TechSydney believes that for Sydney businesses to compete on a global stage we need to work together, not against each other.
In 2017, TechSydney launched Founder Forums that provided over 40 companies in Sydney’s tech ecosystem with a closed-group environment where they could share skills, knowledge and the ups-and-downs of being a founder in the tech industry. The forums encompass the full range of start-ups in our ecosystem, from some of our biggest tech stars through to pre-revenue start-ups. Founders are allocated into groups with companies at an equivalent stage of development so they can share and learn from peers.
This year we are doubling down on our focus to help founders accelerate their learning by opening the forums to new applications. Full members receive immediate access to the forums and Associate members will be allocated a position if space allows.
Women in Venture
At TechSydney, we’re all for an inclusive and equitable ecosystem, which is why we’re teaming up with some of the city’s leading universities and Venture Capital firms to launch the program, Women in Venture.
In the United States last year, only 7.4% of investors on AngelList were women. That’s not good enough. TechSydney wants to see an equitable local industry and we want to address the problem early: on campus.
In this new program we will work with selected female students to run them through the basics of venture capital – how to assess and value businesses and how to build an investment case. Students will have the opportunity to work with mentors from industry to learn the skills they will need to help enter the industry.
Want to help? Great. We’re always looking for industry role models to come and support the development of tech in Sydney. Contact us to help or to find out more.
Applications for the forums are open. To register your interest or get more information, please contact us on email@example.com
Women in Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity attacks are getting worryingly familiar, leading to an uptick in demand from companies and governments to ensure the stability of their digital infrastructure. The result? A worldwide shortage of 1.8m cybersecurity experts is forecast by 2022, which will place additional pressure on Australia’s own ability to protect its digital environs.
To make things worse, women continue to be heavily underrepresented in the industry, constituting only 10% of employees, according to the Australian federal government. That means we’re missing out on a big part of the addressable talent pool!
Women in Cybersecurity aims to address not just the inequity of female representation in the industry, but the wider problem of developing sufficient cybersecurity capability to support Australia’s national and commercial security.
We’re going on campus (again) to help introduce female students to the basics of Cybersecurity. Working in collaboration with cybersecurity experts, we’ve developed a program that we hope will address some of the imbalance in the industry.
This is where you (the industry) come in. Come and be part of the solution. We will be visiting campuses throughout the year, so if your company has a cybersecurity pro, let us know!