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Aussie fintech Verrency raising $15m Series A funding round for global expansion

Payments platform Verrency has announced a $US15 million Series A funding round as it continues to expand internationally. The growth-stage fintech provides payments innovation-as-a-service

Ex-AFL player’s real estate tech startup raises $1.8 million in Series A funding round

Founded by AFL player-turned-businessman Joel Smith with Leith Donaldson and Michael Artup, Gavl was launched with a $300,000 bootstrap from Joel and his father-in-law. This was followed by a $2.5 million investment in June 2016 by Harris Capital

Is your startup really ready for investment? Here are great tips from an angel...

It will not matter what type of investor you are pitching to, be it an angel, venture capitalist or bank. There are specific criteria that need to be evident in order to gain our interest in investing.

Space race: Spacer raises $2.7 million to disrupt parking with Parkhound acquisition

Spacer, Australia’s leading marketplace for storage solutions, has announced a successful $2.7M Series A funding round, alongside acquiring Parkhound, Australia’s number one marketplace for parking in Australia.

Aussie fintech out to make it easier for students to get loans launches with...

Backed by big corporate names such as the Simonds Family and RMY Corp, the fintech will work directly with education providers to track student progression and funding needs as they complete their studies.

Queensland backs Wellington hologram startup Point Zero with up to 100k funding

Point Zero has secured up to AU$100,000 of funding from Advance Queensland, as part of the Hot DesQ programme and opens its Brisbane branch, based in the Firestation 101 – Ipswich Innovation Hub, this week.

Beyond Bank expands its community grant program to find stand-out entrepreneurs running any type...

The business is building on the success of prior programs, which have received over 800 applications and this year is offering additional funding and allowing community members to vote for those who make the shortlist.

Proptech startup ActivePipe raises $1.8m pre-Series A round to drive global growth

ActivePipe, a Melbourne based automated communications platform for real estate has announced a successful $1.8m pre-Series A funding round to accelerate current Australian growth and secure international distribution.

The Go2 People seek to raise $12m for expansion ahead of potential ASX listing

Perth-based labour hire and residential building group, The GO2 People, is seeking to raise $12 million to support its growth and expansion plans ahead of its intention to list on the Australian Securities Exchange in September.

Pocket money fintech startup Spriggy has secured a $2.5 million funding round

Through its purpose-built mobile app and a personalised prepaid Visa card, Spriggy gives kids as young as eight the independence and responsibility to learn real-world money skills in an online era.

Prospa secures additional $20 million investment, scoops employment award

Prospa has just added to their funding round by securing a $20 million line from Silicon Valley based Partners For Growth reflecting a wider trend of fast-growth...

Would you borrow money to buy out a competitor? Should you even consider it?

Google bought out YouTube... but even for smaller businesses, buying out the competition - albeit on a smaller scale - works but when is it okay buy out a competitor?

Melbourne retail tech startup success Brauz has secured additional $1 million funding

Brauz, a personalised retail app making waves in the industry, has announced an additional $1 million in funding from investors, as well as the rapid growth of its local team after just four months since its launch in the App Store.

Expert360 secures a $13 million Series B round to shake up the consulting industry

The Series B investment will enable Expert360 to carve out a bigger slice of the $600B global consulting industry by offering a host of new features and functionality for both clients and consultants, as well as continued international expansion.

Why not having three months working capital in the bank is bad for your...

The Australian Bureau of Statistics states that 50% of all SME operations go out of business within three years and over 40% of these failures are due to poor cash management.

Anti-fraud fintech startup EFTsure has secured a $2 million Series A funding round

The fast growing fintech is helping enterprises tackle the annual $700 million cost of payment fraud in Australia with recent client wins including ASX200 businesses, councils, schools, SMEs and not-for-profits.

Construction tech start-up Assignar raises $3 million Series A growth funding round

Australian venture capital firm Our Innovation Fund, LP (OIF), has led a $3 million Series A funding round in cloud based Australian construction technology business Assignar.

A new way to compare and apply for a small business loan: SMB lending...

Lending Express has officially launched in Australia as a one-stop-shop to compare multiple loan offers. Lending Express uses a unique algorithm to match small businesses with the best lender for their situation.

Rental tech startup MadeComfy secures funding from several high profile investors

MadeComfy, Australia’s first performance driven short-term rental partner, have announced five (5) high profile investors joining the advisory board, propelling its plans for national expansion.

Venture capital in Australia has soared but still remains small by world standards

Australia’s venture capital (VC) sector has soared ahead in recent years but remains a fraction of what is needed to fuel innovation and create the next wave of start-up firms.

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