Oz Startup News – Monday, 17 December 2018


Reflections on my time at a Startup Accelerator Program


Jimmy Zhong from Syncio  recently completed the Melbourne Accelerator Program.

Each year 10 teams are selected to take part in the five-month Startup Accelerator, where they receive mentoring from some of Australia’s most brilliant business minds, as well as access to a global network of advisors, channel partners and investors, and $20,000 in funding (with no equity taken).

In this post Jimmy reflects on his experience and highlights how it challenged him and how he thought about his startup.


By Jimmy Zhong from Syncio

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Diagnostic app shows promise for depression patients

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have conducted a study further demonstrating the validity of an app that can detect depression.
The THINC-integrated tool (THINC-it) is an app co-designed by researchers from the University of Adelaide’s Discipline of Psychiatry which measures cognitive deficits associated with major depressive disorder (MDD).
A new study evaluated the effectiveness of the app in assessing cognitive function in 127 life long sufferers of MDD.


By Startup Daily

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Are Degrees In Entrepreneurship Worth It?


Jon Westenberg looks at degrees in Entrepreneurship and asks if they are worth it? His answer: “…no.

Sorry, that seems like a simple answer, and it might be too simple. The truth is, going to some college or university and studying entrepreneurship is a waste of time. No successful founder I have ever met — and I’ve met a fucking lot of them — made it like that.

The skills you need as a founder are vastly different to the skills you’re going to learn sitting in a classroom. “

By Jon Westenberg

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Aussie’s $46m solution to braces

AN AUSTRALIAN medical 3D printing company is hoping to take on $30 billion giant Invisalign in the lucrative clear aligner market by offering a faster, more dentist-friendly alternative.
SmileStyler, founded by serial entrepreneur and Melbourne Rebels rugby union club chair Paul Docherty, has already signed up 115 dentists after launching in July and forecasts revenue of $6 million this financial year.


By The Bulletin

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How I turned a startup into one of Australia’s fastest-growing tech companies in 3 years

Aaron Brooks Co-Founder of influencer marketing platfrom Vamp writes about quitting his job, finding a co-founder and launching Vamp.

Here’s more of his story and that of Vamp, which was recently recongised as one of Australia’s fastest growing tech companies.

By Aaron Brooks in Anthill Magazine

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A new Blockchain report has been released, giving insight into how the technology is used in Australia. ACS, the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector, announced the publication of Blockchain Innovation: A Patent Analytics Report at Barangaroo, Sydney.
The report found Australia performs strongly amongst its global counterparts in blockchain technology, with local applicants ranking sixth globally, with 49 patent families registered. Over the past five years, the number of patent filings globally has grown by between 140 and 230% each year.

By Dynamic Business

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