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LOCAL HEROES

Jess Cobourn

Jess Cobourn

All of a sudden I’m on this board with amazing people figuring out how to put on great events. I found people were so nurturing creatively; if you have a slight doubt in yourself, they’re like ‘you can do it!’ 

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Liam Scanlan

Liam Scanlan

In Newcastle everyone knows each other and it doesn’t seem quite as competitive. In Sydney, it’s very hush hush.

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Pawel Jarecki

Pawel Jarecki

I’ve gotten over my burnout and now I’m fresh into starting up my creative agency called Human Again. To make sure I don’t work around the clock this time, I’ve got a new system.

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Susan Ryan

Susan Ryan

Taking care of my father and studying his illness helped me come up with an idea for an app.

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Ethan Andrews

Ethan Andrews

I pursued standup comedy while still at University of Newcastle, and before I graduated I felt like I was at a crossroads where I’d pursue a creative life or professional life, and I went down the creative route.

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Josh Bruce

Josh Bruce

One of the biggest struggles for me is timing. Right now I’ve got about four jobs on at once, and a few weeks ago I didn’t have any work.

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Shauna Ryan

Shauna Ryan

The biggest struggle since I’ve moved has been the social aspect. I’ve been going to networking events and cafes trying to meet likeminded people.

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Carlin McLellan

Carlin McLellan

I’ve lived in Sydney, Vancouver and Berlin. Newcastle keeps on pulling me back in with its great beaches and friendly vibes

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Kate Cornick

Kate Cornick

Kate Cornick on ways to support Australians to begin their startup journey Kate Cornick is the CEO of LaunchVic, the Victorian Government’s initiative to accelerate startups and create new jobs in Victoria. Before taking this position, Kate worked in a variety of...

Niki Scevak

Niki Scevak

Niki Scevak is optimistic about Australia's future Niki Scevak has a long and diverse background in the Australian startup ecosystem. From his entrepreneurial beginnings co-founding two software companies, Niki would go on to co-found Blackbird, a venture capital firm...

Matt Barrie

Matt Barrie

Matt Barrie on the evolution of the startup ecosystem from a unique vantage point As CEO of Freelance Limited, Matt Barrie overseas the management of both freelancer.com, a service through which 54 million freelancers offer every type of service you can possibly...

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