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What business could Canberra develop?

By johnboy 14 August 2013 29

For the last decade the public service has priced other business out of the market here in Canberra.

Expensive real estate and the public service’s insanely generous pay and conditions for low level employees have meant if you didn’t already live here there was precious little reason to think about starting any business that didn’t have the Government as a customer.

But that is all, apparently, about to change.

Now we really don’t want a repeat of Energy Services Invironmental burning down wildly poisonous chemicals in the middle of the city on the back of lax regulation.

And government involvement in developing business too often involves the Minister trading away millions of public dollars in exchange for a rather good lunch and maybe a massage with a happy ending.

But do any readers have thoughts on what industries Canberra could develop based on local skills?

What’s Your opinion?


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roryford 6:27 pm 18 Aug 13

Thanks for the mention Ryoma. I try my best to tie together people who are already being innovative, starting companies or growing tech companies. One of my current side projects is to list how many tech startups and grownups there are in the region. These are companies who are developing technologies that can be exported outside the region or can service external markets from Canberra.

So far the list contains:

WLPC
Hostify
C-Metrics Pty Ltd
Euclidify
Rollercoaster Digital
Ideasol Australia
CutOrange
Capabiliti LMS
Intelledox
StakeMyRep
Datametrics
InterfereX
HaystackHQ
StageBitz Pty Ltd
Auraya Systems
TripleThink PL
Imagine Team Pty Ltd
coseats.com
Jimble
Qhopper
eReflect
SimplyShow.me
Seeing Machines
Trade up
eMarking Assistant
mHits
Fat Zebra
EcoSpectral
Stalkthis
Cloud Central
Nexus eWater
The Hot List
Cardboard Keep
BudgetAus
Whale Hammer Games
Windlab Systems
http://www.easymobileapp.com
Clik Clik
TKBT
Reasonwell
Perimeter Security Industries
Admin Bandit
Peereo Pty. Ltd.
BizBudg

If you are interested in more details about these companies look here:
http://www.roryford.com/techcompanies

If I missed one, you can add details here:
http://www.roryford.com/techcompaniesadd

This is about one tech company per 10,000 people or so whereas Sydney is closer to one per 5,000. From what I can see, Canberra is really accelerating as a tech startup city though and we’re well on track towards a billion dollar local tech industry.

LSWCHP 9:59 pm 15 Aug 13

Christoph Zierholz said :

We’re looking to expand but ya’ all will need to help out and drink more Zierholz!!!!!

I can personally vouch that Christoph’s beer is among the best in the country, if not the world. Yet another example of leading edge industry here in Canberra, and I apologise for not mentioning his products in my original list.

Affirmative Action Man 1:36 pm 15 Aug 13

How about a MUSEUM or HALL OF FAME OF DODGY POLITICIANS. We could start with Al Grassby, Dennis Stevenson, Max Ortmann, Peter Slipper etc etc

spinact 11:34 am 15 Aug 13

Christoph Zierholz said :

We’re looking to expand but ya’ all will need to help out and drink more Zierholz!!!!!

Challenge accepted!

Christoph Zierholz 9:37 am 15 Aug 13

We’re looking to expand but ya’ all will need to help out and drink more Zierholz!!!!!

switch 8:26 am 15 Aug 13

LSWCHP said :

High tech business has been growing gradually in the ACT for a long time, and I reckon that we’ll see a lot more of it in the years to come.

These things are all wonderful examples of high technology companies we should be proud of and encouraging. But also I reckon that we’ll see more of the government continuing to treat their breeding ponds (unis and CSIRO) as either cash cows or things only good for budget cuts for a long time to come, too.

LSWCHP 10:51 pm 14 Aug 13

How about building the worlds’s best phased array radar systems at CEA Technologies in Fyshwick?

Or the best computer vision systems money can buy at Seeing Machines in Acton?

Or remotely operated weapon stations out at EOS in Quangers?

And lets not forget Locata, who are providing non-GPS based centimeter level positioning systems to the USAF White Sands Missile range in New Mexico.

These businesses are already already here, right now, employing hundreds of people and bringing tens of millions of dollars annually into the local community.

My point is that we have a highly educated workforce supported by excellent academic institutions in the ANU and Canberra Uni. And we are already designing and manufacturing mind bogglingly brilliant things right here in Canberra that very few people know about.

High tech business has been growing gradually in the ACT for a long time, and I reckon that we’ll see a lot more of it in the years to come.

HiddenDragon 10:30 pm 14 Aug 13

neanderthalsis said :

A factory that makes both smoke generators and mirrors as well as shag resistant wall lamps would do well in the local area.

Gold.

“Compo shagger” as she is known in these parts, just got a mention on Wednesday Night Fever, so we’ve already got a government subsidised promo for those heavy duty lamps.

We’ll continue to be a theme park, but with a bit less money sloshing around.

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