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How and why we started Compass.

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We use data to make our cities better and safer places to live.

Compass Co-founders Emily Bobis and Angus McDonald met on a university exchange trip. They both worked together on Angus' first business, Airbike - the first Australian owned and operated bike-sharing company. Working in micro-mobility meant chatting with a lot of government and transport professionals. It became clear that there was a big problem: there wasn't enough reliable and scalable data about how people actually moved around cities.

So, in September 2018, they launched Compass IoT and worked on it between casual jobs and uni classes.

The road to the Compass you see today was not without pivots; they actually started as a cow tracking company. It wasn't until they met Nick - a very charismatic Greek-Australian traffic engineer - that they were convinced to go all-in on Connected Vehicle tech.

Compass IoT is now a multi-award winning and internationally recognized Road Intelligence company. We believe that data is the key to building better, more sustainable, and safer cities to live in. The billions of Connected Vehicle data points are used by government and private organizations to improve road safety, infrastructure, and city planning across Australia. Our company mission has stayed exactly the same since the first conversations they ever committed to paper:

  • Build best-in-class products that customers love
  • Foster a culture where people love to come to work
  • Be a profitable business that benefits our employees as much as it does our clients

Here are some of our recent recognitions that we're proud of:

  • Google Cloud customer Award 2022 - Cross Industry Category
  • Startup of the Year 2022 - Smallbiz Young Hero Awards
  • Young Entrepreneur 2022 - Australian Small Business Champion Awards
  • Winner of the University of Sydney Student Startup $10,000 Innovation Prize
  • UTS Startup of the Year 2021 and Most Established Startup of the Year
  • Innator of the Year 2022 - Women in Digital Awards

News and Media

Smallbiz Young Hero Awards 2022

Compass IoT is a winner of the Smallbiz Young Hero Awards for the Startup of the Year category in Melbourne, 2022.

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Game changers of 2021: Meet the UTS Startups Awards winners

UTS recognises Compass IoT as the 2021 Startup of the year for their execution of concept and reach into the market.

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Compass IoT is a National Small Business Champion

Co-Founder, Emily Bobis, has been named the Young Small Business Champion Entrepreneur on behalf of Compass IoT at the Australian Small Business Champion Awards

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Compass IoT Wins Google Cloud Cross-Industry Customer Award

Compass IoT been globally recognised as a Google Cloud Customer Award winner for 2021 for the cross-industry growth and innovation category.

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