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As the rest of Australia contemplates a Startup strategy like Start-Up America, Tasmania has quietly been running its own show since 2009. “Tasmanian companies have the great advantage in the nimbleness of the size of the state. Competitors are more often friends and collaborators, State and Commonwealth agencies are open and accessible, and angels are often only a couple of degrees of separation away,” says co-organiser of Startup Tasmania Dr Polly McGee.
Five young entrepreneurs walk into a room. None of them have ever met before. They have 24 hours to brainstorm, design, program and implement a unique web application or business – and then introduce it to the world. It’s no joke. It’s the formula that defined the latest Sydney StartupCamp. Not much sleep was had, but in the end each group’s perseverance paid off: the ten participating teams now represent ten brand new businesses.