Over a decade has passed since the first Tech23, and the calibre and goodwill of the community surrounding the event continues to grow. It’s an honour for us to offer this platform as a national runway for emerging deep tech gems from across Australia.
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.
“We’ve made some pretty dramatic progress since Tech23,” Graham told us. “Your event massively increased our profile and we have been approached by a lot of investors, labs and interested professionals.”
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.
We can’t wait to see who will jump into the magic mix for Tech23 2019!
After eleven years of Tech23, people often ask what have we learnt over the years. The answer is lots! For example…
Over ten years ago – when the GFC was looming and the Federal Government’s support for innovation was ‘under review’ –Tech23 was born. At the time, Cicada was the main game in town, Sydney Angels was just forming, and the University of Sydney’s Incubate and the University of Melbourne’s MAP were still a few years away from being established.
Tech23 2019 offers a glimpse into solutions for the big challenges we face in healthcare, food supply chains, security, energy and climate change, our physical and digital environments and aerospace!