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Fast Starters

The annual Fast Starters List shines a light on Australia’s fastest growing young companies and start-ups.


GovConnex UK manager William Wright at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool.

The Aussie tech start-up trying to crack the corridors of Westminster

GovConnex, a tech platform for lobbyists, is barely out of the blocks at home but already eyeing up Britain. Here’s their plan to get a foot in the door.

  • Hans van Leeuwen
Co-Founders and Co-CEOS of Nexba Troy Douglas and Drew Bilbe.

Global stage a happy hunting ground for ambitious firms

Despite the challenges of the past few years, Australian companies are surging ahead with dramatic global expansion.

  • Victoria Thieberger

How fast companies plan to keep growth going

The top-ranked companies on the Australian Financial Review’s Fast 100 and Fats Starters lists shared their 2023 gameplan, at an event hosted by list presenters PwC and Pemba Capital Partners.

  • Michael Bailey
Catalpa co-founders,  Fergus O’Neill, left, and Barry O’Neill.

Fast starters in property, infrastructure show how to build growth

A can-do approach has contributed to the growth of construction and property-related companies capitalising on the increasing activity in infrastructure.

  • Robert Harley
Away Digital co-founder Gary Bliede

Digital disruption takes hold in construction

Along with higher interest rates, tech disruption is impeding growth in the construction sector, forcing businesses such as Away Digital to look overseas.

  • Agnes King

Premium Partners


November 2022

Medical Rescue staff in action 

Medical services take a leap into remote areas

The pandemic spurred demand for unusual health services, such as those specialising in remote areas and hard-to-access populations.

  • Sian Powell
Miss Amara

Cost-conscious consumers spell caution for luxury lifestyle products

Fast List companies offering products for a better lifestyle were buoyed by the pandemic, but staying ahead of the trends remains a challenge.

  • Therese Raft
Raw.Studio CEO and founder Philippe Hong.

Interactive video and design studios are flourishing with e-commerce

Interactive video firm Vudoo’s global ambitions testify to the growth design studios on the back of burgeoning e-commerce.

  • Alexandra Cain
Martina Crowley is National Business Leader, PwC Private.

Three things help businesses achieve high growth

The composition of the Fast 100 and Fast Starters lists by the end of the decade may be different, but common value propositions will underpin all of them.

  • Martina Crowley
Founders of Fellr seltzer, (L-R) Andy Skora and Will Morgan.

Fellr is Australia’s fastest growing new company

AFR Fast Starters list-topper has recorded a compound annual growth rate of 1863 per cent over the past three financial years.

  • Michael Bailey

This alcohol-free drinks maker is Australia’s fastest growing company

Naked Life, which produces non-alcoholic spirits, has topped the 2022 AFR Fast 100 list, achieving a compound annual growth rate of 331 per cent over the last three years.

  • Michael Bailey
Cloudstaff employs more than 5,000 staff and contractors.

Offshoring is galloping to outrun nation’s talent shortage

An offshoring solution business and an on-demand HR company are experiencing a boom amid Australia’s lack of local talent.

  • Nina Hendy
Mark Summerhayes is managing director at Pemba Capital Partners.

Fast growth companies still insulated from global woes – so far

Getting access to capital and balancing pricing during tough economic times will test local SMEs in the next two years.

  • Mark Summerhayes
Paul Ryan, Brendon Cooper and James Cathie, co-founders of Inspiring Vacations.

Travel’s return drives leisure business success

A business selling organised group tours is now dreaming of becoming a billion-dollar company by 2025.

  • Alexandra Cain
O2 Marine founder Chris Lane

Marine science business expands its footprint with environmental work

Renewable energy push has boosted the bottom line for O2 Marine, a Fast 100 list company which has doubled its workforce in the past 12 months.

  • Agnes King
Glen James, founder of My Millennial Money, at his Merewether Heights home.

Money podcast began as a laugh, now it’s a million-dollar business

My Millennial Money uses humour to share its DIY personal finance message with its Millennial audience.

  • Lucy Dean
Kings of Neon staff with their creative work

How offline strategies are paying off for online businesses

Kings of Neon and LSKD are just two young companies pursuing a combination of online and offline strategies to adapt to a changing market.

  • Alexandra Cain
JD Refrigerated Transport trucks

Innovative ideas shake up the transport and logistics industry

Technological solutions and investing in people have boosted transport and logistics businesses during the pandemic years.

  • Mark Eggleton
Box of Books enables students to seamlessly access digital resources in a range of formats with a single sign-in.

Tech, training and education make a powerful combination for business

Box of Books and Get My Course prove that successful education is simply a question of bringing students and key skills together.

  • Nina Hendy
Cube Online staff

Cube Online, Signifi Media, Awaken thrive on digital marketing surge

Online marketing and media companies have grown as businesses refocus on their digital strategies.

  • Nina Hendy
Credit Clear founder Lewis Romano, 
 left, and CEO Andrew Smith.

Fintechs profit from tough economic times

Digital disruption has been accelerating in the financial services sector, leading to strong growth for some young players.

  • Simon Evans

December 2021

Co-founders of Dovetail, CEO Benjamin Humphrey and  CTO Bradley Ayers

Atlassian’s heirs? Dovetail shapes as Australia’s next big thing

Benjamin Humphrey and Bradley Ayers quit Atlassian to build one of the country’s hottest start-ups, with some tipping it for much bigger things.

  • Paul Smith

November 2021

A bit of coding power transforms building design

2021 AFR Fast 100 businesses are bringing the power of software to transform the building industry.

  • Mark Eggleton

Hard-wired for a rapid rise in revenue stakes

Tech solutions companies in the 2021 AFR Fast 100 list have achieved quick growth during the pandemic.

  • Nicki Bourlioufas

Medical services rewrite the health book

Companies like AusDiagnostics and Doctors on Demand among the 2021 AFR Fast 100 took healthcare services very far during the pandemic.

  • Mark Eggleton