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Niki Scevak
Niki Scevak
Managing Director, Blackbird Ventures & Founder, Startmate
  • AngelList co-founder Naval Ravikant ranked Startmate alongside Y Combinator and Techstars as one of the top five accelerators in the world.
  • The Economist listed Startmate as one of the top accelerators in the world based on follow-on funding for alumni.
Irrepressible entrepreneur
Ecosystem: Leadership

Great entrepreneurship inspires great entrepreneurs, and so it is that Niki Scevak finds himself at the forefront of support for a new generation of exceptional Australian startups. A self-described voracious reader and lover of numbers, Niki co-founded and directs Blackbird Ventures, a Sydney-based venture capital firm dedicated to fuelling Australia’s ecosystem of startups. Blackbird pairs the nation’s most successful startup founders with Silicon Valley’s top investors to help homegrown startups compete globally. An irrepressible entrepreneur himself, Niki also founded BookmarkBox (an online service that allowed users manage and share their bookmarks), Homethinking (a real estate site that ranked real estate agents by sales history and customer reviews) and most recently Startmate. A mentor-driven accelerator whose mentors include world-renowned Atlassian co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, Startmate invests in ambitious Australian founders on a mission to be the best in the world.

“At Blackbird we’re drawn to the misunderstood, and there is no area more exciting and more misunderstood right now than companies that look like science fiction but are built like software companies”
Niki on Blackbird Ventures’ blog