By John Kennedy – Siliconrepublic
Sydney has a vibrant and diverse start-up ecosystem that is characterised by a focus on solving real-world problems.
Start-ups from Down Under are actually closer to the heart of tech innovation on a global basis than geography would otherwise suggest.
There is a certain clarity to their focus and their respective solutions, and it is unsurprising that Australia has already fielded three tech companies that have achieved unicorn status. These include enterprise software doyen Atlassian, which is currently worth around $25bn, as well as graphics software player Canva and cross-border payments player Airwallex, both valued at more than $1bn.
While start-ups can come from anywhere, in terms of ecosystems the start-up scene in Australia seems to straddle three main cities: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Startup Genome’s 2018 report labelled Sydney as the fourth best in the world for local connectedness and commended it as an ecosystem to watch for developing fintech and adtech companies.
And so, here are the start-ups from Sydney to watch in 2019 and beyond…