TechCrunch brings the startup battlefield to Australia


It was a big day for some of Australia’s best startups as they came together to compete for the titles of TechCrunch Battlefield Australia winner.

The conference was a pleasure to attend. A mix of startups, investors and event partners had stalls in the buzzing main hall. The only reason people weren’t in the theatre listening to talks or watching pitches was because they were in the main hall meeting new people and making connections.

The standard for pitching was high and the startups were varied, each trying to disrupt their industry including the health, sports, finance and logistics industry to name a few. Watching people walk on stage and share their story in a way that could possibly make or break their business was inspiring and really reminded me of the importance of telling a compelling story no matter what you’re trying to sell.

TechCrunch Battlefield Australia reminded me of the importance in explaining what your ‘secret sauce’ is and making it clear why it’s important. The stand out startups for the day all did this really well.

The panels and sessions between pitches were a great break and provided good tips. Atlassian's Mike Cannon-Brookes said in his fireside chat that growth is about getting the culture right and getting rid of the people who are toxic. He said diversity is also important for growth, Atlassian strives for diversity of thought because they know it helps them create better products for customers and drives their growth as a business overall.

At the end of the day the panel The Asia Opportunity with David Gowdey (Jungle Ventures) Duncan Turner (SOSV) discussed how South East Asia’s GDP makes it a good location for companies in India and China to expand into Singapore, Bangkok or KL because these populations have high disposable income and it’s easier for them to expand there quickly.

The day was jam packed. Three battlefield heats, one round of finals, fireside chats, panel discussion and finally it was 6pm and the winner was announced. The runner up was FluroSat and the winner was Health Match who came away with a tidy $25,000.

HealthMatch makes clinical trials more accessible to patients who need them. Recruiting for clinical trials can prove costly for CROs and tedious and time-consuming for patients, so HealthMatch uses machine learning and proprietary algorithms to efficiently match patients with the trials for which they’re eligible. The service is completely free for patients and charges CROs on a per-client basis or on an annual license.

The first TechCrunch Startup Battlefield in Australia was a huge success, proving that Australian startups can easily compete on a world stage and supporting them to do so with the things all startups need; access to mentors, investors and the opportunity to pitch their idea.