Since moving Laughing Mind from Canberra in 2012 to a new regional base, we've been involved in delivery of a range of venture catalyst events and have launched new companies for different sectors to pursue opportunities we think will create new value. It's been great to have a part to play in supporting and encouraging the growth of new ventures from our regional patch, whether it be from earliest stage ideas at our hackathons through to supporting scale-ups for Slingshot and NSW Govt as Entrepreneur in Residence.
As part of that effort, we've also been keeping a reasonably detailed mind-map based inventory of the different elements of the 3 ecosystems, which we're putting out in a more visible and interactive format so that new, current or prospective entrants to the startup scene can orient themselves to the broad range of things that are in play, or supports they might find useful.
Whilst there are bigger picture players like BlueChilli working to cover the larger ecosystems of Sydney and Melbourne through their StartRail maps (for which we pay due respect), or dedicated individuals like Chad Renando and his StartupStatus venture to cover the whole of Australia, our closest interests lie in the patches where we live, work and socialise.
As a contribution to the growth of our region, we offer an entrepreneurs based network view that spans the value chain of actors in our Central Coast - Lake Macquarie - Newcastle ecosystem. The map you'll see below is a work in progress, visible also at our Startup Coast page or in its largest format view. Feedback and contributions are always welcomed.