Townsville is the birthplace of one of Australia's rising startup stars, SafetyCulture. From the humblest of beginnings in founder Luke Anear's Townsville garage, to Atlassian's Scott Farquhar being involved in the company, SafetyCulture have come a long way since its founding in February 2012. They now have huge contracts with clients like Coles, Qantas and Hilton and staff across Sydney, San Francisco, Kansas, and the UK. The company's massive $30 million in investment funding from US VC firm, Index Ventures, is the second-largest Australian capital raise ever.
Townsville is also home to another Queensland startup scaling globally, JESI, a global management software company that operates in over 16 countries.