Startmate is a group of startup executives offering mentorship and seed financing to technical founders creating global Internet startups from Australia.
Applications next open in October. Meet the Startmate 2013 teams
Startmate’s Amir Nissen takes a seat across from me at the ATP cafe, wearing his customary board shorts and t-shirt. He’s ordered a green tea with honey, and stirs as we speak. Nissen has been spending a lot of time in the offices lately, acutely aware of the pressing need to grow users and the number of chats which [...]
It’s been almost two months since Startmate’s Adrian Dean and Ludek Dolejsky, co-founders of Shiftr, arrived in Sydney — Dean from Canberra, and Dolejksy from the Czech Republic — to join the other companies taking part in the Startmate accelerator program. The pair has been working on an app-based platform which allows casual and part-time employees to swap shifts with colleagues. [...]
With laptop in hand Storyberg co-founder Michael Dijkstra takes a seat across the table from Startmate founder Niki Scevak. The startup’s weekly office hours session has rolled around once again. Dijkstra skims his notes. This mentoring time is valuable. These weekly meetings give each of the eight portfolio companies the chance to get one-on-one advice, offer an update on how things have [...]
Kinderloop has had a good week. Actually, it’s been a great week. The company has secured its first paying customer, Big Fat Smile, for its social network for pre-schools and parents; a chain of five pre-schools in Wollongong. In fact, Dan Day, is on the road today doing media with local stations WIN TV and ABC Radio about [...]
Casey Ellis did his first pitch in front of the other Startmate companies and mentors on Monday, and did well considering he’d run out of time to prepare — the past few days had been taken up running the third BugCrowd bounty; a crowdsourced approach for companies to test their site for security vulnerabilities, or bugs. Companies like Facebook and Google have [...]