ASTN March 2014 Update
Less than 2 years into the life of the ASTN we continue to be excited by the prospect of Australia growing a highly successful sports technologies industry. As highlighted by some of our initiatives in 2013 (below) the ASTN remains very much focused on creating opportunities for our industry participants to help realize the full potential of the industry.
We are proud to announce that the ASTN finally has a home! Our new office, located near the waterfront in Geelong, will also provide the focal point of Australia’s first ever sports technology Accelerator program called HeadStart. This program, aimed at getting 20+ sports tech start-ups ‘investment ready’ over the next 2 years, will be launched over the coming months.
Expect to see the ASTN a lot more active in our marketing, communications and social media throughout the year. Many thanks to Aamir, Tarik and Tom (our social and content guys) in driving this. We encourage you to share any news and / or content on sports tech with us to distribute to our followers. Please forward any content to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sports Tech Industry Precinct bid still under review
As an update the ASTN met with the Federal Coalitionâ€™s Department of Industry in December to discuss the status of the ASTN-led Sports Tech Industry Innovation Precinct Bid. Under the original plan, the Federal Government would support a $6m targeted industry development plan led by the ASTN over 4 years. Our successful bid was supported by 25 core partners with an in-principle agreement to provide cash and in-kind contributions of $4m+. Our expectation is that a decision will be made within the next 4 weeks on the success (or otherwise) of the bid. The success of our original bid once again highlights the significance of the opportunity to grow the sports tech industry in Australia.