Brendan Yell is a self described strategist, mentor and internet guy.
For his last talk of the year, the director of IBM company SoftLayer visited Bega on Friday, December 11 to talk about the pros and cons of running tech start-ups from regional areas.
“The thing about day’s like this is we wouldn’t know about these amazing people without it,” he said.
I love regional areas and I think they often get ignored.Brendan Yell
“I love regional areas and I think they often get ignored.”
Bega Valley residents with startup ideas shared their ideas with each other and Mr Yell at the Bega co-working space (CoWS Near the Coast) on Carp St before he took time to mentor those in need.
The ideas were as diverse as the people in attendance and covered areas from citizen science to transport.
Mr Yell described the excitement in the startup world at the recent talk of innovation funding by new prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.
“Obviously the language change was a big thing,” he said.
“We still face the challenge of youth employment in Australia and the economic redistribution to regional areas from the city.”
He highlighted the importance of networking and mentoring sessions in “bouncing ideas” and turning ideas into practice.
“there is a willingness in the startup industry to speak to anyone, anywhere, anytime,” he said.