Meet the start-ups of the Big Leap Incubator Program

Apps to support loneliness, financial and lifestyle tech for migrants, social messaging for likeminded individuals and apps to support life administration are just some of the big ideas from the start-ups tackling the Big Leap Incubator Program.

The Big Leap Incubator Program, a partnership between La Trobe University and Arrow Digital, funded by AusIndustry, takes participants who are first and second-generation Australian migrant business founders with viable tech-focused business ideas and product post-seed stage, through a 12-month program to develop and sharpen their go-to-market strategy, to help them test new markets, and build a network for long term success.

It includes face-to-face and digital workshops, business mentoring, group workshops and more, it provides a much-needed bridge between the Australian and Indian markets.

There will be two cohorts of twenty participants over two consecutive years, with the opportunity for the six best-suited participants to take part in an Immersion trip to India at the end of 2023. In addition participants will pitch for 20K prize money at the conclusion of the program to help with their international expansion.

Read below for some of the incredible start-ups as part of the first cohort of the Big Leap Incubator program.

Mist Money

Moving to a new country for work or study can be incredibly daunting.

MIST is an Australian Fintech startup providing financial and lifestyle solutions for international students and migrants. The MIST team aim to help their customers 'Move, Settle & Live' in their new country with ease.

Two of the first and most important tasks, for an international Student or Migrant, is getting your bank account and your new phone number sorted out! Every bank and every telco have different forms, or ID requirements, and it all takes time! With MIST - you can organise ALL of this before you even arrive in Australia!


Did you know that over 54% of Australians have felt lonely since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic? Linkmate is a peer-to-peer social network for emotional support, designed to help individuals feel less lonely and more comfortable expressing their emotions through deep and meaningful social connections with Mates. Their team also equips tertiary students with the proactive tools and platform to develop emotional resilience throughout their time at uni and beyond.

Brane app

With the rise of social media channels, groups, and endless content, it’s harder than ever to find and connect with ‘your people;' those aligned in values, interests, and knowledge.

Brane is a messenger and social search engine that empowers users to instantly find and freely chat with like-minded people without roadblock, restriction, swiping, or algorithm. Brane is built on the web3 principles of encryption, anonymity, security, and community, with additional blockchain-based features rolling out soon.

The Brane team are on a mission to help users engage with like-minded people. Anyone. Anywhere. For Anything. Install it on your smartphone by tapping here, and "find someone to connect with" today!


Did you know a person will spend five years of their life doing admin? Tech Ideaz Pty Ltd is here to help people stay organised. It is an Australian FinTech company delivering innovative products to improve the lives of everyday citizens.

The Tech Ideaz team share a passion and vision to provide peace of mind in an ever-changing world. Their first product, 'fabinet', launching in November , is an easy-to-use digital platform that helps you use personal records to  manage life events.

How great would it be to have information at your finger-tips when buying your first home? What about the confidence to see a Financial Advisor simply because you are prepared? Or maybe it is providing a health history to support any medical treatment?

The opportunities with fabinet are endless!

La Trobe Industry

Through the La Trobe Industry – Innovation and Entrepreneurship team we support people and businesses realise their full potential through access to our accelerator, incubator and start-up programs. Building entrepreneurial and innovation capability through programs, workshops, hackathons, and mentoring sessions with our expert community.

We support the newest of entrepreneurs on their innovation journey, through to established businesses ready to take the next step through connection to the La Trobe ecosystem of research, learning and development, industry and specialist facilities.

To discover everything that our entrepreneurial network and programs offer. Please contact our Innovation and Entrepreneurship team on

La Trobe Industry contact: Hope Terdich, Manager – Marketing and Communications,