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The Sydney Founder Institute, the local chapter of the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator, is proud to announce the newest Alumni from the Sydney Virtual Autumn 2021 program.

Over 180 people applied to the program, and after an intense four months of aggressive business-building sprints and constant evaluation and feedback from investors and mentors, just six companies were able to make it through. 

Each of these Founders have demonstrated a high level of perseverance and creativity, and their businesses have been thoroughly vetted and supported by a panel of Sydney's top startup experts and investors.  

Without further ado, we proudly present the newest portfolio Alumni of the FI Sydney program: 

The Sydney Virtual Autumn 2021 program would not have been possible without help, because it truly takes a city to raise a startup. We would first like to thank the Local Leaders of the Sydney Founder Institute: Benjamin ChongCharlotte Connell, Cheryl Mack, Chris ClarkPaul Krajewski, and Phoebe Zhang. Our Local Leaders play an incredibly important role in building the local Founder Institute program, and creating an environment and network in Sydney that is conducive to building to great companies.

In addition, the Sydney Virtual Autumn 2021 program was supported by some of Sydney's top technology organizations, including:

Some of Sydney’s top startup mentors helped our founders in the program, including:

  • Adam Long: Managing Director, ThunderLabs
  • Adeline Chu: Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Western Sydney University
  • Adrian Bunter: Corporate Advisor | Angel Investor | Non-exec Director, Modus Partners
  • Aivee Robinson: Co-Founder, Catalyser
  • Albert Bielinko: Venture / growth investor, Telstra Ventures
  • Alejandro Patterson: Principal Product Manager , Honey Insurance
  • Alex Samson: Founder & CEO, dvhb
  • Alex Guyer: Partner Firemark Ventures, Associate Partner Black Nova Venture Capital
  • Allan Lalic: Co-founder, Kebloom
  • Amit Verma: Listing Manager, ASX
  • Anna Cheng: Head of Growth Marketing, Turo Australia. Ex HealthMatch Ex Brighte Ex Spaceship
  • Anne Marie Elias: chief disrupter, Founder, PrimeLife Partners, innovating longevity & care
  • Annie Le Cavalier: Venture Partner, FI and Former GM & Community, Stone & Chalk
  • Ant Moorehouse: CEO and Co-Founder, EarthTech
  • Ash Ma: Product Manager, Zip Co.
  • Asher Vukelic: Chair, Southwest Angels
  • Ashton Bishop: CEO, Step Change
  • Ben Pecotich: Design & Innovation Director/Founder, Dynamic4
  • Benjamin Ranck: Principal, MacroReactor
  • Benjamin Chong: Partner, Right Click Capital
  • Bill Trestrail: CEO, Market Momentum Pty Ltd
  • Bill Trestrail: Venture Partner, Black Nova Venture Capital
  • Bjorn Halfmann: Founder & Experience Design Director,
  • Brendan Yell: Former Director, Twilio Startups
  • Brodie Mc Culloch: Founder, Spacecubed, Perth, WA
  • Bronwen Kaspers: Customer Success Coach, Culture Amp
  • Cam Walshe: Director, Pitchblak
  • Caroline Lepron: CEO & Founder, Skoutli
  • Cheryl Mack: CEO & Founder, + Activator at SheEO™
  • Chris Clark: Co-Founder & CEO of BEERLOVE
  • Chris Clark: Chris Clark, GeoSnapShot / Balesk / Pavilion Drinks
  • Chris Braine: Founder, Cellr
  • Christopher Krainer: Director of Hardware Engineering at Zoomo, & co-founder at
  • Damien Messina: Manager, Impact Angel Network
  • Dane Eldridge: CEO, 4mation Technologies
  • Daniel Lohrmann: Managing Director, ikaros
  • Darsel Keane: Director, University of Auckland
  • David Kenney: Director, Start Growth Pty Limited
  • Dean Mc Evoy: Non Executive Director, Investor and Adviser, TechSydney
  • Debra Taylor: Non Executive Director, Stone and Chalk
  • Dennis Kibirev: Chief Growth Officer, Mesh Ai
  • Dmitri Voronenko: CTO & Investor,
  • Dylan Mc Donnell: CEO, Foodini
  • Eitan Bienstock: Managing Director, Techbench Capital
  • Elizabeth Kaelin: MSc, RDN & Finance Lecturer, UTS Business School
  • Erwin Van Der Koogh: Founder/CEO, Linc
  • Franziska Iseli: Founder, Basic Bananas
  • Gautam Mishra: Founder / CEO, inkl
  • Gawin Fernando: Co-Founder, CreativeCubes.Co
  • George Hedon: Founder & CEO, Pause Fest
  • Greg Campbell: entrepreneur, former Ops Director, information security specialist, Current Head of InfoSec and Compliance
  • Harshu Deshpande: Start-up & Scale-up Advisor, Google
  • Jack Qi: Director, William Buck
  • James Moody: CEO, Sendle
  • Jane Cockburn: CEO and Founder, Kairos Now
  • Jeeva Suresh: Founder & CEO, Helix
  • Jeff Perlman: Founder, Revenue Ninja (
  • Jeremy Chetty: Co-founder, Student Edge
  • Jo Ucukalo: CEO, Handle My Complaint
  • Jo Ann Suchard: A/Prof, Sydney Angels & University of New South Wales
  • Joanne Jacobs: Co-CEO, Disruptor's Handbook
  • Jodi Boylan: Executive Producer, Director and Development Producer , Independent
  • Jonathan Greechan: Co-Founder & CEO, Founder Institute
  • Joshua Ross: CEO and Founder, Humanitix
  • Kate Ringvall: Co-Founder, Galactic Cooperative
  • Kim McGuinness: Strategic Relationships Director, SBE Australia
  • Leila Alem: Chief Design and Innovation and Adj Professor, ArcSense
  • Magdalena Reith: Startup- and Business Consultant, Magdalena Reith Pitch Decks
  • Marshall Hughes: Freight Manager, Freight Companies Australia
  • Marshall Hughes: Consultant, Freight Companies Australia
  • Matt Allen: CEO, Tractor Ventures
  • Matthew Browne: Co-Founder @Upflowy, @Donesafe, @Whispli, Investor @Black Nova Group etc
  • Maxine Lee: COO & Investment Director, Skalata Ventures
  • Michelle Gilmore: CEO,
  • Mitchell Pham: Chairperson, NZTech
  • Neil Smith: CTO, Simple KYC
  • Nhat Nguyen: CEO, Otrafy
  • Oliver Ranck: Co-Founder | CMO | Exec Director, Future Neutral | MYSALE | Octomedia
  • Paul Wenck: Chair, Co-Founder Checkbox
  • Paul Krajewski: Product Management professional, Co-Director Founder Institute Australia+NZ
  • Paul Grimes: CTO & Founder, OK200
  • Paula Taylor: Executive Director and Co-Founder, West Tech Fest
  • Pavel Reddy: Former Managing Director, Clearpoint Ventures Pty Ltd (Formerly)
  • Pete Cooper: Founder, The Start Society
  • Pete Cooper: Former CIO, KBZ Bank
  • Pete Horsley: Founder, Remarkable Tech
  • Peter Van Bruchem: Co-Founder, Techboard
  • Peter Browne: Owner, Intangible Communications
  • Prashant Gami: CEO & Founder, x•enabler
  • Rachel White: CFO, Part time CFO / fractional CFO
  • Rajeev Gupta: Managing Partner, Alium Capital
  • Rayn Ong: Director, Ong Heng Investments
  • Rebecca Dooley: Partner, Addisons
  • Richard Dale: Committee Member, Sydney Angels Inc.
  • Roger Do: Co-Founder, QSearch
  • Roman Kovalenko: Chief Data Officer, Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Ron Hill: Managing Director,
  • Ryan Cross: Manager for Prototyping, AWS, ANZ & APAC
  • Sam Richards: Managing Director, Brightlight Impact Advisory
  • Sameer Babbar: Director, SVB Group
  • Sandrina Postorino: Committee Member, Sydney Angels Inc.
  • Scott Crowe: Lead Recruiter, Canva
  • Scott Glew: Organizer, Morning Startup Perth
  • Sean Geoghegan: Cofounder and former-CTO, Sendle, Tech and People Leader, Iconoclast.
  • Simon Litchfield: CTO, and serial Founder
  • Simone Joyce: CEO/Founder, Paypa Plane
  • Sorrel Osborne: Head of Growth, Playground xyz
  • Srikanth Muthyala: Investor, Melbourne Angels
  • Stefan Korn: General Manager, Callaghan Innovation
  • Stuart Reynolds: CEO & Founder, Fullstack Advisory
  • Tal Rotbart: Former Chief Technology Officer, Marketplacer (until Oct-‘23)
  • Tim Silverwood: Co-Founder, Ocean Impact Organisation
  • Timo Kugler: Co-Founder, NASH + BANKS
  • Tom Dawkins: Founder/CEO, StartSomeGood
  • Tomaj Bayat: Growth,
  • Tony Sinclair: Director of Venture Debt, Cataliize
  • Vanessa Ronan Pearce: Head of Growth, Wych Money
  • Vern Chan: Startup Coach, Your Pivot
  • William Mc Cahey: Partner, Think & Grow, and Growth Advisor

In the Founder Institute's pre-seed accelerator program, early-stage entrepreneurs and teams build their business alongside a critical support network of local startup experts that share equity in their success, and through a structured and challenging business-building process that has helped alumni raise over 1.8. 

After Graduation, the new Sydney Founder Institute Portfolio Companies now have a fast-growing company that has been fully validated by experienced startup founders, with access to the Founder Institute's global network and post-graduate support programs to continue building their business. 

Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the Founder Institute to raise funding, building a co-founding team, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 200+ cities and 100+ countries, the Founder Institute’s mission is to Globalize Silicon Valley and empower talented and motivated entrepreneurs to build companies that will create one million new jobs.

The next local Founder Institute program, the Australia + New Zealand Virtual Spring 2021 accelerator cohort, will be announced shortly. If you are interested in learning more or applying, visit


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Alumni of the Founder Institute are creating some of the world's fastest growing startups, having raised over 1.8 in funding, and building products people love across over 200 cities worldwide.

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