, and now that's paying off.”

While Simone and the team are now planning for entry into the US and Asian markets, immediate plans to work with a co-operative agricultural supplier in the Riverina reflect their true passion.

“Farmers will be able to order horse hay and dog food at 9pm on the app and when they come into town on a 300 kilometre round trip, their supplies are there waiting for them.”

“Regional centres are where we can tap into markets, test out new products and be on hand with people to tweak it. I still get calls at 5am from clients who have forgotten their password and I like that we're available.”

Mother to two young children, Eyles says it's her solid rural footing that allows her to think big.

“I feel like we're on the cusp of really taking off. We're experiencing super high growth and I just want to concentrate on building a great business. Who knows where we'll be in five or 10 years time.”

We won, and in 2 categories!  Thank you to everybody who voted!

  1. Best Web
  2. Best Food & Drink

A Wagga Wagga based digital entrepreneur and coffee lover has been recognised as the winner of two categories in the Australian Mobile Awards, announced last night (30 August).

Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner said Simone Eyles’ new 365cups app (365cups.com) secured the top ranking for best ‘web’ and ‘food & drink’ categories at the awards.

“365cups allows coffee lovers to place an order on their smartphone to make it easier for them to skip the queue, pick up their coffee and go.

“It’s another example of the excellence in innovation, creativity and digital entrepreneurship we have here in NSW and these awards are fantastic recognition of Simone’s efforts to drive the business.

“NSW Trade and Investment has provided a range of support to the business, including local support from the Wagga Wagga Trade & Investment office. 

“NSW Trade & Investment’s support for 365cups has included advice on business mentoring, business pitching, angel investment and other resources aimed to help high growth companies.

“The Department has also provided general advice to help the company navigate the export market, including information on non-disclosure agreements, drafting international agreements and contracts, and registering intellectual property overseas.

“365cups will be on show in Melbourne this month, with NSW Trade & Investment supporting the company’s attendance on the Flavours of NSW stand at the upcoming Fine Food Australia exhibition between 10-13 September.

“Simone and 365cups are going from strength to strength, recently processing their 50,000th order via the smartphone app.

“The business is building a strong base in Australia and New Zealand, and exploring opportunities to export the service to other coffee loving countries around the world.”

See the official media release from www.business.gov.au

Celebrating 50,000 orders, our own Simone Eyles is interviewed by Prime7.

We feel this is a great achievement, and would like to thank all our loyal clients that didn't get a mention in the video, and just as importantly their customers!

See the full article

365cups was featured as one of the innovative developers on 60 Minutes!!  Along with the Woz himself, and Halfbrick Studios.  See the video here:

After the show, our own Simone Eyles was up answering questions for all of you, See her responses here

We've had an amazing response, both with new Venues coming on board and new Customers downloading our app.  If there isn't a venue near you, just let us know and we'll do our best to get them up and running.

Thanks to the Charles Wooley, Danny Keens, and everybody else involved!

In the meantime, download Charlies Choice from iTunes, its Charlies own iPhone app!

With the great response we've had from our customers about our Flashboard advertising feature, we've gone and created a standalone Flashboard App for Android tablets and phones.

The flashboard lets you advertise news, information and advertise specials to your walk-in customers, and it works for any bricks & mortar store.

Anybody can download the app, no 365cups subscriptions necessary.

365cups have introduced a new simple easy to use method of receiving orders. - A printer!

Its as easy as plugging it into your network with the supplied ethernet cable, plugging it into the power port, and starting it up.

The printer does the rest, its that easy!

Here is a demonstration to show you how very simple it is:

Contact us for more information.