2017 Cohort

Introducing the final teams for the first EduGrowth accelerator. The program kicks off in February 2017 and teams are working in residence at our offices, at We Work Pyrmont. Selected from more than 100 applications, the field has narrowed to five teams, with seven talented entrepreneurs. We’ll be sharing their stories as they progress over the six months of the program. 

Upstart Academy

Founders Martin Astbury, Leo Walton
Upstart Academy is making practical experience accessible to all Uni students with an online marketplace of pre-packaged projects in digital marketing.

More about Leo & Martin
Hi, I’m Leo. I like to think of myself as someone who is a stickler for solving problems. I’m a professionally trained graphic/web designer with 5 years experience at a development firm. I’ve had an inherent interest in startups and entrepreneurship for some time. I launched my own clothing label (Soul Provider), which involved designing a whole range of clothes and an eCommerce platform. I also worked with Martin on a project to create a carpooling service for students, called uPool. uPool was a disastrous failure, but the learning experience has certainly served us well for Prevyou.

Hello, I’m Martin. I became obsessed with entrepreneurship whilst studying at University. During this time I launched a few projects including a carpooling service (uPool) and a small gardening business. When I graduated in 2014 I was accepted into the NAB graduate program in Melbourne. The spark for Prevyou came from a shared experience with other Graduates of feeling completely unprepared for the real world. It started a small side project in late 2015 and soon gathered momentum. In mid-2016, with Leo and Alex onboard we were accepted into the Vocus Upstart accelerator. This meant leaving NAB to focus on Prevyou full time.

Life is Yellow

Founder – Isuru Wanasinghe
Life is Yellow is a delightfully addictive iPad game that gets primary school students practicing mathematics under time pressure without them even realising it.

More about Isuru
Isuru is co-founder of Project Academy and ex-director at Fiftysix Creations.

Project Academy is an after-school tuition centre best known for its eccentric interior design, colourful culture and its set of iPad apps that semi-autonomously runs the entire organisation – the apps manage the organisation’s timetabling, homework allocation, homework storage, homework marking, includes a digital library of resources, analyses the performance of each student, and automatically reports important metrics to parents.

Fiftysix Creations has developed a tablet for kids, that kids build themselves. It’s a lesson in computer science – when the child opens the box there is a motherboard, a battery, a speaker, a microphone, cables and other components. Fiftysix has educated over 45,000 kids through its tablets and workshops so far and aims to reach 1 million kids by 2020.


Founder – Liv Pennie
The aim of BEcoME is to inspire children and young adults to explore, design and manage their career and life ongoing, in an increasingly dynamic world.

More about Liv
Just as BEcoME is a collision of academia and innovation, Liv brings unique experience from these two worlds together. With an MA in Psychology, Grad Cert in Education & Career Development combined with 18 years in advertising developing winning strategies, communications and innovative digital products at some of the best agencies around the world. She’s led big teams through transformation and small teams through amazing growth, working with clients from all categories (eBay, Canon, Apple, Playstation) to develop winning strategies, platforms and digital products.

With her passion project calling and the desire to build her own business, she completed the graduate professional qualification in Career Development in 2016. She has also served for 4 years as a Board Director of KidsGive, an NFP who work with 4,000 primary schools in Australia to empower kids to change the world by helping them change the lives of others.

Revision Village

Founders Jack and John Fox
A beautifully simple and effective method for preparing for the IB Maths SL exam. Focused on IB Exam Questions & Intuitive Filtering.

More about Jack & John
Born to two Maths teachers, education is in their blood and they have strong, positive views of the tremendous change the education landscape is going to go through in the next 5-10 years.

Career highlights for Jack Fox have been going to Griffith University Full Scholarship in Engineering and winning the University Medal. This was followed by an engineering internship at BHP Billiton. Jack founded and operated ‘Infinity Maths’ profitably for 2 years.

John Fox went the Queensland University of Technology on a Full Scholarship to study Engineering, winning the Biomedical Engineering Prize. John went on to study a 3 Year Business Management Graduate Program with the Swire Group Australia.


Founder- Ria Chan
Craftsposure is an online business school for creatives. Its mission is to help a community of passion makers turn their passions into profit.

More about Ria
I’m Ria from Craftsposure. I’m a graphic designer by trade and a digital marketer by trial and error. I started off freelancing in design and marketing before the itch to start my own business became too strong. These days, I regularly teach makers how they can use digital tools and platforms to grow their online business through Craftsposure.


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