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Backing business events to support jobs and innovation

14 November 2022

The City of Melbourne has doubled its funding to support conferences, workshops and other business events – bringing more people together to drive innovation and boost the economy.

An augmented reality festival, sustainable tech pitch night and a showcase of new filmmaking technologies are among more than 20 business events to share in $200,000 to encourage knowledge-sharing and share ideas for the future.

Council’s 2023 Business Event Sponsorship Program has an increased focus on innovation in life sciences, finance, including fintech and funds management, information and communications technology, energy and environment.

The line-up of exciting events will entice tens of thousands of workers, students and business owners to the city, while promoting opportunities for learning and engagement with the knowledge and innovation sectors to future-proof the city

24 events will receive funding through the program, including:

  • AI Festival: AI for Business and Social by Deakin University – showcasing state of the art artificial intelligence applications across industries such as health, banking and start-ups.
  • Sustainable Tech Pitch Night @ Melbourne Connect by Silicon Beach Australia – a series of pitch nights for Melbourne’s most promising and early-stage startups.
  • Australian XR Festival by CloudBNE – a festival at Federation Square bringing virtual and augmented reality industries together for industry-led discussion panels and networking.
  • Enlit Australia by Talk2 Media and Events International – an event sharing expert knowledge and innovation solutions from industry leaders transitioning towards a low carbon energy supply.
  • AIDC Innovation Day by International Documentary Conference – a showcase at ACMI dedicated to non-traditional documentary storytelling, supporting emerging media and showcasing new technologies for producing and distributing visual content.
  • Connecting Women Lunch by BioMelbourne Network – giving women in the Victorian biotech, medtech, scientific research and development and pharmaceutical industries an opportunity to connect, encouraging talent development.
  • The Finnies Awards 2023 by FinTech Australia – celebrating the success of the Australian fintech industry by recognising significant achievements.

The successful events will take place from late November until June 2023.

For more information on the business events unfolding as part of the program, visit Business Event Sponsorship Program.

Quotes attributable to Lord Mayor Sally Capp

“We’re doubling the amount of funding for our Business Event Sponsorship Program – supporting more businesses and startups to collaborate, explore new ideas and showcase emerging technology.”

“Prior to the pandemic, nearly 14 million delegates visited Victoria each year, armed with knowledge, bold ideas and experiences to share with likeminded colleagues.”

“We know events like these are one of the best ways workers, students and business owners can connect with one another – driving innovation, creating jobs and boosting our economy.”

“Melbourne is the knowledge capital of Australia, and we’re excited to bring together the thinkers, innovators and explorers who are seeking to make our city the best and brightest it can be.”

Quotes attributable to Business and Global Opportunities portfolio lead Councillor Kevin Louey

“We’re proud to support more than 20 events which are projected to bring more than 18,000 people to Melbourne. Providing better access to the resources and knowledge needed to ensure Melbourne is a key player on the world stage across a diverse range of industries.”

“Melbourne is great destination to work, study and live, and we’ll continue to invest in our city’s future – attracting more investors, students and talent from across the globe.”

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14 November 2022

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