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StartupDB provides a central hub to find accelerator programs across Australia

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The Australian startup ecosystem continues to grow from strength to strength. New startups are founded each and every week, levels of funding continue to rise and so too has the number of accelerator and incubator programs.

As a result, keeping track of all of the accelerator programs available to startup founders has become increasingly difficult, it’s a question Sydney Start Up Advisor & Coach, Matt Trustrum gets asked every single week by founders, quoting, “so many founders find this space increasingly opaque“.

Looking to solve that problem is StartupDB who have created a central repository of information on accelerator programs across Australia.
With a strong focus on supporting the Australian startup community StartupDB have not only gone to the trouble of documenting every accelerator program they could find, but they also make the data freely available in a table that can be copied, downloaded and utilized by anyone in the Australian startup community.

The project is in BETA and whilst information is still being collated / added to the creators (below) would welcome further suggestions on how to really offer value to the start up community and what data to present.

StartupDB was created as a partnership between Entrepreneur, Investor and Advisor/Mentor Matthew Trustrum and Paul Towers from Startup Soda, a core focus of the platform is to not only provide real transparency of incubator programs, their content, education, alumni & mentors etc but to also uncover the stories behind the programs and founders.

With that in mind the duo also publish an “In the trenches” interview series with behind the scenes accounts and stories of startups and founders that are yet to be covered in the mainstream press. Last year the in the trenches series covered startups such as Flairr, Collabosaurus and Yegal.

Looking to the future, the focus of StartupDB is to include a review system that allows founders to leave feedback on the various accelerator programs, their strengths and areas for improvement. Not only will this provide a richer dataset but it will allow for founders to make more informed decisions on the programs they choose to apply for according to Paul.

Launched very much as a “beta” StartupDB are putting a call out for any programs they have missed and welcome contributions to the dataset. Rather than just providing a long list of names the focus is on creating a dataset that allows for Founders and startups to filter by state, industry focus and stage of funding to get to a more accurate shortlist of programs quicker.

With a combined focus on identifying opportunities for startups and then covering their story StartupDB will continue to grow and morph with other areas of future development including a database of angel investors and VC’s, more in-depth insight into the thought process of the people behind each of the accelerator programs and recommendations on how to best prepare for the application process.

More Information on Matthew Trustrum: All NSW founders & entrepreneurs are eligible for 4 free hours of advisory & mentoring with Matt, gaining impartial, unbiased support for your start up, fully funded by the NSW government. Contact Matt on LinkedIn or book here.

Matt supports founders to launch companies, he works ON & IN start ups, across disciplines inc. strategy, launch, growth, talent & capital raising.
A proven founder, he bootstrapped, built & sold (’12) in 6.5 yrs a profitable, multi-million dollar, BRW Fast 100 Tech Talent firm operating across APAC,. He now travels the world supporting founders.

  • BRW Fast Starter list, Top100 fast growing revenue co.
  • Optus MyBusiness Award Finalist 2018
  • Smart Company Award, Top50 Innovator

More Information of Paul Towers: Paul Towers is a 4x Entrepreneur and the Founder of Startup Soda and Task Pigeon. Paul also mentors student entrepreneurs at the University of Sydney and is an avid supporter of the Australian startup community.



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