Category Archives: Startups Back

How the founders of snowsports safety startup ANTI proved their product worked — and Steve Baxter wrong — by bashing each other over the head

Brisbane-based startup ANTI has taken home the title of Australia’s Emerging Creative Startup 2018 for its super-safe snowsports beanie, following a pitch that saw the founders bashing each other over the head with a wooden stake. The startup won the title at the annual Creative3 event hosted by QUT Creative Enterprise Australia, and will now … Read more

Electric cars and coffee tables: The startups combining tech and tradition at Melbourne’s “very necessary” Space Tank Studio

At first glance, Space Tank Studio looks like just another workshop on an industrial street in North Coburg. There’s a circular saw, worktops strewn with tools and drawings, and something I later learn is a laser cutter; AC/DC is blaring. But look a little closer and there’s intricately crafted woodwork spirals with neon lights running … Read more

NSW startups secured twice as much funding as any other state in the last financial year, Techboard report finds

Startups and tech companies in New South Wales scooped up more than twice as much funding as those in Victoria and Queensland in the last financial year, according to Techboard’s first country-wide funding report — and Australia’s other states are trailing even further behind. The Techboard Australian Startup and Young Technology Company Funding Report 2017/18 … Read more

From online consulting to dog-sitting: LinkedIn reveals the 25 startups Australians want to work for

LinkedIn has revealed its LinkedIn Top Startups 2018 list for Australia, naming the 25 startups employees most want to work for. The list is compiled using LinkedIn data on the amount of interest received from job seekers, employee engagement and the extent to which they attract top talent, as well as the growth of their … Read more

River City Labs sold to ICT professional association ACS

River City Labs (RCL), the incubator behind some of Queensland’s most successful tech startups, has been sold to ICT professional association ACS. ACS is the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector, and intends to invest heavily in the future of the incubator. The association’s acquisition will take effect immediately, and includes the operations of the … Read more

“It takes an army”: Co-founder of pocket money app Spriggy Alex Badran on growth, getting some perspective, and securing backing from Mike Cannon-Brookes

Pocket money app startup Spriggy has seen a 380% increase in its customer base, quadrupled its headcount, and secured funding from Atlassian co-founder and Australian startup legend Mike Cannon-Brookes — and that’s all in the past 12 months. Founded in 2015 by Alex Badran and Mario Hasanakos with an initial $300,000 investment, Spriggy provides a … Read more

Tutoring startup Vygo raises $500,000 in seed funding for its app bringing the sharing economy to education

Brisbane-based tutoring startup Vygo has raised $500,000 in pre-seed funding, bringing on board 13 backers to help propel it to the next stage of national growth. Founded in 2017 by Ben Hallett, Joel Di Trapani and Steven Hastie, the startup graduated from Brisbane’s River City Labs and muru-D accelerator in May this year. Hallett tells StartupSmart the … Read more

A great startup product needs more than just software, says :Different co-founder Mina Radhakrishnan

When you’re building a tech startup, creating a great product is the most important thing, until it isn’t, according to Mina Radhakrishnan, co-founder of rental property management startup :Different. Speaking at the Above All Human conference in Melbourne on Wednesday, Radhakrishnan revealed :Different will be launching in Melbourne “very soon”, marking the startup’s first expansion … Read more