Australian start-up advisory group, StartupAUS, has furthered its plans for expansion with the appointment of a new board member, Wayne Gerard, a Queensland-based tech entrepreneur and founder of Red Eye Apps.
In conjunction, the not-for-profit organisation’s current interim chief executive, Peter Bradd, is set to finish his six-month tenure early in 2016, with a new full-time CEO to be announced at the time.
StartupAUS said Bradd will continue his involvement with the organisation at that time, stepping into his new role as chairman. The position is a rotating role, and incumbent chairman, engineering director for Google A/NZ, Alan Noble, will remain on the StartupAUS board.
StartupAUS said its focus in the last six months has been primarily on policy work and fundraising. The body has claimed credit for shifting the political discourse in that time, referencing the policy settings outlined in the Prime Minister’s recent innovation statement in particular.
It said it's looking to expand efforts to bring financial partners on-board to help corporates have a bigger voice in the emerging innovation conversation and assist StartupAUS in increasing its resources and activities in 2016, ahead of the next election.
The organisation’s current corporate partners include Salesforce, Xero and Google Australia and philanthropic support from successful tech entrepreneur, Steve Baxter, and co-chairman of CHAMP's board of directors and investment committee, Bill Ferris.
Departing CEO, Peter Bradd, said It had been a rewarding six months, with the recent Federal policy announcements a huge high point, bringing together two years worth of research, debate and awareness-raising around Australia’s startup ecosystem.
“Malcolm Turnbull’s statement outlined many critical changes that StartupAUS has been advocating for and it was a huge win for the Australian tech ecosystem, and something that we are very proud of,” he added.