In the past 12 months we've actively supported, profiled or sponsored the following startups:
- Blue Chilli
- Larkspur Communications
- Clearpoint Counsel
- Savoy Tavern
- 99 Designs
- SLUSH Downunder
- JMC Academy
- Shoes of Prey
- General Assembly
- Girl Geek Academy
- League of Extraordinary Women
- Girls in Tech
- Future Assembly
- Silicon Beach
- Founders Institute
- Queens Collective
- Dad’s Co
- Illumination Solar
- Inspire 9
- Auug Motion Synth
- Spark Bureau
- River City Labs
- Evolved Media
- I Love Lamp
- Epic Catch
- Echo Health
- Our Say
- Startup Tasmania
- QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA)
- Hub Australia
- Techfugees Australia
- Oxygen Ventures
And the below teams are this show's biggest investors
Chief Show Sponsor
Founded by entrepreneur wunderkind Jamie Pride and Ben McGrath, Digital4ge is a startup foundry, with a focus on mobile technologies. The company provides a focused, attentive approach to nurturing startups from concept to fully fledged business – whilst reducing the risk for founders and investors. Digital4ge has created a unique approach to start up development unlike anything in Australia bringing together the best people to build and grow the business. For more information about Digital4ge go to: digital4ge.com
Principal Founding Sponsor
Sydney based, BlueChilli was founded by award winning entrepreneur & CEO, Sebastian Eckersley-Maslin, a former weapons engineer in the Royal Australian Navy. BlueChilli partners with non-technical entrepreneurs to build, grow and invest in new tech startups. With a dedicated product team, structured founder education programs and a growing network of service providers and investors, BlueChilli has everything start ups need to create Next Big Thing and is on track to bring 100 new tech startups to market by 2016. For more information about Blue Chilli go to: bluechilli.com.
Principal Founding Sponsor
Based out of Australia’s premiere co-working space, Hub Melbourne, Clearpoint Counsel (est 2012) is an energetic legal services team with a difference. The team specialises in in-house, retainer based legal services for technology, entertainment, design and social enterprise businesses, working with them from seed to scale. Clearpoint Counsel recently won a 2014 Legal Innovation Award for its revolutionary approach to practice and was the first B Corp certified lawfirm in the Pacific region.
Principal Founding Sponsor
City of Melbourne
The City of Melbourne, as a council, oversees Melbourne’s city centre and several inner suburbs. As a capital-city council, it also speaks on behalf of Melbourne in local, national and international forums. The City of Melbourne works with other local councils and the State Government of Victoria to ensure that Melbourne is one of the safest, healthiest, and cleanest cities in the world. It supports Melbourne's position as Australia's pre-eminent centre for arts and culture, education, dining and shopping. The City of Melbourne is a proud supporter of That Start Up Show as one of the city’s iconic event experiences.
Principal Founding Sponsor
Originally designed and built by the Carlton and United Brewery in 1972 to be a drinking ‘barn’ catering to a ‘rough west end’, the Savoy Tavern lay derelict for many years. Under the leadership of charismatic owner Samuel Daish, the pub has undergone a complete transformation in less than a year, being carefully refurbished from the 70’s decaying décor to a modern, stylish inner city aesthetic. Since its transformation, it has quickly become a melting pot for people from the Hoddle grid to the Docklands. A start up establishment itself, The Savoy Tavern is proud to be the home of That Start Up Show and to support the entrepreneurial spirit of Melbourne.
Xero’s transformational story from a small start up to a billion dollar global giant is truly something astounding. The company began in 2006, in New Zealand as software company that developed cloud-based accounting software for small and medium-sized businesses. By 2007 it had listed in the new Zealand Stock Exchange with a $15million IPO and gained 15% on its first trading day. Today it has over 1000 employees and offices in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, named by Forbes Magazine as one of the most innovative growth companies. Xero is the hero of startups and has won many awards, including: Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Award in 2012, two Webbly awards, was recognized as one of the 10 Smart Financial Apps to Solve Small Business Accounting Challenges by YFS Magazine in 2013 and New Zealand Company of the Year 2013. In 2014, the company was also named one of Macworld's recommended online business accounting apps.
OV is a premiere VC fund in Australia and partners with original thinkers to build disruptive enterprises, supporting startups with focused business resources. Oxygen Ventures describe themselves as business builders, not fat cat investors. Entrepreneurial hands on know-how, not theoretical gurus. They with innovators to build globally scalable enterprises that turn established industries on their heads. Their Big Pitch Initiative with a $5million prize offering launched in June this year attracting hundreds of startups and was the first competition of its kind in Australia.
Elance-oDesk is reinventing the way we work. Today, more than 8 Million freelancers and 2 million businesses tap into Elance and oDesk to find, hire, and pay the world’s best freelancers, making it easier than ever to build successful companies and thriving careers. Innovative global enterprises, small businesses, and startups alike can connect with the world’s most talented developers, designers, writers, marketers, support reps, admins, and more. If your job can be done online, you can hire the best person to do it worldwide.
Hub Australia is the largest co-working community in Australia, boasting over 1000 members with offices in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Hub Australia promotes innovation through collaboration.
Established in 2008, Silicon Beach is a collective of entrepreneurs committed to creating a supportive, innovative and active start up ecosystem in Australia. It has chapters in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and the Gold Coast, and has collectively over 3000 members, and is recognised as one of the most active groups in the start up landscape.
Girl Geek Academy
Girl Geek Academy is a global movement to help women build apps and create startups, with a goal to teach 1 million geek girls how to build apps and start ups by 2025. Since its establishment in Australia, it has quickly been endorsed by leading players such as Google, and has helped hundreds of women, through initiatives such as the Girl Geek Fund to enable members to attend workshops, attend technical conferences, buy software, buy technology gadgets and buy new laptops and phones to help them create. The Girl Geek Academy is a Proﬁt-For-Purpose company.
The League of Extraordinary Women
A chance encounter of four female entrepreneurs at an entrepreneurial event in Melbourne in 2011 has launched the League of Extraordinary Women, the largest and fastest growing movement globally of driven and dynamic female entrepreneurs.
Uber is a premiere ride-sharing service powered by an app, which allows drivers and passengers to connect efficiently. As of September 16, 2014, the service was available in 45 countries and more than 100 cities worldwide, and was valued at more than US$15 billion.
Media & Production Partners
Start Up Smart
Start Up Smart is Australia’s leading news and advice resource for start-up businesses. The publication caters for various stages of the business cycle: planning, starting or growing of any new venture from highly qualified tech journalists and industry representatives. Helmed by new editor in Chief Bronwen Clune, the publication has quickly become the No. 1 destination for Start Up news in the nation.
LAMP is a media production house, which specialises in innovative cross platform story telling and the creation of highly compelling entertainment brands. The team behind LAMP comprise of award-winning filmmakers, designers, programmers, social media experts, and creative directors. LAMP embraces the medium as the message. We love LAMP.
Larkspur Communications provides PR and communications for the startup world out of Melbourne, but operates on a global basis, and is able quickly grasp your technology offering and present it to the world with compelling, engaging campaigns.
Evolved Media is a post-production house based in Melbourne, specialising in editing and special effects.