#startupaus 2.0: imagining the future of the ecosystem

Date: Wednesday 27 May 2020
Time: 8:00 am
Location: Video Conference


An ecosystem’s success depends on a network of connected organisations all interacting with one another. For startups that infrastructure is accelerators, incubators, coworking, funding, and community groups; all of these things help talent, ideas and capital cluster together so that startups can grow.

The pandemic will undoubtedly lead to a sharp decline in the amount of ‘startups infrastructure’ available for startups to access. But it will also present a great opportunity to think about the future: not just about the recovery but what we need for the next 10-20 years will look like for #startupaus

We’ve pulled together a panel who have played an oversized role in getting the ecosystem where it is today and we’ll be asking them to imagine what the future of the ecosystem could be like:
– The future of accelerators and incubators
– Early stage investing
– How do we increase our voice with Government
– Inspiring the next generation and new generation of entrepreneurs

Sally-Ann Williams is the CEO of deep tech incubator, Cicada Innovations. Prior to this Sally-Ann spent 12 years working at an exec level at Google Australia where she led Google’s efforts in entrepreneurship and startup engagement, and STEM education. She also helped found StartupAUS and was a board member of Fishburners

Michael Batko is the CEO of Startmate, Australia’s most ambitious accelerator. Before Startmate, he worked at two Australia’s largest marketplaces MadPaws, for pet sitters, and Expert360, for independent consultants. He started his career in finance and consulting at American Express, KPMG and PwC.

Phil Morle is a Partner in the CSIRO’s venture capital Fund, Main Sequence Ventures. The fund specialises in backing deep tech, science-driven founders. He is also a Director of the Food Agility CRC. Before this, he was the CEO of Australia’s first tech startup incubator, Pollenizer.