Last week, Labor leader Anthony Albanese announced a target of 1.2 million tech jobs in Australia by 2030 as part of his policy ahead of the May federal election.
The opposition has embraced the Tech Council of Australia and its goal of 1 million jobs by 2025, with a further 200,000 in the next five years.
To get there, Albanian promised another 20,000 university places.
In response, Niki Scevak, co-founder of venture capital firm Blackbird, tweeted: “The problem with government initiatives involving technology is that they look at universities first… Universities are correlated with success, not its cause.”
It sparked a heated debate on Twitter.
The problem with government initiatives that involve technology is that they look at universities first.
How to stimulate more R&D? Join universities
How do you get more tech jobs? Financing more university places
Universities are correlated with success, not its cause
— Niki Scevak (@nikiscevak) March 23, 2022
Two of Australia’s most successful technology companies, Atlassian and Canva, were forged after their co-founders met in college.
Scevak was friends with Mike Cannon-Brookes at the University of NSW, where he met his Atlassian co-founder, Scott Farquhar. Together they founded the early investment accelerator Startmate in 2011.
So how do universities contribute to the local startup ecosystem?
To explore the topic, Simon Thomsen, editor of Startup Daily, spoke with David Burt, director of entrepreneurship at UNSW and Murray Hurps, director of entrepreneurship at UTS Startups.
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