Monday, 28 September 2015 11:17

Attention next-gen startups: Telstra’s muru-D wants you!


The third round of the Sydney-based part of Telstra’s startup accelerator muru-D is calling for applications from technology entrepreneurs ‘pursuing digital business ideas’.

Have you got a great idea for a media industry startup? Well, following an agreement with Seven West Media, Telstra’s muru-D wants to hear from you - ASAP!

As part of the agreement, one successful startup will receive additional mentoring and support from Seven West Media to help them grow and scale, with Seven West Media’s Chief Digital Officer (CDO) Clive Dickens to sit on the advisory board of the startup for the six-month program.

But it’s not just one startup that will benefit: ten successful startups from the program ‘will receive up to $60,000 seed capital investment, access to business support, a collaborative workspace, mentoring and coaching to help them develop and expand.’

This third upcoming startup accelerator class (dubbed muru-D SYD3) follows to previous classes in Sydney, one in Singapore and two partnerships with The Icehouse in New Zealand and River City Labs in Brisbane, all of which ensures muru-D SYD3 will also benefit from a highly developed network of mentors and industry professionals.


CDO Dickens noted his excitement ‘to help foster a new generation of growth in the Australian media landscape.’

Dickens said: “It has been often said that a great idea than can transform an industry can come from anywhere. Seven West Media’s investment in and support of muru-D SYD3 is undoubtedly a hugely positive innovative step forward.

“Our commitment to muru-D provides a clear indication of the future development of our company as we expand our presence in content and build new businesses that deliver content and services to our audiences, anywhere and on any device.”

The co-founder of muru-D, Annie Parker, noted Seven West Media’s active mentorship and support of muru-D since the launch of the academy in Australia and said: “One of muru-D’s objectives is to grow and support the startup ecosystem in Australia.

“This means working with other corporations and organisations to help educate and advise them on the most meaningful way to participate. We see this partnership as a great outcome; one which could become the blueprint to work with other companies throughout our programs, in Australia and Singapore.” 

“This is a unique opportunity for a media industry startup to receive a specialised level of support and guidance that is in line with our philosophy to provide the best accelerator experience for digital growth and innovation in Australia,” Parker concluded.

Applications for muru-D Class#3 are open from today and close on 31 October.

You can apply via the muru-D website here


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