2015 was a big year for Australian startups — the government decided it wanted an "ideas boom," announcing a A$1.1 billion (US$799 million) innovation fund, and Sydney-based software darling Atlassian went public in a big way.
Startup fever has hit Australia, and 2016 should be just as eventful. Here are 4 startups — some big, some up-and-coming — to keep an eye on in the new year.
It's been a bumper year for Sydney-based graphic design startup Canva. Founded in 2012 by Melanie Perkins, Cliff Obrecht and Cameron Adams, Canva this year claimed 5 million users who have created more than 35 million designs on the platform.
In October, the company secured a US$15 million (A$21 million) funding round from veteran investors such as Blackbird Ventures and Matrix Partners, but also, oddly enough, Hollywood stars Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson.