Queensland company wins Startup World Cup Australian final


Queensland-based company, Starts at 60, are heading to the grand final of a world-renowned startup competition after winning the Australian final in Brisbane this week.

Starts at 60 - Australia’s top media site and e-commerce platform for Baby Boomers - were one of 10 Australian startups chosen to compete in the national finals of the Startup World Cup.

They will battle it out with other winners from 40 nations vying for the ultimate investment prize of US$1 million in capital.

Innovation Minister Kate Jones said the government had secured the national finals of the event for the first time in history as part of a partnership with Brisbane Marketing and ImagineX Ventures.

“This is a testament to the fact that Queensland is producing some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs in the world,” she said.

“Congratulations to Starts at 60 for their innovative work in setting up this important community platform.

“I’m proud to say we supported this company through the Advance Queensland Business Development Fund - it’s great to see that paying off now.

Ms Jones said the Palaszczuk Government was investing in innovation to support Queensland businesses.

“We’re committed to supporting startups to create more jobs for Queenslanders. That’s at the core of our innovation agenda,” she said.

“Queensland is home to the second highest number of startups in Australia. With successes like these, we’re becoming world-famous as a great place to do business.”

This event comes a week after Queensland hosted QODE (the largest innovation forum in the Southern Hemisphere) in Brisbane.

“Innovation is a vital economic driver in Queensland. Over the last four years, we’ve supported more than 4450 innovators to create 14,800 new jobs across the state.”

Starts at 60 was founded at home by Brisbane-based mum Rebecca Wilson in 2013 after seeing her retired parents look for a more fulfilling connection with the community.

“We’re thrilled to have won the Australian Regional final of the Startup World Cup and we can’t wait to represent the country at the Startup World Cup in San Francisco next month,” Rebecca said.

“Our team, headquartered in Queensland, benefits greatly from the support of the Queensland Startup Ecosystem. It’s a great place to run a fast growing business”

Now based in West End, the company has expanded to the US and is now the largest digital community of over-60s in the world with 1.2 million community members, helping seniors stay connected and form friendships via the online platform.

Brisbane Deputy Mayor Krista Adams congratulated Brisbane-based Starts at 60 for winning the Startup World Cup Australian final and wished the company the best of luck at the final pitching event in San Francisco.

“Starts at 60 is a prime example of why Brisbane is home to some of the world’s most-talented entrepreneurs, startups and technology experts,” Cr Adams said.

“Brisbane is now Australia’s second largest city for startup founders and hosting the Australian final of the Startup Wold Cup demonstrated how we support local entrepreneurs.

“We are committed to nurturing innovation in Brisbane through such initiatives as appointing Australia’s first Chief Digital Officer and launching a grant program to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses.”

The grand final is due to take place in San Francisco on 17 May.

Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Kate Jones

Business Business & Economy Political Queensland Government Seniors Small Business Technology & Communications

Kate Jones : Queensland Government, Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games :
PO Box 15033, City East QLD 4002, Queensland Wide
07 3719 7530
13 74 68
Kate Jones : Queensland Government, Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Curiocity Brisbane set to generate more than $17 million in 2020 09 December 2019 | Innovation Minister Kate Jones today announced Curiocity Brisbane would attract hundreds of thousands of visitors and inject more than $17 million into the Queensland economy in 2020. More information...
Paris Opera Ballet returns to Queensland for QPAC's 2020 International Series exclusive 09 December 2019 | To celebrate a decade of QPAC International Series performances, Queensland will exclusively welcome back the world-famous dance company that kicked the Series off in 2009, the Paris Opera Ballet. More information...
New data shows tourism’s a driving force of Queensland’s economy 09 December 2019 | Tourism remains a driving force in regions across Queensland, with new data showing the industry employs more than 235,000 people and pumps more than $27 billion into the state’s economy. More information...
Star-studded line-up confirmed for 2020 Brisbane International 26 November 2019 | Barty was the first to guarantee her place in the draw, alongside defending champion and world number two Karolina Pliskova plus Australian Open champion and would number three Osaka. More information...
Magic returns to Brisbane in May 2020 12 November 2019 | More than 50,000 rugby league fans are expected to travel to Brisbane for the second ever Magic Round, to be held on the May long weekend. More information...
New Queensland firefighting machine set for global take-off 11 November 2019 | A Queensland company could hold the key to vastly improving aerial firefighting capabilities around the globe. More information...
Work underway at Australia Zoo’s new wildlife tourism experience 06 November 2019 | Construction has started on a major $8 million tourism infrastructure project being delivered at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast. More information...
Economic data reveals strong growth in international education 22 October 2019 | New data shows Queensland’s international education sector is more diverse than any other state. More information...
New kiwi flights to generate $11 million for the Sunshine Coast 16 October 2019 | The Palaszczuk Government has today announced a deal with Air New Zealand that will increase flights to the Sunshine Coast, bring around 9000 extra tourists over three years and injecting more than $11 million... More information...
Events in regional Queensland set for funding boost 15 October 2019 | Events across regional Queensland will receive a boost in funding from the Palaszczuk Government, with Tourism and Events Queensland today launching the latest round of the Queensland Destination Events Program... More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service