Start-up Profiles



Electric skateboard gets ready to shred off-road

10:03PM | Tuesday, 21 October 2014 | Kye White

Snowboarders no longer need to head to the snowfields to get their fix. BajaBoard allows boarders to “carve up” grassy hills.

Fintech startups need better help, not necessarily less regulation

10:54PM | Monday, 20 October 2014 | Kye White

Australia needs to better support early stage fintech ventures because they cater to the nation’s later stage strengths, according to the head of fintech accelerator AWI Ventures, Toby Heap.

Rotten Tomatoes for financial planners

10:48PM | Monday, 20 October 2014 | Kye White

Adviser Ratings, a platform that lets users review their financial planners has launched, hoping to rebuild consumers’ faith in the sector.

Startup gets ready to bin paper-based permission slips for schools

10:41PM | Monday, 20 October 2014 | Kye White

Every parent of school-aged children is familiar with the dreaded permission slip.

The story of Edrolo

10:06PM | Thursday, 16 October 2014 | Niki Scevak

The three founders of Edrolo – Ben, Jeremy and Duncan – left jobs at Google and Goldman Sachs to pursue their passion. They believed that great teachers should reach audiences of tens of thousands of students, not the few that could cram into a single classroom.

Restaurant owners get a chance to respond quickly to bad reviews with new app

10:28PM | Tuesday, 14 October 2014 | Kye White

SayBack gives businesses the tools to monitor what’s been said about them online, and respond before too much damage is done to their brands.

Serial entrepreneurs Chris Koch and Chad Stephens pour in $4 million to launch Pop!

10:54PM | Tuesday, 14 October 2014 | Cara Waters

Chris Koch and Chad Stephens launched their latest business Pop! today after selling 1Form to REA Group earlier this year for $15 million.

Stop! PicPac gets motion on Google Play

10:39PM | Monday, 13 October 2014 | Broede Carmody

An Australian student’s startup has quickly become one of the most popular stop motion video apps on the Google Play store.

A new social network aims to reduce the isolation faced by new mothers

10:59PM | Friday, 10 October 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

A new social network called Mothers Groupie aims to reduce the isolation felt by many new mothers by helping them to meet both face-to-face and online, with the site also recently adding a directory of helpers.

Australian cloud company reaches for the stars in a bid to raise $5 million

10:22PM | Thursday, 9 October 2014 | Kye White

OrionVM, an Australian wholesale cloud infrastructure-as-a-service startup is set to embark on a Series A funding round and is looking to raise upwards of $5 million.

A new cat GPS tracker could be the purrfect solution to a familiar tail

10:55PM | Thursday, 9 October 2014 | Kye White

The mysterious death of his much loved cat companion Rango, led Australian-based entrepreneur Sebastian Langton to develop a GPS tracker for pets.

iDcare launched to help victims of identity fraud

10:54PM | Monday, 6 October 2014 | StartupSmart

Australia now has its own national identity theft support service in the form of iDcare, a toll-free anonymous telephone service that offers people practical response plans following an event that threatens their personal information.

Meet the NSW startup using the cloud to battle red tape for urban planners

10:38PM | Thursday, 2 October 2014 | Broede Carmody

A Sydney-based startup is hoping to make it easier for town planners and architects to navigate red tape by storing hundreds of council regulations in the one “virtual bookshelf”.

Business sale leads to a bountiful hamper for food startup

9:58PM | Tuesday, 30 September 2014 | Kye White

Venture capital isn’t the only option to fund a startup’s growth. That’s the lesson from entrepreneurs David Morgan and Emily McWater, the founders of startup The Hamper Emporium and wholesale food business Kingston Foods.

Meet the Australian startup that wants your complaints

9:39PM | Tuesday, 30 September 2014 | Kye White

Complaints have never really had a specific home on the internet. They’ve always just been kind of everywhere.

How a failed idea led to the birth of Vero

9:19PM | Tuesday, 30 September 2014 | Niki Scevak

In our continuing video series on Startmate companies, here is the story of Vero.

From art to science: Interest in robotics is on the move, but finance remains an issue

9:32PM | Friday, 26 September 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

The cofounder of a pioneering Sydney-based robotics startup, with a Powerhouse Museum display and a successful crowdfunding campaign under its belt, says the sector is set to get much bigger but finance for projects remains an issue.

Australian education startup OpenLearning strikes a big deal with the Malaysian government on MOOCs

9:40PM | Thursday, 25 September 2014 | Kye White

Australian startup OpenLearning has secured a deal with the Malaysian government to deliver 15% of the country’s public university courses as massive open online courses (MOOCs).

Meet “two awesome chicks” solving a common problem

9:15PM | Thursday, 25 September 2014 | Bronwen Clune

For AngelCube’s Brandspot team, who aim to be the ultimate service for brand assets, their trip to San Francisco and New York has been eye-opening.

Three ways to improve your pitch to investors

9:14PM | Thursday, 25 September 2014 | Kye White

A common problem among startups when pitching is a poor understanding of their business model, according to Will Deane, managing director of Exto Partners.