Event Report: Evening Forum on the Start-up Scenes in Germany and Australia

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On 17 August, members and friends of the Chamber gained tremendous insights into the German and Australian start-up scenes at the Tyro Payments FinTech Hub. The Chamber was very pleased to welcome around 70 guests to the Evening Forum, which formed part of the German Week in Sydney running from 9 to 18 August.

Guests arrived at 6 o’clock at the to refreshments and canapés and had the opportunity to network. After some mixing and mingling, Kristian Wolf, Executive Director of the Chamber, asked all attendees to take their seats in the auditorium. He introduced the three panellists: Jost Stollmann, Founder and Non-Executive Director of Tyro Payments; Monica Wulff, co-founder of Startup Muster; and Dr Shannon Notley, founder of FlexeGRAPH. The panel was asked to expand on their different backgrounds, as well as their diverse journeys in the start-up scene.

Jost summed up the journey of both his company and his life in a few words, which was very impressive, given the milestones that he has accomplished. Jost´s engaging speech was followed by Monica Wulff´s account of her professional experience, along with her vision, which is to create the largest and most up-to-date database of start-up ecosystem reports. Monica co-founded Startup Muster in 2013 and the survey has been growing over the years. Next up was panellist Dr Shannon Notley, who had only recently decided to fully embark on his own start-up journey.  He develops advanced cooling for electric vehicles and data centres and left behind his former career as a Professor at the Department of Applied Mathematics of the Australian National University.

The introductions were followed by a panel discussion on whether Australian start-ups should try to expand overseas, where the speakers agreed that the European market would benefit greatly from the innovation that Australian start-ups could bring. The experts also predicted that German start-ups would also thrive in the Australian market, putting an emphasis on the importance of the bilateral relations between the two countries. After the speakers had shared their experiences and perspectives with the audience, the attendees were invited to ask questions. 

A number of great questions were asked by the audience: ´How can stronger linkages between Germany and Australia be promoted, so that start-ups can thrive in both markets?´; ´What can governments do to promote start-ups?`; and ´What makes a start-up (or even just a business idea) investable?´. The panellists all gave insightful tips and views on these issues.

Kristian Wolf then thanked all the speakers, presented them with gifts (Lebkuchen imported from Nuremberg) and invited the audience to enjoy the rest of the night. With a delicious selection of another round of canapés and beverages our guests then had the unique opportunity to network further, approach the panellists and explore the Fintech Hub at Tyro Payments.

The Chamber would like to thank Tyro Payments for hosting the Evening Forum and opening its doors to registered guests. Special thanks also go to the panellists for their contributions and also the Consul General, Lothar Freischlader, for his attendance at the event.

We hope that all guests enjoyed the evening and we see you soon at one of our next events. 

Please click here to view photos of the event on Flickr.