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StartCon 2017 backed by NSW Govt, held 1-2 December in Sydney

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The NSW Government is backing Australia’s largest start-up conference, StartCon 2017, with the NSW Government-supported Jobs for NSW now a leading sponsor in the quest to provide further growth opportunities.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Small Business and Skills John Barilaro hailed Jobs for NSW as one of StartCon 2017’s leading sponsors, and hailed NSW’s “thriving start-up sector on top of its $35 million investment in the Sydney Startup Hub".

Barilaro said: “StartCon is Australia’s biggest start-up conference and this sponsorship is an investment in building our state’s start-up culture and promoting our best startup talent to a wide international audience.

“StartCon will shine a light on Sydney by attracting some of the world’s biggest technology names among 4000 attendees, 350 investors and 60 speakers.

“As well as the nation’s largest start-up growth conference, it will feature the largest start-up pitch competition which last year saw over 85 start-up founders present to seasoned investors including Shark Tank’s Steve Baxter.

“More than $120,000 in prizes were given out in 2016 and the winning start-up went on to represent Australia at the Global Start-up World Cup in San Francisco.

“Start-up Alley at StartCon will be a perfect launch pad to showcase our State’s emerging and high-growth startups and its buzzing exhibition floor will also feature big technology players like Microsoft, Amazon AWS, Salesforce, and IBM."

Head of StartCon Cheryl Mack said they were incredibly lucky to have a major government partner that shares "our passion and commitment to the local start-up scene".

“Jobs for NSW has a rich background in supporting the ecosystem and we cannot wait to work together in the coming months to make 2017 the valuable experience for our record-breaking 4000 attendees expected to attend.

“Together we have the power to transform Australia's tech scene into a thriving and sustainable industry, creating countless jobs for future generations" Mack added.

She noted that NSW is Australia’s leader in start-up activity with 41% of start-up founders, quoting the 2017 Start-up Muster report, and concluded by stating that: “Jobs for NSW has supported more than 100 startups through its grants and loans to develop their products and businesses and accelerate their market adoption.”

StartCon 2017 has a wealth of speakers lined up, with just a handful including John Egan, growth engineering manager from Pinterest; Zack Onisko, chief executive, Dribbble; Sarah Bird, chief executive, Moz; Joanna Lord, chief marketing officer, ClassPass; Yara Paoli, vice-president, Growth Skyscanner; Guillaume Cabane, vice-president, Growth Segment; Brian Balfour, founder and chieff executive, Reforge; Dennis Yu, chief tecnology officer, BlitzMertics; Adam Miller, founder and chief executive, Budding Tech; Emma Lo Russo, chief executive, Digivizer; Karen Lawson, chief executive, Slingshot; Larry Lopez, director of Accelerating Commercialisation, AusIndustry; and many more to come. 

You can see some of my video interviews with top StartCon 2016 organisers and one of its presenters here in my article entitled: “Video Interviews from StartCon 2016: Cheryl Mack, Matt Barrie and Patrick Malatack.”

Here’s the StartCon 2017 promotional video:

For those wanting a quick refresher, StartCon started life as SydStart, and is the “largest Australian start-up and growth conference, expo and entrepreneur community, established in 2009".

Supported by Freelancer.com since 2011, the conference has seen more than 5000 tech start-up professionals, investors and ecosystem participants already experiencing StartCon events. Andrew Chen from Uber and NASA's Director of Advanced Explorations Systems, Jason Crusan, headlined the event in 2016.

The StartCon conference, held 26 and 27 November 2016 at Royal Randwick Racecourse, attracted more than 3000 attendees. The conference was designed to enrich Australia’s technology and entrepreneurship sector by providing a forum for entrepreneurs and startups to learn from leading technology founders.

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