We believe the true magic of Tech23 is found within the community and the connections and collaborations that are sparked. Recently we had a few people tell us that they found new jobs from attending Tech23 — one with a Tech23 sponsor and one with a Tech23 alumnus! Another alumni company told us that their last funding round was made so much easier after their amplification at Tech23.
Through Tech23, Graham Bell, co-founder of Startmate’s NextAero, was able to meet M8 Ventures’ entrepreneur veteran Alan Jones through a prize offered at the event. Alan helped Graham’s team develop their pitching techniques — gaining tips the space company has been using since. NextAero was then introduced to more investors and entrepreneurs within M8 Ventures’ network.
High Earth Orbit (HEO) Robotics, who just announced their first contract with the Royal Australian Air Force for a space capability demonstration, now maintain a friendly relationship with the Westpac Reinventure team since winning a prize to have a lunch meeting with their executives.
Tech23 is about joining the dots between ideas and connections, and so we love to hear stories that were born out of the Tech23 space. As a truly national forum, Tech23 encourages the cross-fertilisation of Australia’s deep-tech ecosystem; helping people meet their next client, partner, mentor or colleague. Whether attendees later go on to work for a Tech23 alumnus or find themselves telling their own story on the Tech23 stage, you truly never know who you might meet!
We can’t wait to see who will jump into the magic mix for Tech23 2019!