Innovation Bay was founded in 2003 with a simple goal: to create a network for founders to connect, share experiences, and learn from their peers. Hundreds of events later, Innovation Bay has evolved to create community across the tech landscape – between angel investors, VCs and founders at all stages.
Investing in the future of Australian startups
We have two communities for investors: Horizon (for angel investors), and Aurora (for VCs). We bring the investment community together to learn, collaborate, and shape the future of the industry.
Supporting founders from idea to IPO
We have two distinct communities for founders, Canopy for early-stage founders, and Summit for growth-stage startups. Our communities enable founders to form lasting peer relationships, and tap into valuable collective wisdom.
2003 - Innovation Bay founded
Ian Gardiner and Phaedon Stough co-found Innovation Bay to establish a much-needed community for Australian tech entrepreneurs. Early events are run in the mornings at Home Club in Cockle Bay Wharf.
2004 - Focus Dinners
Innovation Bay hosts our first private founder dinner. These intimate events provide founders with a platform to share their "scar tissue" with a room of fellow entrepreneurs.
2010 - First pitch events
We host our first-ever pitch events called Founder Dinners where emerging technology entrepreneurs connect with a community of investors over a relaxed dinner.
2014 - National expansion
Innovation Bay launches events nationally in Melbourne, Perth & Adelaide.
2017 - First national sponsor
KPMG joins as Innovation Bay’s first National Sponsor.
2017 - Podcast launches
Innovation Bay launches Open the Pod Bay Doors, a podcast that shines the spotlight on the best and the brightest founders and investors in the Australia and New Zealand startup ecosystem.
2018 - First Venture Downunder
Innovation Bay runs the first Venture Downunder, a venture capital conference in New Zealand’s stunning South Island.
2018 - National sponsor
Macquarie and AWS join as Innovation Bay's second and third national sponsors.
2019 - Summit launches
Innovation Bay launches Summit, an invite-only community for exceptional growth-stage founders.
2020 - Launch Aurora
Innovation Bay launches Aurora, a community that unites the venture capital industry in Australia and New Zealand.
2020 - Launch Horizon
Innovation Bay launches Horizon, an exclusive community of passionate, experienced angel investors.
2020 - Virtual events
In response to COVID-19, Innovation Bay hosts our first virtual events to continue to address and educate our community throughout the pandemic.
Join the Innovation Bay team!
We're always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our growing team. If you're passionate about Australia and New Zealand's startup ecosystem, check out our latest open opportunities.Join us
Co-Founder / Director
Head of Events
Program Director, Summit
Program Director, Canopy
Marketing & Events Intern
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