Startup News maps the WA ecosystem

Ecosystem Map Pie feature
Overview of the WA startups ecosystem database. Image - Startup News.

It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a flourishing ecosystem to raise startups.

Various attempts have been made over the years to map out the ecosystem. I remember having a go back in 2015 when I was at Business News. It was a crude attempt…

First attempt at mapping the local startup scene, 2015

The following year, I had another go, inspired by a ‘train line’ version Blue Chilli did for Sydney and Melbourne’s startup scene.

Here was the revised attempt in 2016…

2016 version, using a train line format

On each diagram, there were about 30 to 40 different funding groups, accelerator programs, awards and spaces.

Wind on a few years and Andrew Outhwaite mapped out more than 130 coworking spaces, incubator programs, networking groups, annual events, and investor groups that make up the WA startup ‘ecosystem’.

You can view the result here, or by clicking on the ‘Ecosystem‘ tab at the top of this page. There’s also a subset here, which shows the co-working spaces only (more than 50 of them).

As he mentioned in a Startup West podcast in 2019, Andrew visited about 70% of them personally, when he was working as an Incubator Support person for the federal government.

Graciously, he allowed Startup News to host the work, which remains in an airtable format. (Not an ideal format, we’re working on something better, but this will do for now.)

Please note, this is for interest only, and not to be re-published or re-purposed without written permission from Startup News. Please do not copy all the email addresses and start spamming everyone. Accurate, as far as we can tell, at the time of publication, however, we do not make any warranty as to the accuracy of the information presented. If you see anything that needs updating, feel free to contact us or use this special update form.

The map above and below shows the distribution, and pie chart the various categories…

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Distribution of the ecosystems around WA, and (pie chart) into its various elements. Source – Startup News.

Using the airtable display, you can see basic information on the list which you can expand, filter and sort.

Startup News is also developing a similar airtable of over 540 WA-based startups, which we also plan to publish this year.

Startup News would like to acknowledge the amazing behind-the-scenes work of Andrew Outhwaite to get this database up and running.

Sterling work Andrew!