Australia’s Startup Ecosystem by DC Collins
River City Labs Accelerator is an accelerator targeted towards early stage, digital tech startups. The Accelerator takes 5 startups through a 14 week intensive program. Benefits include: * funding – seed funding of $20,000 for 3% equity (plus a further $20,000 tranche and 3 month extension) * mentors – access to the River City Labs, muru-D and Telstra community * introductions – introductions to Australian, Asian, American and European investors * co-working – 3 months of full-time co-working space at River City Labs for the entire team
York Butter Factory is situated on King Street (base of the Rialto building) and is named after the original 1855 building. York Butter Factory hosts over 50 startups. Membership options range from After-hours ($275 per month), Part-Time ($110 per month for 1 day a week) to Full-Time ($660 per month) Facilities include: * cafe area * 5 meeting rooms * 100 Mbps fibre connection * unlimited refreshments York Butter Factory runs tours every Monday and Wednesday between 12pm to 2pm.
Melbourne Arts Club Studio is a light filled, vintage-themed shared co-working space in Preston. Features include: * lockers * wifi * desk * kitchenette * 24 hour access Membership options range from a hot desk ($18 per day), short term ($80 per week), monthly ($281 per month), quarterly ($800) to six-monthly ($1,551). There is a $50 refundable deposit for a key.
Hub is the largest coworking community in Australia for growing small businesses. Hub Sydney is centrally located at 673 Bourke Street, Melbourne. Membership options vary from Casual ($330 per month for 8 days of hot desking), Frequent ($550 per month for 24×7 access), Local ($770 per month for lockable storage and business mailing address) to Studio (for private office or semi-private office). Facilities include: * 10 meeting spaces (seating 2 to 8 people) * Private studios for 2 to 8 people (for the studio coworking option) * 24 hour / 7 days a week access * Fully equipped kitchen with unlimited coffee * Shower facilities * Colour and A3 printing * Stand up desks * Phone booths * Napping / meditation space * 100Mbps fibre internet
Depo8 is a co-working space in Prahran with an aim to help businesses in their early stages, ranging from creative freelancers, startups or a company setting up a new office. A full time desk costs $117+GST per week or $500+GST per month, which comes with: * high speed wifi * 24/7 access * Access to all meeting rooms, quiet rooms and chill out areas Daily desk hire costs $30 per day (or $5 an hour up to $30), which comes with 9am to 5pm access from Monday to Friday. The large board room seats up to 10 people; the medium boardroom seats up to 8 people and a smaller meeting room sets up to 6 people. There are two quiet rooms that are approximately 4m2 in size.
The Cluster hosts top tier members across 1,600m2 of co-working and private office space, venue space and boardroom/meeting rooms. There are a range of membership options available from day passes ($40 per day), virtual office ($15 per week for a business address), telephony answering ($25 per week), flexidesk (from $130 per week), permanent desk (from $150 per week) to a private office. Benefits of membership include: * High speed fibre internet and wifi * Colour and A3 printing * Phone booths * Storage space * 24 hour access * Bike storage, showers and change rooms * Skype rooms * Weekly events * Local coffee and filtered water * Green electricity
Banyule digiDECL is a dedicated coworking space in Heidelberg West for professionals in, and around, Heidelberg West. Depending on the membership package, benefits include: * Two meetings rooms (one that can seat 8 people and a Boardroom that can fit up to 12) * Digital business mentoring (assistance with website and online presence) * Digital training sessions (social media, cloud computing, building a basic website, etc.) * High-speed internet * Interactive whiteboards * Car parking * Networking opportunities with other members * Private meeting room and boardroom * Token to access building * Printer, scanner, and photocopier * Paid Xero bookkeeping service * Mail service * Locker use * Coffee machine and microwave Membership options range from Daily ($220 for 10 daily passes), Weekly (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday for $77 per week) to Monthly (24/7 access for $220 per month).
Hub is the largest coworking community in Australia for growing small businesses. Hub Sydney is centrally located at 101 William Street, Darlinghurst. Membership options vary from Casual ($330 per month for 8 days of hot desking), Frequent ($550 per month for 24×7 access), Local ($770 per month for lockable storage and business mailing address) to Studio (for private office or semi-private office). Facilities include: * 10 meeting spaces (seating 2 to 10 people) * Private studios for 3 to 10 people (for the studio coworking option) * 24 hour / 7 days a week access * Fully equipped kitchen with unlimited coffee * Shower facilities * Colour and A3 printing * Stand up desks * Phone booths * Napping / meditation space * 100Mbps fibre internet
Hot DesQ invites startups to move to Queensland and offers up to A$100,000 equity-free funding. Hot DesQ participants will also be embedded within an established startup community, and be provided with free co-working space for 6 months, access to mentors, and support to achieve Hot DesQ Network points. Nominated team members of the successful applicants will need to base themselves full time in Queensland for at least six months to develop their startup. Hot DesQ is available to any entrepreneur currently based outside of Queensland with an existing startup or entrepreneurial experience, including early stage entrepreneurs and startups, Aussie expatriates and established startups looking to expand into Asia-Pacific.
Tank Stream Labs hosts more than 50 startups and 220 entrepreneurs across 2,500sqm of co-working space on Bridge Street, Sydney. Facilities Super-fast unlimited optic fibre internet connection Unlimited use of workspace Private storage and desk 6 meeting rooms Full colour printer Showers Pricing Tank Stream Labs offers full-time (24/7 access), part-time and day pass memberships on month to month plans. Full-time plans range from $650 to $800 per month and part-time plans start from $400 per month.
Blix Spaces is a modern and purpose built co-working space in Port Melbourne. Facilities include: * Over 55 workstations (along with optional standing desks) * Boardroom (which can seat 14 people), a meeting room (which can seat 8 people) and a second meeting room (which can seat 4 people) * Gourmet coffee machine along with sparkling water and beer on tap * Kitchen and shower facilities onsite Membership options include hot desks at $35 +GST per day or monthly membership of $650 +GST per month
Startmesh is a Global Technology Venture Catalyst targeting startups that have passed the idea validation stage and are seeking substainable profitability or a liquidity event. Startmesh supports startups that are disrupting one or more of five industry verticals – behaviour, crowd enablement, asset sharing, cyber security and biotech data. Startmesh offers: – Expertise in global commercialisation and expansion – Creative and unique access to capital – Proven and transparent processes that accelerate the path to profitability – Seasoned executives with deep, subject-matter expertise – Cost-efficient back office support – Growth hacking, marketing and communication execution
HCF Catalyst is a 12 week accelerator program specialising in health tech. The program is driven by Slingshotters and covers: Business Modelling (using Ash Mauyra’s Lean Canvas methodology), Traction and customer insights, Branding and marketing, Financial modelling, Pitch coaching and Corporate engagement. There is also an additional three month incubation program focused on driving results, as well as a demo day. Other key features include seed investment of up to $150,000 from the Slingshot Venture Fund (and the opportunity for next-round investment) and access to HCF business units and senior staff. The criteria for HCF Catalyst is based on applicants having (a) an idea that aligns to one of the HCF Catalyst Themes, (b) a fantastic team, (c) the ability to deliver an MVP within three months, and (d) global aspirations. The HCF Catalyst Themes are based on HCF’s interest in businesses that improve the quality of health care deliver and ultimately people’s health: – Making health care more affordable – Making health care more understandable – Delivering high quality health care – Making health care more customer centric .
The Griffin Accelerator is a three month intensive program driven by Canberra entrepreneurs who invest in, host, teach and mentor selected startups to create successful businesses. Along with $25,000 in funding, the Griffin Accelerator provides three months of mentoring for 10% equity. The mentors include: – Craig Davis (CEO/Co-founder, Griffin Accelerator) – Nick McNaughton (Co-founder, Griffin Accelerator) – Uwe Boettcher (Co-founder, Griffin Accelerator and Capital Angles) – Marcus Dawe (CEO, GreenMag Group and Mineral Carbonation International) – Tony Henshaw (Board member, NICTA) – Sarah Pearson (CEO, CBR Innovation Network) – Anne-Marie Perret (R&D funding advice) – Murray Rankin (Founder, Rankin Securities) – Lyndal Thorburn – Sylvia Tulloch (Materials Scientist, UNSW) Topics covered in the program include: – startup basics – pitching and strategy – lean customer validation – business systems basics – KPIs and metrics – competitor landscape and research – advanced pitching – practical marketing for startups – sales – business models, strategy, IP and defensibility – financial projections At the end of the 3 month core program, participants will pitch to investors in Canberra and Sydney. The next three months will include assistance with investor relations – finding the right investors, the right deal terms, and completing the right […]
The EduGrowth Early Stage Investment Fund is dedicated towards Australian education technology startups and is aligned with EduGrwoth’s full-time accelerator program. Selected teams at EduGrowth have access to: – A$50,000 for a minority share of 6% – Training from leading experts from the startup community, investors and education experts – Connection to the university, K-12 and tertiary partners for pilot programs and distribution – Demo day in front of key decision makers, markets and investors – Collaborative working environment EduGrowth is a national not-for-profit organisation focused on supporting and promoting the edtech sector. EduGrowth is supported by Navitas, Deakin University, La Trobe University, Monash University, Charles Sturt University and Griffith University.
Cohoots is a coworking space located in Castlemaine. Tim Ford (an enterprise coach) and Rhonda Chapman (an aid and development consultant) established Cohoots to help people find a better way to blend work into their lives. There are two meeting rooms – one seats 6 people and another boardroom seats more than 12 people. Membership options include: * 32 hour plan for $140+GST per month, including 1 hour meeting room hire * 64 hour plan for $250+GST per month, including 5 hours of meeting room hire * 96 hour plan for $340+GST per month, including 8 hours of meeting room hire and mailing/delivery address * Full-time plan (5 days per week) for $450+GST per month, including exclusive use of desk and 10 hours of meeting room hire and mailing/delivery address Discounts may also apply for teams using multiple desks. Members – http://www.cohoots.info/
The Qantas AVRO Accelerator is a six-month accelerator program for startups interested in creating ways to make travel more delightful, new ways to connect and personalise experiences for our customers or even breakout disruptions that will revolutionise Qantas’ business. The program themes are: (a) Creating seamless journeys – To revolutionise the way we think about travel end to end and create delightful moments for all customers and help them find unexpected joy in simplicity. (b) Care beyond the air – To help Qantas enrich the lives of its customers and its communities. (c) Building connected platforms – To demonstrate simplicity in a connected world. Make it easy for its customers, partners and vendors. And help Qantas use customer insight to provide faster, more relevant and personalised. (d) Transforming for tomorrow – Collaborate with its people to develop new tools and design new processes to make Qantas faster, simpler and more efficient. (e) Innovating without limits – To surprise and find solutions to questions Qantas has not asked. There are no limits to how you can change their business. How can you use our Qantas Group assets to reimagine their relationship with their customers, their partners and their people? The AVRO Accelerator program offers the scale and global reach of the Qantas Group’s brands […]
Tank Stream Ventures is a $20m technology venture capital fund. So far, they have invested in 9 startups (22 founders) with an average investment of $500k. 30% of funds have been deployed. Rui Rodrigues (WHEB Ventures) is Tank Stream Ventures’ Managing Partner. Approach Tank Stream Ventures invests in strong teams building scalable defensible businesses leveraged by technology. They like to invest in companies and sectors where we can add significant value: marketplaces and SaaS are a few of our core sectors of expertise. Tank Stream Ventures supports founders with an ambitious vision to disrupt industries and improve people’s lives through technology. They’re looking for the 3 Ms: Management, Market and Momentum Their focus is on startups that have the potential to scale globally while understanding local markets. They tend to invest in late seed (post launch) to series-A rounds, with investment size ranging from $250k up to $1m in an initial round, with potential for follow on investment. They also usually invest alongside other investors and we can either lead or follow other leading investors.