TechSydney is an entrepreneur-led industry group that connects, supports and promotes the tech industry in Sydney

We’re committed to making Sydney one of the most desirable places in the world to have a high-growth tech company.

Great ecosystems support everyone in them and provide the right conditions to succeed. To achieve this we’re working with the industry, federal, state and local government, media, business and Australians everywhere.

We understand the power of technology to create change and we’re working to ensure everyone sees the benefits of our industry.

Our community is diverse and bursting with ideas, drive and talent. We want to see it take its place at the top. Why not join us?

Why we started

In 2013, Google commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) to produce a report on the Australian start-up ecosystem. The resulting report found that with the right conditions, tech could be the driving force of the Australian economy and a major job creator by 2033.

In 2015 it looked from the outside like Sydney’s tech community was thriving: there was more funding, more start-ups, and more government support than ever before. However, in reality Sydney was slipping down the global ecosystem rankings compared to other cities around the world.

The tech community identified a need for an industry group to help reverse this slide and support Sydney to become a Top 10 ecosystem – and TechSydney was born.

Our team

Dean Dean McEvoy CEO and Co-Founder

Dean is a start-up founder, advisor and investor. A serial entrepreneur, he co-founded Australia’s first group buying site, Spreets.com in 2010 (which was bought by Yahoo7) and recently launched his 4th start-up, IconPark.com.

Dean is evangelical about his hometown being the best place in the world to live – and committed to making it the most desirable place on earth to grow a high-growth tech company.

Jo Joanna Ross Head of Community

Joanna is a new Sydneysider, having recently relocated from NYC. When she's not admiring Sydney's rock pools, avo toasts, and jacaranda trees, she can be found in Darlinghurst dreaming up new strategies to help startups thrive in Australia.

Prior to joining TechSydney, Joanna ran global marketing campaigns for Devpost, a platform that connects new technologies like Amazon Alexa, Red Hat OpenShift, and Samsung ARTIK with the independent software developer community.

Liz Liz Stephens Head of Media & Communications

Liz has had the privilege of leading some of Australia’s most high profile PR campaigns, including Sydney New Year's Eve.

Starting out as a political journalist and writer for TV and radio, Liz became a media and communications advisor for government and not-for-profits.

Taryn Taryn Williams Co-Chair

Taryn heads up diversity for TechSydney. She recently launched www.theright.fit, a digital marketplace disrupting the status quo among talent agencies and the clients that use them.

Kim Kim Heras Co-Chair and Co-Founder

Kim is a General Partner at 25 Fifteen and Co-Founder of TechSydney. He is a massive advocate of startups in Sydney having founded an array of businesses, including PushStart. He also helped build Fishburners.