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Startup Everythere + Vocus Upstart

Vocus Upstart - investor in Everythere

Startup Everythere + Vocus Upstart

In January I wrote about the Everythere app, how it started and what were my objectives. If it was TLDR; (too long, didn’t read) then in a nutshell it was to be the ambassador app of Apps People and evidence of the quality my team can infuse into a mobile app product, its design and development.

 

6 months on and Everythere has been awarded the Silver Award at the Design 100 Awards for Travel, 2nd place to the Singapore Airlines in-flight app.  Announced end of last week Everythere has now been accepted into the Vocus Upstart accelerator program and awarded a $40k investment.

 

Vocus Upstart is in its second year and applications were received from around the world with only 7 lucky startups selected.  Other than the cash injection, there will be mentoring from some of the country’s most respected  start-up names.  Including Stephen Baxter, who I met during the 2013 Oz App Awards – a successful IT entrepreneur who can be seen weekly on Channel Ten’s Shark Tank.  Charlie Gunningham will be another mentor, he’s had a remarkable journey as both an entrepreneur and now CEO of WA Business News.

 

A mixed-bag of 32 mentors, covering a variety of different businesses and industries will work with Everythere over a 3-month period.  Being part of Vocus Upstart for me is about networking, advice, exposure and finding the right contacts who can help me drive the app to a global market.  It is also another part of the puzzle that will help my own Apps People team steer our clients’ startups in a positive and meaningful direction.

 

I look forward to working with the other 6 founders and 32 mentors during Vocus Upstart and really hope that accelerator programmes like this will help dig out an easy-access pathway to Silicon Valley and international success.

Stuart Kidd

Stuart Kidd is Founder of Apps Ppl and Everythere. He has a long background in mobile app development and he co-founded Australia's first mobile app development and funding company to list on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).