Media release | 6 November 2018
Sydney not-for-profit Humanitix is disrupting the billion dollar ticketing industry with a new, social enterprise, ticketing platform which donates 100 percent of booking fee profits to charity.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business John Barilaro said the company developed its platform with a $25,000 grant from the NSW Government-backed Jobs for NSW and has now received an additional $100,000 grant to scale up and compete with some of the nation’s largest ticketing companies.
“Jobs for NSW has been there from the start with Humanitix, having earlier provided the company with a Minimum Viable Product grant to develop the ticketing platform.
“Now we are supporting them to expand with a Building Partnerships grant which will see the company hire new staff, refine their software and continue to scale with new customers and partners.
“This is a fantastic example of how Jobs for NSW is helping a local technology startup become a high-growth, job-creating business of the future,” Mr Barilaro said.
The rapidly expanding not-for-profit company was formed in August 2016 by hedge fund manager Joshua Ross and engineering graduate and former technology consultant Adam McCurdie, and has since ticketed more than one thousand events.
Humanitix also recently won the Google Impact Challenge, along with $1 million in Google funding to invest in the business.
Mr McCurdie said he and Joshua were always fascinated by the concept of sustainable social impact through social enterprise.
“Everybody hates that booking fee you’re hit with when buying tickets to a live event. These fees add up to billions of dollars across the industry and can be better used to solve serious social issues.
“Humanitix is a not-for-profit which means we can redistribute 100 percent of our profits without having to worry about paying shareholders. Event organisers love it - they can reduce booking fees and support an amazing cause at no extra cost.
“We ticket all kinds of live events - from a 10 person yoga workshop to a 20,000 person conference or festival.” “Jobs for NSW have been a fantastic support. This additional grant will help us grow to be able to handle bigger and more complex events,” he said.