Startup Catalyst: Lessons learned from our San Francisco journey

Mindblown. That’s probably the best word to describe our experiences in San Francisco. For the past two weeks, myself and three other QUT students traveled around Silicon Valley where we visited a number of startups, co-working spaces and headquarters of international tech giants.

We were on a youth mission called Startup Catalyst, taking young, tech-savvy entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley with the aim of learning from some of the world’s best entrepreneurs and bringing that spirit back to the Australian startup scene.

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QUT Students to embark on Startup Catalyst Youth Mission

It’s the day before me and twenty other young tech entrepreneurs, including three other QUT students, get on a plane bound for San Francisco, into the heart of the tech world in Silicon Valley.

Typing that sentence gave me goosebumps.

But what is this all about, why am I going to Silicon Valley of all places? It was just over a month ago I heard about Startup Catalyst from one of my good friends. They are a company that organise missions to international hotspots for youths, startups, investors, corporates, and innovation leaders. In particular, they run a “Youth Mission” specifically for young, tech-savvy entrepreneurs and future CTO leaders. The trip involves 10 days in Silicon Valley where we get to meet and interact with global tech leaders like Google and Facebook, and visit smaller startup companies.

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Enactus presents Taste of Brisbane

On the 10th of October, Taste of Brisbane launched its first food tour of the semester at the delicious Afghani restaurant, Chopan Charcoal, located in Milton. Here, accompanied by 30+ guests, we were immersed in the owner’s culture and heritage while marvelling at the delicious morsels of food that continually filled our plates. At the price of $26 per person, the event proved to be great value for money as guests quickly became full with the steady flow of food making its way to our tables.

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My Global Voices lesson: The importance of communication

Over September and October this year, I had the incredible privilege of representing QUT through a Global Voices research fellowship, travelling to the World Bank and IMF Annual meetings in Washington, D.C.

The fellowship had three components: a research paper, pre-departure briefings, and the official meetings. I learned valuable lessons in each phase, but one takeaway in particular stood out to me:  the importance of clear, concise communication.

I realise for a Public Relations student this principle should be obvious, but seeing this in action, on an international level, has shown it to be more important than ever. 

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