Telstra calls for next generation of startups for muru-D

Media Release, 28 September 2015

Telstra backed startup accelerator, muru-D, is calling for applications from technology entrepreneurs pursuing digital business ideas for the third round of its Sydney-based program.

This year, muru-D is also calling for startups from the media industry, following an agreement with Seven West Media. As part of the agreement, one successful startup will receive additional mentoring and support from Seven West Media to help them grow and scale. Seven West Media’s Chief Digital Officer Clive Dickens will also sit on the advisory board of the startup for the six-month program.

The ten successful startups 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.

Following two successful classes in Sydney, one in Singapore and two partnerships with The Icehouse in New Zealand and River City Labs in Brisbane, muru-D SYD3 will also benefit from a highly developed network of mentors and industry professionals.

Mr. Dickens, said he is excited to help foster a new generation of growth in the Australian media landscape. “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.”

Annie Parker, Co-Founder, muru-D, said Seven West Media has been an active mentor and supporter of muru-D since the launch of the academy in Australia.

“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,” Ms Parker concluded.

Applications for muru-D Class #3 are open from today and close on 31 October. Applications can be made via the muru-D website.