Go1 co-founders meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Scott Cooper

Go1 co-founders Andrew Barnes and Chris Eigeland recently got the opportunity to sit down with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over breakfast to discuss all things Go1 and the Australian innovation boom!

Turnbull was in Brisbane local startup hub River City Labs to announce that the government would be pledging a further $15 million to the Australian startup sector, and met with a select group of local startups to discuss the improvements in the industry and highlight their growth to the greater business community.

Turnbull said the funding will be used to increase the number of incubators and accelerators, support existing programs, attract experts-in-residence to the country and give access to up to $500,000 in funding to these organizations.

“If we really want to boost the quality and output of our entrepreneurs we can’t ignore co-working,” he says.

“Most startups are in co-working spaces and don’t have access to the facilities on offer in incubators or accelerators. StartupAUS would like to see the program expanded to help co-working spaces fund accelerator-style opportunities to help their resident companies grow quickly.”

“If we want to build a thriving tech startup sector in Australia we’ll need more of these sorts of practical policy commitments as well as some ambitious, big picture thinking.”

Andrew and Chris had the opportunity to discuss how Go1 has been thriving across world after starting the business, and continuing to operate, out of Underwood just outside of Brisbane.

This news is music to the ears of startups all over Australia, as the government is providing more and more support to bring their innovative ideas to life and give them a chance to take their businesses worldwide.

We can't wait to see what the future holds for the Australian innovation sector!

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