Feb-18: ON.Connect Lindfield

Following on from the hugely successful ON Connect program last year, CSIRO’s Lindfield Collaboration Hub is excited to announce our 2018 pre-accelerator program –  Connect@Lindfield. Connect@Lindfield is specifically designed for hardware start-ups in the devices and IoT space.

  • Are you working on the next big-thing in medtech, advanced materials or devices?
  • Got a hardware start-up on the verge of a breakthrough but not quite sure the best path to market?

Over eight weeks (five sessions face-to-face), this intensive pre-accelerator experience can provide hardware start-ups with the business knowledge, connections and technical expertise to enhance their sustainable business model, seek funding support for runway and apply for further acceleration or incubation.

Tue, 13-Mar-18: How to get 10,000 social media followers

If you don’t have followers, who knows what you are doing? So, how many do you have? Are they the right ones for your business? Should you use LinkedIn? Twitter? Facebook? Instagram? Which is best for your company? What’s best for your brand and profile?

Wed, 11-Apr-18: Pitching without investors

Do you have a great pitch? How do you know? Have you tested it? The number of investors in Sydney is small and they all talk to each other. Present in front of one unintentionally and that reputation may go before you when you get to Seed.Money, Sydney Angels, or Innovation Bay.

Tue, 1-May: Where's the money? Our panel reveals all tonight

Exhausted your own and friend’s funds? What’s the next step? What are the options? Today we have local government grants (JobsForNSW), the Federal Government (Accelerating Commercialisation), an investor (Venture Capitalist) and an expert in arranging deal pathways (Accountant) give their views on what is required.

Tue, 5-Jun: How do I create a trusted, personal brand?

Do you work with people you don’t trust? No. So what if someone looked at your personal brand? Would they find someone to trust? Are there any inconsistencies? Red flags that will frighten off that big customer before they even contact you?

Tue, 3-Jul: Got an idea? Today learn how to run a market test

Had the idea… Written your Value Proposition? Have you interviewed 100 people? Do you know what your customers want? Even if you’ve asked lots of questions have you done it right? Now what’s the quickest way to carry out a test to see if you’re right? That’s the question we’ll answer tonight: How to run a Market Test.

Tue, 7-Aug: How to halve the time it takes to pitch to investors

It’s only five minutes, but what should be in it? Can you be certain you’ve not missed anything? Did you just spend a day researching the wrong stuff? Where should you put the effort in?

Tue, 4-Sep: When to ask for what from whom

When do you ask for help? What to you need? Money, mentors, space, customers? Do you need legals? Tax advice? Valuations? Share Holder’s Agreements? Who should be on the team? And when? Today we will take you through a typical company timeline and highlight strategies to attract the people to help you at the right time.

Tue, 2-Oct: How to halve customer acquisition cost

How do you halve your customer acquisition cost? Or, how do you double your income? What impact would gaining twice as many customers make? For no increased cost? That’s more profit to give you flexibility to grow. And more customer validation.

Tue, 6-Nov: How to go viral on Facebook & Linkedin

Will advertising on facebook get you customers? If so, how much should you spend, how do you target? Or is there a better way? What about LinkedIn? Can you sell on LinkedIn? And all the other social networks. How important are followers, connections, and likes? How do I make my product go viral? What happens if you cross the line?

Tue, 4-Dec: Xmas party - pitch, challenge & commit

Do you have a great pitch? Got plans for 2019 you need help with? This is an event with three parts. We’ll pull a business card out of the pot and the chosen person will have the chance to do three things: …