Startup News, The West Australian, Business News and even the team here at Spacecubed often put together lists in the new year of ‘the ones to watch’. With so many great individuals, teams and companies making waves each year, it’s great to see them highlighted in local media as we watch their success as an ecosystem.
Tom Young, Plus Eight alumni and long-term Spacecubed champion, set up his startup uDrew as the world's first building technology platform that makes designing, planning and building your own projects faster and more affordable. Following his program participation in 2018, uDrew went on to receive an Australian Federal Government's Accelerating Commercialisation Grant, win the SPUR award for best innovative use of Landgate and government location data, win the 2019 Telstra Emerging and Energised Finalist award for 2019, take out WA Innovator of the Year in 2018.
The Ladies’ Project completed the Plus Eight program in 2020 and within weeks of completing the program, went on to secure investment through RAC BetterLabs Venture Fund. The Ladies’ Project is a powerful platform for intelligent, determined, strong, inspiring women who are learning English as a second (or third, fourth, fifth) language. Their focus on community has driven their success and empowered women, with over 3.8M women from around the world subscribing to their Youtube channel.
Laurence and VGW is a great example of a company that stayed head office in WA and we are now seeing the full flywheel in action. VGW is hiring graduates of She Codes and investing back into the program. The initial team from VGW is now contributing their skills and expertise back into other growing companies in the ecosystem. I believe over the coming years we will see this support ramped up once there is liquidity events and reinvestment back into the ecosystem and the startups it supports.
2020 Plus Eight graduate, Ads on Wheels have gone from strength to strength in the last twelve months. With their exciting new concept for advertising that creates a new way for brands to cut through advertising clutter to target geographical locations, targeted demographics and internal word of mouth. Mentioned in the West Australian earlier this year to share how they are boosting income for local Aussies, and in Business News top 10 startups to watch, there’s no stopping Michael Palmer and business partner Daniel Schoonderwoerd on their mission to open operations in every major city in Australia.