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KPMG Australia and Advance announce 2016 elevate61 accelerator intake

Innovation network Advance and KPMG Australia have named the startups taking part in this year’s elevate61 accelerator program, designed to help participants fast track their growth into the US.

The 11 startups, or rather scaleups, have achieved a combined turnover of over $25 million in the past 12 months, and span various industries, from logistics to fintech and hospitality.

James Mabbot, head of KPMG Innovate, said that the quality of the businesses uncovered during the application process showed “there has never been a more exciting time to be an Australian enterprise tech startup.”

“The successes these entrepreneurs are achieving demonstrates the potential of Australia’s startup eco-system to compete on the global stage. By up skilling these proven businesses and entrepreneurs, and accelerating their understanding of the US market, elevate61 hopes to empower the next generation of global Australian leaders,” he said.

The program will see the startups paired with industry mentors from both Advance and KPMG’s global networks. With an eye on the US, the participants will partake in a series of intensive workshops focused on how to approach the US markets before a 10 day trip to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York in May.

The startups selected are:


Based in Adelaied, Accodez is a business solution for freelancers.

Artis Group

Based in Sydney, Artis develops apps for enterprise and government clients. Its expertise lies in incident and emergency management, financial services, defence, education, and agribusiness.

City Beach Software / Omnivore

Based in Sydney, City Beach Software is an ecommerce platform helping retailers sell across a number of marketplaces.

Cover Genius

Based in Sydney, Cover Genius provides online businesses with insurance products.



Based in Melbourne, Gymsales is a sales CRM solution for fitness businesses.

Inkling Women

Based in Melbourne, Inkling Women is an organisation helping boost the number of women in leadership positions by providing gender diversity training programs.


Based on the Gold Coast, Newbook is a digital marketing solutions and property management platform for the accommodation industry.


Based in Sydney, Rapporr is a private mobile messaging platform for teams on the move.


Based in Sydney, Sendle is a door-to-door delivery service.


Based in Sydney, Studylane helps international students find the right course to study.


Based in Melbourne, VoiceID works to integrate voice recognition technology with various business processes.

Image: Minister for Trade & Investment Steven Ciobo; Serafina Maiorano, Global CEO of Advance; Elaine Starkey, CEO of Studylane; Richard Leather, Senior Trade Commissioner, Austrade at the elevate61 launch in New York. Source: Supplied.

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