Here are 19 Australian startups that had an amazing 2015

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Startups and entrepreneurs had a lot to be proud of in 2015.

Last year Atlassian, the software company behind Jira and HipChat products, made headlines as the biggest success story in Australia after its $8 billion float on the Nasdaq in December. It was a long-awaited tech IPO with the Sydney-based collaboration software group, headed by duo Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, trading at $27 per share and beating its listing price by an incredible 30%.

But in between, Australia’s startup scene was littered with other companies kicking major goals.

We compiled a list of the startups that have had an incredible run in 2015, hitting huge milestones and making remarkable progress in their field.

Here’s a look at what they accomplished.


Founded by Matt Bullock, eWay is an online payments provider that was launched in 1998 to simplify payment processes.

Based in Canberra, the startup was the first payment provider to offer Apple Pay in Australia and processed close to $6 billion in payments this year which was a record for the company.

Last year, eWay was also seen as the preferred method for online payments by Australians and was responsible for 1 in 4 of all of Australia’s online transactions.

Since its launch 18 years ago, the company has experienced considerable growth and now has operations in eight countries across the world.