About us

Supporting entrepreneurs

to connect to Asia

Haymarket HQ is Australia’s first startup hub supporting entrepreneurs to connect to Asia.

We offer access to co-working space, mentors and investors, and a huge network of like-minded entrepreneurs across Asia-Pacific.

Haymarket HQ is a not-for-profit supported by the State government (Jobs for NSW) and was founded by Brad Chan.

Why Asia?

Why not global?

  • 50% of all Australia’s trade is with Asia

  • Two-thirds of the world’s middle class will be in Asia by 2030

  • By 2030, China is forecast to account for 22% of global middle-class spending—three times greater than the US share

  • Australia is home to a large Asia-capable talent pool—17% of Australians identify themselves as having Asian origins

  • Asia makes up 70% of all Australia’s exports, the majority going towards China

I often talk to Australian startups about their global ambitions and there is always a strong focus on the US market—understandable given that it’s been a well-worn path for many. However, I see the potential for size and growth in Asian markets and the opportunities for Australian startups to capitalise on this is a prospect not to be ignored.”

– Brad Chan, Founder of Haymarket HQ

How Haymarket HQ

supports entrepreneurs

Our role is to raise awareness about the opportunities and developments in Asia and support entrepreneurs to capitalise on them.

This includes support in:

Helping entrepreneurs to distribute their products in China

Raising investment from Japanese (venture capital) firms

Setting up a JV with a Chinese university in the education space

Connecting businesses to accelerators in Shanghai or Singapore

Recruiting Chinese-speaking staff in Sydney

Providing advice on investments and (international) grants

We have a strong network of organisations, local government partners, and successful entrepreneurs to help members and companies expand into Asia.

Join our community!


our team

  • Lauren Montino
    Lauren Montino Community & Operations Manager
  • Duco van Breemen
    Duco van Breemen General Manager
  • Tim Fung
    Tim Fung CEO | Airtasker
  • Joshua Flannery
    Joshua Flannery Manager | UNSW Innovation
  • Philipp Ivanov
    Philipp Ivanov CEO | Asia Society AU
  • Jemma Xu
    Jemma Xu CEO | Tripalocal
  • Jason Yat-sen Li
    Jason Yat-sen Li Chairman | Vantage Group
  • Jackie Yun
    Jackie Yun Co-owner | the Wagas Group
    • Angela Kwan
      Angela Kwan Co-founder of Catalyser

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