StartupWA Update - August 2017

First up, what a fantastic startup community we have here in WA. This past month we've seen some inspiring successes for local ventures, diverse events and been even more impressed by the commitment and competence of the volunteers and professionals keeping the ecosystem growing.

However, while WA startups and the ecosystem continue to grow, it has been a challenging period for having an impact on government advocacy. Our State government’s commitment to supportive policy, programs and talent attraction and retention seems patchy, and definitely lagging behind other States.

One of StartupWA’s roles is to work with partners across the ecosystem to influence government, and we need to try some different approaches to be more effective. Together we can be stronger and smarter in creating the local conditions that can enable the global success, for the ventures of tomorrow. Below are a few ways you can help - a survey about representation, opportunity to input policy recommendations, and help us find a new coordinator!

What we’ve been up to:

Influencing policy through meetings with government ministers and civil servants to increase understanding of the needs, problems and opportunities for improvement. We’ve met with:

  • Deputy Director General and senior staff at the new Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation adding detail to our Top Ten policy recommendations

  • Minister Alanah McTiernan, Dave Kelly’s senior policy adviser and Diane Evers MLC

  • City of Perth and City of Joondalup who have been strong supporters, Chamber of Commerce of WA and others


Facilitating connections between founders, investors and supporters through events:


  • Australia Post’s Pitchfest in Bunbury highlighting startup ventures coming from our regions, and representing WA in a nation-wide competition

  • WA Youth Innovation Summit helping to create a supporting environment for young entrepreneurs and innovators in WA

  • Our ‘whole ecosystem’ event, bringing together key ecosystem members and supporters to discuss and workshop the future of the ecosystem


Advancing the ecosystem through collaboration with partners:



How you can help:


What’s coming up:

  • Advocacy: This coming month is important for advocacy and State Budget will be announced. The State could better spend existing budgets to grow startups, jobs and the economy. Please add your voice, and pitch in with case studies as requested

  • Events: We’ll meet on 13th September to consider and finalise any changes to representation via membership. Our next event on Thursday 14th September, AGM mid-November, and final 2017 event on Tuesday 5th December at West Tech Fest

  • Engagement: WA startups are really going from strength to strength, with some big announcements this month by ventures, great exposure through awards and some key players in the ecosystem. Follow us on Twitter to see some highlights


We’re looking forward to keeping you updated as we move forward and if you have any questions or feedback on the above, please get in touch.

P.S. Don’t forget to complete this short survey


StartupWA Coordinator recruitment

StartupWA are hiring!

Read on (read ALL of it) for how to apply.

StartupWA is a dynamic and influential organisation formed to advance the technology startup industry for WA. Our mission is to: Create the local conditions, enabling global success, for the ventures of tomorrow. Our values are: Trusted. Driven. Open. You can read more about StartupWA on our website:

Now, the sector and organisation are growing in their significance, scope and impact. This growth has created the need for a coordinator role to ensure we meet the expectations of our members, partners and stakeholders. This is initially offered as a contract role focused on communication, events and engagement. Depending on the success of our approach, the scope of the role may grow.


This role with StartupWA will suit someone who is:

  • Available 1-2 days a week, with flexibility to host after-hours events,

  • Effective and efficient as an independent worker and project manager,

  • Exceptional communicator, collaborator and comfortable with total transparency,

  • Excited about the learning and development opportunities within the sector,

  • Competent with a cloud-based software and social media platforms,

  • Focused on gettings things done, while mindful of the mission and political context.


There are four focus areas requiring coordination - advocacy, engagement, reporting and events. In each area there will be partners involved, necessitating clear and effective communication in service of effective collaboration and great outcomes.

Download the role description for further details:


To apply:

Step 1 — Read the role description, and this whole blog post.

Step 2 — Share an image on Twitter that evidences your engagement with the StartupWA community. The tweet must mention @StartupWA, hashtagging #StartupWA and include a link to your LinkedIn profile. The LinkedIn profile should have enough relevant information for a basic assessment against the criteria. We will provide the opportunity for more detailed information in Step 2.

Any candidate doing anything other than completing Step 1 (e.g. emailing a resume) will be ignored.


  1. Selection criteria are outlined in the role description,

  2. The image must be recent (3 months) and may include:

    1. Evidence of being at a coworking space, startup networking event or training session,

    2. Screenshot of contributing to a relevant discussion (startups in WA) on a social platform (Twitter, Slack etc),

    3. Something else that evidences real engagement etc.

  3. This must be completed before 8am WST on Monday 21st August. We may assess and shortlist some candidates prior to this deadline.

Step 3 — Instructions for further steps will be provided to those short-listed based on the information provided in Step 2.

Those shortlisted (after additional steps) will be requested to participate in

  • A webconference interview,

  • Completing short, paid tasks that test competencies relevant to the role.

The successful person should be ready to start work in the week of 28th August.