Today is the day! We are very excited to announce the first cohort of startups selected to participate in the Fusion Founder Program.

Commencing next week, the three-month program will provide founders and entrepreneurs with over one hundred hours of combined mentorship, guest speakers, seminars and workshops to help turn their startups into investable companies. Participants will be based at co-working space Tech Hub in Northbridge, for the duration of the program.

Sam Mead, Fusion Founder Program Director is excited to bring together a group of high quality, Perth-based founders and mentors for the program.

“All of our mentors and guest speakers have experienced startup success right here in Perth,” said Sam. “This cohort will rub shoulders with local startups who speak from experience and will share exactly what it takes to succeed.”

The Nine Fusion Founder Program StartUps

Rachael Stein, Founder of FitJak

FitJak is an online platform that allows you to search, book, and pay for your next fitness session. FitJack has been awarded a full scholarship for the program from Beacham Group.

Leigh Pember & Trace Bridges, Co-Founders of Travel Eggs

Travel Eggs helps backpackers discover a destination through self-guided audio tours. They’re the AirBnB for tours, allowing locals to earn by sharing.

Lori Tyrrell, Founder of The Legal Lackey

The Legal Lackey is a cloud-based platform specialising in case research support, abstracts and reports, interview transcripts, and any other lackey work you don’t have the time or resources to do yourself.

Peter Griffyn, Founder of Dijital

Dijital is a cloud-based platform that provides MSMEs with digital business tools, services and training.

Marcus Cattani, Founder of The Journey Program

The Journey Program combines organisational change with community involvement to prevent injuries in the workplace.

Mark Lockett, Founder of Delivery Engine

Delivery Engine allows independent food retailers and wholesalers to easily get online and connect with customers.

Matt Pound, Founder of Gno-me

Gno-mes are vinyl characters that collectors can send on to other collectors around the world, tracking their progress via hashtags, all while raising money for charity!

Elle Hughes, Co-Founder of EQUIPD

EQUIPD is a peer-to-peer sharing platform for outdoor adventure gear and ultra local tours. EQUIPD was runner up in last week’s Startup Weekend.

Kelli Meugens, Lain Duong, Darren Harlock, James Ross, Co-Founders of Easy OT

Easy OT is a digitalised, in-session care plan app that enables and motivates patient self-tracking, and delivers real-time progress updates to Occupational Therapists. Easy OT won first place in last week’s Startup Weekend.

Mentors and guest speakers for the Fusion Founder Program include the following Perth founders:

Justin Davies, Founder of Emergination and Prezentt

Matt Harley, Founder of Hipflask App

Mike O’Hanlon, Founder of Hipflask App

Miles Burke, Founder of 6Q

Kirstin Butcher, Founder of Tili

Branden Dekenah, Founder of Conducive and Sangoma

Jane Farrow, MD of Clever Starfish

Ian Brown, Entrepreneur in Residence at INSEAD

Cassie Fox, Founder of iZRA

Lauren Trlin, Founder of Buzzy Tasks 

Bernie Janes, Founder of Activity HQ (UK & US based)

Cam Sinclair, Founder of Textie

Jack Quigley, Founder of CrowdfundUP

Robbie Nolan, Senior Consultant at Beacham Group

Shahirah Gardner, Founder of Launchcode

Stuart Kidd, Founder of Apps Ppl, previously AppLabs

Pia Turcinov, Founder of Mystral Enterprises

Ashely Aitken, Founder of Innovately & HEDventures

The Fusion Founder Program culminates with a demo day in August, where program participants are given an opportunity to pitch to both Angel Investors and VCs for seed investment.