The Generator News June 2021

The Generator News

Welcome to our June newsletter!

This month, our newsletter includes:

  • Hinkler Innovation Series
  • Mini Expert In Residence Experience
  • NBN Digital Capability Tool
  • 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

1 – 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


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.


NBN Digital Capability Tool

Having the ability to operate a device and communicate online with loved ones has never felt more important.  That’s why NBN has  developed their Digital Capability Tool, helping you measure your digital know-how, and improve your online skills.

Scan the QR code below or visit: NBN Digital Capability Tool  


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.


How to Create a Strategic Business Plan

Lunch and Learn with Colin Stollery.

Thursday 24 June | 12:30pm – 1:15pm | The Generator Bundaberg | Free – RSVP Essential

Writing a Strategic Plan can be daunting. The concept of writing down your strengths can stop your progress.

Colin will turn the approach upside down and with your active involvement, this session will help you overcome the fear and blockages to capture your Strategic Business Plan. 

We’ll look at the value of a vision and why “Writing the vision clearly” is so important for launching your business idea.

Bring to this session your BURNING passion of WHY you want your business idea to succeed, along with a sense of willingness to be involved.

45 minutes could be the difference between a great idea and success, you’ll only know after coming to this event.

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.


Future Lunch & Learn sessions with The Generator

We are currently working on scheduling Lunch and Learn sessions for the remainder of the year.

Please tell us what topics interest you for future Lunch and Learn’s by completing this short survey.

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

Check out the event calendar for the next Lunch and Learn.


Open Coworking Day

Wednesday 4 August | 9:00 am onwards | The Generator Bundaberg | 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

Startup Funding for RegTech: Applications have been extended until Thursday 17 June.

The current round of BRII is seeking innovative solutions to government challenges focused on regulatory technology (RegTech). 

The four challenges for this round are to use technology:

  • To help identify and assess poor market disclosure by listed companies. Agency: Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)
  • For remote and automated monitoring of export livestock health and welfare. Agency: Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE)
  • For a streamlined path to marine autonomous systems assurance. Agency: Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)
  • For real-time and accurate asbestos testing. Agency: Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA)

For more information about each BRII challenge, please visit


Discounts & Offers


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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