Australia’s Startup Ecosystem by DC Collins
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
Collectiv is located in a boutique creative office building in South Melbourne and comprises a mix of both corporate and young, funky organisations from creatives, architects, designers and artists through to developers, IT entrepreneurs and media gurus. Members have 24/7 access and a permanent desk with 2 lockable drawers. Other benefits include: * Fibre optic 200/200 Mbps broadband * An 8 seater meeting room and a 20+ seater executive boardroom * Zen Garden for social breakout * Fruit, tea and unlimited coffee with a commercial grade Espresso Coffee Machine Membership options include Hot Desks ($30+GST per day) and Dedicated Desk ($450+GST per month).
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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
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 .
Techstars Adelaide is focused on security and defence, and offers a three-month mentor-driven program with exclusive access to world leading industry partners, such as Boeing, SAAB, Thales, Rheinmetall and Codan. Techstars Adelaide accepts early stage companies specialising in Internet of Things (IoT), big data, sensors and robotics. upon acceptance, a $100,000 convertible note is automatically offered to all Techstars companies. $20,000 is also offered in exchange for 6% common stock and: – access to Techstars resources for life – acceleration in a 90-day Techstars program with intense, hands-on mentorship from Techstars Mentors – connections to the Techstars Network of over 5,000 founders, alumni and mentors globally – 400 perks worth over $1M – office space for three months – demo Day and other investor connections – Equity Back Guarantee, the only one of its kind in the industry Techstars Adelaide is Techstar’s first foray in the APAC region, Chris is the Program Manager and was previously the Regional Manager for Techstars Startup Programs for West of the USA and Canada. Chris holds a Masters Degree from the University of San Francisco in Entrepreneurship and Management. The mentors for Techstars Adelaide are currently Atlanta Daniel (General Partner, Signal Ventures Australia) and […]
Hub is the largest coworking community in Australia for growing small businesses. Hub Sydney is centrally located at 5 Peel Street, Adelaide. 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 6 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 * 100Mbps fibre internet
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 […]
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 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.
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.
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.
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) […]