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The 11 tech start-ups that have been selected for the 2016 elevate61 program raked in over A$25 million in total last year


Australian innovation network, Advance and KPMG Australia have revealed the 11 enterprise tech start-ups selected to take part in the 2016 elevate61 program. The line-up was announced in New York by the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, during the Australia United States Business Week (AUSBW) 2016.

The elevate61 2016 cohort includes a number of high-profile companies from sectors as diverse as logistics (Sendle), fintech/insurance (Cover Genius), and hospitality (Newbook). They represent a cross-section of Australia’s start-up eco-system with six headquartered in Sydney, three in Melbourne, two in Adelaide and one in Queensland’s Gold Coast.

The 11 companies have proven their traction by securing customers and delivering strong business results, together achieving a combined turnover in excess of A$25 million over the past 12 months.

The elevate61companies will be paired with industry and subject-matter mentors from  Advance’s and KPMG’s global networks. In April, they will have days of intensive workshops that will provide specific guidance on how to approach the US markets. In May they will journey to the US for a 10-day programmed visit to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Following the trip, the program includes ‘demo-day’ style presentations to investors and Australian corporates.

Australia United States Business Week in Manhattan, New York
L to R: The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade and Investment; Serafina Maiorano, Global CEO, Advance; Elaine Starkey, CEO, Studylane; Richard Leather, Senior Trade Commissioner, Austrade at the elevate61 companies announcement in New York during Australia United States Business Week (AUSBW) 2016.

Who has been chosen for elevate61 2016?

The ventures joining the elevate61 program are:

  • Accodex: (accodex.com) a scalable back-office service solution for freelance professionals. Based in Adelaide.
  • Artis Group: (artisgroup.com.au) develops critical business applications for leading enterprise and government organisations, with expertise in incident and emergency management, financial services, defence, education and agribusiness. Headquartered in Sydney.
  • City Beach Software/Omnivore: (citybeachsoftware.com) an ecommerce platform that specialises in helping retailers list and sell their products across multiple marketplaces. Headquartered in Sydney.
  • Cover Genius: (covergenius.biz) global distributors of insurance products for online businesses. Cover Genius’ first brand to launch was RentalCover.com which sells insurance for car rentals from its own site and also through the largest online travel agents globally.  Headquartered in Sydney.
  • Gymsales: (gymsales.net) a sales CRM for the fitness industry. Based in Melbourne.
  • Inkling Women: (inklingwomen.com.au) a training provider specialising in gender diversity, offering in-person and online programs that significantly lift the percentage of women at leadership level. Headquartered in Adelaide.
  • Newbook: (newbook.com.au) a cloud-based online property management system for the hospitality industry. Based in Gold Coast, Queensland.
  • Rapporr: (rapporr.com) a private messaging platform that offers more contextual and expedient communication for teams on the move. Headquartered in Sydney.
  • Sendle: (sendle.com) unlocks the power of big business delivery networks for small business and consumers to make it as easy to send a parcel as it is to send a text. Headquartered in Sydney.
  • Studylane: (studylane.com.au) operates a disruptive technology platform for international student recruitment. Headquartered in Sydney.
  • VoiceID: (voiceid.com.au) designs, integrates and supports solutions to enable process optimisation through the integration of voice recognition technology. Headquartered in Melbourne.