NSW has won its bid to host a globally recognised three-day innovation event designed to boost local and international trade and investment.
Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade Stuart Ayres said the Australian edition of the internationally renowned Unbound Innovation series, “Converge AU”, will draw innovative companies, brands and tech start-ups to Sydney and generate an expected $4.9 million boost for the tourism industry.
“These festivals are a global series of events connecting brands and corporations with startups to learn more about the latest offerings in cutting-edge technologies,” Mr Ayres said.
“By hosting Australia’s first Converge AU event we are building on the significant support we have already provided to growing international business opportunities, showcasing local expertise globally and promoting skilled migration to NSW.
The three-day event secured by Business Events Sydney (BESydney) is expected to bring in 3,000 innovators from across the globe to forge new relationships, promote investment and create new business opportunities.
BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith said Sydney won the competitive bid due to the strength of the local start-up and innovation ecosystem.
“The momentum of Sydney’s tech scene right now combined with the growing presence of world-leading talent and research breakthroughs at our leading institutions positions Sydney as an attractive destination for international delegates to learn, collaborate and do business,” Ms Lewis-Smith said.
The Founder and CEO of Converge AU Daniel Seal said Coverge is looking forward to delivering the first Australian event.
“We operate in leading global cities and partner with forward thinking governments like the NSW Government and trade agencies to deliver our unique innovation festivals and are excited to deliver Converge AU in Sydney in 2022 and beyond,” Mr Seal said.
The event will take place at the International Convention Centre Sydney 26 – 28 October 2022. For more information visit here: www.convergefestivals.com