The Perth Angels was all over Perth on the last day of West Tech Fest – we kicked off the day with raging success in our Annual Angel Breakfast which covered off topics in investing in startups in Western Australia and then, immediately following at the other end of town, contributing to a discussion on deepening ties in tech and innovation between Perth and Singapore to connect and expand those startup into Singapore/ASEAN markets.
This event was sponsored by the City of Perth and run by Asialink Business and was one of the numerous satellite events of West Tech Fest.
It was opened by Lord Mayor Basil Zempalis and featured a panel discussion moderated by Asia Link’s CEO Leigh Howard. The panel comprised our own Greg Riebe and James Williamson of Orijin Plus who both were in-person on stage, with Penny Burtt from Stripe and Natalya Ann Thora Twohill from the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)’s Tech Landing Pad streaming in from Singapore.
The panel shared their experience and insights into the current and future tech landscape both from a technology perspective as well as investment perspective. They highlighted the importance of nurturing an ecosystem that supports the growth in each of tech start-ups, scale-ups and established tech businesses facilitating business expansion.
Collaboration was a key theme as there were many opportunities between Perth and Singapore. This conversation opened new perspectives on international cooperation and outlined the incentives and support available for businesses looking for access to growth and funding in the region.
Indeed, the Perth Angels has been a long time supporter of a local initiative called Singapore Connect which is focused on securing access to Singapore domiciled venture funds for WA-based ventures.
Thank you to the City of Perth, West Tech Fest and all partners and participants who contributed to the success of this event.