Technology has transformed our city with impacts that cut across most aspects of city governance – and our community has a strong and growing expectation of high tech services as their experience of the city changes. We have built a strong track record at the City in online communications and consultation, and we have been a long-time advocate for Sydney’s fertile startup community. Our focus is to address the bottlenecks and constraints that might inhibit a vibrant start-up community instead of picking winners.
By 2033, Australia’s startup sector is projected to generate more than 500,000 jobs - Sydney is home to Australia’s highest concentration of tech startups, with the CBD, Ultimo, Surry Hills and Darlinghurst developing a global reputation, especially in financial services and media production.
We have opened up City properties for affordable work space for creative and tech startups, tailored programs and events for the startup community such as Startup Week, Piivot, the Springboard Enterprises Accelerator, CeBIT and Remix, and supported startups with environmental innovation grants and Tech Startup 101 business seminars.
With the right support, Sydney can become a global leader. Sustainable Sydney 2030 is a smart integrated city strategy that deals with issues that can attract/retain talent (e.g. transport, housing, cultural activity) and our tech startups action plan includes a range of programs to foster growth.
We need to create opportunities for entrepreneurs, in particular women, to increase their business skills, access mentors and enhance their networks – increasingly we’re competing in an international market to attract, inspire and support talent.
We also need to face some serious equity issues. Our community needs to be a creator of technology, not just a consumer. And we need to ensure the community and local businesses have the skills and access to infrastructure to fully participate in and access the benefits of smart city.
By providing more efficient and responsive services for residents, visitors and workers, we will strengthen Sydney’s reputation as a world-leading progressive city.