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Microsoft roundtable discussion with Satya Nadella, Global CEO of Microsoft

This week, VAPAR was honoured to be one of eight companies involved in the Microsoft round table discussion with none other than Satya Nadella himself! Amongst his passion for Microsoft Solutions, was his messaging for the Partner network to ensure our customers succeed – even if a competitive solution to Microsoft is a better fit for the project. This was a great reminder to keep the customer at the heart of what we all do to continue to add value.

We’d like to thank Microsoft Australia for the opportunity as it allowed us to obtain such an inspirational takeaway.

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VAPAR to scale on Microsoft Azure

VAPAR has recently migrated its sewer and stormwater pipe fault detection platform over to Microsoft Azure to better align with governments and utility customers, who already use Microsoft services.

Details about the migration were released on Microsoft Australia’s official website here.

Hosting on Azure should give customers the confidence in adopting our cutting edge software using the reliability of Microsoft’s cloud engine. With Azure, VAPAR can also integrate securely into our customers Active Directory, and streamline the customer experience.

To experience VAPAR’s cloud platform for yourself, get in touch via our website.


We’re hiring!

Just over a year ago we started with the bold vision to create a smart way to reduce piped infrastructure repairs using deep learning.

With the support of clients and partners, our team built and launched our platform in 3 countries

and continue to chase this vision of creating smarter solutions to reduce infrastructure maintenance and create better outcomes.

Now, we are on the hunt for Sales and DevOps engineers to join our team to allow us to grow the company’s reach and drive customer success.

Find out more about the roles here.

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United Utilities’ Innovation lab

We are very proud to finally announce that VAPAR is working with United Utilities

as part of their 2019 Innovation lab!

Over the next 10 weeks, Michelle Aguilar will be working closely with United Utilities to help automate fault detection in their 72,000 kilometre sewer network and speed up any repairs!

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VAPAR presents project results at SWAN APAC Conference in Noosa, QLD

VAPAR was honoured to present at the very first SWAN Asia-Pacific conference in Noosa earlier this month. The conference objective was to accelerate the development of smart technology in the APAC region through SWAN partnerships.

Michelle Aguilar, VAPAR’s CTO, presented ‘Deep Learning for Visual Inspection Reviews’ to the 130 delegates, represented from 44 organisations. The presentation detailed the outputs and results from the pilot projects that VAPAR has undertaken to develop it’s automated CCTV inspection review cloud platform.

The conference spanned two days, filled with informative sessions and round table discussions from water industry leaders from leading organisations in the region, as well as a site visit to Queensland Urban Utilities Eagle Farm Pump Station.

Special thanks to Unitywater for hosting the event and Queensland Urban Utilities for co-ordinating the informative site visit.

To find out more about SWAN, click here.

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CTO Michelle featured on Innovation Bay

Michelle Aguilar, our CTO, has had the privilege of being part of the Innovation Bay community in Australia, where she has been actively partaking in social and network events to broaden our networks and gain valuable insight into the Australian startup landscape. She has also been featured in their May newsletter, so head there to see what she had to say about our accomplishments and where we’re at.

Innovation Bay is a trusted, independent organisation and platform for entrepreneurs to learn, raise capital, network and collaborate with other companies and investors. It helps drive innovation across the Australian technology market to boost the economy by setting up startups with investors, mentors and leaders who invest their time, expertise, network and money to help grow innovation.

Innovation Bay also supports the environment that enables entrepreneurialism as it believes innovation can better the lives of our society by making the world a better place to live in. They do this by hosting multiple events all over Australia, ranging from breakfast meetings, founder and focus dinners, and setting up workshops that help equip entrepreneurs with the tools to achieve greater success.

To date, VAPAR has attended several of the Innovation Bay breakfasts and pitched at an AI Founder Dinner hosted by Innovation Bay. This has allowed us to hear from the best founders and investors that Australia has to offer.

Innovation Bay’s May newsletter:


2019 Endeavour Awards Finalist

VAPAR has been selected as a finalist for the 2019 Endeavour Awards and was nominated for the Outstanding Start-up category. This is a proud achievement for VAPAR as this award has given us industry-wide recognition in Australia.

The Endeavour Awards are a premier awards program within the manufacturing industry, presented annually by Manufacturer’s Monthly. The awards are an opportunity to share and learn about the innovative projects and enterprises that continue to push the boundaries in the industry.


VAPAR accelerates their growth with Startmate

VAPAR's Amanda Siqueira presenting at Startmate Sydney Demo Day

VAPAR’s Amanda Siqueira presenting at Startmate Sydney Demo Day

Startmate – Australia’s version of Y-combinator – is a 12 week intensive program that powers high growth companies to skyrocket their trajectory. With 2 cohorts a year and over 400 applications for each cohort, acceptance to each cohort is highly competitive.

VAPAR was accepted into the 2019 Sydney cohort of Startmate to help the company onboard the right resources, advisors and mentors that could help grow our existing customer base.

In the 12 weeks since starting the program, we have had a 300% increase in sign ups for the platform and begun trials with water utilities and municipalities in 3 Australian states.

The Startmate program includes:

  • Introductions to founders, alumni and investors with recent, in-market experience for on-demand, 1:1 operational and general advice – a network for life.
  • One week in San Francisco to capital raise, create partnerships or benchmark research for future rounds.
  • Investor-ready pitch practice: preparing teams for the full array, from 3-minute elevator pitches, to deeper dives with investors.
  • Co-working space with all the other startups in the cohort
  • Weekly dinners and fireside chats with mentors and successful founders.
  • 1:1 weekly office hours with the Startmate Partners.
  • Platform to present to potential investors at a Sydney and Melbourne Startmate Demo Day

For more information about VAPAR’s progress and product, get in touch through our website.