- AngelList co-founder Naval Ravikant ranked Startmate alongside Y Combinator and Techstars as one of the top five accelerators in the world.
- The Economist listed Startmate as one of the top accelerators in the world based on follow-on funding for alumni.
Great entrepreneurship inspires great entrepreneurs, and so it is that Niki Scevak finds himself at the forefront of support for a new generation of exceptional Australian startups. A self-described voracious reader and lover of numbers, Niki co-founded and directs Blackbird Ventures, a Sydney-based venture capital firm dedicated to fuelling Australia’s ecosystem of startups. Blackbird pairs the nation’s most successful startup founders with Silicon Valley’s top investors to help homegrown startups compete globally. An irrepressible entrepreneur himself, Niki also founded BookmarkBox (an online service that allowed users manage and share their bookmarks), Homethinking (a real estate site that ranked real estate agents by sales history and customer reviews) and most recently Startmate. A mentor-driven accelerator whose mentors include world-renowned Atlassian co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, Startmate invests in ambitious Australian founders on a mission to be the best in the world.
- Australia’s Biggest Tech VC Firm On What’s Happening Right Now – TechCrunch
- Niki’s Blackbird blog posts