Week 14 Wrap-Up! River City Labs Startup Accelerator

Week 14 Wrap-Up! River City Labs Startup Accelerator

Woohoo! The first part of our River City Labs (muru-D) accelerator program – 14 weeks full time in River City Labs – is now officially complete.

We’re happy to report that all five teams (GreenSocks, ProcessPA, Outbound, ParkFit and Puntaa) have been asked to join the second part of the program (another $20k injection in exchange for another 3% equity).

So, with extensions secured and with Christmas just around the corner, week 14 was more about fun and wind-down, than about masterclasses or traction goals. Here’s our recap…

 

Congratulations Richard and Toni

Yes, with light at the end of the accelerator tunnel, GreenSocks co-founder Richard Eastes came up for air and proposed to his girlfriend, Toni Dawes. Congratulations guys! So happy for you!

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River City Labs End-of-Year Breakfast

If anyone was hungry from early morning lawn mowing on Tuesday, River City Labs was the place to be. Thanks Angela, Maria and the River City Labs crew for the morning sustenance and the excuse to socialise.

Hungry after your lawn mowing? End-of-Year Big Breakfast at River City Labs Brisbane

 

Congrats to our Suncorp Friends

Sitting next to us for 14 weeks in River City Labs, were our friends from Suncorp (Crystal, Matt, Andrea and Sabri) who were on their own internal accelerator program – the Lean Startup Experience. Congrats to the team on their successful journey and Demo Day presentation. We’ll miss you in the Labs now that you have to go back to “the real world”.

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Star Wars Premiere: The Force Awakens

Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faced a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren. But never fear… Chewbacca Richard was there with new fiancee Toni, Marcus Eikeland (StartupWeekend facilitator and long-time GreenSocks supporter), Josh Anthony (River City Labs), Danny Dearns (one of busiest Brisbane lawn mowing providers) and 45 more friends to save the day.

Chewbacca Richard Eastes and friends at the Star Wars premiere Brisbane © GreenSocks

Chewbacca Richard Eastes from GreenSocks, with friends at the Star Wars premiere Brisbane © GreenSocks

 

And whilst I neither made it to the midnight premiere in Brisbane, nor watched Star Wars for 46 hours straight like this Star Wars fan, I did go to see the movie a few days later (to see what Richard had been talking and writing about for the past month)…

Andrea Martins shot at Star Wars © GreenSocks

Andrea Martins meets a StormTrooper (who was not wearing friendly green socks) © GreenSocks

muru-D International Trip 2016

“So, who’s in?” asks Aaron Birkby. “You’ll get to join with muru-D teams from Sydney and Singapore to travel to Silicon Valley and Seattle to meet Facebook, Twitter, Uber, Silicon Valley Bank, 500 Startups, Amazon, Microsoft plus meet 100+ successful tech entrepreneurs, angel investors and VC’s.”

ParkFit and ProcessPA have booked their tickets already. Should be an amazing experience!

Aaron Birkby with our startup accelerator teams at River City Labs © GreenSocks

Aaron Birkby with our startup accelerator teams at River City Labs © GreenSocks

 

Xmas Drinks

Thanks to the seemingly never-ending generosity of Brisbane’s River City Labs founder, Steve Baxter (the superman-looking guy standing in the back right), our River City Labs accelerator teams joined Steve’s TLI (Transition Level Investments) team for some well-deserved, end-of-year, festive drinks!

Steve Baxter with the River City Labs accelerator teams and his TLI team © GreenSocks

Steve Baxter with the River City Labs accelerator teams and his TLI team © GreenSocks

 

Jenga was the challenge of choice. Rowan Grant (TLI) trying to Vine whilst playing…

Rowan Grant trying his hand at Jenga © GreenSocks

Rowan Grant from TLI (Transition Level Investments) with Aaron Birkby, Josh Anthony and Co.  © GreenSocks

 

The fun continued when we moved to the new bar across the street…

Still having Xmas fun © GreenSocks

Still having Xmas fun © GreenSocks

 

Congratulations to Peta Ellis

One person who missed out on the Xmas festivities was former River City Labs Manager, Peta Ellis, who recently stepped aside from RCL to give birth to her third child, Diesel. Congratulations Peta and family!

Welcome to the world, Diesel! Son of Peta Ellis from River City Labs

Welcome to the world, Diesel! Son of Peta Ellis from River City Labs

Merry Xmas from GreenSocks

Finally, on behalf of Richard, Melisa, Tina and myself… thank you for supporting GreenSocks this year and we wish you and your families a very safe and happy Xmas.

…and if you ever have a patch of lawn this big, and need a santa mowed onto it, you know who to call!

Xmas Lawn Mowing (Image credit: NapaValleyRegister.com)

Xmas Lawn Mowing (Image credit: NapaValleyRegister.com)

 

And, that’s a wrap!

The next part of our accelerator program will not be as intensive, so we’ll only blog when we have news to tell – which hopefully, will still be often, but not weekly.

Have a fantastic holiday season, Everyone and we’ll see you in 2016!

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Miss our previous epic wrap-ups? 

Week 1Week 2Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12, Week 13

 

2 Comments

  1. Scott Rogers

    Great Wrap Up!

    You are providing great free PR for RCL & Muru-D.

    Reply
    • Andrea Martins

      Thanks Scott! It’s the least we can do for RCL and muru-D. They’ve done so much for us.

      Reply

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