Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Plan for Australian Tech Startups

The not-for-profit StartupAUS has released "Crossroads 2015: An action plan to develop a vibrant tech startup ecosystem in Australia" (April 2015). What got my attention is that Alan Noble, Engineering Director for Google Australia, is on the StartupAUS board. The Griffin Accelerator in Canberra is mentioned in the report (page 11), but other Canberra based initiatives, such as Innovation ACT and Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN) are not mentioned.
... This paper makes the case that as a nation we need to take immediate and far-­‐reaching steps to address market failures that are impeding the maturation and growth of our startup ecosystem. It sets out an action plan based on analysis of the local startup ecosystem and of government policies and programs that have been effective in growing vibrant startup ecosystems in other countries. ...


Foreword i
What is StartupAUS? 1
Introduction 2
State of the Australian startup ecosystem in 2015 4
What are “startups”? 10
Startups are not small businesses 10
Why are startups important? 11
Disrupt or be disrupted 13
Unicorns matter 14
Australian startups on a global stage 16
The case for an Australian Economy 2.0 18
The case for government intervention 21
International entrepreneurship policy frameworks 23 Conditions for a vibrant startup ecosystem in Australia 28
Action plan summary 29
  1. Create a national innovation agency 32
  2. Increase the number of entrepreneurs 33
  3. Improve the quality and quantity of entrepreneurship education 41
  4. Increase the number of people with ICT skills 46
  5. Improve access to startup expertise 52
  6. Increase availability of early stage capital to startups 59
  7. Address legal and regulatory impediments 70
  8. Increase collaboration and international connectedness 75
Author and contributors 78

From: Crossroads 2015: An action plan to develop a vibrant tech startup ecosystem in Australia, StartupAUS , p. 9, April 2015.
ps: I will be speaking on "Innovations in teaching innovation", at the CSIRO ICT Centre, Center, Australian National University in Canberra, 4pm, 27 April 2015 (draft presentation available).

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