Regional start-ups boarded the 'Start-up Xpress' for CeBIT

Regional startups board 'Startup Xpress' for CeBIT

Twenty three start-up companies and organisations from the Hunter and Central Coast regions north of Sydney commandeered a bus this week - the ‘start-up Xpress’ -  to travel to the Asia Pacific’s largest technology exhibition.

The Business Centre in Newcastle – part of the NSW Government’s Business Connect service – organised the bus to give regional start-ups access to expert mentoring, commercialisation support, and exhibiting opportunities at CeBIT.

The Start-Up Xpress was made possible by a regional incubator program called Start House, which is being run by the Business Centre with support from Business Connect.

Television and radio presenter James O’Loghlin joined the start-ups to help them develop the perfect pitch before meeting national and international buyers at CeBIT.

The 23 start-ups, eight of which have received assistance from Jobs for NSW to help develop their technologies, got the chance to connecting with thousands of potential customers, investors and partners while at the exhibition.

They also got exclusive entry to a pitch night held at the Sydney headquarters of professional services organisation Ernst and Young.

Mr O’Loghlin said there is a wide range of regional technologists involved, including Elite Robotics which has developed a robot lawnmower called LUCi.

“These are the best start-ups from our regions, which have been chosen from among the hundreds of participants in the Regional Incubator program,” Mr O’Loghlin said.

The Start House 100 incubator program aims to accelerate development of 100 regional start-ups over five years and nurture a new generation of women start-up founders. 


Accessibility in the City of Mayfield - Founder Chad Ramage knows first-hand the difficulty of accessibility for people with a disability so has developed an app to provide accessibility information.

AdPad of Cameron Park - New way for businesses to advertise via pc tablets provided free to Newcastle households.

Airsight Australia of Mayfield West – Operates drones for engineering, mapping and survey operations as well as corporate video and UAV training services.

Anditi of Newcastle West - Working to unlock the potential of LiDAR, imagery and other spatial big data to provide data insights tailored to customer’s needs.

Beyou Style of Hamilton – start-up focused on bringing technology to personal styling to ‘invest in your greatest asset, yourself’.

Camplify of Newcastle - Connects owners of all types of recreational vehicles (touring caravans, static caravans, motorhomes, campervans and trailer tents) to people who want to hire them.

Chezleon of North Wyong - Inventor Cheryl Pollock developed massage wear to treat Lymphedema (blockage of lymph vessels causing fluid retention) by massaging limbs to encourage fluid flow, after suffering the condition herself from cancer.

Compeat Nutrition of Waratah West – Aims to change the way active people interact, use and receive nutritional support and knowledge. 

Crave New Media of Charlestown - Digital agency specialising in the hospitality industry that built Newcastle foodie Instagram account @cravenewcastle and has launched a ‘Crave’ mobile app focused on food and drink options.

Cube Performance of Central Coast –  Business intelligence software platform to help businesses make educated decisions on forecasting and reporting.

CyferLINX of North Lambton - LinkedIn for coders and developers.

Diffuse Energy of Mayfield West - Creates renewable technologies to enable a shift to a more self-sufficient energy, including a small wind turbine that achieves double power output by using an integrated diffuser.

Eighteen04 of Newcastle West - Incubator and co-working space for clean tech and smart city-based start-ups in the Hunter region.

Elite Robotics of Newcastle West - Using the latest vehicle control technology to develop next generation autonomous vehicles that can detect, track and avoid obstacles while taking the most efficient path.

It's Found of Newcastle - Technology company supporting organisations in every sector around the world. Since founding, it now has users around Australia, Europe, the USA and many other places.

Medconnex of North Wyong – Aims to revolutionise delivery and quality of healthcare by bringing together healthcare professionals, patients and medical information over a secure web-based technology platform.

Newie Ventures of Newcastle West - Team with engineering, electronics, embedded software design, and project management expertise to turn people's visions into products ready for market.

Obelisk Systems of Maitland - Group of engineers, scientists and innovators come together to develop cutting-edge STEM technology for Australian schools.

Optim Controls of Boolaroo – Using cloud-based technology for remote monitoring of VSD-driven (variable speed drive) applications. The monitoring device connects to industrial equipment and gathers data in the cloud accessing via a web browser.

Rapid Phenotyping of New Lambton Heights - Builds mobile devices to put the power of a laboratory into the palm of your hand allowing analysis in the field.

Start House of Newcastle West - Regional incubator to help high value businesses start-up and maximise their potential, with a goal to see 100 businesses succeed over five years, 50 women founders graduate, and 500 jobs created.

Switchdin of Newcastle West - SwitchDin's smart controller systems work with solar and battery powered assets to optimise performance, better manage energy costs, and improve the resilience of power supplies.

Three76 of Newcastle - Co-working space to help people understand how to turn ideas into products and services that people love and that can generate social and economic benefits for the Hunter region.

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