Each year, the Silicon Valley Bank (a financial organization specifically oriented towards funding startups) polls entrepreneurs and developers in a variety of countries. The result is the 2019 SVB Startup Outlook Report. While Australia is not covered in the Report, Canada – a medium sized country with a commodity profile not unlike Australia’s, is. Some of the highlights from Canadian startups are as follows:
"We need a solid pipeline of employees, and that depends on an open immigration policy and universities that turn out more world-class employees."
The emphases on AI, Life Sciences, and the skill shortage issues are also themes widely reflected in Australia. As Michael Taylor notes for the Australian Industry Group: ‘Australia is facing a major issue in terms of employment due to a lack of skills, especially within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) area.’ (AiGroup Blog)
References are from the 2019 STARTUP OUTLOOK: CANADA REPORT, which may be read in detail, here. https://www.svb.com/startup-outlook-report-2019/canada