Kickstarting innovation ecosystem conversation

The Tech Connect event invited the city’s startups community to connect, network and help inform a project to map the innovation ecosystem.

From one person with an idea, to a team of seven and a shopfront in just over a year: it’s been a rapid growth trajectory for Wollongong-based retail insights startup, Humii.

Its founder Andy Evans was one of 35 people from Wollongong’s startup community representing their company – from small to scaling – at the inaugural Tech Connect event at Zig Zag Hub co-working space on July 7.

Hosted by Invest Wollongong, the event invited people from across the city’s startups to connect, network and hear more on the project underway to map the local innovation ecosystem.

Gathering feedback direct from the community about the local ecosystem as it stands, and getting input into its future, provided valuable information for the mapping project, according to Mark Grimson, Economic Development Manager at Wollongong City Council.

“The atmosphere in the room was very positive and collaborative, which is a great reflection of the startup community here.

“By promoting the sector through initiatives such as the innovation ecosystem map, case studies and more events like this one, we hope to support the strengthening of the sector in Wollongong into the future.”

Thanks to those who came along, and those who got in touch to let us know they wanted to but couldn’t make to this event. Keep an eye out for details of the next Tech Connect event, planned for later in 2022.

At Tech Connect July 2022

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