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Aussie Startups To Watch In 2017

Entrepreneurial spirit is in the air. And across this fine country of ours we have our fair share of makers and tinkerers working away to streamline everything we do. From waking up and checking the time, booking that trip, finding a dress to sorting out your super (finally). You know, daily life stuff. These are the Aussie startups sure to be making big waves in 2017 and beyond.


Likely your super account feels like a far distant worry, a concern for future you. Well future you is likely to be worse off unless you consider your cash now, yes now. Spaceship is shaking up the super industry and speaking to savvy, intelligent, money wise individuals, because no other super brand does. Investing in the future with it’s largest holdings in Google and a whole host of tech brands. If you need more convincing to take the plunge, just peruse the big names that have already invested their life’s work in this venture.


An e-commerce platform that connects customers and brands with ease, Persollo is a bloggers dream. Leveraging impulse shoppers and allowing them to purchase with minimal click through, the interface is slick and instantaneous. For bloggers looking to monetise or shops of any scale, Persollo will be hooking you up one URL at a time.


A travel startup hooking you up with the best travel experiences around you. Relying heavily on data science and location based technology the interface is tailored to each user, making for an easy journey from scrolling to purchase. With ex-Macquarie Bank heavyweight Allan Moss invested in the venture, you know it’ll be making leaps and bounds in this space in no time.

LayAway Travel 

Want to travel? Don’t we all. Well LayAway Travel lets you book now and pay later, well incrementally. Taking the payment plan model that has seen Afterpay and the like shoot to popularity, LayAway lets you lay-by your travel. We’re a generation that values travel greater than anything, so expect this startup to captivate in no time.


If you’re budgeting is often derailed by an endless roster of gigs and events, fret not. GiggedIn is your ticket to a mass of shows for less. The Spotify of live music if you will. For a monthly fee you can access unlimited gigs ranging from open air movies and festival sideshows. It’s only Melbourne and Sydney for the moment, but we can see them taking the local scene by storm.


Thanks to a hefty investment on Shark Tank, Betswaps has altered the way we peddle our cash. Pitting the best odds all together without a visit to the TAB has seen rapid success. For a nation that ceases work at the pounding of horses hooves and a heap of betting companies, this site is a welcome addition. The first sports tipping market place of it’s kind, gamblers and dabblers alike are loving it.

Throwing the traditional talent management structure out the window, offers a one stop shop for influencers and talent. Handing the control back to creative talent, Taryn William’s venture has seen a flood of influencers and ‘grammers flood to the site. And with micro influencers the buzz word of the moment, maybe you could monetise your own loyal following on the platform.


It takes a bold bunch to take on the banks, PayPal and Western Union. But AirWallex are up to the task. A fin-tech platform marrying low cost exchange rates and payment technologies in a simply beautiful and easy interface. With a focus on China and Hong Kong, their savvy choice to look abroad will see this platform all but everywhere. Money transfer internationally made oh so simple.

Over The Moo

A recent feature in entrepreneurial bible The Collective stated that ‘vegan is the future’, and Over The Moo is riding that wave with poise. An ice cream offering with a whole lot less lactose and a captivated audience of hungry sweet lovers. Nine flavours, loads of flavour and a wholesome approach. Vegans rejoice.

Fame and Partners

From fashion company to algorithmic outfit darling, Nyree Corby has taken her brand, Fame and Partners to new heights. With a proprietary algorithm under her stylish belt, the brand now offers customised dresses tailored to each customers specification. With 400% growth year on year, it’s up and up for this savvy style maven.


Sad desk lunch no more, How About Eat is offering a delicious lunch for less. Oh and they take the tricky decision making out of the equation. Three easy steps and hot restaurant meal will be at your desk for only $1 delivery fee. A text in the morning prompts you to opt in by 11am for delivery between 12-12.30pm. No need to flag down the Deliveroo peddler anymore.

Image source: Startup Daily, Vest, Leezair, Anne Feed, LayAway Travel, Courtyard Party, CrunchBase, Smart Company, AirTree, Lifehacker, Funding SMEs.

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