Startmate was created in 2011 when there was latent creativity and potential in Australia, but no venture capital or accelerators to support it.
So, Niki Scevak (who would go on to found Blackbird Ventures) and a bunch of successful founders (including Mike and Scott from Atlassian) put their money where their mouths were. Everyone invested $10k into a micro fund to invest in the next generation of early-stage founders, and started building a community of successful founders to support them.
Nowadays, we run two Accelerator cohorts a year and have a world-class community of VCs, mentors and alumni who share our vision, all of whom invest their own time and money into each cohort. To date we have invested in 150+ startups.
The Fellowship was born to create pathways for the super ambitious and misunderstood. Empowering the hungry, not the proven, the Fellowship supports the community by empowering and developing a pool of talent that will accelerate startup growth.
We want all Startmate's Fellowships to play a critical role in the growth of the Australian and New Zealand tech ecosystem. We provide pathways for the most ambitious operators into the Narnia of iconic Australian and Kiwi startups.
We challenge and support the ecosystem to think bigger. Our mission is to create a prosperous country as the world progresses.
We’re a firehose of belief in people and their ambitions. We’re a community of seamless, deserved trust and transparency. Startmate is the place to find yourself and your people, wild dreams and to pay it forward.
With our unconditional belief in people, everything we do is customer-first. We approach life with a hospitality mindset, working with founders, operators and investors. We don’t shy away from unpolished experimentation, and we lean into the chaos and thrive on feedback.
We’re mission-driven to create a world we’re proud to raise our kids in, and approach this massive goal with playfulness and fun.