What is PushStart?

PushStart runs activities for early stage Australian tech startups.

Combining education, mentoring from experienced tech startup people both here in Australia and around the world, and seed funding, we give local tech entrepreneurs help to start, grow & succeed.

About PushStart Activities

Our underlying philosophy is that relevant, contextual advice and guidance is the highest value help you can offer an early stage startup.

As such, no matter the event or activity, our core focus is on connecting founders with the people and organisations who can help them gain the knowledge they need to succeed.

What are the PushStart Values?

Core to the creation of PushStart are a few key values:

1. Helping People = Win.

There’s no secret recipe to startup success but what we can say with some certainty is that if we help startup entrepreneurs, as people, develop their skills, knowledge and experience then they’ll have benefited even if their startup fails.

2. Building Community = Win.

Cooperation and competition have long been acknowledged as key ingredients in the formation of successful industries. As such, the potential for success of each Australian tech startup improves dramatically the more we grow the local tech startup community.

PushStart believes strongly in the idea that connecting people from different parts of the ecosystem is the best way to create a local community that will in turn create the type of startups that will bring the world’s attention to Australia.

With that in mind, while we’re really keen to bring people together we’re also really keen to help people tap into other activities in the local startup ecosystem run by other incredible people who share a passion for building the Australian tech startup industry too. Whether community events, other accelerators, other funding opportunities or anything else, PushStart’s ultimate success will be judged by how high we can help the ecosystem as a whole rise, not just our own progress.

3. Open and Inclusive = Win.

People and community are great but if the activities PushStart is involved with are closed off to a select few, then what will we really have achieved?

As such, PushStart aims to be open and inclusive with all of our activities.


What is the PushStart Approach to Mentoring?

Mentors, or trusted advisors, are a key part of PushStart activities.

We believe the type of advice and guidance a startup needs is context specific.

PushStart’s philosophy is that the best form of mentoring is provided by a broad based group of mentors that can offer specific knowledge and industry expertise where required.

To cover off all contexts, we have deliberately brought together a group of mentors who, between them, can help out with any part of the startup process, in any industry, no matter what part of the startup lifecycle your business is in or where in the world you’re focusing.


How Do You Get Involved?

If you’re a startup there are lots of different ways you can get involved with PushStart.

Sign up to our mailing list, follow our blog or follow our twitter account and we’ll keep you posted on what’s coming up for you to participate in.

If you’re someone who has experience in the tech startup industry that you think other startups might be able to benefit from, then head on over to our Mentor Page to find out how you can be involved.

If you don’t fall into either of these categories then you can still help out by spreading the word about PushStart.


Who’s Behind PushStart?

PushStart was founded in March 2011 by Kim HerasRoger Kermode and John Haining - 3 long-time members of the Australian Startup Community. It is now run on a daily basis by Kim Heras, supported by an amazing group of Friends of PushStart who dedicate their time and effort in the pursuit of PushStart’s values.


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