Words by Megan Avard, Founder and CEO
2021 has been a huge year for SurePact. The past 12 months have seen us continue to grow as a company and as a team, with many milestones reached along the way.
As Founder and CEO, I wanted to take the opportunity to hit pause and reflect on the year that was before we dive headfirst into 2022, a year that is sure to be even better.
Here are five of SurePact’s 2021 highlights.
Boosting Female Founders Grant win put to work
SurePact was one of the first recipients of the Australian Government’s Boosting Female Founders Grant, providing female founders with funding to scale their businesses into domestic and global markets.
With that funding behind us, we have started work on our Grant Management Platform. This new technology initiative will provide benefits to both State and Federal agencies and the private sector, and we look forward to announcing the launch date in 2022 and our State Government partner.
On hearing that SurePact had successfully delivered its first milestone report after receiving the Boosting Female Founders Grant earlier this year, Federal Member for Dickson, Peter Dutton reached out to me to congratulate us on our efforts.
“Congratulations to SurePact,” he said. “This is a good news story, not just for our community, but also the many Local Government organisations and community organisations who will benefit from the SurePact product with better compliance, asset tracking and overall grant management.”
SurePact’s successful $2M capital raise
Off the back of hard work, dedication and our great progress since launching in late 2017, we announced our successful $2M capital raise in April. We are delighted that Future Now Capital is our first external investor, and their funding has helped enable SurePact’s scaleup program to get underway.
We have an ambitious product roadmap, and have utilised – and will continue to utilise – Future Now Capital’s investment and strategic know-how on this journey.
This investment also led to the appointment of our Board of Directors. The highly accomplished Michael Ebeid AM and Helen Coyer joined us this year as we scaled up our operations, customer base and product development. Both have been great resources so far and we look forward to what is to come.
Read more here: https://surepact.com/news/surepact-announces-board-of-directors/
The appointment of SurePact’s Executive Leadership Team
This was an exciting announcement from SurePact as we continue into our next phase of growth. We are thrilled to be putting our best minds at the top, coming together to shape the organisation and direct and inspire the entire team as we continue to scale up.
It is these leaders that will guide the business in its strategic decisions next year to create an even more successful SurePact. I feel incredibly lucky to have such amazing people in our corner, bringing together their strengths and experiences to ensure we keep attaining our goals.
Read more here: https://surepact.com/news/executive-leadership-team/
SurePact joins Microsoft’s Global Assisted Growth program
From the Microsoft Global Startup Program to the Microsoft Global Scaleup Program, and now to the Global Assisted Growth team. In just three years, we have seen SurePact move up through the ranks with our Microsoft partnership, and I couldn’t be prouder.
Being backed by Microsoft provides SurePact’s clients with confidence, knowing our software is supported by secure, global, specialised products and services, which help ensure business continuity, safety and innovation.
This year I was lucky enough to spend time with Steven Worrall, Managing Director at Microsoft Australia and New Zealand, and Rachel Bondi, Microsoft’s Chief Partner Officer, in the new Microsoft offices. It is support like this from Microsoft that continues to push SurePact to amazing heights.
“Microsoft and our partners, such as SurePact, have an important role to play in shaping the transformation of the Australian and New Zealand economies,” Steven said, “and showing our customers what is possible.”
Read more here: https://surepact.com/news/microsoft-supporting-partners/
Launching a State Government partnership with the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport
As another part of SurePact’s Boosting Female Founders Grant win, we were able to launch a partnership trial with the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport (DTIS).
This partnership has showcased SurePact as a Queensland startup that is growing rapidly and has potential to have a global impact, while creating high-value jobs.
DTIS is now using the SurePact solution for regional delivery across a suite of 10-15 collaborative projects, and while still in the beginning stages of integrating SurePact into its business processes, it is clear to Director of Regional Engagement Jacqueline Steel that SurePact is making a difference to the way the department works.
“One of the beauties of SurePact is its ability to identify opportunities and connections across regions, allowing us to connect the achievements and outcomes to create value for the entire State,” she said.
Read more here: https://surepact.com/news/dtis-regional-deliveries/
With many exciting things soon to come for SurePact, some of which will be announced shortly, and even more developments in the pipeline, make sure you’re subscribed to our monthly newsletter and follow us on LinkedIn to be the first to find out what we’re up to.
This year has been a whirlwind, and I want to take the opportunity to thank our staff, clients and wider SurePact community for supporting us over these last 12 months. We appreciate your continued support into the New Year.
I wish you a safe and happy holiday season!