Australia’s Startup Ecosystem by DC Collins
Inspire9 hosts a diverse range of startups from creative entrepreneurs to well-funded growth startups. Inspire9 is located on level 1 of the original Australian Knitting Mills building in Richmond, a one minute walk to Richmond railway station. We believe that providing human-centric workspaces drives innovation, connection, and growth for ideas-driven small teams and individuals. Our vision is to be Australia’s most pioneering and diverse coworking community for startups, freelancers, and creative entrepreneurs.
Vibewire is a youth-led, not-for-profit Sydney co-working space for young, creative entrepreneurs. It is also one of the most affordable co-working spaces in Australia at $55 per month (with a once-off joining fee of $110). Facilities include: * 24 hour access * open-plan meeting room (seats 10 people) * bike racks * telephone rooms for private phone calls * superfast wi-fi
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
River City Labs is a co-working space in Brisbane with a focus on mobile, internet, telecoms and technology. Facilities include: * ultra fast internet * boardroom that seats 10 (25sqm) * onsite kitchen with fridge, microwave, dishwasher, coffee machine and filtered water * printer * 3 meeting spaces Memberships range from: * drop in day passes ($33 per day) * casual membership ($110 per month for access to mentors, the building, internet, events, with use of a desk at $25 per day) * community membership ($165 per year for access to lounge area, internet and events) * corporate membership ($1650 per year for two branded events) * desk membership ($495 per month for 24/7 access and dedicated desk space and use of the boardroom)
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
Openhub is a Melbourne based shared space for entrepreneurs, creative professionals, techies and startups. Founded in 2007, Openhub is Melbourne’s first co-working space. Membership options range from a shared standing desk ($10+GST per day), a desk 3 days a week ($450+GST per month) to full time (24/7 access and dedicated desk for $600+GST per month). A Startup package is also available for dedicated work area and multiple desks. Features include: * Colour printer * Coffee, fruit and filtered water * Bike rack
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
The Workbench is a shared workspace for designers, writers, artists and business people. Located in a heritage warehouse in Ultimo, the Workbench has two large communal desks, a long room-length workbench and a separate bench for working while standing. Facilities include: * fast wifi * a large kitchen space * bike parking area Memberships vary between day passes ($44 per day), occasional (1 day a month for $44), part-time (12 days a month for $330 per month) and full-time ($550 per month). A building access swipe cart costs an additional $80 as a refundable deposit.
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 […]
Vocus Upstart offers a 13 week intensive mentoring program and up to $320,000 in seed capital. Tony Grist (Vocus Communications), Matt Macfarlane (Yuuwa Capital) and other high net worth investors are supporting the program financially. Eligibility Your idea needs to incorporate some software and solve a customer problem or satisfy a real need. You will need to have a prototype, mockup or beta of your product You will need a team which includes a technical co-founder who can further develop your product during the program. Your startup, if incorporated, must have been incorporated in the last three years and have revenue of less than $200,000. You must be located in Perth and commit to work full-time on your start up throughout the program. Link to FAQ
HR Tech is a 12 week accelerator program specialising in human resources. 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 business units and senior staff at Seek, Hudson and UTS. The HR Tech themes are: – Casualisation of the Workforce – This includes creating shifts in how people will work in the future in addition to new business models on how and where people find work (e.g. sidekicker, workana). – Employer Insights – This can include verification of education and qualification credentials, criminal record checks, etc. This also has the potential to assist with diversity and inclusion. – Candidate Experience – This would include bridging the nexus between education and employment. Potentially continues right through to helping current employees identify the right next role via outsourcing. – Disruptive Technology and Business Models – New solutions and innovation that impacts either side […]
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 […]
The Startmate accelerator offers mentoring from successful tech startup founders. Five startups are selected from a shortlist of 25 invited for interviews. Mentors invest their time, as well as their money. Startmate also offers $75,000 cash for 7.5% equity. Startmate also offers to match the terms of the last round of funding for startups that have raised more than $200,000. The formal part of the accelerator is a five month program. Successful applicants are able to work for free at ATP Innovations in Sydney during January, February and March. Startmate teams spend April and May in Silicon Valley to raise seed capital. Startmate also includes two demo days, one in Sydney and one in Silicon Valley, in front of early stage investors. The demo days are designed to help teams explore capital raising options. The key value of the Startmate program is the access to its mentor network, which includes: Steen Andersson (Co-founder, 5th Finger) Rick Baker (Managing Director, Blackbird Ventures) Bill Bartee (General Manager, Southern Cross Ventures) Paul Bassat (Co-founder, SquarePeg Capital) Romain Bonjean (Co-founder, iVox and Lumigenix) Matt Cameron (VP Sales, Scripted) Mike Cannon-Brookes (Co-founder, Atlassian) Holly Cardew (Founder, Pixc) Mike Casey (Co-founder, GradConnection) Kim Chen (Co-founder, Tjoos) […]
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.
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
Clarify Village strives to be the hub for Soulpreneurs in Melbourne. Targeted towards small business owners, creatives, consultants and entrepreneurs, Clarify Village’s features include: * meeting, training and event spaces * retail space for showcasing products * access to Mastermind Groups and mini-coaching sessions Members – http://www.clarifyvillage.com/meet-our-members.html
The Cowork Collective is a boutique coworking space in Brunswick East. Founded by Bec Mutch, she established The Coworking Collective in an old gold stamping factory as a way of creating environments and experiences that coax big dreams into reality for people brave enough to go it alone. Membership options range from 2 days per week for $250+GST per month, 20 hours per week for $350+GST per month, 3 days a week for $350+GST per month or unlimited between 5pm to 12pm for $200+GST per month. Depending on the membership package, membership may include a business mailing address and 24 hour access. Membership also includes a complimentary meeting room allocation per month.