ACS, the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector, has appointed Dr Khimji Vaghjiani Head of Growth at Harbour City Labs. Owned and operated by ACS, Harbour City Labs offers an innovative and collaborative co-working space for Australian start-ups.

Vaghjiani brings 30 years of experience in innovation and entrepreneurship to his new role, having worked across banking, telecommunications, defence, manufacturing, research and development, energy, government and academia, as well as numerous start-ups. In 2010, he was nominated as Australian Innovator of the Year.

“Khimji has an enviable track record when it comes to fostering innovation and growth in the tech community. For Australia to produce world-stage tech brands, our innovation ecosystem needs to align around the highest potential startups, and Harbour City Labs provides the perfect location,” said RCL CEO Peta Ellis on the appointment.

“Khimji’s previous experience of working with the NSW Data Analytics Centre will stand him in good stead for Head of Growth. He is uniquely positioned to take on the role of leading and mentoring our startups to ensure they reach their full potential. I look forward to working with him and celebrating his success.”

Vaghjiani said he was extremely pleased to be joining the team at Harbour City Labs.

“Harbour City Labs is a fantastic extension of ACS and provides an excellent platform for Australian start-ups to scale and reach their global ambitions. I believe that nurturing the growth of our startup community is a vital component in keeping Australia a competitive leader when it comes to technology and innovation,” he said.

“There is so much work that goes into creating a successful startup, and I look forward to working on everything from grant applications to providing consultancy on scaling internationally, becoming investor ready and media promotion.”

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