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"When you're trying to build a global business, there's no reason you need to be in the city. So, if you're trying to attack global markets, it doesn't really matter where you are." - Trent Bagnall, Founder of Slingshot
Let's go back to day one, where this story begins...
Megan Sebben believes there is still work to be done in improving access for underrepresented groups - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem
Dr Megan Sebben is the Program Manager at CSIRO’s Kick-Start Program, an initiative designed to help innovative Australian startups and small businesses develop their business and grow by providing funding support and access to CSIRO’s research expertise and capabilities. Megan has extensive experience in environmental research and consulting in both the public and private sectors.
This is a special episode featuring guest host Alan Jones, an investor and veteran of Australia’s startup ecosystem who has supported Australian startups independently and through BlueChilli, Blackbird Ventures, Pollenizer Ventures and Startmate. In their conversation, Megan and Alan discuss the the types of support the Kick-Start program provides to startups, as well as Megan’s perspective that while progress has been made within Australia’s startup ecosystem to improve access for underrepresented groups such as women and first nation’s peoples, there is still a lot of work to be done.
See full show notes: https://w2d1.com/megan-sebben
Alex Scandurra discusses the Australian startup ecosystem's exceptional growth - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem
Alex Scandurra is the founding CEO of Stone and Chalk, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to support Australian startups, scaleups, corporations and governments at every stage of their innovation journey. Alex is also Co-Founder and Director of Spark Festival, a two week program of events covering all things startup, innovation and entrepreneurship. In his conversation with guest host Will Tjo, Alex discusses the aspects of Australia’s start ecosystem growth that have exceeded his expectations, as well as some of the areas he thinks we could be improving.
See full show notes: https://w2d1.com/alex-scandurra
Phil Ireland discusses how he sees mission-driven companies as fitting into Australia’s startup ecosystem - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem
Phil Ireland is Co-Founder and CEO of Hone Carbon, a mission-driven business with the objective of unlocking the potential for carbon storage in Australia’s agricultural environments. Prior to starting Hone Carbon in 2020, Phil’s work largely focused on climate change advocacy and policy. In his conversation with guest host Will Tjo, Phil discusses how he sees mission-driven companies as fitting into Australia’s startup ecosystem, as well as his belief that there are positive trends within Australia’s investment space towards investing in mission-driven companies.
See full show notes: https://w2d1.com/phil-ireland
Dharmica Mistry discusses the distinction between deep tech startups and other startups - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem
Dr Dharmica Mistry is Director of Diagnostics and Industry Engagement at MTP Connect, a not-for-profit organisation focused on growing the MedTech, BioTech and pharmaceutical sectors. Prior to this she was the Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of BCAL Diagnostics, where the team’s research discovered a potential new way to screen for breast cancer, which BCAL Diagnostics is working on developing into a scalable technology. Dharmica has also worked as Head of MedTech and BioTech at Cicada Innovations, a Sydney-based incubator with a focus on deep tech startups. In her conversation with guest host Will Tjo, Dharmica discusses the ways in which deep tech startups are distinct from other startups, as well as the role she believes government should play within the startup ecosystem.
See full show notes: https://w2d1.com/dharmica-mistry
Wayne Gerard says attracting talent into the startup ecosystem is “mission critical” - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem
Wayne Gerard is co-founder of RedEye, a tech company which manages engineering information for large, complex asset owners such as councils, hospitals, power and water utilities and mining companies. Wayne is also Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur, a role in which he advises the state government on its startup and innovation strategy. In his conversation with guest host Will Tjo, Wayne discusses what he sees as the government’s role in the startup ecosystem, as well as his belief that attracting talent into the startup ecosystem is “mission critical”.
See full show notes: https://w2d1.com/wayne-gerard
Don Wright believes the various startup ecosystems within Australia should work cooperatively - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem
Don Wright is the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Western Sydney University, as well as co-founder of Western Sydney University Launch Pad, a business and innovation support program that provides facilities, assistance and resources for startups and high growth technology based businesses in Western Sydney. Don is also Senior Vice President of Western Sydney Business Connection, a resource hub for Western Sydney based businesses. In his conversation with guest host Will Tjo, Don discusses the growth of the startup ecosystem in Western Sydney over the last decade or so, as well as his belief that the various geographical startup ecosystems within Australia should work in cooperation, rather than competition, and focus on competing on a global stage.
See full show notes: https://w2d1.com/don-wright
Great initiative and executed perfectly!
So great shining the light on regional start ups. Regional towns are such an essential part of Australia with so much to give!
Shining a Light in Regional Australia
Really great to see Adam shining light on start-ups from regional areas - something rarely done to this extent! Adam keeps you engaged throughout each episode.
Thoughtful and useful
Enjoyed the lack of hype and measured delivery. Listened to the Crave episode. Will try others.