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    Spike Innovation is a specialist consulting firm that provides strategic advice to supporters of entrepreneurs and startup ecosystems – including incubators, universities and government agencies.


    We also have a deep knowledge of startup and innovation best practice, and work with founders of high-growth, innovation-based businesses and innovative corporates to help them accelerate their growth and succeed globally.



  • What we do

    Startup ecosystem

    Startup ecosystem

    Expert strategic advice on how to grow startup ecosystems, including program design and implementation

    Entrepreneur training

    Entrepreneur training

    Practical training for entrepreneurs and intra-preneurs based on lean startup principles

    Corporate innovation

    Corporate innovation

    Guidance and program delivery for organisations seeking to benefit from disruptive innovation



    An informed and engaging speaker on disruptive innovation, startups and the impact of entrepreneurship

  • Expertise

    Spike Innovation was founded by Colin Kinner, a technology industry professional with over 20 years’ experience working with startups and technology-based businesses in Australia and the UK.


    Colin has run startup incubators and early stage venture funds, and has coached and trained many founders of technology-based businesses. He is an experienced company director, a regular speaker and lecturer on startups and innovation, and provides pro-bono mentoring to a select group of Australian startups.

  • organisations we have worked with

    Startup ecosystem



    Authored the Crossroads report in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and supported StartupAUS in bringing about a major shift in the approach taken by federal and state governments to supporting startups

    Government of South Australia

    Advised on strategies for increasing the impact of South Australia's universities in producing and training high-impact entrepreneurs

    City of Sydney

    Advised on the City of Sydney's Tech Startups Action Plan, a plan designed to build on Sydney's position as Australia's most vibrant startup city

    Lend Lease

    Advised on the bid led by Lend Lease and Google for development of the White Bay innovation district in Sydney

    Australia's Chief Scientist

    Commissioned to research and author a major report on the role of universities in producing and training high-impact entrepreneurs, and to make recommendations for improving the quality of entrepreneurship programs in Australian universities. Download report.

    Victorian Government

    Engaged along with SGS Economics to conduct an analysis of the startup ecosystem in the Monash National Employment and Innovation Cluster. Culminated in recommendations to enhance to expand the programs available to support startups in the region.

    Entrepreneur training

    Startup Onramp

    Startup Onramp

    Australia's leading provider of training and mentoring programs for early stage startup founders. www.startuponramp.com


    Delivered investor-readiness coaching to companies selected to take part in the Advance Innovation Silicon Valley trade mission


    Delivered startup training workshops to Sydney-based entrepreneurs covering lean startup, validation and customer development

    Program design and implementation

    Startup Catalyst

    Startup Catalyst

    Designed and project managed Startup Catalyst, an annual ten-day Silicon Valley immersion trip for some of Australia's most promising young entrepreneurs

    Brisbane Marketing

    Brisbane Marketing

    Designed and implemented startup ecosystem programs as part of the city's Digital Strategy, including launch of CoderDojo Brisbane, Visiting Entrepreneurs Program and Lord Mayor's Budding Entrereneur grants

    CEA Startup Fund

    QUT Creative Enterprise Australia

    Designed and manage the CEA Startup Fund, a seed-stage venture fund that invests in tech startups in the creative industries

    Corporate innovation


    Advised on internal innovation programs for RACQ, an innovation-driven company and Queensland's largest club

    Queensland Urban Utilities

    Delivered internal innovation training to the Urban Utilities leadership team

  • testimonials

    Steve Baxter shark tank

    "Colin has a depth of understanding on the issues surrounding entrepreneurship and innovation that far surpasses most in the Australian community."

    - Steve Baxter Founder, River City Labs and Shark on Channel Ten's Shark Tank

    Amanda Price

    "I have worked closely with Colin on a range of startup-related projects over the last five years. Colin has a deep understanding of the startup space and is a valuable source of expert guidance to startup founders."

    - Amanda Price Senior Vice-President, Advance Innovation

    Ali Francis RACQ

    "Colin was incredibly valuable in helping RACQ to develop and deliver its corporate innovation program. He led us through the principles of innovation and provided practical and relevant training that was applicable to our business. I’d certainly recommend working with Colin and Spike Innovation to build an innovation strategy, develop, test and execute ideas, and develop a culture of innovation!"

    - Ali Francis Group Strategy Manager, RACQ

    Peter Bradd StartupAUS

    "Colin authored the Crossroads report for StartupAUS in 2014 and 2015. It has become the seminal text on the subject of innovation policy in Australia, and heavily influenced the Prime Minister's $1.1 billion Innovation Statement in 2015."

    - Peter Bradd Chairman and Founding Director, StartupAUS; Founding Director, Fishburners

    Jana Matthews

    "Colin did a masterful job as author of the Crossroads report. In addition to being knowledgeable about international entrepreneurship programs, Colin understands how ecosystems need to be constructed to foster the creation and development of startups."

    - Dr Jana Matthews ANZ Chair in Business Growth; Director, Centre for Business Growth, UniSA Business School

    Wayne Gerard

    "Colin is passionate about helping startups and technology companies scale their businesses. He has a detailed knowledge of the Australian startup ecosystem and has identified viable and timely strategies to help grow the impact of startups in Australia."

    - Wayne Gerard Co-founder & CEO RedEye

    Rufus Black

    "Colin's report "Boosting High Impact Entrepreneurship in Australia" is a timely and important guide to creating an entrepreneurial future for Australia. Built on a deep understanding of the Australian entrepreneurial ecosystem it is essential reading for anyone interested in the future of entrepreneurship and how to shape it."

    - Rufus Black Director, Wade Institute for Entrepreneurship, University of Melbourne

    "Colin's keynote presentation on disruptive innovation was inspiring and thought provoking. It received outstanding feedback from our members and has certainly got them thinking differently."

    - Matthew Traynor Queensland State Executive Officer, Australian Council for Private Education and Training

    Tim Hui

    "Colin is an inspirational member of the startup community. His passion, experience and knowledge of the startup world have had a positive and far-reaching effect on the startup journeys of QUT students."

    - Tim Hui Vice President, QUT Starters (student entrepreneurship club)

  • StartupAUS Crossroads Report Colin Kinner Spike Innovation

    StartupAUS Crossroads Report

    Spike Innovation was commissioned to write the Crossroads report by StartupAUS, the peak body representing tech startups in Australia. Now in its third year, it is the most detailed review ever undertaken of the Australian startup ecosystem and includes a comprehensive analysis of the environment that affects startups in Australia and overseas. Crossroads provides a concrete and thoroughly researched action plan for development of a vibrant startup ecosystem in Australia that will contribute over $100 billion to GDP and create over half a million new jobs by 2033.


    The Crossroads report has become a major influencer of government policy in Australia at a national, state and city level.

    Report Boosting High-Impact Entrepreneurship in Australia Colin Kinner Spike Innovation

    Boosting High-Impact Entrepreneurship in Australia

    A strategic report for universities and governments that highlights the role higher education institutions can play in producing entrepreneurial graduates and in shifting Australia to a high-growth, innovation-led economy.


    Spike Innovation was commissioned to write the report by Australia’s Chief Scientist. It provides a set of practical recommendations for action by the university sector, and is considered essential reading for anyone interested in producing and supporting high-impact entrepreneurs.

  • IN the Media


    Unis must discover, encourage students’ entrepreneurial smarts

    Atilla Brungs, opinion piece in The Australian

    “Every young person in the 1980s wanted to be a rock star and today young people want to be entrepreneurs.” More. . .


    Import mentors to boost startups

    Ethan James, The Australian

    "We are geographically isolated from major markets, and despite having some world-class startups we still see many first-time founders learning by trial and error," Spike Innovation Director and report author, Colin Kinner said. More. . .

    The Australian

    Educating the next crop of Australian entrepreneurs

    Colin Kinner, opinion piece in The Australian

    Australia needs to become known as an entrepreneurial country, not a lucky one. We have enjoyed decades of prosperity by digging natural resources out of the ground, but these days most Australians understand that our good fortune cannot go on forever and that we must start investing in the creation of technology-based industries. More. . .

    ABC News

    Shake-up of university funding and teaching recommended to kick start innovation in Australia

    Interview with Lucy Carter, ABC News

    Colin Kinner from startup consulting firm Spike Innovation says he examined the missing link between investment in science and technology skills and those skills producing significant economic impact. More. . .


    7 Actions Australia Can Take To Create $109 Billion From Tech Startups

    Jason Lim, Forbes

    Australia must take affirmative action to invest and support technology and innovation for the sake of its economic future and global competitiveness. If it doesn’t, it will continue to be overtaken by developing countries and be known for squandering a massive opportunity to capitalize on high growth industries of science and technology. More. . .


    Is the innovation statement more hype than hope? Startup leaders dare to dream

    Denham Sadler, StartupSmart

    Next week’s innovation statement could mark a “critical turning point” for Australian startups, Spike innovation director Colin Kinner says. More. . .


    ‘Best life hack’ question throws hopefuls for Startup Catalyst tour of Silicon Valley

    Michael Bailey, BRW

    The 20 young Queenslanders who will join Shark Tank’s Steve Baxter on a 10-day mission to Silicon Valley from September 28 were selected not only for their coding skills, but their canniness away from a computer. More. . .

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