The Generator News July 2021

Jul 15, 2021 | The Generator News

Welcome to our July newsletter!

This month, our newsletter includes:

  • Hinkler Innovation Series
  • Raising the Bar: Bundaberg Promotion Night
  • Mini Expert In Residence Experience
  • 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.

Hinkler Innovation Series 2021

Keynote Speaker: Mark McCrindle

The Seventh Hinkler Innovation Series

Thursday 15 July | 6:45am- 9:00am | Multiplex Sports and Convention Centre, 1 Civic Avenue, Bundaberg | Purchase Tickets – use our special code RBHQ30 for $15 off your ticket purchase

The Generator is a proud partner with Bundaberg Regional Council on the Hinkler Innovation Series. This is a Bundaberg community-led collaboration to support, recognise, and foster Australian entrepreneurs making a local, national, and global contribution to innovation. Hinkler Innovation continues the pioneering spirit of the late Bert Hinkler.

The Hinkler Innovation Series is an event that brings well-known thought-leaders from across Australia and the globe to Bundaberg to drive discussion of regional innovation.

This year’s theme is Innovation through Adversity – an idea that embodies how as a society, we are able to adapt, innovate and overcome through times of hardship and complication.

This July, the Series will feature a range of nationally and internationally speakers recognised in their respective fields including: 

John McLean – CEO of Bundaberg Brewed Drinks

Katherine Reid – CEO of Bundaberg Tourism

Keynote Speaker: Mark McCrindle – Founder and Principal of McCrindle Research

Mark McCrindle is a social researcher with an international following. He is recognised as a leader in tracking emerging issues and researching social trends. Mark appears regularly across many television networks and other media.

He is a best-selling author, TEDx speaker and Principal of McCrindle Research. His advisory, communications and research company, McCrindle, count among its clients more than 100 of Australia’s largest companies and leading international brands.

Hinkler Innovation Awards 2021: Nominations now open!

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

Raising the bar: Bundaberg Promotion Night

Regional Business HQ Executive Manager, Brooke Fossey, and Generator Bundaberg Community Manager, Tamar Boas.

Raising the bar: The Bundaberg Region Promotion Night 2021

The Generator, along with Regional Business HQ, was proud to represent the Bundaberg Region at Queensland Parliament’s Bundaberg Region Promotion Night. This an annual event is designed to showcase the delights of the region, including the region’s finest produce, attractions and award-winning businesses.

The region was well-represented with the likes of Bundaberg Rum, Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers, Kalki Moon, CRUSH Magazine, Across the Waves, CQU, Impact, Splitters Farm and Tinaberries, to name a few.

The evening provided an opportunity to speak directly with Ministers and MPs about important issues facing the region.

Bundaberg Angels Meeting

Tuesday 20 July | 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.

Three pitches at this event:

  • An intelligent brainstorming platform.
  • Virtual reality software to assist psychologists.
  • An auditory training application for the hearing impaired.

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

About Angel Loop Ltd: 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 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. Get the early bird tickets by July 11.

Mini Expert In Residence Experience

We are delighted to be hosting Michael Barber from IT Lawyers Brisbane from 26-28 July at The Generator Bundaberg. Michael will be running a group mentoring session and will offer one-on-one individual consults during his stay.

IT Lawyers Brisbane specialises in helping entrepreneurs get their startups off the ground and heading in the right direction.

Whether you are considering a pure tech play or just using technology in your startup there are a raft of factors to consider and pitfalls to avoid. Michael has been working globally in the Information Technology industry for almost 20 years.

His multi-disciplinary approach and qualifications extends his capacity to service his clients by bridging the gap between business, technology and law.

To book a one-on-one session with Michael, submit the following form with your preferred meeting day and time: Individual session – Availability form

Group Mentoring : Legalities for Startups

Tuesday 27 July | 12:30pm onwards | The Generator Bundaberg | Free – RSVP

The Generator Expert In Residence, Michael Barber, will be delivering a group mentoring session on the legal consideration for business owners and startup founders.

The session will be an informal discussions across a range of legal topics including:

  • How and when to engage with lawyers.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of various business structures.
  • Common business structures for businesses with intellectual property assets.
  • Contracts, corporate governance, how to avoid disputes and compliance risk.
  • Intellectual property.
  • Engaging contractors and freelancers.
  • Other issues which the group is interested in, time permitting.

Upcoming Events

Startup Bundy Open Coffee

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

Thursday 22 June | 7:00am onwards | The Generator Bundaberg | Free – RSVP Essential

Their mission is to help create space for engaging conversation and connections. If you are interested in business, motivation, inspiration or just good coffee and a chat with like minded people you are invited to come along.

Budgeting for Success

Lunch and Learn with Colin Stollery.

Thursday 22 July | 12:30pm – 1:15pm | The Generator Bundaberg | Free – RSVP Essential

In this Lunch and Learn Colin will help you develop your business budget.

Yes, it’s scary the first time. For you, the entrepreneur, clarifying up the business vision by putting $$$ targets, will open the real possibilities to achieving your goals. Before we build a successful business, we need to sit down and count the cost. This 45 minutes Lunch and Learn will get you on your way to financial success. Bring your Strategic Business Plan and willingness to be involved in the process.

Colin is Degree qualified CPA Accountant with strong knowledge of ERP systems combined with a working knowledge of accounting systems. He is a Bundaberg-based accountant, helping businesses with accounting, ERP systems, policies, processes and procedures for over 30 years.

7 steps to achieving business goals as a woman entrepreneur

Lunch and Learn with Eleanor Hannah.

Thursday 5 August | 12:30pm – 1:30pm | The Generator Bundaberg | Free  

Running a business or starting a small business can seem overwhelming even without having multiple hats and no time. Eleanor has been there. The anxiety when looking at what needs to be done, lying at night unable to sleep, procrastinating, lack of focus. Not really believing she can achieve anything.

At this workshop Eleanor shares 7 easy steps that she uses routinely to get things done and achieve her business goals.

About the presenter: Mum of 4, author, working part time, student, starting new business, renovating, newsletter editor, helping at a fruit farm, plus making time for gardening, camping and travelling. Eleanor attended workshops, and talked to successful busy people and found some simple everyday tools she can use to get things done.

Why you should come to Lunch and Learn?

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. ***

Funding Opportunities

Funding for 2022 Queensland Day events

As Queenslanders continue to celebrate Queensland Day events in 2021, community groups throughout Queensland can already start planning for next year with the launch of the 2022 Queensland Day Sponsorship Program. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has invited applications for funding of up to $15,000 for events and initiatives dedicated to celebrating Queensland’s birthday on 6 June.

“Having marked Queensland Day with a diverse range of COVID-safe events across the state, organisations can again lodge sponsorship applications,” the Premier said.

“For non-profit organisations, residents’ groups, Parents and Citizens’ Associations, Local Government Authorities or any other community group, now is the time to start thinking about 2022 Queensland Day events and applying for funding.

”Applications for up to $15,000 for Queensland Day events held 4-12 June 2022 can be made through the 2022 Queensland Day Sponsorship Program. “

Events or initiatives may include hosting a family fun day, a community festival, markets or an art display, to showcase our great state and support Queenslanders to gather safely to mark the day in 1859 that Queensland became separate.

For more information on the Queensland Day Sponsorship Program, download the 2022 Queensland Day Sponsorship Program guidelines on the Queensland Government website, or phone 07 3003 9200.

Applications for the 2022 Queensland Day Sponsorship Program close 5pm Tuesday 31 August 2021.

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.

Or get 10% discount on any Day Passes and Memberships in Bundaberg or Gympie.

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


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.

More coffee news! Did you know that the Bundaberg Generator has a coffee machine? It is an Aldi pod machine that was donated by one of our members – THANKS DAN!

Everyone is welcome to use the machine. If you don’t have your own pods, you can now buy a pod for $1. Please place a coin in the designated jar and help yourself to a delicious cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

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