The first group of Australian startups have begun their residency at the Australian Landing Pad in San Francisco.
The diverse group of innovative technology businesses range from an app for child safe Wi-Fi to a personnel management solution for large volunteer-led events.
The San Francisco landing pad will be managed by Austrade and located at RocketSpace, a tech campus and accelerator famous for housing 17 startups that are now valued at more than $1 billion each, also known as “unicorns”.
RocketSpace is a renowned co-working space that once housed the likes of Uber and Spotify.
Australia’s Consul General and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner in San Francisco, Chris Oldfield, said the new Landing Pad would put Australian entrepreneurs and startups at the heart of technology and innovation.
“This Landing Pad will let some of the best and brightest Australian startups take their ideas and innovations to the next level by being in the global hub for technology and entrepreneurship,” Mr Oldfield said.
“The San Francisco tech ecosystem really leads the world in fostering successful startups and has produced outstandingly successful companies like Facebook, Airbnb and eBay.
“Now a diverse group of Australian startups ranging from a child-safe Wi-Fi network to a personnel management solution for large volunteer-led events will have the best possible opportunity to find similar success.”
The initiative is part of the federal government’s national innovation and science agenda to boost the global potential of Australian entrepreneur, with $11 million in funding provided to the five locations.
Fist Landing Pad startups
Melbourne startup Rosterfy, which provides cloud personnel management solutions for large volunteer-led events, is part of the first cohort and has already split its founding team between Australia and Silicon Valley. “It really opens up a lot of opportunities for us,” Founder Shannan Gove said.
Perth-based geo-location startup GeoMoby will enter RocketSpace next year. Its founder Chris Baudia says his key goals while there will be to raise more capital, acquire more customers and work towards setting up a longer-term San Francisco office.
“RocketSpace is the perfect ecosystem for us to network with talented professionals as well as with renowned investors,” Baudia told StartupSmart.
Koala Safe team, building a Wi-Fi network to help parents ensure their children stay safe online, has also landed in RocketSpace.