Muru-D is not only the major sponsor for Sydney SWEDU 2014 but is also hosting the event at their campus in Paddington from 27th-29th June 2014.
Here is our conversation with Rachel Bui from Muru-D about their focus areas and reasons for supporting SWEDU 2014.
Rachael, tell us more about Muru-D?
Muru-D is a new startup accelerator backed by Telstra. We are looking to support the best digital talent that the Australasian region has to offer by offering startups $40k for 6% equity, 6 months in our co-working space, mentorship and access to other resources as well as the Telstra network. muru-D was launched by Malcolm Turnbull back in October. We currently have nine startups in our first class.
What is Muru-D’s main focus area?
At Muru-D, there’s definitely a focus on customers and getting sales. Once startups have sales, money will come. We also want to help build global businesses that are based locally.
muru-D doesn’t focus on any specific niche of startups. The only requirement to be considered for the muru-D accelerator is that the startup has to be digital, otherwise, we are quite open to all ideas! If you look at our website, our first cohort is quite diverse though unintentionally, there are a few of edutech startups.
Why did you decide to sponsor SWEDU 2014?
As said, we have three educational startups in our first cohort so it seems like education is a universal theme that appeals to everyone including our judging panel. As a society, we’re always looking for ways to improve our education system to give our children the best education possible. muru-D wants to help and contribute by fostering an environment and a community that improve education in innovative ways.
What are your expectations from the SWEDU event?
What do you think schools/colleges would look like in 5 years?
What are the trends/challenges that you see for education in the future?
What are some ways to keep updated about Edtech news/events in Sydney?
I think the SydEduTech meetup group is definitely the first place to start!
About #sydswedu 2014
When: 27th June 2014 – 29th June 2014
Where: Muru-D Campus, 363 Oxford St., Paddington, NSW Australia.
Event Website: http://sydneyedu.startupweekend.org/
Tickets: Please purchase your tickets at the Eventbrite page