“Australia is at a crossroads. We have an unprecedented opportunity to transition from an economy based on resources, primary industries and domestically focused businesses to one based on high-growth knowledge-intensive businesses that can compete globally in an increasingly technology-driven world.”
The Crossroads report is commissioned by StartupAUS on behalf of the national tech startup community. It sets out an action plan for growth and maturation of the Australian startup ecosystem, identifying key policy areas that require government intervention and recommending specific actions that should be taken to accelerate the growth of the tech sector.
Crossroads has been fully updated to reflect changes in the Australian startup ecosystem, noting significant developments in the rapidly evolving Australian startup landscape. Crossroads 2017 focuses on the key areas where Australia is winning (including by sector and company), and highlights areas where more work is required if the country is to unlock the true potential of its emerging technology sector.
Scott Farquhar, co-founder of Atlassian, writes a compelling introduction to this year’s report, calling for immediate action on visas to help Australian startups access the world’s best talent. This is backed up by the report’s findings, which suggest that in 2017 access to talent is the biggest barrier to growth in the sector.