Industry associations

Support organisations for edtech

Australian edtech has a strong and highly involved support network across a variety of relevant organisations. These organisations offer support, advocacy, investment opportunities, advice and encouragement to Australian edtech companies.

The professional association and peak body representing Australia’s ICT sector. ACS’ mission is to deliver authoritative independent knowledge and insight into technology, build relevant technology capacity and capability and be a catalyst for innovative creation and adoption of technology for the benefit of commerce, governments and society.

It is passionate about professionalism, developing ICT skills and creating a community with a true sense of belonging. It is committed to advancing the ICT industry and upholding the highest standards of professional conduct through its Code of Ethics.

The AIIA is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital arena, to create a favourable business environment for its members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. The AIIA does this by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant information.

Education Changemakers (EC) provides innovation and leadership training to more than 25,000 teachers and school leaders across the world each year. Their acceleration arm EClabs works exclusively with K-12 focused education startup and they hold three day rapid accelerators in Melbourne and London, providing free training and support to early stage education ventures and also identifying which ventures move into a formal partnership with EC. This partnership provides an entry into the global EC sales channels, capital raises with strategic education investors, ongoing strategic support from the EC team and office space. EC is also behind Australia’s first conference focused on K-12 education ventures, Edupreneur, which is held as part of their larger Educhange Education Festival in Melbourne.

EduGrowth is Australia’s edtech acceleration network for high growth, scalable education. The not-for-profit organisation supports the accelerated growth of technology startups developing products and services for the education sector.

EduGrowth is committed to bringing the expertise of Australia’s world class education system together with the innovation capabilities of the startup community, to boldly reimagine the learning experience.

EduGrowth’s ambition is to see 100 million learners educated globally per annum by 2025, through Australian education. Since launching in October 2016, the organisation has established a community of more than 1500 edtech entrepreneurs, educators, technology and business leaders.

Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA) is the peak body leading best practice in industry engagement, commercialisation and entrepreneurship for public research organisations in Australia and New Zealand.

Muru-D is the start-up accelerator backed by Telstra. It invests in great teams with innovative technology and global ambitions. It has accelerated 73 start-ups to date across five locations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Singapore. It provides introductions to corporate partners, channel partners, marketing partners, and ‘productisation partners’ leveraging the talents of Telstra personnel. It has global alliances with 500 Startups, HAX, Chinaccelerator, The Junction and The Icehouse.

Australian edtech graduates from Muru-D include Chatty Kids, ELLA, Fluid Education, Funetics, Inkerz, Momentum Cloud, OpenLearning, Our Little Foxes and SoccerBrain.

StartupAUS is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 2013 by fifty leaders in the national start-up community. Its mission is to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship, believing a home-grown tech sector is vital to the future of Australian jobs and wealth. It also works to advocate for policies to create a supportive culture and encourage the development of more entrepreneurs with the right skills. It is supported by volunteers who are immersed in Australia’s start-up community, responsible for organising grassroots efforts and coordinating community activities such as Startup Spring.

Sydney Education Technology Group is a meet-up group with over 400 members, interested in connecting passionate educators, tech geeks, and investors who are interested in applying technology to solve current problems in education.

Key edtech events in Australia include the EduTECH Conference Australia; AFR Edtech Summit and Educhange