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Startup Daily TV: Murray Hurps and David Burt on the role universities play in creating a vibrant ecosystem


Last week Labor leader Anthony Albanese announced a goal of 1.2 million tech jobs in Australia by 2030 as part of its policies going into the May federal election.

The Opposition has embraced the Tech Council of Australia and its goal of 1 million jobs by 2025, adding another 200,000 over the following five years.

To get there, Albanese promised an additional 20,000 university places.

In response, Niki Scevak co-founder of venture capital firm Blackbird, to tweet that: “The problem with government initiatives that involve technology is that they first look to universities… Universities are correlated with success, not the cause of it.”

It created a spirited debate on Twitter.

Two of Australia’s most successful tech companies, Atlassian and Canva, were forged after their co-founders met at university.

Scevak was friends with Mike Cannon-Brookes at University of NSW, where he in met his Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar. Together,  they went onto found the early stage investment accelerator Startmate in 2011.

So how are universities contributing to the local startup ecosystem?

To explore the topic, Startup Daily editor Simon Thomsen spoke to David Burt, director of entrepreneurship at UNSW and Murray Hurps, director of entrepreneurship at UTS Startups.

Click on the link below to hear the interview.

You can turn into the Startup Daily show every weekday from 2-2.40pm on ausbiz.com.au, for the latest news in tech and startups.

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