As the Australian economy continues to diversify, financial/business policies have been created to position small businesses and startups for success; the Turnbull administration has been especially active in this regard, pledging $15 million last year to help grow Australian startups.
Both local and foreign investors have also been getting in on the action, pumping funding and resources into Sydney’s startups. Here are some of the best and brightest to look out for in 2017 and beyond.
Stitch is a social networking and activity site designed for older adults. The offering is already one of the leading companionship sites in the world and has been featured in Forbes, Time, Business Insider, and the Atlantic, among others.
Airtasker’s platform connects users wishing to outsource various tasks to local service providers available for the job. Tasks range from home cleaning, handyman jobs, admin work, photography, graphic design, web development, and more.
DesignCrowd is a marketplace and platform for sourcing creativity services, from logo/web development to t-shirt and business card design. The company recently acquired image manipulation and contest website Worth1000.
Go1 is an elearning platform that offers training in business-related topics. The Y Combinator alumnus currently offers over 1,000 courses on its website.
HerFashionBox’s subscription-based service offers a seasonal box of fashion and beauty products delivered straight to the user’s doorstep. To date, the company had already sold more than 300,00 fashion boxes.
Spacer’s peer-to-peer marketplace enables users to rent out any extra space/area available in their home. The startups has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Herald Sun, Lifehacker, The Daily Telegraph, and more.
Hipages is Australia’s leading website for finding tradies—from electricians and plumbers to locksmiths and painters. The News Corp Australia recently bought a stakeworth $ 40 million, which equates to a 25% stake in the startup.
LocalMeasure has developed a location-based social media monitoring and real-time engagement platform for analyzing customer feedback. Its major clients include Qantas, Dubai Tourism and Virgin, and is one of the few Instagram partners in Australia.
Divvy is an online parking platform that aims to simply the process of paying parking fees. The company recently received a funding round of $ 2.5 million and has partnerships with GPT Group, Knight Frank, and DEXUS.
Unlockd has developed an enterprise mobile platform that rewards consumers for viewing targeted ads, content, or offers upon unlocking their mobile phones. The startup recently raised $ 15 million and has partnered with Lebara Mobile to expand its availability.
Ninja Blocks is a startup focused on developing solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) consumer market—its Ninja Sphere is a hardware device and software platform for bridging all the smart devices in one house together.
Canva is an online design platform aimed at the 99.7% of internet users that do not own/use Adobe products.. The solution features a drag-and-drop design tool and full stock photography library, vector library, font library, and layout library.
With its rapidly expanding economy and startup-friendly business atmosphere, Australia continues to boast a highly accommodating and nurturing environment for tech startups—be sure to keep these 13 innovators from Sydney on your radar in 2017 and beyond.