Airly is set to launch what they call a ‘hybrid’ airline for high-flyers; your CEOs and managing directors. It will essentially work through a subscription model, with clients paying a one-off $1000 joining fee and then a minimum of $2500 a month for unlimited flights between Melbourne, Sydney, and Canberra on an 8-seater King Air 350. With the startup set to launch with three planes, it will offer 54 flights a week between the three cities, with the stability of membership fees helping ensure that each flight jets off whether it’s flying full or with just one passenger.
As the startup ecosystem in Australia expands, the digital and creative industries that help support startups are also growing. Many of the companies in these industries have their own unique business models where they produce scalable ‘startup’ projects themselves or in partnership with founders at a high frequency.
In their top ten trendiest suburbs listicles, real estate news websites never talk about the mountains of paperwork that come both before and after the auction is won, and for good reason – it’s painful. Buyers and sellers have to liaise with half a dozen different service providers to get a deal done, with each chasing the other up for document after document and signature after signature. Melbourne startup Rundl has created an online platform that aims to streamline the process.
According to figures from market research firm SuperData, the global mobile games industry generated over $25 billion in revenue in 2015, growth of 20 percent year on year. Australian games have made a significant contribution to this figure; Crossy Road, created by Melbourne developers Hipster Whale, raked in $10 million in revenue over 3 months […]
While news stories often focus on the lack of attention given to students with learning difficulties, a Victorian Government inquiry into the education of gifted and talented students in Victorian schools found that up to 85,000 students are neglected by an education system that does not have the time or resources to adequately focus on them. The inquiry found that, as a result, gifted students, who “represent our state’s future visionaries and innovators” are “frequently frustrated and disengaged”.
Creating rosters from excel spreadsheets may seem very 2003, but companies still continue to use them. Time and money are wasted on rosters, staff training and creating accreditation, with poor online solutions that are yet to harness social media platforms and innovative data management technology. Melbourne startup Rosterfy has created a solution, an event staff rostering and management system that engages with event workforces to help manage their recruitment and culture around their organisation.
A slightly more serious inconvenience a number of Australian startups have emerged looking to tackle this year is that of the time we waste in the doctor’s waiting room. We’ve all been there: sick with a cold, knowing that there’s nothing much the doctor can do for us, but having to wait for two hours anyway just to get a medical certificate to hand in to the boss the next day. As much as we hate it as patients, doctors do too.
Weddings are big business; according to IBIS World, the US wedding industry alone is worth $60 billion a year. As the costs run up for both the couple getting married and their guests, so to do the planning and logistical nightmares. Envelope Registry is a Melbourne startup that wants to eliminate at least one big hassle facing guests: finding the perfect gift.
CareMonkey is yet another Australian healthtech success story. It’s been quite a year for the startup, which recently won a Talent Unleashed award and a trip to Richard Branson’s Necker Island and took out the top prize at last month’s Slush event in Findland, winning 650,000 euros.
When apps were still fairly new and marketers sought to educate the market about what exactly apps could help us do, they came up with the memorable ‘there’s an app for that’ tagline. Fast forward a couple of years and there truly is an app for almost anything you could possibly think of, and countless companies out there creating them. Melbourne’s Appscore has become one of the leaders in the Australian app development space.
Ever wanted to buy an item from overseas, a specific item from the shelf, or something that’s too overpriced or exclusive to order online, but have no friends there to buy and send it to you? Australians are quite used to this scenario, given that almost everything is cheaper overseas, so Australian startup ShopandBox is helping consumers harness the global market to connect them to those hard to get items.
Kizkaz has created two products; the first is an app for mothers, helping them organise activities, find recipes, shop, and communicate with other mothers. It includes Genie, an on-demand personal assistant, to help them do research and make bookings, and includes a Childcare feed, which connects to the second product, Kizkaz Observation. Observation is a platform for childcare centres, allowing centres to keep track of forms, plan their days, and take pictures, videos, and notes about kids to share with parents.
Almost every article, column, book, or speech giving career advice will spend some time talking about networking; after all, success can often be down to not what you know, but who you know. As such, the business world is full of networking events and gatherings, but their usefulness is debatable – it’s easy to spend a whole night talking to people without having made one relevant connection.
With the gender gap continuing to increase and the number of women in leadership roles declining across the wider business sphere, a number of startups dedicated to helping women in the workforce have begun to emerge. Launched in May, Melbourne startup Diverse City Careers is one of them, providing support to women looking for work by engaging exclusively with organisations that focus on initiatives to keep women in the workforce.
One of the most common stereotypes about builders is that they are constantly behind schedule and end up charging far more than they originally quoted. Melbourne startup Progressclaim believes this is often due to difficulties associated with the submittal and approval of progress claims – these are a means of providing details about how much work has been completed in the last month, and therefore how much is to be paid to assorted contractors.