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Wondering if you’ve somehow missed an impressive landmark like the one pictured below in SA? Not quite.  

At this stage, it’s an artist’s impression of what the proposed Australian Centre for Innovative Manufacturing will look like. More specifically:

“A proposed $50 million Flinders University-led Australian Centre for Innovative Manufacturing (ACIM) at Tonsley will be the nation’s first reconfigurable ‘Future Factory’- connecting Australian companies with the latest manufacturing technologies, research expertise and providing training to modernise workforces.”We’ll let you catch up on this HUGE news in the article released by Flinders, which you

can read here. Just 2 weeks have flown by since our last edition of Great Ideas, but a lot has happened here at NVI. We won’t keep you from catching up!

Happy reading and happy Thursday,

The NVI Team.



Have you thought about applying for Austrade’s Landing Pads?  

We’re lucky enough to have Gabe Sulkes (far right), Director of Market Entry Services at Austrade’s San Francisco Landing Pad, joining us here at NVI on Tuesday 14th May.
You’re invited to meet us in Room 2.21 from 10:30am, for a Q&A and briefing session about the services of the San Francisco Launching Pad and the needs of the ecosystem as they further customise their offerings. This informative session will be followed by a morning tea and an opportunity for you to have 15 minutes of consulting time with Gabe.

We’re taking consultation times now, on a first in first served basis. If you wish to be part of one of the consultation sessions being hosted in Meeting Room 2.35, please nominate a time from the list below and indicate to Emily Canale (emily.canale@flinders.edu.au) which slot you’d like to book into.
Choose from:

We look forward to hearing from you, and hope to see you at the Q&A!


▶ Recently, we hosted the eNVIsage graduation for both IMA and AAI participants. Here’s what went down!

Innovative Manufacturing Accelerator: The graduates of our 6 week Advanced Manufacturing accelerator presented the work they did with the IMA mentors, board and advisors, and their respective plans for the future. We heard from Prohab, Elwa and previous IMA graduates Voxon and SMR Automotive, who’ve all integrated advanced manufacturing into their processes since finishing IMA.

While Zac from Ledgard Pruning | Task Automation wasn’t available to pitch at eNVIsage, we caught up with him to present his certificate and ask him about his time in the IMA:

“Before IMA we were very mechanically minded with our pruning system. Where as now, we’re looking towards using sensor technology and how we can use that to increase our profitability”




Australia Awards Indonesia: Our cohort of 25 Indonesians was made up of an array of startup founders, and we were lucky enough to hear from two of them: Julian Chan of sustainable clothing company Cloth Inc and Alex Chandra of ecommerce giant Bukalapak. Hearing their views on business in Australia compared to Indonesia and their plans for expansion having visited was a hugely helpful insight into the value of the Australia Awards project.

We’ve put together a quick snippet of the event and each presentation for you to get a feel of the eNVIsage graduation event!

We’re now accepting applications for the next intake of the Innovative Manufacturing Accelerator. If you’d like more information, head to: nviflinders.com.au/ima




MEET: Caitlan Zukauskas, owner and founder of Luxe Glamping – a unique mobile service based in Mount Gambier which provides beautifully styled canvas bell tents for hire. Luxe Glamping pitch the tent, set up and pack it away after your stay, leaving guests to camp in comfort and free to focus on having a great time!

JOINED NVI: Caitlan graduated from Venture Dorm Limestone Coast in 2018. She went on to deliver the winning pitch and took out the Gold eNVIe. Caitlan then joined NVI on our eNVI.US 19 Startup Founders mission to Austin, Silicon Valley and New York. The tour provided an experience which Caitlan described as “absolutely incredible, teaching her a wealth of knowledge.”

Luxe Glamping is going from strength to strength – expanding their number of staff and developing a camping and event site (Luxe Glamping at Laughton Park), set to open in a few weeks. Luxe Glamping’s substantial growth has given Caitlan the ability to provide more tents to the public and deliver one-of-a-kind outdoor experiences which have the potential to spread throughout South Australia and Victoria, adding another dimension to our regional tourism industry.

If camping in luxury appeals to you, you can get the full scope of what Luxe Glamping has to offer by following the link below: 




We’re very excited to hear Nick Crowther from Freerange Future (one of just 8 certified B Corp companies in SA!) teach us what it means to be a B Corp, the why and the how.

A B Corp company has gone through a certification process guaranteeing they meet a code of cultural and environmental standards. Patagonia, Beyond Bank, Ben & Jerry’s… all B Corps. Could you be next?
Tickets are free! Follow the link below to take your place at tomorrow’s Feed Your Brain, taking place here at NVI from 1-2pm.



Brave Flinders Research and Innovation Series | Dying Matters | FREE
Join Associate Professor Kim Devery in a discussion on what clinicians can do to improve the quality of end-of-life care to benefit patients and their families. Join this discussion about how we die, what matters to care recipients, and how health care professionals can be better prepared to help people at the end-of-life.
22 May, 5:30 – 6:30 @ Flinders Vic Square | Tickets HERE


Feed Your Brain | Investing In Ideas Fundraising and Bootstrapping | FREE!
An unmissable opportunity to hear from Christian Thaler-Wolski of Berlin. Christian is a startup advisor who specialises in bootstrapping and fundraising. Don’t take our word for it – just make sure you’re there to hear straight from the man himself, it’s set to be a valuable session for any founder. Did we mention he works with the founders of heatmap tech giant Hotjar?
May 24, 1-2pm @ NVI, Level 2 Flinders at Tonsley at Tonsley FREE! Tickets HERE


ATO Education Workshop presented by SBC | $30 +
Presented by Southern Business Connections and the Australian Tax Office, this workshop at the Tonsley Hotel will help you to understand everything you need for the Single Touch Payroll system, including the law, how it works and how to prepare if the legislation is passed in government. Includes breakfast!
August 2, 7:30 – 9:30 @ Tonsley Hotel Tickets HERE



Welcome to Education Hack 4.0.

We’re inviting South Australian schools to explore the opportunities of the future education in the digital age during a 2 day collaborative hackathon.
Student and teacher teams are encouraged to register for Education Hack 4.0, and expressions of interest are open now. Intrigued and have a school in mind? Follow the link below for more information and how to sign up.




Want more news from the NVI stratosphere?

Here’s what else has been happening.


    • This fantastic group of young people you see ^ are our DREAM BIG graduates. Dream Big, in partnership with Louise Nobes of KIK Innovation and the crew at Westfield Marion, helps at risk young people, guiding them toward a future in entrepreneurship. Dream Big is over for now, but we’ll keep you up to date with plans for future programs. If you’re thinking about starting your own business, why not go for Venture Dorm? More information on the next intake HERE.

    • The team at Spiral Data (eNVIsion members and data gurus) have launched their new website! Included in its clean new design – a case study on the work they did for Icebreaker18. It’s a great read and shows you how powerful the boys from Spiral Data’s tech can be. Read it HERE.

    • One of our very clever Indonesian startup founders from the AAI Awards Indonesia 2018 delegation, Febriadi of GRINGGO has secured an exciting Google AI Impact grant. Fabriadi and his team will use the grant to make their smart trash tech even smarter. Read the press release HERE – we’ll keep you updated on their progress!

    • Read another great wrap of the Hannover Messe mission from the Ai Group. Together with Austrade, Aron from the NVI team led a delegation to Berlin and explored the world’s biggest manufacturing fair. Read it HERE.

    • A HUGE congratulations to the Sourdough Business Pathways team (pictured below) who have finished the Sourdough Pre-Accelerator program in regional NSW. Matt and Bert flew up to sit on the panel for the startup’s pitches on their Demo Day, and chose an ultimate winner, Hemp Collective Byron. And guess what! It’s back in July. Expressions of interest can be registered HERE.

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