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WTF, the best week of the year…

Charlie Gunningham
Charlie Gunningham
// // Heading into its ninth year, the annual West Tech Fest is almost upon us. As always, for startups in WA, it's unmissable...

// Heading into its ninth year, the annual West Tech Fest is almost upon us. As always, for startups in WA, it’s unmissable…

For a startup nerd like me – well, a long in the tooth startup survivor maybe – I’ve seen the West Tech Fest ‘grow up’ before my eyes over the past few years.

2012 proved to be a seminal year for the local startup scene: Spacecubed opened, the first Startup Weekend was held, and also OzApp Awards premiered along with West Fech Fest (which was a one day tech conference in those days).

Over the ensuing years, West Tech Fest has grown to be not just the singular most important tech conference in town, it’s become a whole week of rolling tech events, parties, movie shows and other happenings.

It’s simply unmissable. It’s a week to put your lap top down, blink into the sunlight, go listen to some amazing speakers, think about the year just been and the year to come, meet some new people and contemplate the possible.

Yeah, startup nirvana.

The Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC)

Now people of my ilk may think of XTC as a 1980s band from the west of England (Senses working overtime? Making plans for Nigel?) – OK, I’m seriously showing my age here – but in fact XTC is the Extreme Tech Challenge, the world’s largest startup competition.

XTC scours the world for startups that are making a difference, specifically for those addressing global challenges, drawn from the UN’s 17 sustainability development goals.

WA tech blockchain energy company Power Ledger won the whole XTC in 2018.

And it’s coming to Perth!

The top three Australian finalists will go into the global shortlist. If you’re a startup and want the chance to receive world-class mentorship and to pitch to leading Investors, now is the time to apply.

Nominations close on 12th Nov.

Mon 30th Nov: Regional Innovation Showcase

The WTF week kicks off with a FREE event – showing off rural businesses and startups

WTF, the best week of the year...


Weds 2nd Dec: West Tech Fest conference

The big day happens this year at Beaumonde on the Point. EARLY BIRD ticket prices end tomorrow! So get in…

WTF, the best week of the year...


Thurs 2nd Dec: Freo Startup Fest – just $25!

Back for its second popular year – a sell out last year – is the afternoon/evening startup shindig that is Freo Startup Fest. With a superstar startup panel (including not one – but two – founders who have raised $2M this year), Plus Eight pitching comp (with golden ticket prize into next year’s accelerator), Pitching Frenzy (where audience members get to pitch anything they like), the Startup News Awards, a sundowner with flowing drinks and food, and a LIVE DJ!

All for just $25…

WTF, the best week of the year...


Thurs 3rd Dec: Inside WA’s innovation ecosystem

FREE event, run by and at Innovation Central.

WTF, the best week of the year...


Fri 4th December: Rotto Tech Fest

Only a handful of tickets left – don’t miss this one; a truly fabulous day in paradise. The event that will make you smile for a year…

WTF, the best week of the year...


There will be other events organised, so keep your eyes on the West Tech Fest website and Events Calendar.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you.


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Charlie Gunningham

Charlie Gunningham

Former co-founder, GM, CEO Business News and Accelerating Commercialisation adviser. Charlie has spent 20+ years in Perth's startup scene, as founder, mentor, adviser, writer and investor. There's nothing he likes more than helping early stage tech startups ... and drinking coffee, shiraz or playing in a blues band. Email Charlie here.
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