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Welcome to the Startup West podcast. We talk with West Australian startups who have been there and done it, or are right here and doing it! Recorded in beautiful Perth, WA; produced by Startup News, and brought to you thanks to support from the New Industries Fund, Spacecubed, Curtin University, RSM, the City of Perth and Dinner Twist. Co-hosts: Charlie Gunningham and Danelle Cross. Editor: Carmen Yee. Startup West acknowledges the Whadjuk Nyoongar people, traditional owners of the lands and waters of Perth, where this podcast is recorded, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

Welcome to the Startup West podcast. We talk with West Australian startups who have been there and done it, or are right here and doing it! Recorded in beautiful Perth, WA; produced by Startup News, and brought to you thanks to support from the New Industries Fund, Spacecubed, Curtin University, RSM, the City of Perth and Dinner Twist. Co-hosts: Charlie Gunningham and Danelle Cross. Editor: Carmen Yee. Startup West acknowledges the Whadjuk Nyoongar people, traditional owners of the lands and waters of Perth, where this podcast is recorded, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

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Welcome to the Startup West podcast. We talk with West Australian startups who have been there and done it, or are right here and doing it! Recorded in beautiful Perth, WA; produced by Startup News, and brought to you thanks to support from the New Industries Fund, Spacecubed, Curtin University, RSM, the City of Perth and Dinner Twist. Co-hosts: Charlie Gunningham and Danelle Cross. Editor: Carmen Yee. Startup West acknowledges the Whadjuk Nyoongar people, traditional owners of the lands and waters of Perth, where this podcast is recorded, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

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English


Episodes

64. Cullum Ashton - BuilderzWA + Proptech Hub

10/12/2021
Danelle and Charlie talk with Cullum (Ash) Ashton, founder of BuilderzWA, and also Proptech Hub, the first and only home for WA proptechs in Perth. Ash has had a variety of jobs, from running pizza shops to organising town competitions, a stint in the army and then into selling new homes. He's the embodiment of the entrepreneur, always hustling, always creating, putting his infectious enthusiasm into all he does. “… So I put a sign out the front that’s said ‘Toilet this way’ so I’d have the...

Duration:00:35:21

63. Elizabeth Knight - Purposeful

9/28/2021
Charlie and Danelle talk with Elizabeth Knight, founder of edtech startup Purposeful. A top student at school, Elizabeth had no idea what she wanted to do as a career, or how to start thinking about it. She realised many people of school age had similar problems, so started Purposeful - straight out of uni - to encourage young people to 'find their place' in the world. "More than half of young Australians – and it’s way higher now – have no idea of what they want to do. One of their biggest...

Duration:00:33:22

62. Dan Jovevski - WeMoney

9/7/2021
Charlie and Danelle talk with Dan Jovevski, founder and CEO of fintech WeMoney. Dan has already had one fintech journey, from founder to exit with SwitchMyLoan, and he's back for more. Not a great success at school, Dan remembers a conversation with his grandfather that turned his life around and opened his eyes to what was possible. Many years later, his second startup, launched during Covid last year, raised $2M and is changing the way millennials and others learn about money, from each...

Duration:00:36:41

61. Natalie Marinho - Voyant AR

8/24/2021
Danelle and Charlie talk with Natalie Marinho, founder of Voyant AR and Neon Thursday, and Chair of Immerse Australia. Natalie shares stories from her fascinating career in the creative, corporate and IT industries, all over the world, before she became immersed (if you forgive the pun) in mixed reality. "Take a step back frequently, and acknowledge the success you’ve had, because if it was easy, then everyone would be doing it, or it would have already been done.” ~ Natalie Marinho. For...

Duration:00:30:49

60. Jason Waller - InteliCare

8/10/2021
Charlie and Danelle talk with Jason Waller, CEO of ASX-listed smart home tech company for elderly care, InteliCare. Jason has already taken one ASX company (Spookfish) through to exit as CEO. Last year, he took InteliCare through a successful listing, and is building up the business nationally. "I describe it as crossing a river using stepping stones. It’s never going to be a bridge. You have to go across stepping stones, and choose each one, and you might find yourself stranded and have to...

Duration:00:37:13

59. Daisy Ashworth - Mortgage Mates

7/27/2021
Danelle and Charlie talk with Daisy Ashworth, founder of Mortgage Mates, a housing platform supporting individuals to co-own property together. Originally from the UK, Daisy has worked in social housing programs for many years, and has developed her startup in WA to help younger people get into property. “… Understand that overnight successes usually take 10 years of overnight success. So, go into it being realistic, and that this might take a long time to come to fruition, but actually...

Duration:00:34:36

58. Erin Bell - Camp Connect

7/13/2021
Charlie talks with Erin Bell, founder and MD of Camp Connect. After a decade working in HR and health and safety on various mine sites, Erin realised she was seeing the same issues time and time again with FIFO workers. The sector has a relatively poor record for employee engagement, staff turnover, mental health issues and suicide. To solve this, she developed Camp Connect, an app that provides all the needs to staff on site. She's now on the cusp of commercialisation, with her first paying...

Duration:00:32:43

57. Nick Saunders - Opaxe / Grow Impact

6/22/2021
Charlie and Danelle talk with Nick Saunders, who is CEO of not one but two startups, Opaxe and Grow Impact. As you will hear, Nick has had an incredible career, from Perth, via London, Europe and South America and back to Perth. Along the way he has run startups and accelerators in London, Bulgaria and Chile. He has been back in Perth for a few years now, and is leading two startups, and has some great insights to share. Listen to the very end, for a bonus story in which Nick had to do a...

Duration:00:41:50

56. Zara Torre - The Difference

6/8/2021
Danelle and Charlie talk with the inspirational and incredibly talented Dr Zara Torre, founder of The Difference. Zara has degrees in law, dentistry, political science and public health, and wanted to create an easy way for people to give to charity while making online purchases. “I feel very privileged to have had this life. When I was young, we used to go back to India, and I had a few seminal experiences where I witnessed police brutality, I witnessed a lot of poverty, and I thought – how...

Duration:00:31:18

55. Clinton Schroeder - Tokn

5/25/2021
Charlie and Danelle talk with Clinton Schroeder, co-founder and CEO of Tokn, an intelligent enterprise software platform (IPaaS). An award-winning startup, growing to ten staff over five years with clients in Australia and New Zealand, Tokn allows enterprise software to be used on any device. “… I think WA is a very innovative place. And I think we’ve always had to be, being isolated on the west of Australia, right back through the ages. Great innovations come from here. But the market is...

Duration:00:33:53

54. Charlie Gunningham talking with Tech Society

5/18/2021
Charlie Gunningham tells his story to the Tech Society podcast's Alex Dunmow and John Nguyen. Thanks to them for this cross-over episode, recorded earlier this year. Charlie has had 20+ years experience in the WA startup scene, from founder through to exit himself with aussiehome.com, then reiwa.com, CEO of Business News, working for a federal government fund, doing deals, as angel investor, as mentor, adviser and writer. He took over Startup News in 2018, launching the Startup West podcast...

Duration:00:34:21

53. Steve Elias & Gavin Stacey - RSM

4/27/2021
In this episode, Charlie talks with Steve Elias and Gavin Stacey from accounting group RSM. Steve and Gavin each have more than a decade's experience working with hundreds of local startups: on their R&D tax claims, grant applications, ESIC, planning, advisory and fund-raising. They share their insights on what it takes to make a successful startup. “When I first started in R&D tax 15 years ago, you wouldn’t believe it, but not a lot of companies knew about the program, despite the fact that...

Duration:00:33:49

52. Amanda Walker - WA HomeStay

4/13/2021
In this episode, Charlie talks with Amanda Walker, the founder and CEO of short-term accommodation and holiday rental site, WA HomeStay. When an overseas-owned accommodation site was taken over and the deal worsened for homeowners, Amanda decided to start her own. She's learnt a lot over the past two years and shares freely her advice for budding startup founders. “… Because I’m juggling my family life, as well as the startup business, so I am very deliberate with the events that I go to. I...

Duration:00:31:24

51. Chris Evans - Quipmo

3/30/2021
In this episode, Danelle and Charlie talk with the always-smiling Chris Evans, founder/CEO of Quipmo, the surf, bike and snow peer-to-peer rental marketplace ("equipment for the moment"). Chris has been running the business on his own for four years, and late last year secured an investor, and has recently hired some staff, and is looking to grow and scale. "A marketplace is a phenomenally challenging business. Notwithstanding, that is also a blessing and a curse. If you can make it work,...

Duration:00:29:29

50. Dr Sue Bahn - Tap Into Safety

3/16/2021
Welcome to 2021 and Series 3 of the Startup West podcast, where we talk with startup founders and others working in and with West Australian startups. In this episode, we talk with Dr Sue Bahn, founder and CEO of Tap into Safety, which has provided online training courses across several industries since 2014. "If you think you’ve got a good idea, first of all, have a go. No question. Secondly, you need to do your research and see that you are actually solving a problem that the market will...

Duration:00:29:04

49. Freo Startup Fest Panel - VGW, WeMoney + Bunsters

12/16/2020
Welcome to a special episode of Startup West: a panel recorded in front of a live audience at Little Creatures in Fremantle as part of this year's Freo Startup Fest. Charlie Gunningham chats with Matt James (CTO of Virtual Gaming Worlds), Renae Bunster, (founder of Bunsters) and Dan Jovevski (founder and CEO of WeMoney). We titled the session - Building a scalable business in WA... what pandemic?! The panellists notched up notable achievements in 2020: • two raised $2M each; • one had a...

Duration:00:30:10

48. Suzanne Dodds - Complete Home Filtration

12/8/2020
Winner of 2019 Women in Technology Awards, and 2020 Rise Startup of the Year Awards, CEO and founder of Complete Home Filtration Suzanne Dodds talks with Charlie and Danelle. Originally from Northern Ireland, Suzanne has run businesses in Australia, South Korea and Spain, has an MBA, 3 kids and a husband. Her water filtration company was launched in 2018, and recently closed a $2.4M Series A round to advance its growth around the country. Revenues are already approaching $1M/month. “After...

Duration:00:35:37

47. Kate Kirwin - She Codes

11/24/2020
Danelle and Charlie talk with Kate Kirwin, Founder and Lead Organiser of She Codes, a 5-year old organisation that has taught more than 4,500 women to code. “There’s no shortage of women… and it really frustrates me when people tell me all the time ‘Oh, there’s just no women in tech because women don’t want to do it, or they’re not out there. They are! They just need the support to be able to get there.” ~ Kate Kirwin. Amen. Kate and her team are doing wonderful work. For more:...

Duration:00:34:16

46. Michael Palmer - Ads on Wheels

11/10/2020
Kali and Charlie talk with Michael Palmer, co-founder and director of the vehicle adtech platform, Ads on Wheels. After several years selling cars, Michael had an idea to turn the advertising market upside down, support local businesses and provide income back to drivers. Now two years into operations, the business has recently graduated from Perth's Plus Eight Tech accelerator, with big plans. "By 2023, we want to try and get $3M back into the community, because we’re one of – if not the...

Duration:00:25:06

45. Lorena Sumich - KIXXFIT

10/27/2020
Charlie and Kali talk with Lorena Sumich, co-founder and CEO of the fitness coach marketplace, KIXXFIT. Not every startup co-founder needs degrees in commerce and law, and years in management consulting, but it helps! Lorena tells the story of what led to the creation of KIXXFIT, and how it has been going since launch. “... I always say, when you go to those dark places, you need to bring a backpack, bring a torch, a notebook and some snacks! Because you’re going to be down there for a...

Duration:00:29:42