Each month we explore the key points on the Entrepreneurs Journey from concept to successful startup. In each program we hear from an established and successful entrepreneur about their particular journey. We also have a guest who is a specialist in the topic at hand, plus we spotlight some featured startups.
Redlands Angels Live – Live pitch sessions – Entrepreneurs Journey 8th August 2022
In this edition of Searchlight – Entrepreneurs Journey we once again throw the program over to become ‘Redlands Angels Live’ where two startups deliver their pitches to our panel of Redlands Angels investors. You can hear the pitches and get a flavour of the type of questions, debate and discussion that takes place following a pitch. We also try to uncover what interests prospective Angel investors and why they focus on some areas of a pitch rather than others.
On the receiving end of the pitches and giving feedback are Redlands Angels members Tony Wheeler, Greg Bevan and John Burkett. John also doubles up as program co-host alongside Sharyn Doolan.
The skills crisis, how to win the battle for talent - Entrepreneurs Journey 11th July 2022
There is a battle going on in the business world, it’s one that’s been going on for a long time, but it’s probably never been as bad as it is now. That battle is the battle for talent, finding and recruiting the right talented people to not just run your business but also the talent that can help grow it and take it to the next level. Tech startups have faced the issue of finding the right technical talent for years, but the issue is now more widespread as those with skills in other areas become increasingly in demand. So, what can you do to make sure you are as best equipped as possible to win your skirmish in the battle for talent? To answer this question on this edition of the Searchlight Entrepreneurs Journey program, regular host Sharyn Doolan and guest host Tony Wheeler are joined by Caddy Neville - Talent Acquisition Partner at video games developer Gameloft, Sunny van Angelsen - Talent Acquisition Consultant at Professional Recruitment Australia and Paul Collins – CEO of Skills management platorm SkillsTX.
Digital and Online Marketing, what you need to know - Entrepreneurs Journey 13th June 2022
Not so long ago, if you went to business school to learn about marketing you would have been taught about the ‘P’s of marketing, Product, Price, Place, Promotion etc. But the Internet and the growth of social media has changed those old principles forever. So in this edition of Searchlight Entrepreneurs Journey, we take a look at the importance of digital and online marketing and ask what, as as a founder or business owner, do you really need to know and understand about it?
Joining regular hosts John Burkett and Sharyn Doolan to explore this important topic is online and digital marketing expert Mark Jones of Your Digital Solution. We will also be joined by some entrepreneurs to find out about their real-life journey in using on-line and social media marketing, Diane Conroy of Wild Woolly Heads, a craft product business, Drew Campbell of business insurance broker startup Tetris Insurance and Paul Collins of Redlands based software as a service business SkillsTx.
Accelerators, Hubs and Start up Programs: how they can add value for your Startup - Entrepreneurs Journey 16th May 2022
In this month’s Searchlight Entrepreneurs Journey we will be taking a look at Accelerators, Hubs and Start up Programs. If you are in the world of startups and early-stage ventures, you will no doubt have heard about these and the related concept of co-working spaces. But what are they all about? How do they differ and how can locating your Startup in a Hub or doing an Accelerator program really add value to your business and help it be successful? Joining regular co-host Sharyn Doolan and special guest co-host Tony Wheeler are Sharon Hunnybell, CEO of the Gold Coast innovation Hub. Pauline Fetaui, General Manager of Brisbane based River City Labs and Kellie Dyer, principal of Keldy consulting.
Angel Funding 101: What you need to know to get investment from Angel Investors - Entrepreneurs Journey 21st March 2022
It’s an old maxim that sometimes you have to spend money to make money, and that’s never truer than in the world of startups and early-stage businesses. In this edition of Searchlight – Entrepreneurs Journey, we are focusing on what you need to know about getting investment from Angel Investors. How do Angel Investors operate? What do they look for in an investment? What are the key dos and don’ts around getting an Angel investor on board? To answer these questions and more, regular hosts John and Sharyn are joined by Mike Avey, Managing Director of Pachira Capital, a Director of Redlands Angels and a former CEO of Brisbane Angels. Greg Beaven is a Redlander and tech entrepreneur who is also a member of both Redlands Angels and Brisbane Angels. To give the perspective of a business that has successfully obtained Angel funding, we have Royce Crown, CEO of Monarc Global, a platform that delivers real-time automated pricing for aircraft charter operators. The panel also run trough John's list of 'Common Pitch Fails' - so listen in to make sure you don't make one of these classic errors in your pitch!
So, you have had a bright idea for a new business, but what do you do next? - Entrepreneurs Journey 21st February 2022
For this first program of 2022 we are going right back to first principles and posing the question "So, you have had a bright idea to start a new business, but what do you do next?" Where can you go to get that vital help, guidance and support to make sure that you take the right steps towards giving your business idea the best possible chance of success?
Joining co-hosts John Burkett and Sharyn Doolan will be;
Danielle Lewis, CEO and Co-Founder of Scrunch a global analytics and education platform for creating and managing Influencer Marketing.
Peta Ellis, Entrepreneur in residence at QUT and co-founder of EverydayEntrepreneur365, which aims to help those starting their entrepreneurial journey at a more mid-life stage.
We will also be joined by Ann-Maree Kellermann and Shelley Bhasin, who have both recently done one of the courses run by Peta. We will be hearing from them about what they learned and how it’s enabled them to consider a more entrepreneurial future.
John will also be giving an update on the latest activities planned for Startup Redlands and Redlands Angels.