Australia’s largest conference for startups, StartCon, will be opened today at Randwick Racecourse by NSW Finance and Small Business Minister Damien Tudehope.

The two-day event attracts around 4000 attendees as well as more than 55 speakers, 160 exhibitors and 750 startups.

Mr Tudehope said StartCon was a great opportunity for Australia’s innovators to come together and showcase their work.

“It’s great to see such innovation from across the nation and I congratulate the organisers for putting together such a popular event,” he said.

“The 2019 Australasian Startup Awards are announced during StartCon and I am pleased that a number of the NSW Government’s Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and Business Partnership (BP) grant recipients are among the finalists.

“The NSW Government is keen to lend its support to startups to ensure they have every chance of success,” Mr Tudehope said.

StartCon’s theme this year is The Future of Work and during the event more than 20 international tech experts will share their knowledge with the startup ecosystem.

The winners of the 2019 Australasian Startup awards will be announced tomorrow afternoon.

Another highlight is one of the world’s largest pitch competitions, with the first round of Australian startups presenting today.

The best startups will go on to compete against their Asia Pacific counterparts in a final next year, vying for a grand prize of $US1 million.