San Francisco

Epicentre of global technology innovation

The San Francisco Bay area is widely recognised as the epicentre of global technology innovation. Technology leaders including Apple, HP and Oracle have established the region's reputation as a place where new ideas are developed into billion dollar companies.

A city of creative thinkers

While Silicon Valley remains home to the original tech giants, 40 per cent of US technology companies, valued in excess of US$1 billion, are based in San Francisco.

Salesforce, Twitter and Uber are just some of the companies using the infrastructure and density of talent in the city to create a new layer to the existing innovation system – one which challenges established players.

RocketSpace: a centre of the new technology boom

The San Francisco Landing Pad is located at RocketSpace a technology campus providing a curated community of sector-leading startups and entrepreneurs. RocketSpace is located in the geographical and cultural heart of the new technology boom.  The neighbourhood is peppered with startups, technology investors and established companies, all of which combine to provide a rich environment of skills and talent for Australian companies to draw from. Access industry partners such as Goodyear, Pfizer, Samsung and AT&T, as well as RocketSpace’s alumni network that includes Uber, Spotify, Weebly and Supercell.

Established venture capital network

As the financial capital of the west, San Francisco has a strong venture capital network that actively seeks new business and investment opportunities.

Who should apply?

The San Francisco Landing Pad is best for market-ready tech-based startups that have already conquered the Australian market.

“The biggest positive was the opportunity to arrive into a new country with a support network already in place. Without the landing pad, we possibly may have delayed moving international as quickly as we had. “The office environment was motivating, being around founders in the same boat, particularly Australians expanding into the US market, and it was helpful to take workshops on the operational aspects involved in launching a business into the USA.”  
Bennett Merriman, Event Workforce Group as published in Startup Daily

San Francisco Landing Pad Alumni

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Location: San Francisco
Indee is an early-stage biotechnology company aiming to accelerate and democratise gene therapy.
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Location: San Francisco
Biteable is the world's simplest video maker, it's so simple that it's been used by over 300,000 businesses to create videos.
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Location: San Francisco
Tiltsta is a world first, interactive mobile shopping platform, designed for fashion brands to easily create highly engaging, tilt-interactive mobile ...
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Location: San Francisco
RefLIVE completely digitises the match day role of football (soccer) referees with a smartwatch and smartphone app.
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Location: San Francisco
KoalaSafe creates a new wireless network in the home that's safe for kids - time limits, app and site blocking, and parental insights (usage analytics ...
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USA market profile

Find out more about the USA market with Austrade's USA market profile.

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