The first search for the top startup workplaces in Australia, as decided by employees.

The report is in partnership with VCs, government bodies, universities and co-working spaces across Australia.

Nominations are now open and close on 14 June 2023
Thank you to all the other VCs, peak body organisations, media, universities, community and industry groups helping bring this to life.
To support the project, please reach out at

Why participate?

The cost to the business:
  • Free to apply: Receive an insights report and be in the running for the Top Startup Employers list.
  • If you're a finalist, you will have the option to pay $280 in return for 12-months of job ads on My Startup Gig, an invite to the Awards Night (1 per company), and a 12-month feature on the Top Startup Employers directory.
  • 15 minutes of one person's time to apply, plus 3 minutes of your team's time to complete the survey
  • Opportunity to be featured as a finalist - with your employee value prop independently verified and shared via our distribution partners (universities, VCs, media, recruiters, and co-working spaces)
  • Increased applications on your live job ads
  • Insights report, which gives you tips on what the top 25% of startups are doing to achieve their employee satisfaction results. The report also highlights improvement areas.
  • Contribute to an ecosystem initiative designed to improve diversity and inclusion in startups

The Report

Startups submit one application to be featured across each sub-list.

Top Startup Employers Report

A 50-to-1 style list of the top startup employers in Australia. The most comprehensive guide to the best places to work in the country.

The list is broken down into three stages: Early, Growth and Scale-up.

Startups will be compared against peers in their stage.

Top Startups for Early Careers

Startups are a great place to start your career. We will identify the best startups for people early in their career in each of the startup phases: Early, Growth, and Scale-up.

This report will be distributed by our industry partners, including UNSW, UWA, UTS, and other universities.

Top Startups for Women

The top startups for women in Australia. These startups have demonstrated excellence in their approach to improving gender equality in the startup space.

We will identify the best startups for women in each of the startup phases: Early, Growth, and Scale-up.


A deep-dive into each startup finalist and their employee value proposition.

For an example of what a successful startup feature looks like, head here.


Nominate your startup
Someone from your company fills out the 1-minute form confirming you are an Australian startup and you would like to participate.

The cut-off date for nominations is 14 June 2023.


We invite startups to participate in the report.


Employee Survey

We will give you a survey link to send to your team.  Check out the FAQs fore more information.

The survey will take 3 minutes for each person to fill out.

The cut-off date for the Employee Survey is 14 June 2023.


Written Submission
Someone from your team fills out a short submission, in which you provide basic information around your employee benefits and policies.

Answers remain confidential. We assess your answers against other startups' to determine a ranking.

The submission should take no more than 10 minutes. Check out the FAQs for more information.

The cut-off date for the Written Submission is 14 June 2023.


Report and Awards Night


We review the results, prepare the insights report, and our list of Top Startup Employers.

On 17 August 2023, we will have an Awards Night hosted at Tank Stream Labs, Sydney.

The following day on Friday 18 August, we will post the Top Startup Employers report online, prepare features of each finalist, and share individual insights reports with each startup.

The report will be issued on 17 August 2023.

How it works

1. Someone from your startup (most likely, whoever is in charge of talent/HR) fills out a 5-minute form to nominate your startup.

2. If your startup makes the shortlist, you will need to pay an entrance fee of $200.

2. We will send you a survey link to share with your company. The questions are along the lines of 'How likely are you to recommend X as an employer', or 'From 1 to 10, how supportive is your workplace'?.
We will stop accepting survey responses on 16 December 202
3. We compile the results, our judges get together and we rank the startups

Important things to note

- The more people that respond to the questionnaire (as a % of your startup), the stronger the entry

What do you get?

- The more people that respond to the questionnaire (as a % of your startup), the stronger the entry

Eligibility criteria

1. Someone from your startup

Important dates

16 December 2022: We stop accepting entries

30 February 2022: We produce the inaugural Top Startup Employers list for 2022
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