Melbourne has had a tendency to get overlooked, with Alan Jones, a startup evangelist at start-up incubator BlueChilli recently stating “There is more capital in Sydney at the moment than there is in Melbourne and I think there always has been … Sydney is a bigger market than Melbourne, no question.”
And talk of our emerging eco-system weighing heavily in Sydney’s favour.
But are the tides turning? Just a couple of months ago, Melbourne was crowned Australia’s ‘tech capital’ with the Lord Mayor Robert Doyle AC stating, “Our vision is for Melbourne to be recognised as the number one destination for startups and entrepreneurs to ‘start, grow and go global’, across Australia and Asia,”
Melbourne fans, indeed have plenty of reason to feel optimistic. The city still boosts cheaper development, lower office rates and more co-working space than Sydney. Heck, they even made a sport of the dumped share bikes.
The tech hub specifically has a lot to be boastful about, starting with the new tech startups coming through the ranks, including Timelio, Speedlancer and Culture Amp.
Followed by the big software giants using Melbourne as a landing ground, including Slack and Eventbrite.
Finally supported by the local founders continuing to push year on year growth and sharing lessons learnt. We’re looking at you CarSales, Envato, 99Designs.
One thing all these companies have in common is the understanding that people are the power behind growth. So, we’ve uncovered some of the fastest growing from 2017 so far. Let’s have a look to see which Tech companies are on the rise, increasing headcount in 2017.*
Click here to read about how Travelport Locomote has been named one of the top 32 Growing Tech Companies in Melbourne/