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Disruptive video production startup Genero closes $4 million investment round

The company, which has been consistently doubling revenue each year, will use the new round of capital to support continued growth and expansion in the United States. Its impressive client list includes Facebook, Google, Unilever, Diageo, HP and Citibank.

Fintech start-up Credit Clear closes an oversubscribed $8.5 million Series A raise, IPO planned...

The raise was led by Bell Potter, one of Australia’s largest full-service stockbrokers. The raise was focused on dramatically accelerating Credit Clears' technology and product functionality to scale its impact and to expand its disruptive payment technology in to the United States.

Australia’s first ever crowdfunding exit of a startup sees investors double their money

Alternative assets crowdfunding platform VentureCrowd recently announced the first ever crowdfunding exit of a startup in Australia through an equity crowdfunding platform with the listing of transfer comparison site Jayride.com.

Flinders University start-up Preserve Health secures over $500k worth of seed funding

The seed round will be used to fund the market launch of PREPD – a new range of hydration-boosting drinks set to revolutionise endurance sports performance. PREPD is backed by more than 20 years of ground-breaking medical research, which originally focussed on improving severe dehydration in children living in developing countries.

European rideshare service Taxify closes $175m investment round led by Daimler

Samuel Raciti, Taxify's Country Manager for Australia, “This investment round is very exciting news for Taxify in Australia as it means we can accelerate our growth by further expanding our local operations."

Australian short-term rental company MadeComfy secures circa $6m in funding

With Australia’s short-term rental market now contributing an estimated $6 billion to the Australian economy and creating over 40,000 full-time jobs, MadeComfy’s growth and this new round of investment shows market confidence in a vital, growing industry.

Why ICOs changed my mind about startup funding and how to master your pitch

Whether you’re looking to do an ICO or traditional funding, the mastery of being able to deliver a succinct, informative and compelling elevator pitch is essential to getting the right people interested in you.

Freelancing startup Cavalry secures seed funding, exceeds targets in first 6 months

Cavalry Freelancing is well on the way to cementing its position as the leading freelance marketplace for the creative, digital and communications industries after successfully raising seed funding and smashing all initial growth targets.

Ground breaking mission to help Aussie entrepreneurs access Chinese seed funding

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.

Australia’s first cloud-native digital home loan platform closes $15m Series A round

Fintech start up, Athena, has closed a Series A raise of $15 million with investment backing from Macquarie Bank, Square Peg Capital and Apex Capital. This follows on from an earlier $3 million seed round closed in June 2017.

Tech startup Bookwell raises $1.25 million for its beauty and wellness booking platform

Bookwell, beauty and wellness booking platform, has received a $1.25 million investment led by Gabby and Hezi Leibovich, founders of Catch Group - one of Australia’s leading eCommerce organisations.

Snooper raises AUD$1 million to accelerate crowdsourcing among brands and retailers

Snooper, the crowdsourcing platform disrupting how brands and retailers collect data recently announced a $1 million AUD investment led by Microequities Venture Capital Fund to further accelerate growth in Australia.

Future of Work tech startup BenchOn has raised $650,000 in a seed funding round

BenchOn, a B2B talent mobility platform that solves the problem of employee underutilisation by matching a business’s idle staff to short-term contracts, has raised...

Here are 3 things you should watch out for when choosing investors for your...

A lot of start-up founders I’ve met believe that if they can raise money from professional early-stage investors such as The Sharks from Channel 10’s Shark Tank or a Venture Capital (VC) fund, then they’re guaranteed success, a large exit, and early retirement. But this is dangerous thinking.

This industrial IoT company in Brisbane that makes the ‘Fitbit for machines’ has secured...

Known as Industry 4.0, the Predictive Maintenance market is expected to be a USD $5bn industry by 2021. With its disruptive FitMachine technology and uniquely customer-focused business model, MOVUS is poised to rapidly capture share in this growing market.

World leading video maker Biteable raises AU$2.8 million Series A funding round

The capital will also be used to drive further global growth of the platform, which has seen its user base explode from 1.1 million to 3 million users over the last 12 months. The business plans to triple its headcount, growing to a team of 75 over the coming months.

Australia’s first solar energy retailer launch sets new global equity crowdfunding record

The overwhelming response among investors eager pay $50 to be among DC Power Co’s first 95,000 customers set a record for the world’s biggest equity crowdfunding launch.

Aussie edutech startup Prosper Education raises £2 million funding round in the UK

Established in late 2014, Prosper Education has developed RoyalABC, a complete language learning ecosystem for children aged 3-6 incorporating growth mindset and the 4 C’s of 21st century learning: critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration.

Sydney Angels funds fintech QPay $570k to steal millennial students from banks

QPay aims to use the QPay MasterCard to capture the largest cluster of millennial consumers at the point when they’re most likely to begin making serious financial decisions – when enrolled in tertiary education.

Aussie artificial intelligence startup Daisee raises AU$8.8m Series A funding round

Daisee leverages the best in AI research from leading universities including Deakin University and University of New South Wales, to create software applications for companies across a variety of industries.

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