StartupAUS has announced the launch of its third annual Startup Spring festival, which aims to celebrate and promote the Australian startup ecosystem.
The three week festival will kick off on September 10, with organisers hoping to break last year’s record of 160 events nationwide by urging everyone from local high schools to corporates to host an event.
Peter Bradd, CEO of StartupAUS, said the festival is designed to encourage and inspire young and passionate tech entrepreneurs at a grassroots level around Australia.
“It is imperative that we celebrate and promote the tech startup community and as the festival grows every year, we are confident that tech entrepreneurialism is key to Australia’s future,” he said.
“We want to encourage and inspire the different parts of the Australian startup ecosystem, including entrepreneurs, corporates, universities and all levels of government, to develop and implement policies and programs so our vibrant technology sector can drive economic prosperity for generations to come.”
Organised events include the Female Founders meet up in Melbourne, hosted by the Melbourne Accelerator Program, the Queensland Mentor Blaze ‘speed mentoring’ event to take place in seven cities across the state simultaneously, and the Fishburners Open Day on September 11.
Pete Argent, the director of Coder Factory, which hosted a learn to code event at last year, said it’s promising to see the festival take hold in Australia.
“This festival for tech innovation is an ideal way for anyone interested in the startup industry to get involved. I’m looking forward to being a part of Startup Spring again this year and do my part to grow the tech startup ecosystem in Australia,” he said.
Bradd added that, from coding sessions and bootcamps, to awards and networking drinks, the festival will have events to suit everybody, no matter what stage of the startup journey they’re at.
“Whether you’re an experienced entrepreneur or the average Joe that has an interest in tech, we are welcoming everybody to participate.”