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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: Chief Growth Officer, Humanitix & CEO @ TheEthicalCEO.com
  • Adelina Lalic: Co-founder, Kiddsbay
  • Adeline Chu: Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Remarkable Tech
  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO
  • Adrian Enright: Director of Partnerships, Tasman Environmental Markets
  • Alan Jones: Chief Growth Hacker, BlueChilli
  • Alejandro Patterson: Principal, Product Management, IAG
  • Alissa Cronau: Founder, Maven Music
  • Allan Lalic: Co-founder, Kebloom
  • Allen Liao: Founder, Tzukuri
  • Andrea Gardiner: Founder & CEO, Jelix Ventures
  • Andrew Campbell: Co-founder, goCatch
  • Andrew Davies: CEO, B Lab Australia and New Zealand
  • Andy Edwards: Founder and CEO, GeoSnapShot
  • Andy Farquharson: Sales Architect, Winning By Design
  • Angela Kwan: Co-founder, Catalyser & Board Member HaymarketHQ
  • Anna Robson: Co-Founder & CEO, Refugee & Migrant Talent
  • Anna Cheng: Growth Marketing Manager, Brighte
  • Anna Crabb: Head of Strategy and Partnerships, B Lab Australia and New Zealand
  • Anne Moore: Work Futurist. Creator of Now to Next: Frames for the New Way We Work, Ex-CEO, Plando
  • Anselm Waterfield: Partner, AGT Group
  • Anya Nova: Product Owner, Power Ledger
  • Ash Ma: Product Manager, Zip Co.
  • Ashton Bishop: CEO , Step Change
  • Ben Pecotich: Design & Innovation Director / Founder, Dynamic4
  • Ben Reid: Co-Founder, Crave (Entrepreneur in Residence, Remarkable)
  • Benjamin Chong: Partner, Right Click Capital
  • Bill Trestrail: Co-Founder, Chairman, Saasabi
  • Brendan Yell: Director, Twilio Startups
  • Brent Clark: CEO & Founder, Wattblock
  • Brian Menzies: VP, Commercial Development, Vast Solar
  • Brodie Mc Culloch: Founder, Spacecubed, Perth, WA
  • Bronwen Kaspers: Employee and Customer Experience Manager, Employment Innovations | Founder of SuperHireo
  • Cameron Adams: Co-founder & CPO, Canva
  • Caroline Lepron: CEO & Founder, Skoutli
  • Cate Hull: Managing Director, FreightExchange
  • Charlotte Connell: Founder, The Sustainability Collective
  • Cheryl Mack: National Head of Community, Stone & Chalk. Activator at SheEO™
  • Chris Clark: Co-Founder, Spark Festival
  • Chris Braine: Founder, Cellr
  • Chris Darwin: CEO and Co-Founder, The Darwin Challenge App
  • Christoph Sollich: Christoph Sollich - The Pitch Doctor, Startup Consultant (Warsaw FI) , Startup Consultant
  • Claudia Barriga Larrivere: Head of People, BlueChilli
  • Colette Grgic: Chief Innovation Officer, BlueChilli Group
  • Craig Hodges: Co-Founder, Daltrey
  • Damien Messina: Manager, Impact Angel Network
  • Dane Eldridge: CEO, 4mation Technologies
  • Daniel Ringrose: Business Coach, Future Results
  • Danny Adams: Founder, GoFar
  • Dave Tong: Co-founder, Employment Hero
  • David Theodorou: Head of Product and Delivery, Experience Digital (also Partner - Black Nova Group)
  • David Quan: Content Creator, YouTube
  • David Siegel: Partner, Step Change
  • David Peters: Executive Head, Comviva
  • David Kenney: Partner, Hall Chadwick
  • David Jack: CEO, Social Impact Institute
  • Dean Mc Evoy: Non Executive Director, Investor and Adviser, TechSydney
  • Debra Taylor: Non Executive Director, Stone and Chalk
  • Dennis Kibirev: Executive in Residence, Swiss Entrepreneurship Program
  • Dominic Bressan: CEO, AirService
  • Ed Stevens: Entrepreneur in Residence, AGL
  • Eitan Bienstock: Managing Director, Sigma Ventures and Founder at Everything IoT
  • Elizabeth Kaelin: MSc, RDN & Finance Lecturer, UTS Business School
  • Elke Keeley: Co-Founder; Co-CEO, UrbanYou
  • Emily Yue: Co-founder, Expert360
  • Eric Frost: CEO and Co-Founder, Simple KYC
  • Evan Wong: CEO, Checkbox.AI
  • Franziska Iseli: Founder, Basic Bananas
  • Fraser Taylor: CMO, Outlier Ventures
  • Garry Visontay: General Partner, Right Click Capital
  • Gen George: Founder and MD, OneShift
  • Graham Christie: Co-Founder, CX360, BEERLOVE
  • Graham Meyerowitz: Entrepreneur & Experienced Technology Professional, Mentor, Stone & Chalk
  • Greg Moshal: Founder and Joint CEO, Prospa
  • Hugo Rourke: CEO and Co-Founder, Perx
  • Ian Gardiner: Co-founder, Innovation Bay
  • Ilter Dumduz: Co-founder, Blys
  • Jack Qi: Director, William Buck
  • Jacquie Fegent Mc Geachie: CEO and Founder, Sustainovate
  • James Wakefield: Managing Director & Co-Founder, Institchu
  • James Chin Moody: CEO, Sendle
  • James Taylor: Founder and CEO, Particular Audience
  • Jared Kristensen: Co-founder/CEO, Audience Republic
  • Jeeva Suresh: Founder & CEO, Helix
  • Jeff Perlman: Founder, Revenue Ninja (revenue.ninja)
  • Jeffrey Cooper: General Manager, Step Change
  • Jenna Leo: CEO and Co Founder, Like Family
  • Jeremy Meltzer: Founder & CEO, i=Change
  • Jeroen Bolluijt: Co-Founder, Exit Founders
  • Jess Moloney: Founder/CEO, Moloney Moloney LTD
  • Joanne Jacobs: Co-CEO, Disruptor's Handbook
  • Jodi Boylan: Executive Producer and Producer, Lune Media
  • Jonathan Greechan: Co-Founder, Founder Institute
  • Jonathan Lui: Co-Founder & COO, Airtasker
  • Jonathon Wilkinson: Co-founder, Equitise
  • Joshua Ross: CEO and Founder, Humanitix
  • Joshua Boccamazzo: Business Strategy and Operations Manager, Perx Health
  • Julia French: Managing Director, Founders for Founders
  • Justus Hammer: MR, Axis7
  • Kate Ringvall: Co-Founder, Galactic Cooperative
  • Katherine Maree Pace: Founder, ELANATION & Vame.me
  • Kathryn Apte: Investor/Mentor, Tractor Ventures
  • Katryna Dow: CEO, Meeco
  • Kieren Parker: Partner, Addisons
  • Kurt Falkenstein: Founder, General Standards
  • Kylie Frazer: Co Founder & Partner, Eleanor Venture
  • Lauren Fried: Managing Director, Pulse Marketing
  • Lauren Capelin: Principal, Startmate
  • Lockie Cooke: Founder, iyarn
  • Mandar Karlekar: Product Management Consultant, Thiga
  • Mandeep Sodhi: CEO, Effi
  • Mariam Mohammed: Co-Founder, MoneyGirl
  • Mark Reading: Head of Foundation, Atlassian
  • Marta Higuera: Co-founder, OpenAgent.com.au
  • Matt Allen: CEO, Tractor Ventures
  • Matt Knee: Founder, Work Ninja
  • Matt Trustrum: Investor, Mindconnect
  • Matthew Browne: CEO & Co-Founder, @Donesafe donesafe.com, Co-Founder @Whispli, Investor @Black Nova Group etc
  • Maxine Sherrin: Program Director, Spark Festival
  • Maz Zaman: CEO, TaxFox & Founder,, Quantum Growth
  • Megan Donnelley: Senior Product Manager , Fusion Labs
  • Michelle Moffatt: Director, ISACA
  • Mike Nicholls: Partner, Main Sequence Ventures
  • Mikel Lindsaar: Founder, reinteractive, flood.io, exec.io
  • Murray Hurps: Director of Entrepreneurship, University of Technology Sydney
  • Ned Moorfield: Product Manager, Google Austria
  • Neil Smith: CTO, Simple KYC
  • Neil Roodyn: Director, nsquared solutions
  • Nicola Rushton: Product designer & lean user researcher, nicolarushton.com
  • Nicola Farrell: Program Manager, muru-D
  • Nicole Kersh: Former MD - 4Cabling, Current Founder - The Content Folk
  • Noga Edelstein: Director, SBE Australia
  • Paul Krajewski: Co-Director, Founder Institute Sydney & Sr. Product Manager
  • Paul Wenck: Managing Director, Chair Checkbox
  • Pernille Aggerholm: Head of Community, Scalare Partners
  • Pete Cooper: Former CIO, KBZ Bank
  • Pete Lead: Head of Programs, BlueChilli Group
  • Peter Browne: Owner, Intangible Communications
  • Philip Freeman: Director of Impact, OpenSC
  • Phoebe Zhang: Ambassador, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
  • Rachel White: RachelCFO, Independent
  • Rajeev Gupta: Managing Partner, Alium Capital
  • Rayn Ong: Director, Ong Heng Investments
  • Rebecca Dooley: Senior Associate, Addisons
  • Rebecca Pham: Program Manager, Launch Pad Innovation Program, Western Sydney University
  • Rebekah Campbell: CEO, Zambesi
  • Richard Druce: Co-Founder, Y-Receipts yreceipts.com
  • Richard Frawley: Consulting Director, Black Ink Networks
  • Rob Rattray: Non-executive Director, easyinvoice.io
  • Robert Kinkade: Co-Founder , CX360, BEERLOVE
  • Robin Mc Gowan: Managing Director & Co-Founder, Institchu
  • Roby Sharon Zipser: CFO, hipages Group
  • Rod Bishop: CEO, Poye
  • Ross Mc Intyre: Founder, Wattblock
  • Rui Rodrigues: Managing Partner, Tank Stream Ventures
  • Ryan Cross: Manager for Prototyping, AWS, ANZ & APAC
  • Sally Giblin: Co-Founder, Pure Bundle
  • Sandrina Postorino: Committee Member, Sydney Angels
  • Scott Crowe: Lead Recruiter, Canva
  • Sibel Buyukbaykal: Chief of Staff, Shippit
  • Simon Litchfield: CTO, Fusesport
  • Simon Lee: CEO, PromisePay
  • Simon Foster: GM, APAC, Storecove
  • Simon Crawford Ash: Director, Helix Ventures
  • Sorrel Osborne: Head of Operations and Commercial, Audience Republic
  • Stephen Rutter: Founder, The Scale Institute
  • Steve Fanale: CEO, DriveYello
  • Subhaga Amarasekara: Co-Founder, FLAYR
  • Theresa Lim: Founder & CEO, Play2Lead & Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Fusion Labs
  • Tim Prosser: Start Up Business Mentor, Remarkable Tech
  • Tim Fung: CEO, Airtasker
  • Tim Silverwood: Co-Founder, Ocean Impact Organisation
  • Timo Kugler: Co-Founder, NASH + BANKS
  • Tom Dawkins: Founder/CEO, StartSomeGood
  • Tony Sinclair: Director of Venture Debt, Cataliize
  • Tristan Cole: Co-Founder, Sempo
  • Ursula Hogben: Lawyer, Advisor, Director, Founder & Investor, Zero Emisssions SN Inc
  • Usman Iftikhar: CEO, Catalysr
  • Vaughan Knight: Founder, Bit Rave
  • Will Davies: CEO, Car Next Door
  • William Wang: Founder/CEO, Moroku
  • Zach Varnier: Community & Partnerships Manager, x15 ventures

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 $975M. 

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 90+ 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 FI.co/apply/sydney.


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Alumni of the Founder Institute are creating some of the world's fastest growing startups, having raised over $975M in funding, and building products people love across over 200 cities worldwide.

See the most recent news from our Grads at FI.co/news, or learn more about their stories at FI.co/journey

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