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27 Jan

New Startup Alliance unites hundreds of Envirotech founders and professionals

by launch-admin Jan 27, 2020 0 News

TechSydney launches EnviroTech Alliance in partnership with Spark Club, Fishburners,  Launch Group and Girl Geek Academy

First meet-up 17 March 2020, Fishburners, Sydney Startup Hub

28 January 2020: Technology advocacy body TechSydney has partnered with leading startup and environmental champions to create the Envirotech Alliance, bringing together hundreds of professionals and founders focusing on building businesses with positive environmental impact. 

The Envirotech Alliance includes SparkClub – with a membership of 400 EnergyTech professionals and founders, Fishburners – Australia’s largest startup community, Launch Group – a leading startup communications agency and women’s technology movement Girl Geek Academy

TechSydney Director Fleur Brown said the initiative was an obvious step to support the growing shift into climate impact specific work as the world confronts the challenges of the climate crisis.

_“Technology has a crucial role to play in addressing the climate crisis effects and solutions – and our community is in a unique position to be able to accelerate the impact of those solutions. There are so many enthusiastic founders working in this space and our aim is to generate community support for their efforts whilst encouraging more founders and investors into the space,” Brown said. “If we can demonstrate by scale how big the market really is in Australia that is great for brand Australia, good for tech and will reap dividends for all Australians,” _said Brown.

The Envirotech Alliance will host regular meetups, create focused forums and a community platform for government advocacy around support for Australian-grown environmental technology solutions. 

Spark Club founder Grant McDowell said energy tech is a fast-growing market in Australia, particularly as the renewables uptake gathers scale. 

“We established Spark Club in 2017 to bring the leading minds in the future energy sector together.  We began with 100 members and the intention of building an energy tech ecosystem to harness Australia’s natural advantages in renewable energy and become the Silicon Valley of energy.  Australia’s high electricity prices, great solar and wind resources, world renowned university engineering departments and broken energy policy creates the perfect petri dish for leading energy tech to emerge.  Our growing community of over 400 energy startup founders and industry leaders is working on groundbreaking solutions developed here in Australia to be exported to a global market. No matter what the political climate, these solutions are world class and Australia has the opportunity to capture the financial and carbon saving success in the global energy transition we’re embarking on” he said.

Fishburners  has committed to  hosting the Envirotech Alliance for their regular meetups at it’s Sydney CBD premises as the non-profit organisation steps-up its commitment to supporting impact entrepreneurs. Fishburners, which supports more than 350 founders nationally, estimates that as many as 15%  of their current startups are focused on environmental and sustainability solutions.

Fishburners Chair, Dr Katherine Woodthorpe, AO  says they are on board ‘to provide as much support as we can to the entrepreneurs coming up solutions and providing hope for our children and our children’s children.

“Tech and innovation is key to finding our way out of this global environmental crisis and as Australia’s largest startup community we have a significant role to play in that. I have no doubt that with our ingenuity and collectivity, we can come out of this with a stronger, healthier and safer world,” Woodthorpe said. 

Sarah Moran co founder and CEO of Girl Geek Academy, said ‘Women and girls have a huge role to play in confronting the current challenges confronting us as a nation, as a world. As the technology frontier creates powerful impact, we plan to heed global advice and research and shake up the “people power” within the engine room of startup solution providers.” 

The move comes as TechSydney focuses on creating more vertical market events and meet-ups with Envirotech leading the event series with its first meetup scheduled for 17 March at Fishburners, Sydney with more details to be announced shortly.

“Fintech has been well supported for a number of years and we recognise the growth of many other startup verticals in that time that also need to find community and a sense of strength in numbers – including areas such as EdTech, HRTech, AgTech, MedTech, HealthTech and AI,” said Brown.  

The Envirotech Alliance will focus on exchanging ideas, tips, tricks and survival techniques and provide a support network to those in the Envirotech  industry trying to carve a way forward and bring an energy business to life. 

Further details: Matisse +61 424 014 045

27 Jan

STEM Leader Sarah Moran Joins TechSydney Board

by launch-admin Jan 27, 2020 0 News

STEM LEADER SARAH MORAN JOINS TECHSYDNEY BOARD

TechSydney has appointed technology leader and STEM advocate Sarah Moran to its board. The high profile Co-Founder and CEO of the global movement Girl Geek Academy, will help lead initiatives focused around growing the pipeline of women entrepreneurs.

Sarah has been immersed in tech and STEM for most of her career, establishing Girl Geek Academy alongside four co-founders in 2014 as a social enterprise on a mission to help inspire one million women into technology by 2025. The Girl Geek Academy programs are for girls from the age of five right through to 95 and have helped train more than 10,000 girls and women. She has also worked across Australia and Silicon Valley, where she witnessed first-hand the challenges faced by women in the industry.

Ms Moran said,“There is no better time to be supporting women in Australia to launch and grow their own startups. The world is heading into uncharted territory with unprecedented opportunities for technology leaders to create breakthroughs in the health, education, finance and environmental fields to name a few. We need to heed the advice of global research and moving quickly towards a much more diverse and gender equal distribution of power, especially in the tech and innovation space.

Established in 2017, TechSydney is an entrepreneur-led industry group that connects and promotes Sydney’s tech industry. TechSydney is committed to making Sydney one of the most desirable places in the world to have a high-growth tech company.

TechSydney Director, Fleur Brown said Sarah’s appointment is part of a board refresh and will help build on TechSydney’s commitment to gender equality, problem-solving and community building.

“Sarah is a super-achiever in the community and an incredible voice and role model for women in technology. Under Sarah’s leadership, Girl Geek Academy has kicked some big goals nationally and within the Victorian ecosystem in particular. Talent is the leading constraint for Sydney startup founders, and growing the pipeline of women founders is a high priority. We are thrilled to have the benefit of Sarah’s expertise and network as Sydney grows its local and global startup brand,” she said.

An active community contributor, Sarah works with the Leonardo group and Science Gallery Melbourne, is a member of the Victorian Minister’s Advisory Council for Gender Equality, an ambassador for Brisbane City Council’s youth program, Visible Ink, and sits on the Standards Australia Cloud Board. She also sits on the VicHealth Youth Taskforce and is a VicHealth champion. In 2019 Sarah and Girl Geek Academy published a best-selling young adult fiction series with Penguin Books to help inspire the next generation of Hipsters, Hackers and Hustlers.

ENDS

About TechSydney: Established in 2017, TechSydney is an entrepreneur-led industry group that connects and promotes Sydney’s tech industry. The NFP is committed to making Sydney one of the most desirable places in the world to have a high-growth tech company. Great ecosystems support everyone in them and provide the right conditions to succeed. We understand the power of technology to create change and we’re working with founders, industry and governments to ensure everyone sees the benefits of our industry. Key initiatives include Sydney founder forums, the Visiting Entrepreneurs Program, advocacy and consultation for the Technology precinct at Central Station and the TechSydney digital platform with a growing membership of 3,000, in partnership with Ramen Life and the City of Sydney. The TechSydney leadership team consists of Board Directors Fleur Brown, Bede Moore, Dean McEvoy and Sarah Moran with further board appointments to be announced in 2020. TechSydney’s volunteer team also includes: Joe Allen, Ramen Life (Digital Platform) and Paul Towers (Newsletter) along with Founder Forum facilitators Rod Power and Dwin Tucker and Carolyne Gowen.

9 Jan

An Open Letter To Everyone Trying To Sell Me Something

by launch-admin Jan 9, 2020 0 News
Get Your Shift Together. 

This is a picture of my spirit. But is also a photo by 张 学欢 on Unsplash even are you and what are you doing.

Consumers are people and people are changing.

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Because most of us still earn money and want to trade

So here’s how to connect with me.

Cheers, 
Matisse Walkden-Brown
Launch Group Australia 
Phone: +(61) 424014045

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