The Generator News September 2021

Sep 7, 2021 | The Generator News

Welcome to our September edition newsletter!

This month, our newsletter includes:

  • The Generator Founders Program cohort 2
  • 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 Cohort 2

1 – 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.

Upcoming cohort: 7 October to 25 November, 2021.

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.
  • Access to The Generator coworking and innovation hub for the duration of the Program.
  • Graduation and Pitch event – at The Generator in Bundaberg.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

The Generator Founders Course is held in partnership with Startup Onramp

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

AI Meets The Defence Industry

Wednesday, 8 September | 4:30pm to 7:30pm| Live streaming and Networking | Bundaberg |  Tickets

Join The Queensland AI Hub to connect and collaborate for the launch of the AI Meets Industry Opportunities Program.

Featuring the Defence industry, the inaugural AI Meets Industry Opportunities event is a fantastic opportunity to hear about industry projects, connect with potential commercial and innovation partners, explore partnership opportunities and build your network. An opportunity not to be missed.

Join us at The Generator in Bundaberg for the live-streaming and networking on 8 September to hear insights from:

• Queensland Chief Entrepreneur “Give before you get | Success follows”

• SensaWeb on preparing for defence industry projects

• Rheinmetall Defence Australia about technology for tomorrow’s soldiers and their Autonomous Combat Warrior (ACW) Research and Technology program

• Airbus Australia about meeting customer expectations on the use of AI and related technologies in both Defence and Space

Click here to read more on this event or to purchase your tickets.

Startup Bundy Open Coffee

Tuesday, 14 September | 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.

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.

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. ***

Gympie Local Legends Breakfast

Entrepreneur Showcase Breakfast – Launch of Local Legends program

Tuesday, 21 September | 7:00am to 9:00am | The Generator Gympie | Tickets

If you are looking for inspiration to start a business, are keen to learn about what is happening in the local business startup space or are simply looking for inspiration to help take your business to the next level – this event is for you!

Gympie Angels and Angel Loop are working to provide the opportunity for entrepreneurs and innovators in the Gympie Region to access information and assistance to help bring their dreams and ideas to reality. The Entrepreneur’s Showcase event will feature the launch of the Gympie Region Local Legends program, showcase local entrepreneurs and feature live ‘pitches’ from local businesses.

Simon Horne from Angel Loop will work through the reality of pitching business ideas and will also be featuring a showcase company pitching their idea.

Purchase Tickets: Gympie Local Legends Launch

Bundaberg Angels Meeting: Postponed

Tuesday, 16 November | 5:30pm to 7:30pm | The Generator Bundaberg

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.

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.

In The Eyes of Google

19 October | 12:00pm – 3:00pm | The Generator Bundaberg | Ballot Register

Is SEO, GoogleAds, Social Media Campaign and Google Ranking a bit of a mystery to you?

Then you don’t want to miss Kristie Nash, Google Premier Partner presenting “Your Business – In The Eyes of Google”

Improve your digital health and understand how the first page of google real estate works from the eyes of ‘Google’ and how you can get there to get more customers!

The information session will be followed by a 30 minutes implementation session + FAQ’s.

Bring a laptop or iPad to test your digital presence and get tailored firsthand recommendations for your business + steps that you can be doing right now to improve your digital health. Walk away with a checklist of digital marketing tips for your business.

Due to the limits of availability for this event, this event is strictly a ‘Ballot RSVP.’ All successful ballot registrations will be contacted for confirmation.

Cost per person: TBC but less than $100pp per successful ballot.

Where: The Generator, Bourbong Street, Bundaberg Central.

Time: Lunch at 12, event begins at 12:45-2 with questions afterwards and time to mingle (12-3)

Cost includes: Lunch and Event/Workshop.

Lucky Door Prize – Marketing Strategy and Implemetation Session

Kristie will attend the winner’s business and provide a tailored digital marketing solution for the business’ specific objectives, which could include training staff on best practices and automate digital activities within the business to boost their overall relationship with Google.

Register for the ballot to secure a ticket now!

Funding Opportunities

Business Basics Grants Program

Applications for round 2 open on 8 September 2021 – previous rounds have closed quickly.

The Business Basics grants program provides support to businesses to increase core skills and adopt best practice. The Business Basics grant will fund each successful applicant the amount of $5,000 excluding GST.

This support includes funded activities in 5 priorities:

  1. Training and coaching
  2. Website build or upgrades
  3. Professional business advice
  4. Strategic marketing services
  5. Business continuity and succession

The program is administered by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT).

Find out more on eligibility and how to apply at – Business Basic Grant Round 2

Boosting the Next Generation of Women in STEM

Applications are now open for the competitive grant round Boosting the Next Generation of Women in STEM which will award one grant up to a maximum of $41.2 million.

This grant opportunity will run over 7 years from 2021-22 to 2027-28. The program will fund one delivery partner to offer up to 500 university scholarships to women who are re-training, seeking higher qualifications, or undertaking study after a break from either study or the workforce.  

To be eligible the project must:

  • be aimed at designing, establishing and managing a program to identify sectoral focus areas in STEM
  • nominate collaborative industry projects
  • award scholarships to high-performing women.

Applications will close at 5.00pm AEDT 7 October 2021.

Information about the program, including the grant opportunity guidelines and a link to the online application form, is available at – Boosting the next generation of women in STEM.

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 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

4 – 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

5 – 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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