Successful Australian Startups To Look Out For

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The startup scene in Australia is wild and wonderful, and it’s not slowing down any time soon.

There are companies for everything. From building your own tablet to Indigenous art-inspired activewear. There are also new government initiatives to support and encourage innovation and startup culture which means that the future is looking bright. We’ve rounded up some of Australia’s most popular start ups that have either garnered rapid successf, or are steadily building their business,. So take a look at some of the great, innovative startups Australians have to offer.



Spacer is a peer-to-peer marketplace for space. The company aims to turn consumers spare space into valuable real estate and provides a platform where anyone can rent out a spare driveway, shed, room or cupboard space as storage. Co-founedd by Mike Rosenbaum and Tom Roland, Spacer launched in October 2015. and since has struck deals with similar companies in Europe, sharing expertise and expanding into the Asian market.

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A few years after launching her online startup store from her home, Stylerunner co-founder and CEO, Julie Stevanja is already making the lists of top business leaders, and was awarded Young Retail Entrepreneur of the Year at the World Retail Awards in 2016. Stylerunner was founded by Stevanja and her twin sister Sali Stevanja, and has grown steadily thanks to the startups emphasis on data usage.

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Indigenous art is a beautiful part of Indigenous culture, so why not show your support through your activewear? Founder Alisha Geary-Majid sources artworks from numerous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to create prints and designs on water bottle and leggings. Current artists include Wendy Rix who is a proud Yuwaalaraay woman, currently living in Brisbane, and Jingalu Melissa Craig traces her Aboriginal heritage to the Gumbayngirr and Yaegl Tribes in New South Wales.

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Leaving their corporate jobs in the financial services industry behind, InStitchu founders James Wakefield and Robin McGown launched InStitchu, an online store for tailored suits. InStitchu has since become a $10 million Aussie success story and has showrooms in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and are planning to enter the United States.

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If you’re looking for a children’s gift that combines education and fun, you can’t go wrong with Fiftysix. They’ve pioneered a build-it-yourself tablet computer suited for children to learn more about computer science in an enjoyable and enriching way. The company was started by seventeen-year-old Taj Pabari last year, and has charity initiatives in rural Australia and Nepal. Still a relatively new startup, Fiftysix has already educated 45 thousand children, and are committed to educating 1 million children by 2020.

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Logistics startup Shippit connects online retailers to courier companies. It means merchants can more flexibility and options for deliveries, and gives consumers more information about when and how their packages arrive. Last year Shippit hit one million parcel deliveries and signed a deal with Harvey Norman to offer customers the ability to choose their own three-hour delivery timeslot between 7am and 10pm. Shippit also recently partnered with Australia Post, TNT, Mail Call Courier, as well as 300 merchants.

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Picture this, you return from your dream holiday only to find that the photos you took aren’t all that great because you were too caught up in the experience to take a decent shot. Travelshoot aims to link tourists up with local photographers in their area, so they can have noteworthy travel photos to show off to the family when they get home.

Find out more here.


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Canva raised $21 million late last year, reached five million users around the world and recently launched its platform in six languages. Founder and CEO Melanie Perkins, who started business life selling hand-made scarves in her home-town in Western Australia, has built Canva into a $165 million tech start up. With users across 179 countries, Canva​ is a software platform designed to disrupt the high-end of graphic design and undercutt companies like Adobe whose graphic software is expensive and technically advanced.

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DesignCrowd is a marketplace that connects freelance designers with clients and potential projects. The startup saw $30 million in projects pass through its doors in 2015. Since launching in 2008, the company has raised over $12 million, and has used the money to expand its team, offerings and functionality to provide better services like translation services. Fifty per cent of revenue now comes from the United States.

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Locomote is a travel and expenses platform aiming to simplify the booking and approval process for business travellers. Founded by cousins Ross Fastuca and David Fastuca in Melbourne, Locomote plans to open offices in the UK and will be merging its name with the NYSE-listed, Travelport to leverage its internationally recognised brand.

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