CEO of StartupAUS


Alex McCauley is the CEO of StartupAUS, a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship. StartupAUS works closely with government and the startup ecosystem to help Australia become one of the best places in the world to build and grow a technology company.

Alex joined StartupAUS in 2015 as Head of Strategy and Advocacy. He was responsible for developing StartupAUS’ extensive contribution to the Federal Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. He also wrote the StartupAUS report on the outcomes of the national Innovation Policy Hack in October 2015.

As CEO of StartupAUS, Alex has led an ambitious agenda in the startup space, continuing to drive a focus on innovation at all levels of government. He has forged partnerships with key corporate and government partners to spearhead projects that include an analysis of agricultural technology in Australia, a discussion paper on the future of work and the flagship 2016 Crossroads report.

Previously, Alex served as a diplomat in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. When on posting to Tel Aviv in Israel, Alex led the Australian Embassy’s strategy and analysis on regional security issues, as well as entrepreneurship, innovation, policy and cooperation.

Alex has qualifications in law, political science and economics from the University of Sydney.

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