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Uber celebrates 10 years Down Under

September 14 / Australia

Uber is celebrating 10 years in Australia by paying tribute to the hundreds of thousands of driver partners, delivery people and restaurant partners that have transformed the way Aussies move, share meals and earn.

Celebrating our community

To celebrate the monumental achievements of driver partners and delivery people, we held a special awards ceremony on the 14th of September. We wanted to recognise people who drove change across a range of categories – from highest rated to longest tenure with the platform. Each award winner received a $5,000 honorarium in recognition of their achievements.

Read more here.

“It’s humbling to be here alongside so many from our Uber community as we celebrate 10 years in Australia. This milestone is an opportunity to acknowledge the hundreds of thousands of earners that have helped Australians reimagine how our cities can and should move. Together, we’ve laid the foundation for an exciting future, and I’m confident our next 10 years will be even better than the last.”

Dom Taylor, General Manager of Uber Australia and New Zealand

Lucky driver partner or delivery person to win electric vehicle

To celebrate driver partners and delivery people one step further – and in line with our commitment to becoming a zero-emissions platform – we are excited to give away an electric vehicle to a lucky driver partner or delivery person. Look out for more details on how to participate next week.

Read more about the EV lucky draw here. Terms and conditions apply.

Business Booster Program: Accelerating opportunity for you

Your success drives us. We know many of the people driving and delivering on the Uber and Uber Eats platforms have other small businesses of their own, and they turn to Uber for flexible earning opportunities and supplemental income. 

In recognition of the entrepreneurial spirit of our earner community, we’re excited to announce that we are launching the Business Booster Program, a new incubator-style program designed exclusively for Uber earners. 

Developed and delivered in partnership with Inspiring Rare Birds, the inaugural Business Booster Program will give 100 driver partner and delivery people the opportunity to enroll in a bespoke business development and mentorship curriculum designed to enrich their business acumen across a number of disciplines, from sales and marketing to culture, capital raising, cash flow and more.

Driver partners and delivery people who complete the program will receive:

Bespoke Mentoring

12 months’ of one-to-one bespoke mentoring

Cash Grant

An initial $2,500 cash injection grant to support their other business

Additional Funding

The opportunity to pitch to a panel of industry leaders for additional funding of up to $50,000

Applications for driver partners and delivery people will open later this year – we will share more in the coming months.

“This is all about investing in the people that have made Uber tick over the last decade. If there’s one thing we know about earners, it’s that they are entrepreneurs at heart and Uber provides flexible earning opportunities for many who run businesses of their own. With the Business Builder program, we aim to discover and empower some of the aspiring business owners that we know that are already driving around our cities.”

Bec Nyst, General Manager of Uber Eats Australia and New Zealand

Since the first Uber ride in Sydney in 2012…

  • 7,529,352,545 – Number of kilometers driver partner and delivery people have traveled since 2012. That’s equivalent to travelling from the Earth to the Moon and back over 9,793 times!
  • 709,300,000 – Number of trips Aussies have taken via the Uber app. That’s  approximately 27 trips per Aussie.
  • 456,066,411 – Number of meals Aussies ordered via the Uber Eats app. That’s approximately 70 deliveries per Aussie in Victoria!
  • 728,602 – Number of driver partner and delivery people the Uber and Uber Eats platforms have been able to provide flexible earning opportunities. That’s enough earners to fill the Melbourne Cricket Ground over 7.25 times!

Finally, Thank you for partnering with us and being a part of our story in Australia. It’s been an incredible journey and we’re just getting started.