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Starfish Ventures invests in companies across a diverse range of industries and technologies including life sciences, clean technology, and information technology.

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    • Macropod Software

      Macropod Software Pty Ltd makes software to help devs, designers and their clients work well together.

      Macropod was founded in 2011 by Alan Downie and Matt Milosavljevic. The business originally formed under the name Bugherd, the name of their simple point and click bug tracker. Bugherd is the perfect tool for reporting website bugs and feedback.

      In addition to Bugherd, the Macropod team have also created the developer focused task management application Stack. Stack has been built from the ground up to deliver all the important functions dev teams need to manage their projects, but without the feature bloat.

      The latest addition to the Macropod suite is Brief which allows digital agencies to better interact with their clients. Brief helps ensure projects are completed on time by allowing agencies to get timely client feedback and approval throughout a project.

    • Aktana

      Aktana is the global leader in Sales Effectiveness Technology. By taking advantage of Aktana’s unique cutting edge technology enterprises dramatically drive revenue and cut costs. The Aktana software interfaces with all major CRM systems, transforming CRM into a platform for action.

    • Armaron Bio

      Armaron Bio is a life sciences start-up company based in Melbourne. Armaron Bio is developing proprietary lead cardioprotectant and neuroprotectant small molecules to reduce tissue damage following a heart attack or stroke. Its lead compound is presently in Phase I clinical development and will enter a Proof of Concept Phase II trial in 2015.

    • Nitro

      At Nitro, we’re changing the way the world works with documents. From the desktop to the cloud, we make it easy to create, edit, share, sign and collaborate – online or offline. Our goal: make businesses more productive. More than 400,000 businesses run Nitro, including over 50% of the Fortune 500. We’re the PDF software partner of choice for Lenovo, and our award-winning products, including Nitro Pro and Nitro Cloud, are used by millions of people around the world every month. Australian-founded, we’re headquartered in downtown San Francisco with offices in Melbourne, Australia; Dublin, Ireland; and Nitra, Slovakia. One of the fastest-growing private companies in the world, Nitro is also a multiple Inc. 500/5000, BRW Fast 100, Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and Software 500 award winner.

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    • Atmail

      Atmail develops fixed and mobile email messaging and collaboration solutions. Products include: Atmail Cloud Services, Atmail Webmail, Atmail Email Server, Atmail Email Server Appliance. The company has more than 4,500 customers worldwide, including 1st tier ISPs, Telcos, global corporations and government agencies.

       

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    • Audinate

      Audinate revolutionizes the way Audio-Video systems are connected by enabling transport of high quality media over standard IT networks. Audinate's patented media networking solution is called Dante™ which makes digital media networking easy. Dante provides high performance digital media networking over Ethernet that meets quality and performance requirements of professional live sound, AV installations and broadcast plus recording systems. Audinate’s solution has been licensed by customers across the AV industry and can be found in installations and live sound applications globally. The Dante networking solution, Dante-MY16-AUD, was recognized by EDN and won the 2009 EDN Innovation award in Australia for Best Application for Field Programmable Logic.

    • Bubble Gum Interactive

      Bubble Gum Interactive is an independent game studio headquartered in Sydney, Australia. Established to create compelling and engaging multi-platform gaming experiences, the studio produces casual mobile games and virtual worlds, with a focus on quality storytelling, innovative and fun game play. The multi-award winning Space Heroes Universe! virtual world is played by kids from over 100 countries. Our first game for mobile, Jetpack Jinx is available for Google Play and Apple iOS with a slate of games launching in 2013 including the highly anticipated Cake Bake Blitz. Discover more at www.bubbleguminteractive.com

       

    • DesignCrowd

      DesignCrowd is an online marketplace providing logo, website, print and graphic design services by providing access to freelance graphic designers and design studios around the world. DesignCrowd has recently aquired US based BrandStack and launched BrandCrowd, a marketplace for ready-made brands and logos.


      DesignCrowd operates in the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, the Philippines and India. 

       

       

    • dorsaVi

      dorsaVi Pty Ltd (previously Pro-Active Medical Pty Ltd) is a biotechnology company focused on developing innovative motion analysis device technologies. 

      dorsaVi has three distinct products: ViMove for the clinical market, ViSafe for the work safety market and ViPerform for the sport market.

      dorsaVi listed on the ASX in December 2013 - DVL.ASX .

    • ImpediMed

      ImpediMed is a medical device company that designs, develops and markets proprietary bioimpedance analysis systems for use in non-invasive screening and monitoring of human disorders and diseases. ImpediMed markets products in three core areas, body composition for medical applications, hydration status monitoring and the detection and monitoring of lymphoedema and oedema.

      Impedimed was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in October 2007 (ASX:IPD). 

    • MetaCDN

      MetaCDN's content delivery system (CDN) exploits 'Storage Cloud' resources, creating an integrated overlay network that provides a low cost, high performance CDN for content creators. MetaCDN removes the complexity of dealing with multiple storage providers, by intelligently matching and placing users’ content onto one or many storage providers based on their quality of service, coverage and budget preferences. 


      MetaCDN gives businesses effortless delivery of their multimedia content to consumers worldwide, optimising the experience on all devices, platforms and connections to maximise branding opportunities, customer engagement and retention.

    • Mimetica

      Mimetica is a Brisbane-based biotechnology company which has developed a proprietary class of small molecule scaffolds that mimic reverse-turn motifs of peptides. These scaffolds have been used to create novel small molecule mimics of several important peptides and proteins known to be involved in the pathogenesis of disease. Mimetica is currently focusing its initial drug development activities on dermatological applications.

    • MuriGen Therapeutics

      MuriGen Therapeutics is a drug discovery and development company established by the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI).

      MuriGen is building a portfolio of novel drugs for unmet medical needs across a number of therapeutic areas including cancer, arthritis, thrombocytopenia, inflammation, epilepsy and thalassemia.

    • Myriax

      Myriax specialises in fisheries acoustic, 4D geospatial and hydrodynamic modeling software. Established in 1990, the company is built upon core capabilities of research and software development with a focus on physics, hydro-acoustics and mathematics. Its products include Echoview and Eonfusion Flood.

       

    • Protagonist

      Protagonist is focused on the discovery of drug candidates for targets previously resistant to small molecule discovery (protein-protein interactions) and on designing and constructing arrays of molecules that sample biologically-relevant regions of chemical diversity.

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