If you’ve visited a startup premises in Sydney or Melbourne you may have seen a StartRail map pinned to the wall. A StartRail map looks a bit like a public transport map, showing how and where many of Sydney and Melbourne’s startups got started.

Begun as a small project for a design student intern in 2012, the StartRail map has appeared in presentations, blog posts, news stories and keynotes across investor pitches, lecture theatres, boardrooms and parliamentary offices in Australia and overseas.

Projects like StartupMuster and AVCAL’s ongoing industry research give us critical data on the changing state of the Australian startup ecosystem. StartRail is neither as meticulous nor as complete. But it does catch your attention, it looks good in a slide or printed and hung, and it proves to everybody you exist 😉

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StartRail is way overdue for an update

The publication date of the next set of maps depends upon you and the local startup community. This year for the first time we’re grateful for the support of TechSydney and volunteer checkers Andrew McCallum and Trevor Doddrell.  

When we feel like we’ve got enough valid, new and changed submissions for a city or region (at least 50), we’ll get started on the graphic design for each map. But it all depends on how many startups submit their details. And we need your help to do that.

How do I know if my startup qualifies to be included?

To be included, you should be a tech startup (not an online store for individually-handcrafted cat collars). You should be Australian (headquartered or substantially based in Australia). You should have a live product or service available now (not a landing page with something crowdfunded and coming soon if you spam this link to enough of your friends). More info on the criteria available at http://StartRail.co 

Why are the current maps only for the Sydney and Melbourne communities?

To produce a new StartRail map we need to have details for at least 50 qualifying startups. We know there are many city and regional communities with more startups than that, but so far, only the Sydney and Melbourne communities have been motivated enough to submit more than 50 startups. So this is a shout out to all our homies in Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Newcastle, Wollongong, Geelong, and the Gold Coast — get your StartRail map made! Recruit your friends today and smash that 50 valid startup goal!

Get started now!

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