Startmate
Accelerator

Startmate ramps up early-stage startup valuations to $1.5 million, investing $120,000 in its next cohort

- October 27, 2021 2 MIN READ

Australian and New Zealand accelerator program Startmate is increasing the investment it makes in startups $75,000 to $120,000 as it goes on the hunt for its summer cohort. It’s also increased the valuations by 50% to $1.5 million, in a move that means the equity investment remains roughly the same, increasingly from 7.5% to 8.5%.… Read more »

Startmate
Accelerator

Startmate’s revamped Office Hours reboots as Open House from next week

- May 13, 2021 2 MIN READ

Startmate’s Open House program, kicks off next Monday, May 17. The free, two-week long virtual festival – the former Office Hours – gives budding and early-stage founders the chance to problem-solve and learn from expert founders and operators at some of the region’s top start-ups through 1:1 mentoring, founder-to-founder relationship building, fireside chats and functional… Read more »

New Zealand, Hobbit
Accelerator

Startmate expands its New Zealand footprint

- April 26, 2021 2 MIN READ

Startmate’s New Zealand expansion plans continue with the Australian startup accelerator making its first local appointment, making Auckland-based Ryan Walker its community and partnerships associate. In his first months in the role, Walker is visiting key startup hubs across the twin island to ensure the Kiwi startup ecosystem is primed to leverage Startmate’s global network… Read more »

Women in tech

Startmate’s women-only Fellowships have opened for applications

- February 9, 2021 2 MIN READ

Applications for Startmate’s Fellowships for Australian and New Zealand women are open, offering up to 100 ambitious women a way to become involved in the startup sector through mentorship, networking and practical skill building. Mentors from companies such as Atlassian, Canva, Zip, Blackbird, Square Peg, and SafetyCulture will offer guidance to the Fellows as part… Read more »

Advice

Moving the needle on diversity in the startup sector is a work in progress: here’s how Statemate is tackling it

- November 25, 2020 4 MIN READ

Startmate Principal Lauren Capelin kicks off what will become a series of reflections on how her organisaiton can collectively move the needle on diversity. At midnight last night, we officially closed applications for our Summer21 cohort — the first fully-remote, location-agnostic cohort we are running across Australia and New Zealand, which will kick off in… Read more »

Advice

Covid-19 has given us wicked problems to solve – and here’s how to get started on them

- October 30, 2020 3 MIN READ

Back in April, US venture capital veteran Marc Andreessen published a call-to-arms to the US economy titled ‘It’s Time to Build’. As the country watched the pandemic spiral out of control, Andreessen lamented the fact it was ill-equipped to respond, ultimately lacking the capacity to build the infrastructure and equipment required. America needed to re-learn… Read more »

Startmate
Business

Startmate’s first virtual Demo Day is on today and includes the first New Zealand cohort

- October 15, 2020 2 MIN READ

Startmate’s first-ever fully remote cohort of 16 Australian and New Zealand startups to pitch at live-streamed Demo Day this afternoon, October from 4.30pm. The event comes as Startmate opens applications for its hugely popular Office Hours program, on again this November, which aims to support up to 1000 founders from Australia and New Zealand by… Read more »

Topics

AI-based engineering startup VAPAR, founded by two women, just raised $700,000 in seed funding

- July 6, 2020 2 MIN READ

Engineering startup VAPAR, which utilises artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to check the condition of stormwater and sewerage pipelines, has raised AU$700,000 in seed funding led by Blackbird Ventures and Startmate, as well as angel investors. CEO Amanda Siqueira and CTO Michelle Aguilar, both engineering graduates from the University of Technology, Sydney, co-founded their… Read more »

Topics

Startmate’s famed Demo Day is being held online

- April 20, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

Startmate’s  highly anticipated Demo Day won’t be stopped by coronavirus and social distancing, and will go ahead this Wednesday, April 22, as an online stream, with 11 startups pitching for investment before a digital audience. The Startmate Demo Day Reimagined will be live and interactive with viewers able to ask questions and gain background information… Read more »