A who’s-who of the Australian tech and start-up scene have ploughed money into a new industry group that aims to mentor fast growing tech companies and lobby for changes they say can make Sydney a leading global tech centre.
The group to be known as TechSydney has been founded by serial entrepreneurs Dean McEvoy, Mick Liubinskas, Kim Heras, Riley Batchelor and Gen George, in a bid to address problems that have seen Sydney fall behind other global cities in terms of start-up ecosystem rankings.
The group will be signing up members from technology companies of all sizes, including start-ups and the local operations of fast growing and established global technology players.
It will operate as a not-for-profit and has been backed by companies including Atlassian, Tyro, Canva, SAP, Airbnb, Prospa, LinkedIn, Airtree Ventures, Reinventure, Blackbird Ventures and over 30 other funded start-ups.
Mr McEvoy, who is best known as the founder of group buying website Spreets, will be TechSydney’s chief executive officer. He said the group had been concerned by the annual 2015 Compass start-up ecosystem rankings, which saw Sydney falling to 16th place against global peers.