The West Australian
The WA start-ups to watch in 2020
WA is home to some of the most successful Australian start-ups, and now with more support programs available, experts say 2020 is shaping up to be a breakout year.
Canva, HealthEngine, Appbot and Agworld are some of the biggest success stories to come out of WA’s start-up industry, and while Sydney might be better known as the nation’s startup capital, Perth is quickly emerging as a preferred hub. Ranging from online gaming to wine inventory management, the start-ups to watch in 2020 vary widely in their service offering, but are all making waves in WA and further afield. What to watch in 2020
Headed by an ex-Microsoft executive, RateIt’s real-time customer feedback software has won over companies including Adidas,
IKEA and Pandora since being founded four years ago.
Inventory management for hospitality venues such as restaurants, bars and hotels can be a time-consuming, expensive exercise. The team behind start-up Cellr are working on improving the process through tracking individual bottles via radio frequency identification technologies.
Taking out last year’s WA Innovator of the year, software startup Udrew offers a unique DIY service for designing, planning and engineering, as well as providing construction and material guides.
Wide Open Agriculture is a regenerative food and farming company based out of Williams that listed on the ASX with a $5 million IPO last July. They partner with farmers committed to rebuilding healthy soil, enhancing biodiversity and restoring waterways.
WA also has a strong group of medtech and biotech start-ups and ones to watch, include Onco Res Medical, Noisy Guts and ASXlisted Orthocell.
For She Codes, previously Perth(web)Girls, a focus this year is to build on their model of helping women get into tech careers. They have lofty goals, aiming to inspire 100,000 women to enter tech by 2025, and so far have trained more than 3000 women in HTML, CSS, Python and Django.
“Only 29 per cent of people that work in technology are female and 75 per cent of the fastest growing jobs require technical skills,” Kate Kirwin, pictured, founder of She Codes, said. “That is behind our mission to break down the barriers and to get more women into those technical roles.
“We know that we need 200,000 people in tech across Australia by 2025 to stay globally competitive and our goal is to see half of those positions held by women.”