NSW startups set to shine at StartCon 2017

Media release | 1 December 2017

The NSW Government will be well represented at StartCon 2017, Australia’s largest startup conference today and tomorrow, with 11 Jobs for NSW supported startups competing in its pitching competition.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business John Barilaro said the Government had supported development of some of the State’s brightest startups which will pitch their ideas to a range of the investment community’s most influential people.

“It’s fantastic to see 11 startups supported by the NSW Government-backed Jobs for NSW taking part in Australia’s largest pitching competition,” Mr Barilaro said.

“They include Scalamed which is developing a global digital prescription system based on blockchain technology, Sonder Design which has created the world’s first E Ink keyboard, and Pacific Collective of Coffs Harbour which is turning plastic waste into income for coastal communities.

“Other companies include MySail, Mosaic Money, Advanced Catering, RagTagd, PASCAL, Checkbox, Forcite and Clinivid with a range of technologies.

“We hope to build on the success of last year’s pitch competition which saw Jobs for NSW supported companies Uprise and Wipehero win the Best Startup for Social Good and the Best Student Run Startup Awards respectively.

“Last year 85 startup founders presented to seasoned investors including the Shark Tank’s Steve Baxter, and this year there will be more than 18 experts and investors judging and mentoring the pitches.”

Mr Barilaro said Jobs for NSW is assisting startup companies with grants to prove their products and business models and to accelerate their market adoption, as well as loans and loan guarantees to help fast-growing SMEs access growth finance.

“Jobs for NSW is  the Government partner of the StartCon conference and is committed to further support growth opportunities for our State’s thriving startup sector, on top of its $35 million investment in the Sydney Startup Hub,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Over the past six years high-growth SMEs that make up just six per cent of NSW firms have created over 1 million new jobs. StartCon will shine a light on Sydney by attracting some of the world’s biggest technology names among 4,000 attendees, 350 investors and 60 speakers, while promoting our best startup talent to a wide international audience.”

Jobs for NSW supported companies pitching at Startcon 2017


Based on blockchain technology, ScalaMed is a mobile user platform for managing medical prescriptions. Targeted at medical practitioners, patients and pharmacists, prescriptions are centralised, secure and portable allowing users to have greater control over their health.

Mosaic Money

Australians are constantly faced with expensive, complex and disconnected investment opportunities. Mosaic Money is an online investment tool, or bank account, for all Australians, which enables users to invest any amount into popular domestic brands. Users can combine investment, transaction and savings accounts into one product.

Advanced Catering

QAmC is a catering solution allowing users to track the origin of their food to the HACCP data, and to chef’s responsible for each component. The solution generates a unique barcode for every batch of cooked or prepared food components, guiding chefs through the chilling, plating and regeneration process.

Sonder Design

Sonder Design is an online and interactive education startup that allows its users to develop a dynamic E-Ink computer keyboard. Users can customise the keyboard to their own individual icons and preferences, change languages, transfer emoticons to text or create their very own keys.


PASCAL is a SaaS customer experience platform, targeted at the everyday marketer, which helps to simplify the automation of complex customer journeys. The tool leverages machine learning and experimentation to simulate and test thousands of variations to optimise customer interaction.


Managing compliance is costing Australian businesses billions of dollars every year. Checkbox is a compliance management tool that transforms often messy, unworkable processes into a human-friendly, results driven solution in the cloud.


Forcite is a leading, technology startup developing integrated smart helmet products. With cutting edge technology and experience in safe integration of electronics system, Forcite is changing the way we use helmets and making them safer than ever.

Forcite's custom hardware and software package called the "EON system" is adaptable for specific purposes and functions. It eliminates the need for externally mounted devices such as cameras and communication headsets allowing for the creation of the most sophisticated and safe smart helmets available.


A fast, simple solution for clinicians that allows users to send and receive clinical information, including images and videos, quickly and securely. Clinivid facilitates better communication because it reduces inefficiencies and minimises risks and errors in health care delivery.


Aiming to eliminate the traditional legwork of sourcing new crew members, MySail is a centralised online platform helping yacht owners get their crew sorted fast and build a winning race team, as well as assisting sailors to find new opportunities to join a race team.

The Pacific Collective

Fighting the war against waste, The Pacific Collective’s ‘Shruder’ machine shreds, extrudes and repurposes old plastics into new items for sale, providing income for pacific coastal communities.


RagTagd is a lost property solution, targeted at school students and parents, which automatically notifies users by SMS if their items have made their way into lost property.

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