BlueChilli > Blog > Blog > September at BlueChilli was huge!

September started with a bang for BlueChilli following news that the Myer family and tech entrepreneur Simon Hackett have invested $5 million to fund BlueChilli’s international expansion. The news featured in a number of media outlets including BRW and the Australian Financial Review.

BRW's coverage of the Simon Hackett and Myer family investment of $5M in BlueChilli
BRW coverage of the  $5M fund announcement.


We also teamed up with Westpac in the Westpac Innovation Challenge, offering a $40,000 prize to the start-up that creates the most useful and disruptive business solution for Westpac’s SME and commercial real estate customers.

The Westpac Innovation Challenge offers $40K to get your disruptive real estate idea off the ground.


Chris Ball, founder of BlueChilli startup Adventure Honey, has completed his 2,000km ride from Seattle to SanFran! He completed the ride on less than $3 a day, presenting along the way to companies including Telstra and Microsoft about eliminating poverty in developing countries. Chris achieved his goal of raising more than $15,000 to enable 15 changemakers in Kenya help implement their ideas to eliminate poverty.

Chris Ball on the Golden Gate Bridge at the completion of his epic fundraising ride from Seattle to San Francisco.
Chris on the Golden Gate Bridge.

BlueChilli also participated in startup industry event SydStart, with our startups including PT Essentials and GiggedIn exhibiting at the BlueChilli stand. CEO and founder Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin also took to the main stage to share some tips and experience with fellow entrepreneurs.

We’re all looking forward to October being equally as bust as we continue to grow and add new startups to the BlueChilli family.