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DingGo_Shaun Janks and Josh Sandford_2

Australian start-up DingGo targets national expansion following $500K investment

Australian start-up DingGo, creator of an online platform for smash repairs, has announced plans to leverage a half-a-million-dollar matched grant to expand across Australia and beyond.
Adam Rigby (L) Dan White (R) Ray White NurtureCloud

Real estate giant Ray White invests $3 million in Aussie proptech startup NurtureCloud

Australasia’s largest real estate agency, Ray White, has just invested $3m into Sydney-based proptech company NurtureCloud, to both improve its own network’s offering as well as being part of exploring international opportunities for the product.
Jack Zhang CEO Airwallex

Airwallex and Visa debut Airwallex Borderless Cards for business – first major product announcement...

Airwallex recently announced the launch of the Airwallex Borderless Card for businesses, in partnership with Visa. Airwallex Borderless Cards is Airwallex’s first major product announcement since it achieved unicorn status last year after a hugely successful series C fundraising round.
Australian entrepreneur, Shark Tank judge and investor Andrew Banks

Serial entrepreneur Andrew Banks launches new fintech start-up Plastiq.it, seeking equity crowdfunding on Equitise

Australian entrepreneur, Shark Tank judge and investor Andrew Banks has launched an equity crowdfunding campaign with platform​ ​Equitise​ for his new cashback rewards business ​Plastiq.it​.
Lumin CEO and founder, Ben Tripodi

Aussie sports tech firm Lumin Sports seeking $750K capital raise to target overseas sporting...

Lumin Sports Technology, an Adelaide-based sports technology start-up, is looking to raise $750,000 from investors to enable the company to finalise its platform as a turnkey solution to deliver to professional sports organisations in Europe and the United States.
Koala Joey Luna_Taronga Zoo Sydney

Taronga launches new accelerator program, hunting for brilliant eco-friendly ideas

Taronga Conservation Society Australia has launched HATCH: Taronga Accelerator Program to drive innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing conservation and environmental challenges.
Don Hesh, CEO of Introducer

Business loans marketplace Introducer.com.au wins $10K funding from Catalysr’s pre-accelerator program

Introducer, Australia’s only after hours supported business loans marketplace has been selected as one of two startups to receive $10,000 funding from Catalysr.
Steve Weston, CEO & Co-Founder of Volt Bank

Neobank Volt closes $70m oversubscribed Series C; hits $100m total funding and sets sights...

Australia's first neobank, Volt Bank Limited (Volt) has closed a $70m Series C equity funding round, which was oversubscribed by $10m beyond the original target of $60m.

Aussie dining rewards app Liven announces world’s first integration with ApplePay

With the digital wallet movement firmly in full swing, Australia’s leading dining rewards app Liven has recently announced its in-store invisible payments integration with ApplePay.
William Choi, Posture360

The Aussie company with world-first wearable tech preventing back pain in the workplace [VIDEO]

With offices in Seoul and Melbourne, the Australian-based Posture360 has declared war on back pain with its innovative technology. A back pain sufferer himself, William Choi has been in the posture business for almost a decade and saw a gap in the market.
Spoke Phone co-founders Jason Kerr and Kieron Lawson

Spoke Phone raises $6.7 million Series A funding round to kill the desk phone

Mobile voice company Spoke Phone announced it has raised $6.7 million in Series A funding, in a capital raising round led by Australian venture capital firm, Marbruck Investments, with support from New Zealand-based Icehouse Ventures and Sir Stephen Tindall’s K1W1 fund.
Adam Crow and Damon McMillan, Blended Digital

Why blending software rather than focusing on one vendor will be the way of...

Blended Digital, a marketing automation and digital transformation consultancy, founded by Adam Crow and Damon McMillan, smashed its first-year financial targets to surpass the million-dollar mark and is projecting significant growth into its second year.

Are e-wallets a threat to society? The threats presented by the rise of mobile...

And our love affair with apps and all things mobile show no signs of abating. With a few taps we could own the latest high-end fashion accessory or purchase a car. We walk around with virtual banks in our palms, making seamlessly transactions across borders.
Jarred Baker, Groupee

Millennial-focused fintech app Groupee launches world’s first instant pay sharing platform

Millennial-focused fintech Groupee is pioneering the social payments landscape, introducing a world-first, real-time payment app that allows groups of people to instantly share the cost of any purchase, anytime and anywhere that accepts Visa tap-and-go payments.

The benefits of game-based learning for compliance training [SPONSORED]

While there have been numerous innovations to improve the effectiveness of compliance training, one that has shown extraordinary results is game-based learning.
Selda Kaplan and Michael Kambouridis, RideshareTax

How a rideshare experience led two accountants to start a new fintech startup

Founded by qualified accountants, Selda Kaplan and Michael Kambouridis, Rideshare Tax has now officially launched to the Australian rideshare community and it already has the support of rideshare giant, Uber.
EzySt Mick Jarvie, Damian Funnell, and Ben Everitt

New Australian fuel app promises to be a game-changer for industry and motorists

EzySt differs from existing fuel pricing apps and schemes: it delivers special prices from multiple retailers straight to the user’s mobile phone (cheaper than advertised prices), doesn’t rely on crowd-sourced information, and is free to download and use.
Shane Kerr, Hear Me Talk

These two startups are bringing accessibility to email via an app that reads emails...

Hear Mail reads text aloud, enabling users to check their inboxes hands-free. The app also allows users to skip from a current email to the next, or delete spam at any point along the way.
David Davies, founder AgUnity

This Brisbane entrepreneur left banking to build a disruptive agtech startup, now looks to...

Former Goldman Sachs and Lehman Bros banker David Davies, founder of impact startup and agtech business AgUnity, recently announced the launch of its equity crowdfunding campaign with Equitise to raise $1.25 million.

These two Aussie university students are trying to improve the mental health of their...

When Monash University students, Anh and Maria, surveyed their peers about how they could improve student life on campus, they were struck by a recurring theme; academic pressure was consistently a key contributor to students’ diminishing mental health - so they’ve created an app to fix it.

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How to zig when everyone else is zagging, with Julio De...

Why is it that some business owners appear impervious to business obstacles and upsets? In some cases, it seems that it’s the obstacles that drive certain personality types to success. In this CHEAT SHEET, we share five ways of thinking to respond to INDUSTRY, ECONOMIC, BRAND, SOCIETAL and PERSONAL shifts.

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How to secure lucrative sponsorships in five steps [CHEAT SHEET]

If you’re running an event or any major initiative, you’ve got overheads, marketing responsibilities and a small army of people counting on you. And, of...

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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