Australia is facing a recycling crisis.
In 2018, China stopped taking our plastic waste, and earlier this year, India followed suit. The Australian Council of Recycling has warned that with Asian markets shutting its doors, our nation’s recycling is “greatly under threat”.
As a result, Australia is swiftly amassing waste without the resources to process it. Our few dozen processing plants (contrasting China’s thousands) are inundated with plastic bottles, coffee cups, and containers.
This news can be overwhelming and with loud public discussion about Australia’s recycling disaster, and how more needs to be done, it can be easy to overlook the companies in the background that are taking action.
Last month, MIC delivered our third Breakfast with an Entrepreneur event as a part of the IGNITE Program. Run in partnership with the City of Whittlesea, this breakfast series features a local successful startup each month and provides the opportunity for like-minded individuals at different stages of their venture to listen and learn about their journey.
Our guest entrepreneur in April was social entrepreneur and captivating storyteller, Koky Saly.
Koky is founder of social enterprise BeeKeeper Parade and the charity BabyTree Projects. His mission is to improve education in Cambodia and assist in creating a sustainable planet.
The UN has stated that 68% of the world population is projected to live in urban areas by 2050. A frightening figure when we consider the devastating impact cities currently have on the environment. In terms of agriculture, sustainable development will not be enough to protect the ecosystems that provide the resources for our sustenance.
In an urbanising world, our future rests heavily on regenerative development—human development that actively heals and regenerates the earth. On a scale the slides from degenerative to regenerative, sustainable sits directly in the middle. While the push for a more sustainable planet is important for hauling us away from degeneration, we don’t have the luxury of settling for neutral impact.
We must regenerate—create conditions conducive for all life to thrive.
Specialising in the creation of beautiful high-quality sustainable furniture, Jarryn Allen has built a business that he loves. JR Bespoke Designs is big news in 2019 and scaling fast with over 40k followers on social media and a new factory and showroom in Preston.
For years before establishing his business, Jarryn, a skilled carpenter, would spend his spare time handcrafting furniture in his home garage for himself, family and friends. It was when this ‘hobby’ resulted in regular orders, Jarryn recognised there was significant demand for high quality custom furniture.
Melbourne has some of the best drinking water in the world. Clear, clean water runs so effortlessly from our taps, we take that quality for granted. Victorian water is tested regularly to ensure it meets strict quality requirements—and MIC Greensborough business Bio2Lab undertakes such quality monitoring and assessment.
Our coworkers bring diverse professional skills to MIC Greensborough, working collaboratively within MIC's shared working spaces contributing to our start-up and small business community.
This month, we’ve featured five coworkers.
Genevieve from MIC Greensborough client business Bake Mixes shares how she promotes her product range using social media influencers.
Watch her video to learn how to boost your following on Instagram and Facebook. With almost 21k Instagram followers and 29k on Facebook, Gen has secured a strong audience using this strategy.
Michael Naylor, Managing Director of C. Fulton based at the Melbourne Innovation Centre in Alphington, is passionate about the environment. Determined to address this issue of urban heat radiation, Naylor has brought rooflite® to Australia—lightweight soil products engineered for a range of green roof applications.
Green roofs are layers of living vegetation installed on urban rooftops.
“Green roofs have a number of advantages,” Naylor explains. “They provide more capacity for agriculture in the form of urban vegetable gardens. They improve air quality by absorbing pollutants, reduce the risk of flooding, and regulate temperatures.”
It was excellent to see MIC client Farmwall launch their first corporate urban farm in partnership with Mirvac. Farmwall and Mirvac have co-created Cultivate—a pop up urban farm exclusive to the Mirvac community. The project will be held at one of Australia’s most sustainable buildings—200 George Street.
Online ticket sales is big business.
Australian online ticket platforms generated $289M in commission revenue in 2017 (IBISWorld). The majority of this revenue was reinvested into new functionality of online platforms to better serve eventgoers. Improving analytics capability and analysis of customer behavior is critical to successfully marketing and selling event tickets.
Melbourne-based startup O-tix recognised this 4 years ago, and has since developed event ticketing, registration, and lead-generation technology designed for consumer exhibitions, trade shows and conferences.
You’re on a babymoon holiday in Vanuatu—and you go into labour early. Where will you go to have the baby? Do you know which healthcare facilities are equipped and staffed for child birth? Until recently, such information wasn’t readily available—not for locals, healthcare professionals, or the countries themselves. Now, the free app and website Tupaia provides comprehensive supply chain information on healthcare facilities in the Asia Pacific.
Beyond Essential Systems provides healthcare consulting in developing countries, with a focus on procurement, distribution, and pharmaceutical consulting. In 2017, co-founder Michael Nunan managed the development of Tupaia—health resource and supply chain mapping for the Asia-Pacific region.
The SI Systems Modular Containerised Data Centre provides portable, flexible, and reliable solutions for your IT expansion needs.
Arran Greenhalgh runs SI Systems at MIC Greensborough, a tech company specialising in IT infrastructure, data protection, software development, and custom-built tech solutions.