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Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Rising stars Winners Circle

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Updated 27 Aug 2019Rita Bonivento
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The future looks bright for Aussie auto services marketplace AutoGuru, recently making it into the Winners Circle of the prestigious Deloitte Tech Fast 50 Rising Stars Awards, after posting a 612% increase in annual gross revenue within its first 3 financial years.

Coming in 4th place, AutoGuru is Australia’s largest automotive services platform connecting motorists with trusted, local mechanics. The site represents a National network of 1600 workshops, sees just under 150,000 unique visitors and quotes over $7 million in car servicing and repairs every month, and rising.

The site’s clever technology makes finding and booking auto services faster, easier and more transparent than ever before, and carries a 5 star rating across 16,000+ genuine customer reviews on Trustpilot; validation that AutoGuru is lighting up the industry in all the right ways.

The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Australia program ranks the 50 fastest growing public or private technology companies, based on percentage revenue growth over three years.

Deloitte Private Partner and Tech Fast 50 Leader, Josh Tanchel, noted that the Rising Star award recognises a high-growth nominating company that has been trading for less than three years and therefore does not qualify for the Tech Fast 50.

“Deloitte is delighted to see innovative companies like AutoGuru experiencing high growth at such an early stage. We’re proud to be supporting and celebrating the best and brightest of Australia’s high-growth businesses and wish AutoGuru continued success in the coming years,” he said.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be recognised by Deloitte as a Rising Star in the tech startup arena”, said AutoGuru Founder and CEO, Eden Shirley. “We’ve literally worked our butts off and we’re stoked that we’re starting to be acknowledged for fiscal results due to innovation, growth and consistently pushing the boundaries.”

Eden went on to say that this is just the beginning. “Our vision is to create a diverse Auto Service marketplace that caters to the most common needs of motorists. We’re poised for expansion into a variety of automotive services including Tyres, Batteries, Windscreens, Pre-purchase & Roadworthy Inspections, Scratch and Dent, Roadside Assistance, Towing and more’, he added.

He added that the market is on the cusp of a new era in the way consumers search and transact that will soon see IoT devices in our homes and our cars provide voice-activated actionable assistance to research, book and pay for anything that is digitally commerce enabled.

AutoGuru’s mission is to integrate with as many systems and platforms as possible, to ensure that they are on the forefront of the virtual assistant revolution and can provide ‘on-demand, pay-per-use’ automotive services as easy and painless as ordering an Uber.

In stark contrast to their humble beginnings working out of a cupboard space in Nerang, Queensland, today AutoGuru employs 28 staff, with their head office located in the heart of the Gold Coast, just a 400m walk from the stunning Surfers Paradise coastline.

Eden Shirley was also recently nominated a Startup Founder of the Year finalist in the 2017 Startcon Australasian Startup Awards.

Read the full 2017 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Report, or for more information on the program please visit www.deloitte.com/au/TechFast50.

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Written ByRita Bonivento

Rita’s a Gold Coast dweller who’s been wordsmithing for ages. She started out at Michelin Melbourne 22 years ago, & an avid traveller, has written in the marketing arena all over the world since then.

Her first car was a 1970 VW wagon she inherited from her dad. She’s had a few vehicles since then with an overall Toyota theme coz she reckons they do the best air con for the Aussie heat.