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Property tech startup HappyCo completes USD$10.8 million Series A funding round

HappyCo is the leading real-time operations platform for inspecting, managing and monitoring residential properties and commercial facilities, and is used to manage more than 1.2 million units by companies such as Airbnb, Softbank/Fortress and Vicinity Centres.

Cloud-based HR tech startup Employment Hero raises $8m Series B funding round

Sydney founded cloud-based HR, payroll and benefits platform Employment Hero announced it has secured AUD $8 million in Series B funding. The funding round was co-led by SEEK and OneVentures with participation from AirTree Ventures and AMP.

Two-sided marketplace ShareRing closes $3.8m capital raise, launches $62m token generation event

A two-sided marketplace within the $100B+ sharing economy ShareRing has announced it has closed a AU$3.8 million capital raise. The seed funding round comes as ShareRing launches its Token Generation Event with an aim to issue four billion tokens, with a hard cap of USD$48 million (AU$62 million), through the sale of its utility token ShareToken (SHR).

The Champagne Dame raises $1m to launch Australia’s largest online champagne retailer

With over ten years experience as The Champagne Dame, educating and presenting to over 10,000 people, including Kerry Packer and Elle Macpherson, Kyla Kirkpatrick has raised $1million to launch her new online venture, Emperor Champagne

Airtasker co-founder Jonathan Lui’s new property venture Soho raises 1.65 million funding round led...

After launching Soho last year, Jono received significant interest from investors, which moved the planned 2018 capital raise forward 6 months with finalised $1.65 million of commitments at the end of last year.

Verification platform Everproof raises $1.5m seed round led by fintech VC Reinventure

Launched in 2016, the Company found initial traction in the sports and recreation industry. Continuously verifying over 15,000 working with children checks per week across 1,000 organisations, Everproof soon became the trusted industry standard in the sector.

Machine learning startup Volantio secures $2.6 million Series B financing round

Volantio, a global leader in post-booking revenue and capacity optimization software for airlines, recently announced a $2.6 million funding round led by Ingleside Investors and strategic investors International Airlines Group (IAG), JetBlue Technology Ventures, and Qantas Ventures

IoT/big data startup Nuonic secures strategic investment and alliance from KPMG

The investment from KPMG brings the total amount raised by Nuonic to AU$1.3 million, and adds KPMG to a prominent roster of shareholders including founders Sebastian Jezierski and Derek Hooper, and fintech firm InLoop, which is backed by Macquarie Capital and Westpac.

Aussie proptech startup ActivePipe closes $5.9m over-subscribed Series A round

Launched in 2015 and servicing more than 50 brands and over 1150 real estate offices, ActivePipe helps real estate agencies and brokers in identifying and converting potential buyers and sellers.

Crowd-sourced Aussie courier startup Go People raises $3m as local retailers begin to feel...

Australian crowdsourced courier, Go People, has raised a further $3million in its latest funding round as it looks to capitalise on the market’s thirst for online shopping and on-demand deliveries.

Canva becomes latest startup unicorn from Australia after raising US$40 million round

Led by Melanie Perkins, CEO and Co-founder, online design and publishing platform Canva is the latest startup unicorn from Australia, with a new valuation of US$1 billion after having raised a US$40 million round

Agtech startup FluroSat raises $1.5 million to help global farmers grow more with less

Agtech startup, FluroSat, has raised AU$1.5 million to further develop its state-of-the-art remote sensing tech and predictive decision support for farmers, in its goal of using advanced agronomy to help Australian and US farmers grow more with fewer resources.

Australia’s largest angel investment group Sydney Angels crosses the 50 startups mark

Australia’s largest and most active angel investment group, Sydney Angels, is ending the year with a “golden jubilee” of sorts, by celebrating investing in over 50 Australian startups since formation in 2008.

How NSW-based Laservision is leading the new future of tourist attractions in Australia

With 95% of Laservision’s business now coming from exports, the company’s journey provides useful learnings for other small business owners in the arts and recreation sector which are trying to break into overseas markets.

NZ tech startup Dotterel Technologies has raised a AU$500k round after recently graduating from Techstars...

Dotterel Technologies, a New Zealand based startup that develops noise reduction and audio recording technology for drones, has announced that it has closed a funding round of AU$500k, led by a group of strategic investors.

Fintech startup MoneyMe has secured a $120 million capital facility led by Fortress Investment Group

Australian consumer lending fintech, MoneyMe, has finalised an AU$120 million asset-backed wholesale securitization facility led by $100 million from global investment manager, Fortress Investment Group

Tech startup Mentorloop has raised $725,000 from three leading venture funds

Australia’s leading mentoring software platform Mentorloop has announced they have closed a $725,000 oversubscribed seed round from Blackbird Ventures, Rampersand and Tempus Partners, bringing their total funds raised to $1 million.

Sydney-based fintech startup Douugh has raised $2.5 million worth of seed funding

Sydney-based fintech startup Douugh, who is taking an artificial intelligence (AI) first approach to banking through Sophie (a personal money assistant), has announced an ‘Open Banking’ partnership with Choice Financial in the USA.

Fintech start-up Credit Clear gives consumers control of their finances, has launched a $10...

Launched in July 2017, Credit Clear is a disruptive technology that houses unique tools and business intelligence to maximise payments for clients. Replacing traditional paper invoicing and collection processes with digital invoices and instant ‘one-step’ payment options.

Finch ‘a financial app for your social life’ has secured $2.25 million in seed...

Founded in 2016, Finch is a fintech startup with a vision to reimagine the consumer finance experience. Its first product, “a financial app for your social life” combines social payments and spending insights

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