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!
Cue The Tech23 Deeptech Festival 2020 – a smorgasbord of online, distributed and face-to-face events designed to create opportunities to connect, collaborate and give Australian innovation it’s worthy place in the domestic market – and on the world stage!
Since 2009, Tech23 has unlocked new ways of working by joining the dots between enterprise and clever tech. Tech23 seeks to call on the best sides of our natures – encouraging the deeptech ecosystem to collaborate; learn and respond – leveraging a wealth of talents, contacts and knowledge.
If our story is to be green, if it is to be sustainable, if it is to be equitable - we need game-changing tech companies. We need the research, the organisations that create and nurture these companies, the founders who lead them, the supporters that invest in them...