Today the NRMA announced the first ever intake for the company’s new accelerator program called ‘Jumpstart’.
After a thorough selection process which began last year, six startups have been chosen and were offered places in the program. “Our successful startups have a very steep business education ahead of them, each business group is given the opportunity to learn from the best. They will receive business advice, training and mentoring from recognised experts in the startup world,” said NRMA Group CEO Tony Stuart.
One of the major advantages of this accelerator in particular is that, pending on the startups focus, the opportunity to tap into the NRMA’s membership database of 2.4 million people exists. Something any startup would salivate at the chance of having.
The first ‘Jumpstart’ intake come from a variety of industry backgrounds, and the six selected are:
A national service that connects people needing in-home carers with people looking for carer work.
A personalised pocket tour guide. The app creates your ultimate outing, shopping, eating, drinking, entertainment and sightseeing anywhere in the world. Create walkable adventures featuring individual interests on a live route map. Listed by Conde Nast Traveler in its top 10 travel apps for 2014.
A gaming social network – think Facebook for gamers designed by five university students. Gamers connect with others & personalise their gaming experience. One account and one password is all gamers need to access every game currently on the internet. Gamurs already have more than 2000 members registered.
Connects would be campers with owners of caravans and RV’s, Holiday Parks, camping grounds and camping related experiences. Their goal – to be the ‘airbnb’ of the camping world.
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Advanced voice recognition technology to reduce driver distraction. Makes and receives mobile phone calls and texts without touching the phone.
Provides automated remote aerial monitoring using drones (UAV’s) for Agriculture, Emergency Services and Industry.
Stuart said in a statement that the NRMA is ‘thrilled with the diversity’ amongst the Jumpstart participants. Two of the six founders are female and all of the startups come from the east coast of Australia.
Jumpstart will be repeated later in the year to give more entrepreneurial thinkers with business ideas the opportunity to grow. It is co-ordinated by Slingshot Accelerator and supported by external partners, Artesian Venture Partners, UTS Business School, the University of Newcastle, PwC, Mitchellake Group and Sparke Helmore Lawyers.