2 to 6 December 2024 | Perth, WA

Derick Markwell from Roborigger

In this episode, Roborigger founder Derick Markwell discusses how an unexpected, unplanned pitch to investors led to 'one of the best pitches of the year'.

Key Insights:

  • By self-developing his products, Derick had the freedom to create them the way he wanted them developed
  • While the market is smaller in WA, it makes you realise you actually have a global market, which you couldn’t necessarily get from other states
  • Everyone in the WA startup ecosystem knows each other, and has a great support network
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Derick discusses how being based in WA has its advantages of being positioned much closer to European and Asian hubs, and the great support network of founders to discuss and share ideas. He also shares the challenges he’s faced through COVID, manufacturing issues and the ‘long, winding road’ to success.

He also discusses the strong support from the WA government to develop his products through grants and funding, and how the lifestyle in the state makes WA an attractive place to live and work.

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