Advocacy group for startups, StartupAUS, has hired Alex McCauley as its new CEO.
He will take over from founding director and interim CEO, Peter Bradd, who will stay on as chairman.
McCauley joined StartupAUS in 2015 as head of strategy and advocacy and was responsible for developing its contribution to the Federal Government's National Innovation and Science Agenda and the StartupAUS report on the outcomes of the national Innovation Policy Hack in October 2015.
Prior to joining StartupAUS, McCauley spent three years as an Australian diplomat in Tel Aviv.
“Australia has come a long way recently in recognising the direction we need to take to safeguard our future prosperity, however there is a lot more to do. I look forward to continuing to work with all of our stakeholders to help make Australia one of the world's leading startup ecosystems. We need to think creatively and act boldly to allow us to take full advantage of the huge windfall technology can deliver,” McCauley said.
“This year StartupAUS will release its most ambitious Crossroads Report to date. We’re currently hard at work gathering examples of best practice policy from around the world in order to help Australia join the elite ranks of startup ecosystems in the US, Israel, the UK, and elsewhere. There is a political and economic imperative to ensure we take full advantage of the vast opportunities presented by emerging technology and StartupAUS will be at the forefront of those efforts.”
McCauley said it was in the process of finalising a range of corporate partnerships for 2016 to help build its team.