Today you’re going to hear the story of Startmate featuring the head of operations at Startmate, Michael Batko.
Startmate is the leading tech accelerator in Australia and they take 10 to 15 companies and new stage founders in each cohort and help them from three to four months to get them to the next stage of their business.
They look for just the most ambitious founders and then work with that talent. Startmate doesn’t necessarily specialise in a certain area or industry. Startmate just focuses on the most ambitious founders and work with them to create immense value.
Let’s go back to day one, to a pub in Surry Hills where this story begins…
Today you’re going to hear the story of Slingshot featuring Trent Bagnall and Craig Lambert.
Today slingshot is Australia’s number 1 corporate accelerator. Trent told me that Slingshot is really invested in supporting regional and have a strong focus on supporting really early-stage startups. They’ve done 20 investments within the Hunter Valley alone at the time of recording. Which is as he told me, probably more than any other investor in the region, let alone accelerator.
Slingshot has a strong pedigree, they’ve been around about the same time as Startmate, 6 to 8 years. Slingshot is here to stay for the long term.
With that in mind, let’s find out where Slingshot comes from and how they got started, starting with Trent studying at university. Let’s go back to day one, where this story begins…
Today you’re going to hear the story of Startup Muster through its founder Murray Hurps.
Startup Muster is a report that produces the most comprehensive data on the Australian startup ecosystem with the goal of measuring and publishing the progress, challenges, and opportunities within the startup ecosystem. Startup Muster is important because the startup world here in Australia is in no sense of the word booming. But it could be, and Startup Muster aims to make the data available for us to course-correct our ship. All hands on deck, let’s go back to day one where this story begins…
Today you’re going to hear the story of Chantal Abouchar and The Studio. Featuring Ricky Sutton from Oovvuu.
Today you’re going to hear the story of the Startup Xpress. Here’s the itinerary for today’s journey.
First, as we head off, we’ll meet the man whose idea it was to put the key in the ignition of the Startup Xpress.
Then we’ll meet the organisers who pulled everything together and the organisations who have come along.
We’ll take a pitstop and meet some of the founders and hear about one of the main objectives and most valuable aspects of the Startup Xpress.
Then before we meet the politicians at parliament house we’ll talk about the changing Hunter region.
Then after parliament house, we’ll tour Sydney Startup Hub and talk to the startups again and hear how the Startup Xpress has impacted them.
Welcome aboard the Startup Xpress thanks to the Business Centre and Hunter iF. Let’s hit the road.