The Advance Innovation Program was launched in November 2011 with events in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
One hundred and fifty applications were received, and 25 start-ups were selected to participate, representing a broad range of industries such as mobile, medical devices, robotics and logistics in various stages of growth.
Workshops were held in March and April 2012, and participants were allocated a Silicon Valley based mentor. Mentors included Mick Johnson, Product Manager, Mobile, Facebook, Tristen Langley, Investment Director, Southern Cross Verture Partners, and Andrew Roberts, CEO, Ephox.
The 3-day Summit in Silicon Valley, held 15 – 17 May 2012, brought together the who’s who of global Australian innovation for two days of inspiration, insights, networking and the opportunity to pitch to VCs and angel investors. We heard from inspirational speakers such as John Bailye, Chairman & CEO, Dendrite International, Jeremy Liew, Managing Director, Lightspeed, and Mike Cannon-Brookes, Co-Founder & CEO, Atlassian.
At the Summit we also recognised the 50 for the Future, fifty Aussies leading the way in Silicon Valley. Meet the 50, or check out what some of them had to say about their motivations and goals in our video.
The feedback we received post-Summit from participating companies and attendees was extremely positive.
‘I just wanted to thank you and the Advance team for the great experience in Palo Alto / San Francisco last week. The fact that so many successful entrepreneurs and business people were willing to give up their time to speak at the conference says a lot about the esteem in which they hold both you and Advance, and companies like Seecue were the beneficiaries.’
‘Just keep doing it. Guys like Larry Marshall are amazing ambassadors for Australian Commercialisation and Innovation, and with Doron I hope they get a cultural shift happening on the ground.’
'You should all be very proud of what you accomplished this week in the valley. You put on an impressive show in every respect. The quality of people, content and companies was excellent and from an outsiders point of view it was extremely well organized. The vibe was just right and I know that everyone involved really was very impressed.
Most importantly the themes that you wove through the event - sharing, giving back, a quest for commercialization excellence, humbleness - were right on the mark.' David Cannington, CMO, Sensear