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Australia’s first Startup Festival for tech entrepreneurs

Startup Spring 2013, the first nationwide festival for startups and entrepreneurs, begins September 18, 2013.

Startup Spring is a three-week long, Australia-wide festival of more than 100 events and activities that will celebrate and promote the tech startup community and encourage more Australians to become tech entrepreneurs.

The festival was conceived by StartupAUS, the not-for-profit group formed to foster technology entrepreneurship in Australia.

Events during the festival around Australia include the OzAPP Roadshow, Google for Entrepreneurs Day, Startup Walkabout, Startup Weekend, and many more. The full event listing for Startup Spring can be viewed at

Alan Noble, founding board member of StartupAUS and Engineering Director at Google Australia, said it was time for startups to take centre stage in Australia.

“Australia has film festivals, music festivals and wine festivals which are a tremendous celebration of our culture. Now, it’s time for the country’s first startup festival.

“With today’s focus on how Australia can maintain its wealth beyond the resource sector, there’s never been a better time for Australia to become the creators, rather than just the consumers, of technology.

“We want to see Australian kids growing up not just aspiring to be lawyers, doctors, or bankers, but also to see entrepreneurship as a valid and rewarding path.”

Stephen Baxter, StartupAUS board member  and Managing Director of River City Labs, added: “The startup sector has the potential to contribute $109 billion and half a million jobs to the Australian economy by 2033.”

The StartupAUS board is comprised of Alan Noble, Bill Bartee of Southern Cross Ventures, Peter Bradd of Fishburners, and Stephen Baxter of River City Labs.

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