… with passion, enthusiasm, community spirit and a startup ecosystem that is out there to thrive and conquer! What a time! Three years after starting exploring and partaking in the Australian startup world, three years after witnessing relentless efforts, timeless bullshit, sustained growth, revived egos and, overall, a slow – but forward-moving – ‘StartupAus‘, Brisbane, this week, filled me with renewed confidence.
Oh yes, the vibes. Two ecosystems have consistently sent out good vibes in Australia: Perth and Brisbane. And, man, do they hold promises for the future!
While young startup ecosystems can easily lose themselves in pointless competition, in the rat race of hype or, simply, in trying to make a buck out of the newfound love of governments and corporates for entrepreneurs, these guys kept their heads down and cool enough to get the (necessary) work done and ensure that the foundations are solid.
Yes, the vibes are good.
The community, the ecosystem
Any solid startup ecosystem is born and grown out of a strong community. The people, their spirit and, above all, their relentless and selfless dedication to helping and connecting.
And God knows, Brisbane has it. The followers (on Twitter) of my past week in town could definitely tell. I literally kept running all week from meeting one founder to an EIR (Entrepreneur In Residence) to a government agency to another business community. Not that I am that important. Just that by talking to one person, I would enter in the circle, in this impressive community that Brisbane boasts and can brag about, allowing me to meet – and look forward – with the best of the best of the Brisbane and Queensland world.
The place is open for business
When the network empowers and speeds up connections, the future comes knocking straight away. The vision and the next steps are clear. With plenty of room for growth and expansion on every level (education, physical space, business and scaling), Brisbane is more than open for business.
While this account is nowhere near enough to doing the ecosystem justice, this is a “hot-of-the-press”, mind-blown, take on what Brisbane and Queensland have brewing for the future. I have been very positively impressed and it is only just the beginning of the rest of this ecosystem’s life.
Can you smell what these rockstars are cooking?
Get in and get involved, they are moving fast, going strong and aiming for the stars already!
Also published on Medium.