SwitchDin leads China supply chain visit

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SwitchDin leads China supply chain visit

Eighteen04 and our resident startup SwitchDin is facilitating a trip to Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China for hardware startups based in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter Region. The trip is designed for startup founders and technical teams who want to get their bearings on the consumer electronics manufacturing services available in China.

This curated trip will teach the ins and outs of mass manufacturing, as well as best practices on how to engage a contract manufacturer. The trip will include 5 days visiting factories, suppliers, electronics markets and meeting key contacts. Participants will use the trip to get your bearings, start your product, or just refine your supply chain. 

The cost will be about USD$1100 which covers all your travel, meals and accommodation in China and participants will also need to pay separately for your international flights and their stay in Hong Kong. Our partners are super experienced and connected and this is an absolute bargain experience which we don’t think is available anywhere else. 

At this stage we’re just looking for an expression of interest to see if we can pull together a highly motivated group of 8-10 people sometime in April-July 2017.

If you're interested, please contact andrew.mears@switchdin.com preferably before Sunday 26th March.

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Iconic Newcastle brewery site gains new life as Clean Tech Startup hub

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Iconic Newcastle brewery site gains new life as Clean Tech Startup hub

Newcastle’s local clean energy technology and smart city startup venture hub, Eighteen04, are thrilled to be part of the NSW Government’s new investment in the historical Newcastle brewery site.

Through the NSW Government’s Jobs for NSW program and Hunter TAFE, Eighteen04 are building on their initial track record of supporting creation of new ventures in clean technology, known as ‘cleantech’  and smart city technologies, building the next generation of Australian based technology ventures.

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Lunaticks LIVE! Ep 5 – Women in Newcastle Tech

On this month’s show, Olivia and Greg will keep you up to date with the latest tech news, gossip and trends. This month, our guests will be leading women tech entrepreneurs in a previously male-dominated tech scene.

Guests: Gunilla Burrowes Director of Eighteen04, Anne-Laure Peaucelle – Co-founder of Newie Ventures, and Amelia Dawson founder of The Health Cocktail.

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June 2016 Newsletter

As we approach the end of the financial year and the accountants beaver away with R&D tax incentives, it's a good time to reflect on the year that innovation and startups hit the Australian public's consciousness.


This goes a lot deeper than the Government’s strong statements on innovation.  Big business is now seeing the startup approach to digital disruption and innovation is giving the best returns, something highlighted by the success of Newcastle founded accelerator Slingshot's programs with the NRMA and HCF. 

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Collaboration hub Eighteen04 is leveraging the strengths of the Hunter region to boost cleantech and smart city startups

The future prosperity of many regional towns is based around how they adapt and innovate according to the latest technology trends, how they transition into new global marketplaces and, more importantly, how they monopolise sustainable energy solutions.

Previously world renowned for its coal exports and playing host to Australia's two largest power stations, NSW's Hunter region is now on its way to becoming a world leader in R&D for cleantech, committed to creating energy sources to progress into global markets.

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CSIRO Is Hosting A Startup For Clean Tech Startups

CSIRO’s Energy Centre in Newcastle is home to Eighteen04 — a startup organisation formed with the intention of fostering other clean technology startups. The organisation currently provides desk space for ten different startups, and is looking to expand with a further 100 desks in the pursuit of clean, smart technology.

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Newcastle as a Sustainable Smart City – what will it take?

The United Nations predicts a near doubling of city dwellers by 2050. What will Newcastle look like then? What will it take to become a Smart City and what benefits can it bring to the inhabitants of the city? How can engineers contribute and what technologies will be needed?

Dr Andrew Mears – Founder & Director SwitchDin, Clean Energy Technology Integration

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Think Nationally, Act Locally

Since the 7 December announcement of the National “Ideas Boom” by the Turnbull Government there have been very exciting changes in the innovation and start-up space in Australia. Eighteen04 is actively participating in many areas at a local level, translating the national policy agenda into action on the ground in the Hunter Region. Read More.

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The people you meet at lunch…

Eighteen04’s 10th Innovators Lunch was held at the CSIRO Energy Flagship in Mayfield West on 18 March. Initially envisioned as a small, informal social gathering for entrepreneurs, researchers and people passionate about commercialising clean tech and smart cities technologies, the Innovators Lunch has become a powerhouse where over 70 innovators share ideas and make connections.

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Start-ups get a boost with Newcastle’s first Clean Tech & Smart Cities co-working space

Eighteen04, a smart cities and clean tech co-working space for tech startups and scale-ups will be launched TODAY, December 16, at Foghorn Brewhouse, at 5.30pm.

Hosted at the CSIRO Energy Centre in Mayfield West, and with generous support from Newcastle City Council, five tech enterprises have taken up residence working across a range of areas including plug-and-play battery storage solutions, smart waste recycling, smart cities traffic management solutions and waste heat sourced electricity generation.

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October 2015 Newsletter

WELCOME to the first Eighteen04 newsletter. It is an exciting time for start-ups, an exciting time for the renewal of the City of Newcastle and an exciting time for Smart Cities and CleanTech in Australia. Eighteen04 has a vision to a part of the ecosystem that supports all of these activities and to provide a vibrant physical and cultural space to foster collaboration and networking for tech entrepreneurs.

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Energy innovation lights Newcastle's future

Newcastle is well placed to benefit from new energy technologies, according to some of the region’s best innovators.

As the city’s council grapples with the thought of life after coal, many in Newcastle are already making things happen. 

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