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Nexba’s existing raise through alternative assets crowdfunding platform VentureCrowd will ensure the business is well capitalised for the brand’s Australian operations, as well as funding Nexba’s global growth plans including a UK launch in the coming 12 months.

Frollo, a company based in North Sydney, has developed an app - also called Frollo - that analyses your bank transactions and recommends ways for you to spend less and save more. Think of it as a budgeting app on steroids.

Leading tech and co-working hub, Tank Stream Labs has announced it will partner with Blockchain Professionals Sydney in launching its blockchain focused hub in Sydney.

Led by Andrew Logan, the startup was crowned overall winner for their innovative solution that increases crop yields and tackles the issue of plastic waste in agriculture through a unique degradable mulch film.

Thomas Cook Money has launched its first product, a digital travel insurance product tailored to the Australian market. Next will be a foreign exchange offering and a prepaid travel card to help customers plan, save, borrow and spend their holiday money, both domestically and internationally.

Silent Eight bagged the main prize, edging out 10 finalists with roots from the US, UK, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The pitch fest was held in conjunction with the RegTech Association’s maiden #ACCELERATE RegTech 2018 event in Sydney recently.

It’s not every day a life-changing business idea is sparked after cleaning soft serve machines at McDonald’s. This was the case for Justin Fischer and this year, his global soft serve and frozen yogurt machine business, Brullen, is set to turn over $35 million.

Earworx, founded in 2016, is a dedicated professional earwax removal service in Hobart, using a procedure that removes wax blockages without the use of water. The procedure, known as micro suction and curettage, uses small instruments and gentle suction to remove blockages.

The unique platform helps friends, family and like-minded buyers purchase a home together, connecting them with the right property, real estate agent, legal, mortgage and insurance providers all in the one place.

According to David Thomas, "The Australian China SME Association has forged a ground breaking alliance with The Guangdong SME Association in China and many of its members have strong interest in investing in new technology and solutions from overseas.

The app currently has 32 vets approved to work across Melbourne with a target of 50 vets and 5,000 customers across Melbourne by September 2018.

Next Address Founder and CEO Julie O’Donohue’s own experience as an ex-real estate agent led her to create a platform that is transparent, offers a more affordable way of buying and selling property, saves people time and puts the customer in complete control.

Founded by singer and professional musician Javier Trueba, The Hip Stars Band is a cooperative of national musicians – singers and instrumentalists.

Start-ups, social entrepreneurs and charities can now submit their tech solutions to the Optus Future Makers program for their chance to secure a share of $300,000 in funding and the opportunity to work with some of Australia’s best talent to help bring their ideas to life.

The eight carefully selected founders lead successful businesses across different industries such as healthtech, agritech, real estate, wellness and fashion.

Vygo works as a mobile platform that helps university students improve grades with better access to affordable peer tutors, whilst also giving students a ‘business in a box’ to earn money on campus, tutoring classes they have recently aced.

The new platform has already successfully matched over 1,500 mentors to mentees and Art of Mentoring is looking to reach their first 10,000 matches by June 2018.

Building COS over the years has been a rollercoaster of emotions, learning lessons, successes and losses, but I’m proud of what it has become. If you are a small business owner, don’t be afraid of the difficult periods in the lifecycle of your business.

Australia’s Girl Geek Academy has responded to market demand and launched Australia’s first all-woman game making hackathon, #SheHacksGames, aimed to increase the number of women working in game development and building tangible products.

DC Power Co has opened pre-registration for those interested in investing in the company, aiming to raise $4.75 million through equity investment to build an energy retailer promising better deals and financial savings for the nation’s 1.7 million solar panel households

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