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7 Startups in Sydney to Watch out For

Picture of Paris Donnatella Callan
Updated: 9 October 2017
In a busy and bustling city like Sydney, it comes as no surprise that there are start-ups and small business ventures aplenty. These are the top seven to watch out for; from finance to tech, travel to arts, here are the start-ups making waves in the world of business right now.

BriN

BRiN is the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI) smart phone business advisor. Born out of the frustration of new businesses failing due to lack of information and advice, the app – which is 100% free – can be downloaded from Apple Store or Google Play onto all iOS8 (or higher) devices. Jam packed with all the most frequently asked questions and concerns, BRiN is the pocket-friendly business advisor, who is happy to help day or night. Already tipped as one to watch by Forbes, Sky News and Business Insider, we expect big things from BRiN.

AI app
AI app | Courtesy of BRiN

LayAway Travel

This Sydney-based start up is breaking the rules for holiday-goers worldwide. The nifty travel platform works on a ‘pay later’ scheme everyone is dying to try out. LawAway Travels allows its customers to customise all aspects of their trip; choose the destination and duration, as well as a wide selection of customisable features, before choosing a repayment scheme from five to 24 months. The most popular travel spots right now include Hawaii, Fiji and the US.

Grassrootz

Newly established start-up Grassrootz is changing the way companies and charities fundraise. Their mission is simple: enable ‘for purpose’ organisations to raise more money by reducing the costs of fundraising. Founded by Ben Graetz, Angela Dunn and James Gilray this mobile and online platform has quickly become a favourite for Australian charities such as St Vincent de Paul, Cure Brain Cancer, and the Cancer Council. Recently Grassrootz was awarded the exclusive contract to provide the online fundraising for the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017, and was pleased to announce a 40% rise in funds raised online across the event for Australian charities.

Ben Graetz and Angela Dunn
Ben Graetz and Angela Dunn | Courtesy of Grassrootz

Easy Share

Easy Share is the start-up all housemates are hailing at the minute. This payment app is designed for those sharing a home with numerous people. Gone are the days of splitting electricity bills in quarters and awkward bank transfers, Easy Share allow each individual of a household to sign up, link their bank account, outline their share of bills and the app (thankfully) takes care of the rest. To date the trending start-up has already helped users pay over $10 million worth of rent and bills.

Leezair

Leezair is the Sydney start-up for locals and tourists alike. This platform allows users to log on, state their location and start experiencing. The site offers real time adventure bookings, whether that is climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, whale watching or biking around Manly. Heralding the future of tourism and activity bookings, Leezair is certainly one to watch.

Start a new experience
Start a new experience | Courtesy of Leezair

Inamo

This recently launched tech start-up has received attention internationally for its simple solution to living efficiently. Inamo CURL, developed by Founder and CEO Peter Colbert, is a small and understated waterproof device that can be attached to watches, jewellery, keyrings (and so on) and which can make contactless payments with Visa payWave, and if that doesn’t sound appealing enough, there are no monthly fees, transaction or load fees.

Muru Music

Fusing deep understanding of music with AI, Muru Music takes playlist compilation to new heights. Founded by renowned Pacha Ibiza DJ, Nicc Johnson, Muru Music technology uses AI to allow for better, more accurate song recommendations based on the users preferences, whether that be tempo, energy, popularity or era – all of which can be changed in an instant at the touch of a button. This is tipped to be the next must-have on the music scene; watch this space! Free to download from Apple App Store

Revolutionise your playlist
Revolutionise your playlist | Courtesy of Muru Music