Landing Pads Pivots Towards Geelong

Landing Pads Pivots Towards Geelong

The Landing Pads team headed to Pivot Summit at Deakin University last week to mix with innovators in Geelong.  

One of regional Australia’s biggest tech conferences, Pivot Summit offered valuable insights into gamechanging products and ideas being developed beyond our capital cities. 

Social impact was top of mind for many of the entrepreneurs and innovators present, pertinent to the event’s overarching theme – ‘resolving the tension between tech and humanity’. Standouts included a Deakin IFM research project converting waste denim into synthetic cartilage for application in medicine, and blueprints for a blood sugar alerts app for diabetes patients designed by secondary school students participating in the Upstart Challenge.

Showing support for the growth and global promotion of regional startups, Landing Pads partnered with PWC to deliver a masterclass on scaling up into Asian markets. Senior Adviser Prathay Chandrakumar spoke to the wealth of opportunities in Singapore and Shanghai, while PWC’s Nick Wee and Anthony Klein taught us how to avoid pitfalls in personal and corporate taxation abroad.  

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“The Austrade/PwC masterclass helped prepare regional founders aspiring to take their business global, evident in the positive feedback it received”, Prathay said.

The dessert after a hearty course of education? Our very own multinational candy bar, featuring Israeli chocolate bars, Haribo gold-bears and more. 

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