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Who says start-up success can only be found in the Silicon Valley? Australia has seen a number of prosperous start-ups become successful not just on the continent, but around the world as well. Atlassian made headlines in 2015 for its multi-billion dollar Nasdaq opening. And Atlassian is not an outlier. Here is a list of several other Australian start-ups that have really made it:


Nitro is now one of the most famous Aussie brands in the world. Founded in 2005, Nitro disrupted the consumer software world with their PDF streamlining application. The app was available on both computers and cloud, which accounted for its rather wild success. Nitro really took off in 2015, when it acquired DoxIQ to improve upon existing services. Now it’s really difficult to even imagine a world without Nitro.


It’s hard to believe that this super successful digital marketing agency was launched in the bedroom of its founder, Nick Bell, way back in 2007. WME provides clients an array of marketing services, including web design and development. In 2015, the company managed to earn a whipping $22 million in revenue in Australia. Globally, WME raked in an impressive $46 million. The company has been on the upward track since then. It was even received a mention in Deloitte’s 2015 Technology Fast 50. The once one-person company now has 440 employees and has become an inspiration for aspiring Aussie entrepreneurs everywhere.


CliniCloud is Australia’s own health technology company. Founded by two physicians, it provides medical kits to users so they can manage their health from the convenience of their own homes. Consumer tech companies do not necessarily have a successful track record as consumer software companies. CliniCloud, however, has managed to grow and scale at a remarkable rate. Last year, the start-up attracted a $5 million investment from Tencent, the Chinese web company. CliniCloud has since used the money to accelerate rolling out of new products and services, becoming one of the most successful start-ups in the country. It now sells its products in US and Canada via the retail giant Best Buy.

Divvy Parking

No one would have expected a commercial parking start-up to become this successful. Divvy Parking has beat all expectations and impressively disrupted the commercial parking market. The company attracted a headline-generating $.2.5 million in seed funding in 2015 alone. Divvy Parking is now called the Aussie Airbnb for parking, and has reduced parking headaches for many Aussies countrywide.


Marketplacer has surprisingly become quite successful as a tech-oriented marketplace platform. It has attracted millions in investments in the last two years. It allows users access to various content marketing services, such as SEO and building web store platforms. The services are very high in demand. As a result, Marketplacer has becomes one of the highest valued companies in the country. The start-up is now offering services worldwide in US, New Zealand, and Germany.


The online graphics design program has an incredibly successful run in the past two years. Just in 2015, the company saw its user base more than triple from 1.8 million to 7 million. It has attracted investments from everywhere. Even the American actor Owen Wilson now has a stake in this company. Canva’s design tools are highly in demand and are greatly praised. The company is definitely poised to enjoy a lucrative 2017 as well.

The above are only a handful of successful Aussie start-ups.

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