TechSydney launches EnviroTech Alliance in partnership with Spark Club, Fishburners, Launch Group and Girl Geek Academy
First meet-up 17 March 2020, Fishburners, Sydney Startup Hub
28 January 2020: Technology advocacy body TechSydney has partnered with leading startup and environmental champions to create the Envirotech Alliance, bringing together hundreds of professionals and founders focusing on building businesses with positive environmental impact.
The Envirotech Alliance includes SparkClub - with a membership of 400 EnergyTech professionals and founders, Fishburners - Australia’s largest startup community, Launch Group - a leading startup communications agency and women’s technology movement Girl Geek Academy.
TechSydney Director Fleur Brown said the initiative was an obvious step to support the growing shift into climate impact specific work as the world confronts the challenges of the climate crisis.
_“Technology has a crucial role to play in addressing the climate crisis effects and solutions - and our community is in a unique position to be able to accelerate the impact of those solutions. There are so many enthusiastic founders working in this space and our aim is to generate community support for their efforts whilst encouraging more founders and investors into the space,” Brown said. “If we can demonstrate by scale how big the market really is in Australia that is great for brand Australia, good for tech and will reap dividends for all Australians,” _said Brown.
The Envirotech Alliance will host regular meetups, create focused forums and a community platform for government advocacy around support for Australian-grown environmental technology solutions.
Spark Club founder Grant McDowell said energy tech is a fast-growing market in Australia, particularly as the renewables uptake gathers scale.
“We established Spark Club in 2017 to bring the leading minds in the future energy sector together. We began with 100 members and the intention of building an energy tech ecosystem to harness Australia’s natural advantages in renewable energy and become the Silicon Valley of energy. Australia’s high electricity prices, great solar and wind resources, world renowned university engineering departments and broken energy policy creates the perfect petri dish for leading energy tech to emerge. Our growing community of over 400 energy startup founders and industry leaders is working on groundbreaking solutions developed here in Australia to be exported to a global market. No matter what the political climate, these solutions are world class and Australia has the opportunity to capture the financial and carbon saving success in the global energy transition we’re embarking on” he said.
Fishburners has committed to hosting the Envirotech Alliance for their regular meetups at it’s Sydney CBD premises as the non-profit organisation steps-up its commitment to supporting impact entrepreneurs. Fishburners, which supports more than 350 founders nationally, estimates that as many as 15% of their current startups are focused on environmental and sustainability solutions.
Fishburners Chair, Dr Katherine Woodthorpe, AO says they are on board ‘to provide as much support as we can to the entrepreneurs coming up solutions and providing hope for our children and our children’s children.
“Tech and innovation is key to finding our way out of this global environmental crisis and as Australia’s largest startup community we have a significant role to play in that. I have no doubt that with our ingenuity and collectivity, we can come out of this with a stronger, healthier and safer world,” Woodthorpe said.
Sarah Moran co founder and CEO of Girl Geek Academy, said ‘Women and girls have a huge role to play in confronting the current challenges confronting us as a nation, as a world. As the technology frontier creates powerful impact, we plan to heed global advice and research and shake up the "people power" within the engine room of startup solution providers.”
The move comes as TechSydney focuses on creating more vertical market events and meet-ups with Envirotech leading the event series with its first meetup scheduled for 17 March at Fishburners, Sydney with more details to be announced shortly.
“Fintech has been well supported for a number of years and we recognise the growth of many other startup verticals in that time that also need to find community and a sense of strength in numbers - including areas such as EdTech, HRTech, AgTech, MedTech, HealthTech and AI,” said Brown.
The Envirotech Alliance will focus on exchanging ideas, tips, tricks and survival techniques and provide a support network to those in the Envirotech industry trying to carve a way forward and bring an energy business to life.
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