NEW ROUNDTABLE ADDED Melbourne on 18 October 2019. Following on from a successful pilot in Perth in December 2018 Techboard and RSM come together again to present a series of Techboard Roundtable events. Techboard Roundtables are a new twist on a panel session where we have panelists around a table having a facilitated conversation on a topic related to startup and tech funding, informed by Techboard’s data all in front of a live audience.
Things kicked off with an event in Perth on Wednesday 3 July 2019 (see video below) and a second in Sydney on 6 August. We are pleased to now announce an event in our third location, Melbourne on 18 October 2019.
At the Perth event we investigated a key question that emerged in the inaugural Roundtable event in December 2018, whether Western Australia needs a $100m VC fund. The Sydney Roundtable looked at the future of Startup and Tech Funding in Australia and explored issues including trends identified in Techboard’s Australian Startup and Young Tech Company Funding Report for the March quarter 2019. Our latest event in Melbourne will feature the launch of the second Australian Startup and Young Tech Company Funding report for FY 2018/19 and a discussion on the future of funding for Australian Fintech Companies.
Techboard co-founder Peter van Bruchem explained: “We have been tracking startup and tech funding across Australia for almost two years, even longer in WA, and are leading up to our second annual Australian Startup and Young Tech Company Funding Report. Our data is feeding into the national discourse on startups, with inclusion in critical publications like StartupAus’ Crossroads report. Through our work we can pick up and highlight trends and our Techboard Roundtables are a way we can explore these trends and add to the discourse, raising the profile of the importance of funding Startups and Tech in this country.”
Stephen Carroll from RSM outlined his firm’s rationale for being involved. “We believe that the sorts of conversations like we had around the table at the last event are really important to the ecosystem. I feel that the more people talk about startup funding in the open, the more action and collaboration we are likely to see."