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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

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.

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