Australia is a hot bed for start-ups on the tech and also not in the tech area. We regularly hear all about the Silicon Valley, but here are the Australian Start-ups making waves down under.
Honee has taken Melbourne, Australia by storm. The 2016 start-up began in Melbourne, offering companies in the beauty and wellness area a platform for engagement and also for bookings.
The start up’s software makes it easy to discover the services available in the city and allows filtering according to specific wants and needs within these categories. Alongside the ability to do this, Honee offers other information such as prices, map locations, contact details, required transport connections and other specifics. In essence, it’s a one stop booking shop for these sorts of businesses and has grown substantially in a short space of time.
The manufacturing industry continues to be transformed by the growing impact of 3D printing. Eora 3D is capitalizing on this continued market growth with ambitious plans for developing their 3D printing product. The company’s success started early on in their Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, with a six times over-subscription on their initial $100,000 funding bid for the development of their 3D scanner.
The scanner works through modern smartphones to capture images of objects from every angle, and then creates a pattern that a 3D printer can use to recreate the object. The initial shipping of the scanner is planned for June, and will cost $439 including both the scanner and a turntable. There are a lot of people waiting to see if this company can meet their ambitious promises.
Townske is an app developed in Sydney that allows users to create guides of their home towns for travelers looking to have an authentic experience when visiting these location. Townske is hoping that local knowledge will help to set it apart from current travel advisory services that mainly use the input from other travelers and tourists.
The app can be found in the Apple App Store’s feature section in several countries, and it has already seen growth in the tens of thousands in its first six months. The company has plans to build its customer base throughout this coming year by seeking funding and development partnerships.
The founder of Showpo, Jane Lu, is now one of Australia’s largest online fashion retailers, and her company has more than $1 million in revenue every month. Its social media presence is larger than that of its main rival, The Iconic, in addition to being much larger than that of traditional retailers, such as David Jones and Myer. This social media presence is the main reason why the company has seen so much success worldwide, and currently has a market valuation of $10 million dollars, while shipping its clothes to 45 different countries around the world.
Jane Lu can boast more than 143,000 followers on Instagram, while the account for Showpo has more than 816,000 and is used as the company’s main channel for growth and marketing.
These Australian start-ups are going to change things and are worth keeping an eye on.