Meet our Winter23 cohort

Holly Brooks
September 14, 2023
Startmate Accelerator cohort Winter 23 Demo Day founders

The Winter23 Accelerator cohort is here, and they are going to make our lives 100x better. They are running through brick walls to tackle the thorniest problems frustrating industries world-wide.

From AI-powered recruitment and misdiagnosed prenatal ultrasounds to inflatable space solar panels and vaccine nebulisers, the Winter23 cohort is one of our most innovative yet. 

We’re right in the thick of things and we're already witnessing a cohort driven by customer obsession and poised to make a global impact that will leave a lasting mark. 

Some magical Startmate stats to get you started:

  • 38% women co-founded
  • 23% AI-empowered
  • 23% making a real impact on our climate
  • Two of the companies came through Launch Club (our pre-accelerator program)
  • One company where the founders met through our Student Fellowship

Scroll down for a peek of our Winters 23 cohort. You’ll feel a mix of comfort and JOY.

Astrix Astronautics

Astrix is set to provide the world’s first consistent renewable power solution, allowing humanity to finally step away from fossil fuels. How you ask? They are going straight to the solar source, of course. 

Astrix have developed inflatable satellite solar arrays that dramatically reduce the operation cost of satellites while still generating copious amounts of power. With their first prototype successfully deployed in space, they are on the journey to solve the energy sector's global emissions.

📍 Auckland, New Zealand

👋 Founded by Max Daniels & William Hunter


AsyncBrain is ensuring teams make better decisions with fewer meetings. They are levelling up team brainstorming and decision making through their asynchronous collaboration platform. By promoting critical thinking in the early stages of brainstorming and documenting the different decisions being made, AsyncBrain enables teams to reflect, learn and make better, more efficient decisions in the future.

📍 Gold Coast, Australia

👋 Founded by Beto de Castro Moreira


BioticsAI is using AI to detect foetal abnormalities. They have built AI enabled software that accurately identifies errors in prenatal ultrasound screenings, localising abnormalities, generating high-quality documentation, and providing real-time feedback to clinicians.

With 1 in 2 foetal malformations being misdiagnosed during prenatal ultrasounds, BioticsAI’s solution will ensure that every pregnant mother receives patient-centric, precise and comprehensive care. 

📍 Melbourne, Australia

👋 Founded by Robhy Bustami, Salman Khan, Chaskin Saroff & Dr. Hisham Elgammal


Ask any corporate lawyer, and they’ll shiver at the idea of due diligence. That’s why DDLoop is building the modern data tool that lawyers deserve. Their legal data analysis platform presents information in a clear, easy-to-understand format and identifies common issues that lawyers are looking for.

Thanks to DDLoop, corporate lawyers will no longer have to endure the painful process of searching, analysing, and reporting data on government registers. 

📍 Sydney, Australia

👋 Founded by Jack Rathie and Nico Kunz

Defy Hi

Defy Hi is on a mission to make inspections for high-rise commercial buildings, safer and smarter. How? They have developed the Inspector BEAR (building envelope access robot) to capture, analyse and visualise data from high-rise buildings. Once captured, they create a model of the building, and use AI to analyse and localise the data atop of the digital building.

Their robots are leading the way for a more efficient, safer, and data-driven approach to high-rise building inspections.

📍 Sydney, Australia

👋 Founded by Abbie Widin


Empathix are on a mission to deliver businesses with top talent, faster than ever before. Their AI powered recruitment platform does all the heavy-lifting for hiring managers, ensuring that job ads are far-reaching, candidates are well-vetted and interviews yield the best results. 

They deliver candidates to businesses in under a week.

📍 Auckland, New Zealand

👋 Founded by Olivia Dyet


Flohh is solving teacher workload by making marking 40% faster. Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions. And boy do our teachers work hard. Flohh has created an easy-to-use platform that streamlines the laborious marking process for teachers, and encourages students to engage with feedback before receiving their grades. 

Flohh has been global from Day 1. With 67% of teacher accounts being based overseas, they are transforming the education system as we know it. 

📍 Melbourne, Australia

👋 Founded by Ange Alcock


Lumos is unequivocally changing the world of offline advertising. Their platform offers a cohesive repository of credible mobility, audience, and demographic data. What does that mean? They can tell business owners exactly where their target customer demographic is, when and where to display ads and track performance to see which ads are generating the most sales. Impressive right?

Lumos is democratising marketing planning and providing crystal-clear customer insights for businesses around the globe.

📍 Sydney, Australia

👋 Founded by Eric Fan, Cynthia Rahardja, Jerry Yip & Anmol Nayak

Lyrebird Health

Lyrebird Health is automating paperwork for health practitioners, so they can practise medicine not paperwork. They have created an AI-powered transcribing tool that allows doctors to focus on the important stuff: their patients. 

Through their platform, health practitioners can save 6-8 minutes on note writing, every single consult. Wow.

📍 Melbourne, Australia

👋 Founded by Linus Talacko & Kai Van Lieshout


Misti is revolutionising the way medications are administered. Misti has developed a nebuliser to deliver life-saving biomolecules that will enable quick and effective response time to infectious respiratory diseases in children and older adults. 

Misti’s mission: to protect every child from respiratory infection.

📍 Melbourne, Australia

👋 Founded by Dr Anushi Rajapaksa

Nomad Suite

Paperwork is so 2000. Nomad Suite is streamlining construction fleet management, removing manual processes and providing access to real-time fleet data. Through their platform, contractors can document, track and proactively maintain assets making contractor’s lives that little bit easier. 

📍 Brisbane, Australia

👋 Founded by Will Smith & Mourad Kessas


Magic mushrooms have never seemed so magical. Harnessing traditional indigenous knowledge, Rainstick has calibrated the power of lightning to grow plants faster. Excuse me? You heard it right the first time.

Rainstick’s hardware and software bio-electrically influences plants, starting with fungi, to grow bigger and faster without chemicals. Safely, wirelessly and with extremely low power usage. 

📍 Cairns, Australia

👋 Founded by Darryl Lyons & Mic Black


Ubiquetherm’s vision is to provide clean, efficient heating and cooling for everyone, everywhere. With heating and cooling taking more than half the energy we used in buildings, they are leveraging cutting edge nano-technology (that they invented) to deliver ultra-low-cost heating and cooling solutions to homes, businesses and industry. 

📍 Auckland, New Zealand

👋 Founded by Adrian Dorrington & John Arabshahi

Welcome on board.

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