Why We Exist

When we created Innovation Bay in 2003, it was never meant to be a business. We were a couple of young startup founders who wanted to learn from the experiences of others who had come before us. What started as a few casual events has evolved into a thriving national community of tech founders and investors, but we have never moved away from the founding philosophy of learning from others.

We are a trusted, independent voice at the centre of the ANZ tech ecosystem. Uniting our community around quality events, programs, and curated content that tell truth about the founder experience.

We help entrepreneurs take the next critical steps in their business. We connect them with peers, mentors and investors who share knowledge, expertise, and networks to help them reach their goals.

At the centre of the Australian technology ecosystem

We exist to better the Australian technology landscape, by providing a platform for entrepreneurs to learn, raise capital, network and collaborate.  We believe Australia’s future is deeply connected to our ability to create great companies, drive innovation across all sectors of the economy, and enable an environment that supports and enables entrepreneurialism. Our desire is to live in a country where innovation improves the lives of all citizens and makes the world a better place.

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How we're helping

4500

Community Members

50M

Seed Funding Raised

1000

of valuable connections made

100

of Founder Stories shared

Our History

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In the last month we participated in many pitch night events and by far the Innovation Bay founders dinner was the most valuable. The structure of the night and the feedback together with a list of genuine leads is like no other.

Roei Yaakobi, TieUp Farming

Innovation Bay has been a great supporter of Expert360. We've been introduced to a world class network of advisors and investors through their events. They are a great springboard for start-ups in Australia. We raised $100k through the Innovation Bay dinner.

Bridget Loudon, Expert360

We closed our Angel round directly from pitching at the Innovation Bay Angel Dinner. with great investors and quality meetings with potential clients through Innovation Bay attendee introductions. It also increased exposure for our next funding round. Great session to learn from successful founders, like the Y Combinator founders also.

Vanessa Wilson, StorReduce

Great way to dip the toe into pitching. Very friendly room. Opportunity to meet with the other founders presenting as well as the 'angels' over a drink before hand really framed the evening nicely. As opposed, to entering a cold room which you do in a lot of other pitching environments. We did meet one angel who invested in our pre-seed raise and who has been a great supporter of our business.

Heidi Holmes, Mentorloop

Innovation Bay enabled Equitise to refine its pitch with valued mentors and also access some of the best and most active angel investors in Australia in a constructive, fun and laid back pitching environment. The guys at Innovation Bay have provided ongoing introductions to Equitise as a business following the event. What they are doing is fantastic and we certainly recommend the process to anyone considering.

Chris Gilbert, Equitise