River City Labs celebrated its 10th anniversary at Brisbane’s Cloudland on Friday with Queensland’s top startups, investors, and tech people joining the event.
During RCL’s ten years, over 800 entrepreneurs have called the space home while bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, industry, and government.
RCL was acquired by ACS in 2018 which added the Queensland space to its network of labs in Sydney and Melbourne.
Friday’s event was attended by RCL founder Steve Baxter and inaugural manager Peta Ellis, along with the current team including manager Pauline Fetaui and ACS Director of Innovation Labs, Siobhan Casey.
Siobhan paid tribute to the Lab’s success.
“It’s a great privilege to be involved with such an exciting group of entrepreneurs and innovators. It’s great to be working with the businesses that are going to define our future.
“River City Labs has been such a wonderful success that we’ve expanded our innovation footprint in Sydney and Melbourne, but RCL itself still remains very much a proud Queensland-focused venture that looks to take the state’s best technology startups to the world.”
The event was also a celebration of the Startup Catalyst program which this year celebrates its eighth birthday since it first took emerging technologists to Silicon Valley.
During its eight years, Startup Catalyst has run 23 international missions to the US, Israel and the UK with over three hundred participants heading overseas to meet industry experts and insiders.
Fetaui said "since joining in 2019, it has been a privilege to watch the growth of Australia’s emerging technology sector through the action of tenacious entrepreneurs".
“It’s an even bigger thrill to see the success of 10 years in the ecosystem with River City Labs's first member, Cohort Go, announcing last week its acquisition by Flywire in the USA.”