Austrade's Landing Pads: Innovate. Accelerate. Go Global

Austrade's Landing Pads: Innovate. Accelerate. Go Global

About This Event

What You Will Learn

  • Learn more about the Landing Pads program
  • Hear about the innovation ecosystems in Shanghai and San Francisco and the opportunities for startups
  • Find out how to access Austrade’s Landing Pads and take your startup global


As part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, Austrade have launched five Landing Pads, in Tel Aviv, Singapore, Berlin, San Francisco and Shanghai, to help Australian startups expand into overseas markets. Margaret Donoghue and Karen Surmon, manage Austrade’s Landing Pads in San Francisco and Shanghai and will be discussing the innovation ecosystems in their markets and what the opportunities are for startups.  This session is a great opportunity to learn how to access Austrade’s Landing Pads and take your startup go global. 

 About the speaker

Karen Surmon, Austrade Trade Commissioner/Commercial Consul in Shanghai. Karen leads Austrade’s China Innovation Strategy, working with Australian startups across a range of sectors, as well as advanced manufacturing and high tech exporters, and R&D institutions seeking to commercialise their IP in China. Karen has extensive experience working with China’s dynamic innovation ecosystem and believes that the opportunity for Australian startups is enormous. Margaret Donoghue Austrade Investment Director in San Francisco. Margaret manages the San Francisco Landing Pad at RocketSpace and Austrade's innovation relationships in the USA. Margaret works closely with the Landing Pad startups, assisting them to achieve their business goals.   A Silicon Valley native, Margaret has been immersed in the Bay Area’s evolving innovation ecosystem for most of her life and draws on her local insight and network to link Australia with one of the world’s most innovative communities.

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