Seven Perth-based start-ups have graduated from the Founder Institute, an international start-up accelerator program. The institute’s Perth chapter co-director, Claire Robertson, told StartupSmart the graduates were testament to Perth’s rapidly growing start-up ecosystem.
“The start-up scene was active, but small and close-knit – it took me a little while to uncover it,” Robertson says. “I think it’s fair to say there’s been a massive explosion of interest and activity in the Perth start-up scene in the past 18 months.”
The accelerator program is a part-time four-month program for emerging technology-enabled companies. The companies were selected across a wide range of industries. The companies include Thrill Seeker, an online collection of adventure tours and community; Cycle My City, a community creating app that pairs cyclists to local stores and riders of a similar ability; and Codedam, a game development course creator. Two were apps that connected users to existing real-life retailers and services: GeoMoby, an app for location-specific marketing offers for stores; and Eternal Eve, a peer-to-peer recommendation site for beauty, hair, and medical and alternative medicine professionals.