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StartCon reveals 2018 Australasian Startup Awards winners

Announcement posted by StartCon 30 Nov 2018

StartCon celebrates the best and brightest that the local startup community and ecosystem has to offer, naming the winners of the third annual Australasian Startup Awards.

The winners of this year’s Australasian Startup Awards have been revealed by StartCon, Australia’s largest startup and growth conference, at a special awards ceremony held during StartCon 2018 in Sydney on 30 November.

StartCon’s annual startup awards, now in their third year, recognise and celebrate the most innovative and disruptive startups, companies and people in the Australasian region. This year’s winners include the likes of Atlassian, Vinomofo, Fishburners and MadeComfy.

“I’d like to congratulate all of our finalists and winners,” StartCon CEO Cheryl Mack said. “It is an absolute honour for StartCon to be able to celebrate all of the incredible organisations and individuals that were in the running for this year’s annual Australasian Startup Awards. These awards showcase the best of what the local region has to offer, which is world-class innovation and pioneering entrepreneurship.”

Here is the complete list of our 2018 winners:

Startup of the Year Winner: MadeComfy

Other nominees: Audience Republic; Agridigital; BrickX; Mad Paws

Technology Company of the Year: Atlassian

Other nominees: Airwallex; CultureAmp; Vamp; Zoox

Startup Founder of the Year: Katherine Pace (Elanation)

Other nominees: Katherine McConnell (Brighte); James Begley (PickStar); Dr Elliot Smith (MaxwellPlus); Anthony Chow (Igloohome)

Startup Investor of the Year: Samantha Wong (Blackbird Ventures)

Other nominees: Adir Shiffman; Andrey Shirben (Follow[the]Seed); Mike Zimmerman (Main Sequence); Benjamin Chong (Right Click Capital)

Startup Incubator (or) Accelerator of the Year: INCUBATE

Other nominees: Collider (Creative Enterprise Australia); muru-D; River City Labs Accelerator; SheStarts by Blue Chilli

Female Entrepreneur of the Year: Katja Kempe (Viveka)

Other nominees: Monica Wulff; Hayley Warren (Halo); George McEnroe (Shebah); Jessica Ellerm (Zuper)

E-commerce Company of the Year: Vinomofo

Other nominees: Booktopia; Catch; Kogan; OzBargain

Community MVP of the Year: Maria MacNamara

Other nominees: Brendan Yell; Joshua Flannery; Fleur Brown; Aaron Birkby

Best Student-Run Startup: Get to Sleep Easy

Other nominees: AirSticks; Smart Soil; AusAir; BIOSCOUT

Best Startup for Social Good: Home Care Heroes

Other nominees: Floodmapp; Sempo; Humanitix; i=Change

Best SaaS Startup: DigitalMaas

Other nominees: AgriWebb; Biteable; Nod; Social Status

Best Mobile App Startup: Share with Oscar

Other nominees: Perx Health; Plann; UbiCar; UNIspotter

Best FinTech Startup: Spriggy

Other nominees: Cover Genius; Huddle Insurance; MoneyPlace; Trade Ledger

Best E-Commerce Startup: Skwosh

Other nominees: Ettitude; Glamcorner; Make My Piece; The Volte

Best Co-working Space: Fishburners

Other nominees: Desk Space; Hub Australia; Stone & Chalk; Tank Stream Labs

Best Bootstrapped Startup: Sleeping Duck

Other nominees: Bench; Blueberry Markets; HealthcareLink; Invarosoft

Startup Journalist of the Year: Gina Baldassarre

Other nominees: Dominic Powell; Paul Towers; Phil Hayes St Clair; Stephanie Palmer-Derrien

Congratulations to all our nominees and winners!

About StartCon

StartCon (formerly SydStart) is the largest Australian startup and growth conference, expo and entrepreneur community, established in 2009. Thousands of technology startup professionals, investors and ecosystem participants have already experienced StartCon events. This year’s conference was held on November 30th & December 1st at Royal Randwick Racecourse, with world-class international speakers in entrepreneurship and growth marketing, high quality workshops and an expo showcasing the biggest tech names and high-growth startups in Australia.

For more information, contact:

Leon Spencer
Director of Communications

Cheryl Mack
StartCon CEO


Media Contacts

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Journalist, PS News