The first annual Startup Spring Festival is beginning to take shape with calls from those in the startup space across the country to get involved and nominate events to take place as part of the official program in their home cities.
The festival which will take place post the recently announced federal election from September 18th to October 9th is the first major initiative to come out of #startupAUS the recently formed not for profit entity by some of the key people in Australia’s startup eco-system.
The #startupAUS organisation whilst still very much in it’s own startup phase, is sponsored by a group of founding contributors including, Google, Freelancer.com, Shoes of Prey, Fishburners, Southern Cross Ventures and Startmate.
In May the organisation announced that three members of the volunteer sponsor group would make up the initial board Peter Bradd (Fishburners), Bill Bartee (SCVP), and Alan Noble (Google). In addition to this Sally-ann Williams (Google) is volunteering time to provide exec support & program management.
The goal of the Startup Spring Festival is to have a solid three weeks promoting the tech company community to key influencers, politicians, media and the general public. The aim is also to kick start the #startupAUS organisation with a call for members and volunteers to help build and promote the startup space across their states and territories.
Some events already announced across cities include Startup Walkabout tours in various cities, a Google for Entrepreneurs event, a Big Data BBQ and Shoe String will also be hosting and announcing the Australian Startup of the Year award with a ceremony in Sydney during the program. [free tickets will be available for readers soon]
If you would like to nominate or hold an event, put forward you idea to the team here.