StartupAUS to deliver new insights into entrepreneurial ecosystem

18 May, 2016

Australia, 18 May 2016: StartupAUS, a not for profit organisation with a mission to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship, today announced that it had been commissioned by the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to conduct a series of research projects to explore areas of key interest in the sector.

As part of the project, StartupAUS is in the process of producing a report on cultural drivers for entrepreneurship in Australia. This report is expected to be released in mid-October 2016. StartupAUS intends to work with corporate and research partners to deliver this report.

Alex McCauley, Chief Executive Officer of StartupAUS, said it was a very positive sign that policy makers around the country were seeking to commission this sort of credible, independent research from the industry to inform their approach in this important area.

“StartupAUS is in productive discussions with a range of partners including corporates and academic institutions with an interest in technology entrepreneurship. These research partnerships allow us to build credible, independent research which more closely examines key areas of Australia’s innovation ecosystem. This will ultimately help build on Australia’s strengths and maximise economic opportunities for the startup sector,” Mr McCauley said.

StartupAUS is already working with partners to produce leading research of this kind. A report into agricultural technology and its significance for the Australian economy is currently being produced in partnership with KPMG, the Queensland Government, and the Commonwealth Bank. Later in the year, StartupAUS will release its third annual Crossroads Report – the most detailed review of the Australian startup ecosystem ever undertaken – which includes a comprehensive analysis of the environment that affects startups both in Australia and overseas, as well as key recommendations to help our nation get to where we need to be.

“The Crossroads Report is a particularly exciting project this year – we’re putting together a cohort of the most innovative companies in Australia to help us produce a document of national importance and international quality. It’s fantastic to see so much interest in supporting this vital research – we’re now partnering with corporates, universities, startups, and governments at all levels,’ Mr McCauley said.

StartupAUS will also shortly release a report on the future of work in Australia, entitled ‘Economy in Transition: Startups, innovation, and a workforce for the future’ with partners including Expert360, CodeCamp, and LinkedIn.

Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne and Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy said that the research would help to ensure that future policy decisions effectively supported entrepreneurship.



About StartupAUS

StartupAUS is a not-for-profit entity with a mission to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship. StartupAUS believes a strong home-grown tech sector is vital to future Australian jobs and wealth. But getting there will require a national imperative to create the right environment, with a supportive culture and more entrepreneurs with the right skills.

StartupAUS will expand its efforts to bring financial partners on-board to help corporates have a bigger voice in the emerging innovation conversation and assist StartupAUS in increasing its resources and activities ahead of this year’s election, as both sides of politics vie for innovative traction. The organisation’s current corporate partners include Salesforce and Google Australia. It also has a growing list of philanthropic benefactors including successful tech entrepreneur, Steve Baxter, Co-Chairman of CHAMP’s Board of Directors and Investment Committee, Bill Ferris, and Director and Co-Founder of Allen & Buckeridge, Roger Allen.

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