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Startups confirmed for Techstars accelerator in Sydney

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Twelve tech startups have been given a unique opportunity to set their companies up for future success after being selected for an accelerator program run by leading global investment business Techstars.

The three-month program at Sydney’s Tech Central district starting in July provides startup founders with seed funding, training and access to a network of mentors to build their entrepreneurial skills.

The selected startups work across a range of sectors including AI, climate tech, fintech and healthtech.

Minister for Industry and Trade Anoulack Chanthivong confirmed the successful startups today and said it was an incredible opportunity for the companies involved. 

“Taking part in an accelerator program like this can be a game-change. It will provide startup founders with the tools and knowledge they need to grow their business, Mr Chanthivong said.

“This is also an opportunity that gives founders access to an investor community that secure the investment needed to take them to exciting new heights,” Mr Chanthivong said. 

“As the largest pre-seed investor in the world, we’re delighted to have Techstars onboard at our growing innovation hub at Tech Central, where they’ll continue to support the next generation of cutting-edge companies.”

Techstars Managing Director Kirstin Hunter said they received strong interest in the Sydney accelerator program with almost 500 applications received.

“We’re pleased to have such a diverse group of unstoppable founders on board for our accelerator. These 12 companies stood out to us for their passion and their innovative approach to solving some of society’s biggest problems,” Ms Hunter said.

“At Techstars, we believe anyone anywhere can be a world changing entrepreneur, and from our new base at Tech Central in Sydney, we’re looking forward to using our global network to accelerate the next wave of innovators that can make a lasting impact across the community.”

Nikki Tugano, founder of SeenCulture, said of being selected: “What excites me most is the global opportunities that come with being in Techstars’ world-class accelerator program. I'm personally also super grateful to be working with Kirstin Hunter and Program Manager Lauren Fong because they're so purpose led and really care about diversity, equity and inclusion. For SeenCulture, we want to achieve product market fit asap, so that's going to be a huge focus for us in this program.”

The first Techstars Accelerator Program in Sydney will commence on July 10. For more information go to techstars.com/accelerators/tech-central-sydney-nsw. 

The 12 companies selected for the Techstars Accelerator Program are:

  • DogBaseExternal Link – An online platform for working dog handlers to track and measure performance.
  • FemtekExternal Link – The first menstrual health focused smart ring built exclusively for women to improve body literacy during sleep.
  • GeckoExternal Link – A booking system customised for event rental businesses.
  • GoTradieExternal Link – A purpose-built messaging app that simplifies the way tradies and worksites connect, communicate and collaborate.
  • LARKIExternal Link – A web portal providing 3D laser scan surveys to assist early-stage architecture projects.
  • Latent KnowledgeExternal Link – A platform that helps institutions accelerate research performance.
  • Mantaray ClimateExternal Link – A procurement platform that provides companies with data and tools to make more climate-friendly supply chain decisions.
  • OutreadExternal Link – An AI-powered platform that provides short summaries of research articles from top journals.
  • PicoExternal Link – A platform that makes learning coding simpler for high school students.
  • SeenCultureExternal Link – A software solution that helps business leaders stabilise and optimise their existing workforce.
  • some.placeExternal Link – An immersive commerce platform for retail brands to connect with their customers.
  • VioletExternal Link – A not-for-profit organisation that provides tools and support for people caring for others in the last stages of life.

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