FEDERAL BUDGET: STARTUP WISH LIST, PART ONE

James Harkness - Dynamic Business - 4 May 2018

Ahead of the release of the 2018-19 Federal Budget on Tuesday (8 May), Dynamic Business spoke to a cohort of startup advocates about the measures they hope to see from the Turnbull Government.

In this article, the first in a two-part series, Sarah Moran (Girl Geek Academy), Beau Leese (Intersective), Mick Spencer (ONTHEGO), Bridget Loudon (Expert360) and Jonathan Miller (Bit Trade) discuss the need for Government to, amongst other things, better sell innovation to voters, improve the Export Marketing Development Grant (EMDG), increase funding for the R&D tax incentive scheme and ‘catalyse’ startup-university collaborations.

‘Few everyday Aussies care about innovation’

Noting that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has thrown his support behind the blueprint for Gonski 2.0, Sarah Moran, co-founder and CEO of Girl Geek Academy – an advocacy group for women in STEM careers – said she hoped to see a big focus on education in the Budget.

“A major investment is needed within our education system if we want to fill our workplaces with local talent in the future,” she explained. “We need to be globally competitive with schools overseas, where a native focus on building entrepreneurial mindsets and technology skills is built into curriculums.” Read More

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