GHD pledge to commit 100 hours to River City Labs

Announced at the ACS (Australian Computer Society) Reimagination Conference on the 1st of November, GHD Digital pledged to commit to 100 hours of voluntary service to River City Labs.

GHD Digital, the digital arm of one of the world's leading professional services companies GHD, helps clients embrace rapidly emerging digital advancements to future-proof their businesses.

Kumar Parakala, GHD Global Digital Leader announced the pledge during an interview by River City Labs CEO Peta Ellis.

Kumar said “Our objective is to create value for our clients in the disruptive world. GHD has more than 10,000 people, including 500 digital professionals, in 200 offices delivering services to more than 135 countries around the world.

This pledge is part of our commitment to engage, co-create, educate and invest in the technology and innovation sector. We are committed to supporting RCL with its coaching and mentoring needs and providing startups in RCL with exposure to our industry and clients in areas of mutual interest.

We look forward to learning more about the innovations the start-ups are working on, and are excited about the opportunity for GHD Digital to partner with RCL to better serve our clients and support the RCL start-up ecosystem.

Speaking about the announcement, Peta Ellis said “One of the big barriers for growth for young companies or those in the scale-up phase, is not having connections into large organisations. Being supported by and aligning with corporates like GHD will enable us to propel our start-ups further and faster.

We continue to build valuable relationships with organisations that help foster the growth of our start-up companies. We are looking forward to working together and seeing where this relationship will take us in the future”.

Watch the full announcement here: River City Labs CEO Peta Ellis with Kumar Parakala, GHD Global Digital Leader


About River City Labs

River City Labs fosters the growth of startup companies wanting to solve big problems. We provide resources to empower, support and connect entrepreneurs. Central to everything we do is a focus on collaboration and connection.

Since 2012 over 700 entrepreneurs have called RCL home. Through our events program we have welcomed more than 29,000 guests into our community by hosting over 1000 events aimed at supporting founders on their entrepreneurship journey.

River City Labs powers a range of programs, events and engagement opportunities, enabling our corporate partners to innovate differently and embed their teams within the start-up community.

River City Labs is a human-led organisation ensuring founders always come first and every engagement is underpinned by our core values of ‘Give Learn Grow’, ‘Take Action’ and ‘Always Challenge’


About ACS

ACS is the professional association for Australia’s  Information and Communication Technology (ICT)sector. More than 41,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. ACS exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. ACS strives for ICT professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters. Visit for more information.


About GHD Digital

GHD is one of the world's leading professional services companies operating in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation.

GHD Digital, our digital arm was created to help our client’s future-proof their businesses and reimagine their digital futures through new customer engagement models, products, business models, work definitions and organisational structures.

Our digital services include cybersecurity and risk, digital strategy and transformation, smart technology services, digital innovation and data and analytics.