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Venture Dorm has nearly wrapped up for Intake One, with just Limestone Coast’s huge Demo Day/eNVIsion launch to go. 

Did you know we hosted Demo Day here at Tonsley a week ago? And crowned the best pitch AND City of Adelaide Left Field scholarship? It was an amazing night. Every pitch exceeded our expectations and that of the judges (Nicola Craven of PWC, Wilson Ndung’u of City of Onkaparina, Jim Hannon-Tan of JHT Design and Stuart Snyder, who is a long time Venture Dorm mentor and business guru) – and we were left with a difficult decision.


Janvhi’s business, Feel the Beatz is an online mecca for dance videos. Much like the videos hosted on the website, her pitch didn’t miss a beat, gave the audience plenty of hard facts about its growth and outreach efforts and made us think ‘I can’t believe this doesn’t exist yet and where do I sign up?!’

For her contribution to the City of Adelaide’s vision for a SMART, GREEN, LIVEABLE and CREATIVE city, Janvhi was also awarded the CoA’s Left Field scholarship prize. 
Both the Demo Day and Left Field prizes go toward Janvhi joining the eNVI.US19 Startup Founder’s mission to the US in 2020. She’ll also pitch at the annual eNVIes for her chance to win the Gold eNVIe.
This Venture Dorm intake was full of innovative, creative and diligent founders and some really unique businesses – WELL DONE to all of our graduates, some of who are pictured below. 

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Venture Dorm is for anyone with a great idea. Or maybe you’re not sure that it’s great? Venture Dorm is for those ideas too.
8 weeks of breakthroughs, mastering the basic and not-so basic of business and learning how to pitch it, a-ha! moments and some seriously hard work. But as all of our founders would agree – it’s the type of hard work that helps you establish a startup. We’re now accepting applications for the next intake and it’s shaping up to be another incredible round. Find out more by following the link below!



Dru Reschke

MEET: Dru Reschke, Top Dog and Director at Koonara Wines, a certified organic winery in Coonawarra on the Limestone Coast. Dru and his wife Nicole built the winery on their property, which has been in the family for 110 years. Dru’s also a designer, responsible for all of their wine labels and he holds an international design patent for a wine and sparkling glass that has a sharp curve indicating one glass, so restaurants know where to pour until. Plus, more glass designs are being launched this year under their brand Savour. Talented guy!

JOINED NVI: Dru’s been a longtime friend of NVI, joining us at our first Entrepreneurs in Conversation on the Limestone Coast, alongside Ashlee Kalantarian, previous Venture Dorm winner. He went on to be a regular mentor for Venture Dorm on the Limestone Coast, and this Thursday will sit on the Demo Day panel as a judge as our finalist Venture Dormers pitch their businesses. Dru is a big fan of the program, and has great things to say about his experiences with NVI: “I love seeing the ideas coming out, and love trying to help new startups in their quest to build their businesses. I’m always surprised at how amazing some of the ideas are, and their potential to scale.”

FUTURE: Aside from his duties as a Demo Day judge, Dru and the team have plenty on. They love their pop-up parties at Koonara, and on the 7th of July will host a Retro Winter Warmer with Vinnies, where people are invited to dress in their op-shop 70’s and 80’s retro. The 5th of December is the Platinum Marquee at the Gold Cup in Mt Gambier and all of the 2019 white wines are already being released due to being sold out of last vintage.
It’s an exciting life for Dru and his team at Koonara, and we’re looking forward to working with them more in the future. Until then – you better organise some transport to Coonawarra for their Vinnies/Retro Winter Warmer party!




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Just one day to go until the Demo Day and eNVIsion Limestone Coast launch. Another fantastic group of startups ready to pitch before carefully selected judges, as part of the Venture Dorm Pre-Accelerator Program.

We put together a blog so you know who’s up for the main prize, even if you can’t be there to watch yourself. From desserts, eco-solutions, a brewery, VR with a twist and a new take on the humble sock, it’s a group worth getting to know.
Click the link below to read about the finalists pitching at tomorrow night’s Demo Day. 




Visit eNVIsion Limestone Coast at the Collaborative Learning Centre!

Our new place to teach business and innovation is in a place of teaching – Mount Gambier High School. Tomorrow night, we’ll officially launch in the CLC, in conjunction with Demo Day. Until we report back on that, here’s some photos of what’s going on over there!

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It’s set to be a huge night for our Venture Dormers and the eNVIsion community. 
You can get the live rundown on the eNVIsion Limestone Coast twitter! Click the link below to follow the proceedings.




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Feed Your Brain | More Than Just a Good Idea with ZORK founder John Brooks
You don’t just need a good idea, great design, quality manufacturing, inspiring marketing, and/or value add investors. You need it all to work together… Plus a bit of luck! We’ll be hearing a candid account of the ups and downs of a good idea that needed a few false starts to gain traction, from our engaging host – John Brooks. Don’t miss this one, see you there!
June 28, 1 – 2pm @ NVI, Room 1.01 Flinders at Tonsley

Tickets available HERE


Adelaide Startup banner MedTech’s Got Talent Startup Bootcamp 2019 – SA The MedTech’s Got Talent startup bootcamp is an introduction to commercialisation of health technologies for emerging entrepreneurs. In a fun and supportive half-day of workshops, presentations and discussions with industry experts, you’ll learn about key areas such as intellectual property, market positioning, capital raising and the art of pitching.
June 27th 8:30am – 1:30pm @ Level 5 at Flinders at Tonsley

Tickets available HERE



BRAVE Flinders Research & Innovation Series |
Settling Well 
Associate Professor Anna Ziersch will present the latest research on the health and wellbeing for people from refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds. She will be joined by a panel of researchers, service providers and people with refugee experience to discuss ways to promote resettlement outcomes for new arrivals in Australia. June 18th 5:30 – 7:30pm @ Flinders University Victoria Square, Room 1, Level 1

Tickets available HERE



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Soon, the newsletter you’re reading right now will be joined by Local Connections Limestone Coast – a new source of What’s On on, in Regional SA.

During the Demo Day/eNVIsion Limestone Coach launch at Mount Gambier High School tomorrow night, it will be announced that we’re putting together a new source for everything business, events, community and local news on the Limestone Coast. Each month, we’ll profile local businesses and schools and keep you in touch with what’s going on in that corner of Regional SA.
If you’d like to sign up to Local Connections, click the button below and we’ll make sure you get the first edition. The form is on the eNVIsion Limestone Coast page, just scroll down to fill it out. 




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Culture Club | The Business of Being Creative: A showcase of Carclew, Guildhouse, Helpmann Academy and.. us! 

Emma Fey, CEO of Guildhouse, will facilitate the conversation and Q&A with a dynamic panel of creative practitioners and enterprises, hand-selected by our valued partners.

Hear from rising star, writer, director and grass-roots film maker Stephanie Jaclyn (Like a Girl Pictures) about making new connections in the television industry through her ‘Elevate’ mentorship with Richard Jasek (Home and Away, Neighbours, The Secret Life of Us), supported by the Helpmann Academy.

Jane Skeer and Bridget Currie will share how their Guildhouse ‘Catapult’ mentorships have helped them to push through personal boundaries, to navigate the national art industry, and to incorporate new media into their artistic practice.

Then, meet some of the brightest participants of the Carclew Creative Consultants program and our ‘Left Field’ Venture Dorm start-up scholarships, which was part of the City of Adelaide’s The Business Of Being Creative program.




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Want more news from the NVI stratosphere?

Here’s what else has been happening.
  • Did you hear about the Flinders Village expansion? ICYMI… Flinder’s campus experience will be better connected, with everything you could possibly need in one location, or just a train ride away. Read all about the plans HERE.
  • The Don Dunstan Foundation will be hosting two separate events, both focused on the MaRS Discovery District and how it became one of the most significant Canadian Innovation Districts. If you’d like tickets to Allyson Hewitt’s session on June 6 from 11:30am to 1:00pm you can get your tickets HERE. Dr Ilse Treurnicht is also running a similar session on June 12 12:30pm-2:00pm, tickets available HERE 
  • Are you based in Sydney or visiting in August? Make sure you make time for Co:LAB4’s event: (re)imagining the future of work, workforce and workplaces. A practical, interactive + inspiring workshop on how to build a workplace people love. Hear global case studies from international speakers. Tickets are selling fast, but you can grab yours HERE.
  • Read about Matt’s recent trip to the Fox School of Business at Temple University. He presented to the team about combining Innovation and Education and how it’s worked for us here at NVI. Read it HERE.
  • A HUGE congratulations to InDaily’s 40 under 40 recipients! We were delighted to see so many names of people who are part of the NVI community (below). You can read the full wrap up HERE.
    • Aaron Superina | Outside Ideas
    • Anton Andreacchio | Convergen / Jumpgate VR / Artisan Post Group / Double Bishop / GMTI
    • David Pearson | The Don Dunstan Foundation
    • Imelda Alexopoulos | PwC Australia
    • Louise Nobes | KIK innovation & KIK Enterprises
    • Steven Kidd | Pinnacle Commercial Interiors
    • Themis Chryssidis | Sprout
  • WE’VE MOVED! Not far, but you can find us in Room 2.21 at Flinders at Tonsley. Just head up the stairs or the lifts and we’re directly opposite. Come say hi!



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