San Francisco, California, USA
London, United Kingdom
Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, Austrade are establishing five overseas hubs, or Landing Pads, in the innovation hotspots of San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Shanghai, Berlin and Singapore. In all locations the Landing Pads will be delivered through co-working spaces providing accelerator services (RocketSpace in San Francisco, SOSA in Tel Aviv, XNode in Shanghai). The primary objective of the Landing Pads is to provide an environment to allow businesses to accelerate the development of their product, service or business model by exploring in-market business development, investment, mentorship and strategic partnership opportunities. The Landing Pads can help Australian entrepreneurs succeed in an increasingly global marketplace, and we see the Landing Pads as places where businesses might prove a market or prove scale.
Later this month (Tuesday 25 October) we have our Landing Pad Managers from San Francisco and Shanghai coming into Adelaide, and wondered if there might be an opportunity to do something to help get the word out to your members, and perhaps the broader ecosystem around Adelaide, about the opportunity the Landing Pads represent to businesses as they start and then scale?!
The people we have coming into town are:
- Karen Surmon, Trade Commissioner Shanghai, who leads Austrade’s China Innovation Strategy and our team in China’s work with Australian start-ups across a range of sectors, including advanced manufacturing and high tech, and with R&D institutions seeking to commercialise their IP in China. Karen has extensive experience working with China’s dynamic innovation ecosystem and believes that the opportunity for Australian start-ups is enormous. She is keen to share her learnings.
- Margaret Donoghue, Investment Director San Francisco, has worked with technology companies, as well as with the renewable energy sector. Working with the Australian Founders in San Francisco to develop the offering of the Landing Pads, Margaret now works closely with the Landing Pad start-ups, assisting them to achieve their business goals. A Silicon Valley native, she’s been immersed in the ever cycling innovation ecosystem of the Bay Area for most of her life and draws on her local insight and network to link Australia with one of the world’s most innovative communities.
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New Venture Institute is an initiative of Flinders University which promotes entrepreneurship and grows enterprises to create economic development in the Adelaide and South Australian community by externally focusing the resources of Flinders University.