Minister Mike Kelly on ‘Australia needs to develop a culture of backing risk-takers’ – Web TV broadcast March 15th
Federal Minister for Defence Materials, Dr Mike Kelly is expected to comment on Australia’s cultural willingness to back start up ventures in his keynote address at the upcoming Seachange StartUp Camp Merimbula 2013 (SUCCM2) on March 15th say organisers of the event Ivan McKay and Liam O’Duibhir.
It is anticipated Dr Kelly will base many of his insights on first hand experience of the well-supported entrepreneurial culture of countries like Israel (the so-called ‘Start Up Nation’ as detailed in the book by Dan Senor and Saul Singer).
As Minister for Defence Materiel, Dr Kelly’s responsibilities include the acquisition of military materials and equipment and science and technology matters relating to their development.
Dr Kelly has long been a proponent of technological innovation as an economic driver for regional Australia and has worked passionately to promote a number of renewable technology initiatives in his Eden Monaro electorate.
Other themes Dr Kelly will address in his keynote speech include :
- the role of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to support renewable technology initiatives
- the Federal Government’s new $378 million Venture Australia initiative, to provide high-risk capital to help innovative businesses get off the ground and grow
- start-up opportunities presented by the NBN, and examples of start-up businesses already taking advantage of the NBN
- the R & D tax incentives for small and medium sized businesses
“Those attending the SeaChange Start Up Camp eagerly await the Minister’s comments, particularly given that they are likely to address nationally significant themes. The fact that Dr Kelly is raising such matters at a regional event is a great boost for our embryonic Start Up community” according to camp co-organiser Liam O’Duibhir.
“The Sapphire Coast holds many attractions for skilled seachangers seeking to enjoy the lifestyle dividend that the area offers, while maintaining their passion for a high-energy Start Up or technology-based career” added Ivan McKay.
The speech will be broadcast live over the web. The live feed will be accessible from the IntoIT Sapphire Coast website home-page as well as a number of regional Fairfax Digital websites (visit Merimbula News Weekly Online site for more info).