Ideas bloom: first Australian startups land in San Francisco

29 Aug 2016

Australia’s first Landing Pad for startups and entrepreneurs has opened for business with the arrival of the inaugural group of Aussie innovators in San Francisco.

Australia’s Consul General and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner in San Francisco, Chris Oldfield, said the new Landing Pad would put Australian entrepreneurs and startups at the heart of technology and innovation.

“This Landing Pad will let some of the best and brightest Australian startups take their ideas and innovations to the next level by being in the global hub for technology and entrepreneurship,” Mr Oldfield said.

“The San Francisco tech ecosystem really leads the world in fostering successful startups and has produced outstandingly successful companies like Facebook, Airbnb and eBay.

“Now a diverse group of Australian startups ranging from a child-safe Wi-Fi network to a personnel management solution for large volunteer-led events will have the best possible opportunity to find similar success.”

Australia’s San Francisco Landing Pad is the first of five announced by the Australian Government as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

They are being established in global innovation hotspots – Berlin, Shanghai, Tel Aviv and Singapore as well as San Francisco – to help Australian entrepreneurs bring their ideas to market and build high-growth, high-return enterprises.

The San Francisco Landing Pad is managed by Austrade and located at RocketSpace, a technology campus and accelerator in the heart of San Francisco. Approximately 1,000 tech startups have been members of RocketSpace’s community including 17 “unicorns” - technology companies now valued at more than $1 billion.

RocketSpace Founder and CEO, Duncan Logan said: “We are delighted to work with Austrade and offer access to our ecosystem to help Australian tech startups grow.

“RocketSpace is committed to creating a bridge between Silicon Valley and the world’s top tech hubs to help the most promising startups think and expand globally.”

Austrade is using its business networks to facilitate access to investors, customers and strategic partners. By tapping into the existing Australian entrepreneurial ecosystem in San Francisco, Austrade is also helping Landing Pad participants work with their Australian peers and engage them as mentors.

Austrade’s San Francisco office is facilitating networking and mentoring events with visiting Australian university and business delegations, and will engage a dedicated Landing Pad Coordinator who will ensure access to the network of both Australian and other key contacts in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The first group of participants at the San Francisco Landing Pad include:

  • Rosterfy – cloud based, end-to-end, personnel management solution for large volunteer-led events
  • Koala Safe – new Wi-Fi network in the home that is safe for children with time limits, site and app blocking and analytics
  • Gymsales – business development software for gyms which provides a simple, clean, easy to use interface
  • OpenCities – cloud based solution that empowers local governments to better engage and deliver online services and requests to residents
  • VAXXIN8 – cloud based vaccination management solution for healthcare workers to make immunisation compliance simple
  • Arthritis Relief Plus – differentiated, natural and patented product, demonstrated through robust clinical trials to be effective for sufferers of joint pain

Applications are now open for all five Australian Landings Pads in San Francisco, Berlin, Shanghai, Singapore and Tel Aviv. For more information or to apply, visit:

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