The Australian CleanTech Network has been operating since 2008 and has gradually spread out across the country. It now hosts regular events in the five largest cities in Australia and has established itself as the focus of much of the activity within the country.
The 100 events held to date have featured talks from the country's leading cleantech investors, companies and influencers. A total attendance of over 7,500 people have heard pitches from over 250 cleantech companies seeking funds or partners. The Network has been a hub of cleantech activity and has continued to demonstrate the potnetial of the sectors to create jobs, attract investment and facilitate international trade. The Network has caught the eye of State and Federal Governments and investors ranging from angels and VCs through to banks.
By creating a stable industry-led organisation that is self-sustaining and receives no government funding, the Network has managed to establish a platform that is attractive to both those in the middle of the sector and those exploring its potential. That it is not government funded is an important differentiator from most clusters around the world. Whilst government funding can establish credibility, in Australia it can also lead to scepticism regarding longevity beyond the political cycle. That there are enough people involved regardless of the ebbs and flows of politics creates a greater attraction and disassociates the events from political whims.
National Partners in 2015
The network can operate through the generous support of National Partners and City Partners in each of the cities in which it operates. The National Partners for 2015 are:
|SIM VSE is a fully regulated stock exchange committed to leadership in innovation. SIM VSE is focussed on driving investment in the clean technology, renewable energy, biological science and related technology and service industries.
SIM VSE is licensed by the Australian government and therefore is a holder of an Australian Market License ("AML") granted under the Corporations Act. Market regulation under the new MIR rules means that the market regulation is supervised by ASIC.
Based in the Asian time zone, SIM VSE has a global outlook with a particular emphasis on China, providing opportunity for both global investors and issuers, to access and participate in the market.
Attendees & International Links
The Network attracts a wide variety of attendees including cleantech companies, researchers, investors, government and professional services. Investors who attend regularly include angel investors, the few Australian venture capital firms, family offices and institutional investors. This is enhanced through the CleanTech Angels Network, which provides a direct channel to over 100 angel investors for emerging cleantech companies. The Network has also become the default market entry for international investors from China, Korea, Singapore and elsewhere.
The Australian CleanTech Network has evolved into an organisation with a national as well as a state focus and has become a hub for all the key cleantech discussions within Australia.
The Australian CleanTech Network also provides international access to global investors and partners through being the Australian representative on the Global Cleantech Clusters Association. This takes the activity and opportunities to a new level and will present the network members with global connections to assist in the growth of their companies.
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