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Friday, October 9, 2015

Funding & Finance

Funding & Finance
News, opinions and advice on capital raising and finance strategy.

Unique data-driven VC fund Follow[the]Seed will offer $50 million in second-stage funding to Australian start-ups seeking to raise $500,000 to $2 million

Personal care and disability support start-up Better Caring has closed a $2.3m Series B to accelerate the rollout of its rapidly growing service nationally

Aussie online SMB lender, Prospa has secured a $60 million Series B round led by Carlyle Group, Ironbridge Capital, Entrée Capital & Airtree Ventures

Aussie fintech start-up, MoneyBrilliant recently announced that it is ramping up its financial services, with recent investment from AMP of $1.5 million

Shippit is changing how Australian online retailers ship parcels to anxious customers fueled by $500,000 seed funding in June led by Les Szekely of Equity Venture Partners

Australian fertility pioneer, Genea has raised $30m from sophisticated investors including its first institutional investor, in an oversubscribed round

Accodex, an Adelaide-based start-up offering a new tech-enabled platform for freelance accountants, has secured a $180,000 seed funding to expand to the US

Women-focused angel investor, Forming Circles Global (FCG) has put up for grabs a $5,000 cash grant and the opportunity to be mentored by industry leaders.

Australia's alternative finance industry has lately been flooded with inexperienced entrants. Here's what to look out for and how to avoid the wrong lender

It's fair to say not too many Australian SMEs keep their bank manager high on their Christmas card list. Reasonable or not, banks are often seen as not giving a fair go to the average Aussie start-up. What other options do they have?

A group of five high net worth Australian investors, which includes the CEOs of Goldman Sachs and Godfreys, have invested $2 million in WHIZZ cleaning app’s Series B financing round.

The latest Australian International Business Survey (AIBS 2015) continues to highlight the financing constraints faced by Australia’s internationally-active businesses, according to Efic’s Senior Economist, Cassandra Winzenried.

Australian small businesses may be treating the tax office like a bank - but it's a stop-gap measure, warns national SME funder, Scottish Pacific.

By now everyone in the Australian start-up space should be aware that the government has made significant changes to the way in which equity or options issued to employees will be taxed.

So you’ve got a brilliant idea, or maybe you’ve even started building your nascent business, but you think it might help to bring on some extra money. You try to raise the money, but wherever you go it seems there are roadblocks and challenges, and it’s difficult to know where to start. To help tackle this tricky tropic, we interviewed Bryan Vadas. He’s the founder of iPledg (Australia’s leading crowdfunding platform for creative, commercial, charitable and community projects) and Capital Exchange Australia (an education and funding platform for startups).

Sydney Angels backed event-led start-up, Venuemob, has launched into Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and the Gold Coast adding to its existing presence in Sydney and Melbourne.

Fitness platform KFit has raised US$3.25 million in its latest funding round. It is in 13 markets across Asia Pacific and is aiming to be in every major city in the region within the next 18 months.

Australian plant hire search platform iSeekplant has raised $1 million to capitalise on the growing online demand from some of the world’s largest construction and mining companies.

Brisbane-based training software startup, GO1, recently inked a US$1 million investment deal with Queensland business leader, Steve Baxter and Sydney venture capital fund, Tank Stream Ventures.

Australian online B2B off-the-plan property marketplace, Investorist has raised $2.5 million to increase its presence in Australia, Asia and the UK and launch into the US.




Far too much time is wasted in coffee shop meetings. More often than not, the conversation falls off topic, interruptions cause distractions and, before you know it, the meeting is over and you’ve achieved nothing. That’s what Antony Gaddie calls a Coffee and Doughnut meeting. You get a coffee and… zero. He’s the founder of Green Ant Marketing and he shared with us (over coffee) five things that you can do to help you make the most of your coffee shop meetings.