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Tap into Logan Startup Hub for support

                                    On the ground support for local solo business owners, up and coming innovators and entrepreneurs is available in Logan City’s first ever co-working space in Underwood. Launched late last year, the Logan Startup Hub is being overseen by Brad and Joanna Apps, the founders of telecommunication software and payment gateway solutions ECConnect. 

Innovation and new technology: job losses or new job creation?

When we talk about innovation and advances in technology, we inevitably talk about disruption, especially in terms of the impact on existing jobs.   This is a particularly important conversation in the City of Logan, where we are constantly striving to create more local jobs for local people and we want to make it possible for current and future generations – including those facing barriers to employment – to access emerging economic opportunities. 

Innovation: inside and outside of Logan classrooms

          Logan classrooms are fostering big thinkers and innovators through activities that include learning to fly drones, creating prosthetic limbs and fast-tracking prototypes. At Mabel Park High State High School, students are helping make prosthetic hands for children on the other side of the world and learning how to fly drones, while a new generation of future innovators in other local schools are set to expand their thinking in STEM Punk workshops.

Logan social impact startup wins the Australian Pitch@Palace competition

40 Entrepreneurs from across Australia pitched their businesses to an influential audience at Pitch@Palace Australia 2.0 held at State Library of Queensland. The Duke of York announced PowerWells as the 2018 winners of the Audience vote. PowerWells, a Logan-based startup, tackles the challenge of energy poverty by using electronic-waste (e-waste) and ex-commercial solar panels, to provide light, power and mobile phone charging to people in remote communities and developing countries.

Your cryptocurrency questions answered – What can bitcoin buy?

Josh Lehman from Digital Surge will today give us a better understanding of how to trade and securely pay with bitcoin.  The Logan-based company is the operator of Brisbane’s first cryptocurrency exchange, specialising in bitcoin trading.  Digital Surge believes an Australian digital currency ecosystem that enables the use of this currency in everyday lives is vital. 

Jimboomba firm heading for space

A Jimboomba firm made a bang over South-East Queensland on 21 November as it hosted the event of a lifetime.  Australia had its first ever rocket launch with a commercial payload, which reached the lower limits of the earth’s atmosphere, thanks to Logan company Black Sky Aerospace (BSA), which opened its doors earlier this year. 

Good preparation is the key to investment

Startups looking for investment capital need to do their homework first according to Moreton Ventures CEO Simon Horne. 

Logan start-up establishes online connection

Two years ago, Logan businessman Zak Iqbal identified a gap in a particular marketplace and moved to fill it.  Using his industry experience, he established the start-up Stocr and began acting as a conduit between farmers and growers and their supply chain.