We're off to TechCrunch Disrupt with Hot Desq

Corilla will be attending TechCrunch Disrupt 2016 in New York this week as part of our prize for winning the Advance Queensland Startup Summit pitch comp. Which is awesome in itself, but on top of that I'm honoured to be presenting the Hot Desq award during the Startup Battlefield finals.

One of the battling startups on the day will be winning AUD $50,000 in prize money and six month of co-working space in Australia. Plus the bragging rights of being one of the very first international startups accepted into the program (and given Corilla was the first international startup accepted into the NUMA accelerator in Paris, it's certainly an adventure I can empathise with)!

I'm sitting on a beanbag at an awesome co-working space in New Delhi as I write this. In a few hours I'll jump a plane to New York. What makes this amazing to me isn't just how surreal that paragraph would read to myself even five years ago, but that it's a huge honour to be asked to hand over such a prize.

It was only a few months ago that we were running lean in Europe, feeling the pressure of releasing our beta early, and considering our trajectory in the funding and venture space. If you've been reading along on the blog, you will know it's been an interesting year of challenge and adventure. And that's startup life.

Which brings me again to thinking that there's something special about founders being able to pass on advantage to other founders. And how amazing it will feel to see that smile on the winning team's face, knowing at least some of the journey they've been on first hand, and knowing this will make a huge difference in their lives. And most likely, knowing that we're going to get to know them as they come join Queensland's startup community.

So thanks to the Hot DesQ team for genuinely caring about our community. And thanks for inviting a founder to present the award, as I can imagine there's no shortage of public servants or program representatives available to do the same. With obvious bias, this is "founder business", and I can't wait to touch down in New York and get amongst it.

PS: You can find out more about Hot DesQ, and as for TechCrunch follow along as we live tweet at @corilla and do a social media takeover of the Hot Desq Instagram account.