Bart Jellema

Bart is a born computer wizard: at age 6 he started with computer programming on a Commodore 64. At the age of 14 he developed and implemented a complete CRM system for a large company, and ever since he’s been developing new software applications and websites. Bart was always determined to become an innovative entrepreneur and focused his career as technologist, developer, IT manager and leader to develop essential skills and experience to become a leading entrepreneur.

In 2007 Bart co-founded his first company: Tjoos (pronounced ‘choose’). The website Tjoos.com started as price comparison engine, but then specialised in online discount coupons. The site grew by 400 percent year on year to well over 1 million unique visitors in February 2010; offering over 500,000 coupons from more than 180,000 merchants. In March 2010 Tjoos.com was acquired by US based Internet Brands (NASDAQ: INET).

In January 2011 Bart founded ZEROmail taking on Outlook and GMail by creating an email client for this day and age. Bart is also the founder of Startup Australia, which organises StartupCamps to inspire and support more people to start their own tech venture.

Awards:
2009 NSW Pearcey Special Recognition Award 2009
The Next Web Australia’s Startup Person of the Year