The Humans of Startup-land: Event Insights and Highlights

Earlier this month, Tank Stream Labs and EY generously hosted StartupWA's first event of 2018 - The Humans of Startup-land.

Joined by 100+ startup community members, founders and industry partners overlooking the picturesque Elizabeth Quay, guests heard stories and insights from five startups and others who were amongst the first "Humans of Startup-land" to be showcased for StartupWA's upcoming community engagement campaign which was officially launched at the event.

You can watch the video below and read on for relevant links and highlights.

This event saw the official launch of StartupWA's new Humans of Startup-land campaign, designed to highlight the diverse range of innovators and entrepreneurs with interesting stories, achieving great things, building new businesses and creating the jobs of the future to support WA's economy.

As StartupWA Executive Officer, Sam Birmingham, explained in his opening address:

I think the challenge we would like to give to everyone out of this campaign, as a group, is to acknowledge that we can be a bit insular at times. We are lucky enough to have all these great co-working spaces, fellow founders to bounce ideas off, educational events to attend for free - that's great, but it's really important for us to take that message beyond the community that we are 'live' in, and try champion that more broadly.
The reality is that there are people out there doing fascinating stuff - some of the best stories are the ones we don't even see because they're just really busy making a great business.

To apply for your startup to be featured in StartupWA's Humans of Startup-land campaign and to share your story, please complete the online Nomination Form here. If you have any questions, please email -


Sam's introduction was followed by presentations from our first "Humans of Startup-land":

  • Tim Hyde of Swan Water Systems - their agtech platform collects data from multiple areas around an irrigated operation and crunches the data for precise management whilst operating independently of hardware.

  • Hasib Sarvari, Mark Lockett and Shiv Rajendran of Hackerpals and Binary Crate - passionate code-lovers who launched a not-for-profit to reduce the STEM gap by teaching kids to code, which is spinning out a web-based technology platform to provide a better learning environment for digital skills.

  • Creswell Casey and Tracia Almeida of MOBEEZ - the #1 way employees get access to CBD-style lunch variety in the suburbs, Mobeez shared their story of reverse-engineering the fast-food model, encouraging consumers to down-size rather than up-size their meals. Instead of "would you like fries with that?" we should be asking "would you like veggies with that?"

  • Alistair Swanson of Flicq and Mukesh Patel of Visual Intellect - nominated by CORE Innovation Hub, both co-founders shared stories of innovating in the resources and energy sector with applications of artificial intelligence, IoT and next-generation technology

  • Plus entrepreneurial highlights, advice and lessons learned from startup community member Matt Dale, aspiring med-tech co-founder James Heaton and self-proclaimed "nerd to the core" Andy Dent.


Insightful events on big-picture topics are just one of the activities StartupWA undertakes in service of its mission to champion the ventures of tomorrow.

Thanks to our event partners who made this possible:

Finally, thank you to everyone who came along in person or participated online, it was great to launch this Humans of Startup-land campaign with so many engaged startup community members.

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