StartupWeek Sydney kicks off strong

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Digital Innovation and Startups Ed Husic has welcomed the launch of the inaugural StartupWeek Sydney.

The week-long program will feature events focused on ways to strengthen the startup ecosystem.

StartUpWeek Sydney
Ed with Stone & Chalk CEO Alex Scandurra and StartupWeek Sydney National Manager Michelle Williams at last night's launch event

Speaking at last night’s launch event at fintech hub Stone & Chalk, Mr Husic congratulated both event organisers and participating enterprises for their role in spotlighting the value of startups to the Australian economy.

“Startups are at the forefront of a massive effort to modernise and liberalise our economy - events like StartupWeek Sydney promote this and highlight what is needed to lift startup formation in Australia,” Mr Husic said.

Mr Husic said StartupWeek Sydney will have something for everyone: conferences, hackathons, workshops, panels, pitch nights, debates, exhibitions, tours, networking events. 

“These events provide those wanting to build a startup an opportunity to network and get advice from others about the best way forward for their enterprise.

“StartupWeek Sydney has also built an impressive app to keep people up to date with events during the week - and help connect them with other startup founders and supporters.

“Experts tell us that 13 of Australia’s 19 traditional industry sectors will experience some form of digital disruption over the next decade. 

“We should seek to get the most out of that change, creating jobs and economic opportunity for Australia - having a flourishing domestic startup ecosystem will ensure we can do this. 

“Events like StartupWeek Sydney will not only showcase the successes of existing startups, but will encourage others to make their business ideas a reality.”

Mr Husic said he looked forward to being involved in a number of events over the week.

Labor recognises the important role governments can play in fostering a culture of innovation, rewarding people for good ideas and getting behind Australian creativity and enterprise.

That is why a Shorten Labor Government will:

  • Promote the teaching of coding and computational thinking in every primary and secondary school in Australia;
  • Boost the number of young Australians taking up STEM courses at university as well as upskill 25,000 teachers;
  • Offer a Startup Year at university to young Australians looking to start their own enterprise;
  • Attract the best entrepreneurial talent from around the world and help build Australia’s growing startup economy through two new visa categories;
  • Get startups to help solve government problems through Challenge Platforms and support startups to compete in government tenders;
  • Generate the skills required for our emerging digital economy now through a National Digital Workforce Plan;
  • Back in great ideas through co-investing in early stage and high potential companies through the $500 million Smart Investment Fund; and
  • Improve access to finance for micro-businesses through a partial guarantee scheme, Start-Up Finance.

StartupWeek Sydney is an initiative created by the startup community, for the startup community. It will run from Friday 23 October to Friday 30 October and brings together five thousand attendees, one hundred and fifty speakers and sixty individual events being held across twenty-two venues. 

Further information can be found at or by searching “StartupWeek Sydney” on the iTunes and Android app stores.


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Ed Husic MP
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