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CEO of Startmate


Michael Batko started his career in corporate (Finance @ American Express, consulting @ PwC/KPMG) before he worked at two of the largest Australian marketplaces MadPaws, a marketplace for pet sitters, and Expert360, a marketplace for independent consultants.

After taking Expert360 through a 14m Series B he joined Startmate, Australia's most ambitious accelerator, as Head of Operations and is now leading the organisation as CEO.

Startmate is the most active venture capital investor in Australia backing 30 companies every year. They have invested in 220+ companies and help over 1,000 people every year join or build a startup.

Talking Points

Building a startup

Lessons from having worked with 200+ founders, common mistakes, what the best founders do, lots of failure and success stories.

State of Australian Venture Capital

Overview of the investment raised, largest startups, what changed over the last 10 years, the who is who, how things changed over time.


Day to day productivity, monthly, daily best practices, habits, even down to the small nitty gritty of calendar, inbox, to-list, MacBook upgrades, AI in your day-to-day.
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