Coastal Catchments Eastern Area Manager at SEQ Catchments and secretary of the Brisbane Catchments Network, Apaine Wood says the idea originally came from Landcare Victoria who were interested in finding new ways of getting people involved in Landcare.
Steve is an active supporter of Australia’s and Queensland’s startup eco-system, as a founding board member of advocacy group Startup AUS, the founder of Brisbane co-working community River City Labs, and the mission leader for Startup Catalyst.
For more on Steve, check out his website ABC News recently covered Ribit's Get Connected Canberra event.
During the event, students will need to showcase why they are a good fit for their preferred company via an elevator pitch to senior executives and founders of participating businesses.
Conversely, each of the start-ups and companies will also get an opportunity to deliver a pitch promoting themselves as place to be for students looking to kick start their Med Tech career.
“The concept is the same as speed dating – in this case you are paired up with someone to plant a tree and then you rotate around so you meet a whole bunch of different people.” Apaine says speed planting has already proven to be a huge success in Brisbane.
“We’ve had two events over the last couple of years and so far we’ve had a great turnout, with over 60 people at both events so it does get a good crowd,” she says.Students from UNSW, University of Sydney, UTS, Western Sydney University, Macquarie and Notre Dame, as well as more than 25 innovative Med Tech companies in Australia, and NSW Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, are all on the attendee list."This event is a first of its kind for the NSW Parliament House," Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, the Hon. "It's great to see so many students from across Sydney enthusiastically putting their hands up to be involved through Data61's Ribit platform, and we hope to continue sustaining such positive momentum for NSW's vibrant medical technology scene going forth," he said.The startups in this community are on the hunt for new student talent to join their teams.Get on board with a startup to: Steve Baxter is one of Australia’s most successful tech entrepreneurs, and an active investor and mentor to startups and he is going to impart some words of wisdom and be available to meet with you at Get Connected Brisbane!More than 120 of Australia’s brightest students, leading medical technology start-ups and companies will get together for some unique speed-networking tomorrow to uncover and inject the next wave of talent into the ‘Med Tech’ sector.