Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh, is visiting Silicon Valley to tout the state’s technology sector to an audience of 200 business and IT innovators.
The visit is part of the G’Day USA Innovation Shootout in which seven Australian technology companies held a series of five-minute talks to sell their innovative ideas to Sicilion Valley’s big venture capitalists and investors.
Bligh is meeting with executives from Google as well as Microsoft’s strategic and emerging business development vice president, Dan'l Lewin, to create research and development partnerships with the state’s technology companies.
The premier is also visiting Googleplex and meeting the company’s climate and energy advisory board member, Charles Baron.
“The Innovation Shootout is an exciting opportunity for both Synengco and Multitrode, two highly innovative firms that are blazing a new trail for Queensland in the emerging area of clean technology," Bligh said in a statement.
Each of the seven finalists pitched their technology ideas on Jan 20 US-time. The judges included venture capitalists and technologists from IBM Venture Capital Group, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, market intelligence and advisory firm Guidewire Group and Pillsbury, who rated contestants for their innovation and potential for success in the US market.
The winning company will be named Australian Innovator of the Year and will receive more than $US40,000, professional development and marketing courses and strategic advice to assist them in selling their product to the US.
Bligh, who is Silicon Valley during her US Trade Mission, also visited cleantech company, Amyris, where she had a chance meeting with the former US Vice President Al Gore.
"I congratulated him on the work the United States is doing in the areas of biofuel and clean energy technologies," she said in a statement.