San Francisco Landing Pad

The Australian Landing Pad @ RocketSpace, San Francisco

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.

Gabe Sulkes, Landing Pad Manager San Francisco

GabeOriginally from western New York, Gabe Sulkes joins Austrade from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he managed entrepreneurship and investment-side offerings including the university’s startup accelerator program, alumni founders fellowship, and Oxford University private equity competition. During his time at Booth, Gabe supported the nation’s #1 university accelerator, the New Venture Challenge, and it’s $4 billion+ alumni portfolio including companies like Braintree, Bump Technologies, and GrubHub (NYSE: GRUB). Prior to Booth, Gabe managed sustainable transportation initiatives for the Illinois Department of Transportation and led efforts to create the state’s first Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan. As the Landing Pad Coordinator for San Francisco, Gabe empowers high-potential startups to scale in the United States and globally.

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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

About 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.

California is home to over 100 technology companies that are collectively worth more than US$2 trillion, and accounts for approximately six per cent of all corporate America’s profits.

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.

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.

The San Francisco Bay Area is the leading centre for venture capital with $13.5 billion in investment, more than a third of all venture capital investment in the United States.

USA market profile

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

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