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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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Emily Casey

Emily Casey

Emily Casey discusses the importance of visibility of the startup ecosystem Emily Casey is the founder and director of What The Health, a health media company and community that aims to fuel the next generation of health innovation in Australia. Emily initially...

Alex Scandurra

Alex Scandurra

Alex Scandurra discusses the Australian startup ecosystem's exceptional growth Alex Scandurra is the founding CEO of Stone & Chalk, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to support Australian startups, scaleups, corporations and governments at every stage of...

Yolanda Redrup

Yolanda Redrup

Yolanda Redrup discusses some of the catalysts for the huge growth the startup ecosystem has seen Yolanda Redrup is a senior journalist with The Australian Financial Review, with a focus on technology and healthcare. Yolanda first began covering Australia’s startup...