The Generator News August 2021

Aug 16, 2021 | The Generator News

Welcome to our August newsletter!

This month, our newsletter includes:

  • The Generator Founders Program
  • Hinkler Innovation Awards
  • Junior Hinkler Innovation Awards
  • Upcoming Events
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Discounts & Offers

We want this newsletter to be valuable for you, so we appreciate if you can share your feedback and suggestions to help us improve.

The Generator Founders Program

Thursdays | 2:00pm – 3:30pm | The Generator Bundaberg and online | Apply

If you have been sitting on an idea for some time or have a startup that needs a bit of a boost, we highly recommend you join our 2021 Generator Founders Program.

The Founders Course is a practical, video-based online course to show you how to start a startup and maximise its chances of success. For startup founders with global ambitions, and anyone with an idea for a startup.

In addition to the world class content, you will also be invited to our weekly sessions (online and in-person) to discuss each week’s learning, gain insights from others, as well as make amazing local connections with fellow entrepreneurs.

Current cohort: 2 August to 23 September 2021. Weekly meetings on Monday (Mackay) and/or Thursdays (Bundaberg).

Next cohort: 7 October to 25 November

Investment: $250.00


  • Access to the Startup Onramp online Founders Course – Startup Onramp Founders Course website.
  • 7 weeks online course with weekly group sessions for the duration of the program, hosted at The Generator in Bundaberg or online, joining in with the Mackay cohort for greater networking.
  • Access to The Generator coworking and innovation hub for the duration of the Program.
  • Graduation and Pitch event – at The Generator in Bundaberg with streaming of the Split Spaces pitches.

You can still join the current cohort or contact us to book in for the next cohort starting from 7 October

The Generator Founders Course is held in partnership with Startup Onramp and Split Spaces

Hinkler Innovation Awards 2021: Nominations now open!

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The Hinkler Innovation Awards celebrate an individual making a local, national, and/or global contribution to innovation. The award exists to inspire the same pioneering spirit of Bundaberg-born innovator and adventurer Bert Hinkler.

Birthed, developed, established in 2018 as the brainchild of Morgahna Godwin from Benson Press, the Hinkler Innovation Award is an ode to Bert Hinkler in the beginning stages of his aviation exploration. It is important that the local entrepreneur community, through The Generator, delivers this award to, activate, unite, encourage and foster an innovative and collaborative local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Read up on previous Hinkler Innovation Award winners:

The Hinkler Innovation Awards are open to all Australian Residents.

Nominate today – Hinkler Innovation Awards 2021

Junior Hinkler Innovation Awards 2021: Nominations now open!

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The Junior Hinkler Innovation Award celebrates a young individual or group of individuals making a local, national, and/or global contribution to innovation.

The award exists to inspire the same pioneering spirit of Bundaberg-born innovator and adventurer Bert Hinkler.

The Junior Hinkler Innovation Award is open for community nominations.

For more information on nomination criteria, visit: Junior Hinkler Innovation Awards

Nominate today – Junior Hinkler Innovation Awards 2021

Upcoming Events

Taking Care of Business

Join Entrepreneurship Facilitator, Vicki Leeson, and CEO of BIEDO, Prue Leng, in the Taking Care of Business series. These pre-recorded webinars will give you insights into your ‘Breakeven Point in Business’ and ‘Preparing your Business for Sale’.

To view these pre-record webinars, visit: Business LEAP Pre Recorded Webinars

To make a FREE appointment with an Entrepreneurship Facilitator, visit: Business LEAP

Startup Bundy Open Coffee

Tuesday 17 August | 7:00am onwards | The Generator Bundaberg | Free meetup

Join the Startup Bundy Open Coffee meetup at The Generator Bundaberg!

Startup Bundy is an informal networking group. If you are interested in business, need motivation or are looking for inspiration, you are invited to bring your coffee and have a chat with like-minded people.

Learn Powerful Sales Techniques

Lunch and Learn with Brooke Fossey.

Thursday 26 Aug | 12:30pm – 1:15pm | The Generator Bundaberg | Free – RSVP Essential | BYO lunch

In this Lunch and Learn Brooke will give you insight into your customers’ personality.

Learn how the Tick personality test can help you become better at sales. This fun and easy technique could transform your business. Discover the top 4 personality types and how they function. Learn to recognise a personality and adjust your communication style to match their needs and improve your sales success rate.

About Brooke: Brooke Fossey is the Executive Manager of Regional Business HQ. She has more than 15 years’ experience in business planning, marketing and tendering. Brooke is a certified deliverer of the Tick personality profiles.

Bridging the Gap between Business and Technology

Lunch and Learn with Dmitry Khanin.

Thursday 16 Sep | 12:30pm – 1:30pm | ONLINE and Bundaberg Generator | Free – RSVP Essential

Every day, new technological tools appear, and all business owners use some tech tools daily. But still, they have some blind spots in understanding how technology works. At the same time, there are many techies that are passionate about technology and wishing to share their knowledge but having difficulties communicating and dealing effectively with the world of business. This phenomenon builds a gap between the “business” point of view and the “technological” point of view.

In this Lunch and Learn Dmitry will discuss the communication gap that prevents effective collaboration between the business world and the technology world. Dmitry will try to bridge that gap by highlighting the main issues and suggesting a common ground, some sort of mutual intelligibility for the world of business and the world of technology, focusing on small businesses/startups and web technologies when it comes to the process of software development.

About Dmitry: Dmitry has a PhD degree in Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Digital Signal Processing. He worked for the Russian Federal Space Agency as Software Engineer for 11 years before starting his web development company in 2014. His personal passion is Asian cultures, he’s been researching it for the last 10 years, travelling and living in South Korea. In 2017 Dmitry moved to Australia under the skilled migration program. Thanks to COVID19, Dmitry has stayed on the Gold Coast and now shares his knowledge and experience helping Australian startup founders and small business owners to better understand the way modern technology works. He feels his aim is to help build bridges between countries and cultures using technology as a tool.

Please RSVP to receive your meeting link.

Not sure if Lunch and Learns are for you?

The Generator’s Lunch and Learn program is a regular short training session that takes place at our coworking space or online, during your lunchtime. Hear from various experts to learn something new to help you grow your business or startup.

Who should attend Lunch and Learn? Read more in the blog.

*** If you have any suggestions or would like to be involved with future Lunch and Learn sessions, contact our Community Manager. ***

Bundaberg Angels Meeting

Tuesday 21 September | 5:30pm to 7:30pm | The Generator Bundaberg | Tickets

The Generator Bundaberg is pleased to partner with Angel Loop Ltd to present startups who will be pitching for investment at our upcoming Bundaberg Angels meeting.

Investors who are interested in supporting Queensland based startups and incorporating angel investment within their portfolio are invited to attend.

Angel Loop is a special purpose public company formed to encourage more early-stage investment and connecting entrepreneurs to this much needed seed investment. Visit the  website for more information.

Bundaberg Angels meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every second month. Booking is essential and attendance is strictly limited to investors. Early bird tickets till Sep 14.

Open Coworking Day

Wednesday 6 October| 9:00 am onwards | Free – RSVP Essential

What is it like to work at The Generator? Come and try!

Join us at the Generator Bundaberg or Gympie and discover what coworking is all about.

Funding Opportunities

Export Market Development Grant Session

Tuesday 17 August | 1pm – 2pm | Zoom by Launch FNQ 

The EMDG (Export Market Development Grant) has had significant changes that roll out on Monday 16 August. Previously this scheme was a reimbursement program and moving forward will become a grant program.

We are fortunate to have Helene Luetchford from AusTrade who will walk through changes to the program, eligibility, and how to best apply.

Helene is a regional manager for the Export Market Development Grants program, a key Australian Government financial assistance program administered by Austrade for small to medium aspiring and growing export-ready businesses.

Helene and her team work across industries in QLD, WA, NT and SA to assess applications for the scheme which looks to encourage businesses to increase international marketing and promotion expenditure to achieve more sustainable international sales.

Over the last 20 years, Helene has worked both in government and private sector roles across a wide range of industries and in different countries. She has a degree in Economics with majors in Psychology and Management, a Master of Business Administration, and is a Certified Practising Accountant. Helene also works with and provides support to a not-for-profit in Brisbane.

You can apply for a grant under the EMDG program for eligible expenses incurred from 1 July 2021.

Grant applications open between 9 am AEST on 16 August and close at 5 pm AEDT on 30 November 2021.

For more information, or to apply, visit: Australian Trade and Investment Commission – Export Market Development Grants

Link to Zoom session

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Program

The program opens for applications on 22 July 2021 and closes on 2 September 2021.

This program supports the recovery efforts of communities in eligible Local Government Areas (LGAs) affected by the 2019-20 bushfires and enables them to apply for projects that address community recovery needs.

A list of Local Government Areas from which applications can be received is in included at Appendix A of the attached guidelines.  For quick reference, the following Local Government Areas within the Wide Bay Burnett and Sunshine Coast region are identified as Eligible Local Government Areas – Category 2:

  • Bundaberg
  • Fraser Coast
  • Gympie
  • Noosa Shire
  • North Burnett
  • South Burnett
  • Sunshine Coast

Further information can be found at: Australian Business – Black Summer Bush Fire Grant

2021 QLD Pearcey ICT Entrepreneur Award

Nominations close Monday 16 August.

The Award is aimed at encouraging and rewarding fresh and innovative talent in the ICT and digital media professions. It is awarded to an individual who has demonstrated innovative and pioneering achievement and contribution in their chosen industry as well as taken a risk, made a difference and is an inspiration. Invariably, the selected individual has also made a substantial industry contribution “beyond their day job”.

State Pearcey Award Winners are finalists for the National Pearcey Entrepreneur of the Year Award presented each year at a national awards event.

For more information, visit: Pearcey State Entrepreneur Awards or contact Debra Krause on 3389 3525 or

Discounts & Offers

Membership and Day Pass Discounts for Students

Studying remotely online? Take away the loneliness and work from The Generator in Bundaberg or Gympie every Friday during the Semester, meeting up with other students also studying remotely.

Student Friday Semester Bundles are now available! These newly released membership bundles include free access to wireless internet, use of the coworking space and unlimited tea/coffee for students. For use on Fridays ONLY. Use of other rooms is excluded. Must purchase with a valid student email address.

Looking for less commitment? Students receive a 10% discount when purchasing Day Passes, Day Pass Bundles & Scaleup Memberships. Excludes Student Friday Semester Bundles. Must be purchased with a valid student email address.

We have partnered with Monash University to offer Monash students a discounted price on the Friday Semester Bundle. If you are a student with Monash University, and would like to purchase one of the Student Friday Semester Bundles, contact The Generator to receive your discount code today!

Bundaberg Memberships | Gympie Memberships

Coffee Offer

3 – Get a Free Alowishus Delicious Coffee


Get a FREE coffee* from Alowishus when booking a monthly membership at the Bundaberg Generator.

*one coffee per membership per month, valid at the Bundaberg Generator Only.

Choose from:

  • Startup Bundle (8 day passes).
  • Scaleup (24/7 hot desk).
  • VIP (permanent desk).

Book your membership online and see Tamar for your complementary coffee voucher.

Coworking Holiday Discount

4 – Agnes Water Coworking space

Did you know that there is a coworking space at Agnes Water?

Check out The Kitesurf 1770 house and plan your next working holiday in this beautiful location.

Use the promo code GENERATOR15 to receive 15% off an accommodation booking (2 night min stay). The additional co-work space can be booked directly and paid for on check out.

This house has 3 double bedrooms and one bunk bedroom (4 single beds), which can sleep 10 people comfortably. You can rent one or more rooms or rent out the entire house for your family or team.

To contact the Kite Surf 1770 House team, or to book, visit:  Kite Surf 1770 House

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