OUR WORK


We deliver programs and advocacy on behalf of the local industry to promote a stronger community, increase knowledge-sharing and shape public policy.

WHAT WE DO

TechSydney is the peak industry group for high-growth start-ups and technology companies, run by entrepreneurs. We want to see Sydney take its place as a Top 10 start-up ecosystem globally. Our work is divided into three areas: Talent & Jobs, Community Integration, and Ecosystem Advocacy. We work closely with our membership of high-growth technology companies, and the other industry players - universities, corporates and government - with the objective of developing a stronger community, increased knowledge-sharing and well-informed public policy. Our program for 2018 is outlined below. Please become a member to support our work.

2018 PROGRAM

FOUNDER FORUMS (TALENT & JOBS)
TechSydney's most successful program in 2017 will be expanded this year. We will provide Founders of up to 50 local companies the opportunity to participate in monthly, closed-group executive coaching with peers from companies at a similar stage. Monthly discussions range from the commercial and strategic through to the personal impact of running a business. Meetings are run by an executive coach and provide an unparalleled experience to learn, grow your network and integrate into the tech community. Join as a member and apply today.
WOMEN IN VENTURE (TALENT & JOBS)
According to AngelList, only 7.4% of investors registered on the site in 2017 were women. TechSydney is teaming-up with some of the city's leading Venture Capital firms to deliver the Women in Venture initiative on university campuses in NSW. The program will invite women students to attend a day-long seminar on how to value companies, analyse investment data and build an investment case. The program aims to introduce students to the industry, provide them with access to industry leaders and internship opportunities with the long-term aim of addressing gender imbalance in the industry.
WOMEN IN CYBERSECURITY (TALENT & JOBS)
According to the Federal government, only 10% of Cybersecurity professionals are women, while attacks on Australia's commercial and critical infrastructure continue to grow. There is an estimated shortfall of 1.8m cybersecurity professionals worldwide by 2022. This year TechSydney will work in partnership with Girl Geek Academy to deliver Women in Cybersecurity, a program aimed at female university students to introduce them to the basic concepts of cybersecurity and provide them access to leaders and networks within the industry. The program aims to reduce the gender imbalance in the industry and also enlarge the pool of applicable candidates to address the looming cybersecurity talent shortfall.
TECHSYDNEY SUNDOWNERS (COMMUNITY INTEGRATION)
The Startup Genome report from 2018 highlighted the critical importance of community integration in developing a healthy and successful ecosystem. TechSydney is already on the case. Everybody in the industry is invited to attend our monthly Sundowner drinks, held on the second Thursday of every month at Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe on 201 Clarence St. Thanks to our mates at AirTree Ventures, the first 40 drinks are free.
TECHLEADERS (COMMUNITY INTEGRATION)
Continuing with our successful program of events last year, TechSydney will continue to deliver a range of interesting and diverse events to support knowledge-sharing and community building in the ecosystem. Sign-up to our newsletter to get information about all events in the ecosystem, including TechSydney's in-house events.
TECHXPRESS (COMMUNITY INTEGRATION)
TechSydney was recently awarded a grant via the City of Sydney to develop a website and news service to support the Sydney ecosystem. Our existing newsletter, which provides information about the industry, events, people and opportunities will now be expanded to include additional information and functionality on an upcoming website. Stay tuned for more information.
TECHCENTRAL (ECOSYSTEM ADVOCACY)
Global Research shows us that hi-tech jobs in innovation precincts have a multiplier effect, creating five additional jobs for each hi-tech job within the precinct. TechSydney has been lobbying the NSW Government to build a world-class facility of this nature in Sydney, creating permanent home for the tech industry and establishing the foundation for future job creation. We have advocated the use of the precinct around Central station, to be known as TechCentral. The design and development of the precinct should be industry-led and, above all, it must be structured to accommodate all players in the industry, from pre-revenue start-ups all the way to the tech giants. This will ensure the proper functioning of the shared-learning infrastructure and create additional opportunities for companies at both ends of the food chain. Please join TechSydney to support this important advocacy work.
STRONG PUBLIC POLICY (ECOSYSTEM ADVOCACY)
TechSydney undertakes extensive behind-the-scenes work to advise government on industry developments and to support decision-making on government programs and policy that affect the industry. We played an important role in supporting the development of the Sydney Startup Hub, the campaign to review changes to the 457 Visa rules, and on program and policy decisions within the NSW Government and City of Sydney. Our work representing the industry will continue in 2018. Please join to support our efforts creating a strong policy environment for the industry.

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