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NEC Australia and Sidekicker open new headquarters in Melbourne

- February 5, 2016 2 MIN READ

IT solutions company NEC Australia has become the latest tech company to put a stake in the ground in Melbourne, announcing the official opening of its new Australian headquarters and Innovation Centre in the city’s Docklands precinct today.

The new 6000 square metre office will be home to 600 staff, while the Innovation Centre will allow customers to have a hands-on experience of the company’s tech solutions.

Victorian Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis, who has made a habit over the last few months of launching the new Melbourne headquarters of big tech companies, said the Labor Government welcomed the company’s decision to increase its investment in Melbourne.

“Victoria is fast becoming the place to do business, both in Australia and across the Asia Pacific, and with top tier companies like NEC leading the charge, our reputation is getting stronger and our talent pool deeper,” he said.

The opening of NEC’s new digs follow yesterday’s opening of online recruitment startup Sidekicker’s new Melbourne office.

Thomas Amos, Sidekicker CEO and founder, said, “Sidekicker is headquartered in Melbourne and proudly Victorian. As part of the exciting tech and startup ecosystem in Melbourne, we are eager to help improve the state’s prosperity by offering more job opportunities, with greater flexibility, choice and control over when and where to work.”

Dalidakis said Sidekicker’s decision to stay in Melbourne highlights the government’s support of the sector.

“Sidekicker is a fantastic example of a Victorian startup that is growing rapidly and proving that there is no barrier for entrepreneurs who have bright ideas and the right foundations of support,” he said.

“The Andrews Labor Government is committed to making Victoria stronger. Our $60 million startup initiative will encourage local entrepreneurs, like Sidekicker, to develop and manufacture their ideas here in Victoria creating jobs and industries for decades to come.”

The openings were part of a busy week for the Melbourne startup ecosystem, with a number of US investors arriving in Melbourne on Tuesday for a roundtable at the Victorian Parliament.

The roundtable saw investors, including Thiel Capital portfolio manager Matt Danzeisen, DOM Capital Group managing partner Tony Owen, and Trimantium Capital co-chairman Roderick Thomson, met with Victorian ministers and business executives to discuss investment in Australian innovation, while four local startups were given the chance to pitch to the group.

Image: The Sidekicker team. Source: Supplied.