(12pm, Monday 27 May 2013, Reception Room, Sydney Town Hall)
Thank you, Wendy [Simpson]. Hello, everyone. I'd like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of our land, and to pay my respects to their Elders. I also acknowledge the people of 200 nations who live in our City.
I'm pleased to see such a wonderful cross-section of supporters and would-be supporters here.
Springboard - launched only last year - is already giving talented and creative Australian women a chance to unleash their entrepreneurial skills, offering mentoring, advice and links into a global network of investors and industry experts.
At the same time, it is alerting the global community to Sydney's growing capacity as an innovative and entrepreneurial city, situated in the world's emerging centre of gravity, a pivotal city between East and West.
The City underlines our commitment to innovation in a number of ways - through our regular City Talks featuring thinkers and innovators to our series of Business Seminars and 101 workshops designed specifically for start-ups.
We develop mobile apps as we did for late-night food trucks and we've turned City-owned commercial properties into affordable spaces for creative projects - studios, offices, video-production houses, co-working spacesâ€¦.
But we can't do it on our own. If Sydney is to become the internationally-recognised clever, creative and innovative city we believe it can and should be, it's going to take all of us working together to uncover, support and nurture our local talents.
I firmly believe those talents are here, we have as well the high-quality education and research institutions, we have the legal and financial expertise. And I hope we have the dynamic and imaginative backers who will begin the conversation now, and find new ways we can all work together to help Sydney - and Sydney people - fulfil their creative potential.