The West Tech Fest is a week long innovation festival in Perth, Western Australia featuring an incredible line-up of global founders, investors, CEOs & tech industry visionaries sharing insights on building great companies.
With over 40 events last year, the week long festival includes inspiring keynote speakers, networking events, pitching opportunities, mentoring sessions, hackathons and student workshops.
The program brings together local founders, innovators, researchers and industry and further strengthens the Australian startup ecosystem.
The West Tech Fest was Initiated by Curtin University, and co-founded by Bill Tai, Larry Lopez, Rohan McDougall and Paula Taylor. The West Tech Fest attracts founders, tech leaders and investors from the US, UK, Asia and from around Australia.
Over the last six years the West Tech Fest has built a strong global network and profile, with many successful investment outcomes.
West Tech Fest Startup Challenge – XTC – Australia Vertical Prize
The West Tech Fest Startup Challenge (formerly the OzAPP Awards) is Asia Pacific’s leading competition seeking the region’s best startups (pre AU$2 million seed funding). This year we have also introduced a category for startups post Series A.
The Top 5 finalists of the Startup Challenge are invited to pitch in front the West Tech Fest audience to leading VCs, tech leaders and industry heavyweights
The winner of the West Tech Fest Startup Challenge receives an invitation to pitch to the judges of Extreme Tech Challenge at the semi-finals at CES in Las Vegas in January 2018.
AMANDA PRICE – Head of High Growth Ventures, KPMG
ANDREA GARDINER – Founder, Jelix Ventures
BEN COOPER – Managing Director, Tricky Jigsaw
BILL TAI – VC Charles River Ventures, Board Member Bitfury Group, Founder ACTAI, Co-Founder West Tech Fest & XTC
CHRIS FARQUHAR – Founder Plus 8 Technology Venture Capital, CEO iCetana
ELICIA MCDONALD – Investment Associate, AirTree Ventures
ERICK MILLER – Founder & CEO CoinCircle, Founder Hyperseed Ventures
GEORGE SAMMAN – Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Consultant
More speakers at the West Tech Fest Startup Challenge