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Just as disruptive start-ups are rethinking almost every industry out there, alternative lenders are assessing risk in an innovative way, using big data in real time to enable more businesses to get the capital they need for growth.

PoweredLocal is a Wi-Fi and social media marketing startup that helps connect small businesses to their customers. At it’s most basic level it gives customers access to free Wi-Fi in return for a check-in on Facebook or other social media platform.

Intuit research shows that educating small business owners on the benefits of mobile and the power of the Cloud is giving back, on average, around seven working weeks of productive time per year.

The company envisions a new class of wellness beverage, called focus drinks, made with natural functional ingredients that are shown to support levels of focus, concentration and mental performance.

SPT has become a major Australian competitor for Catapult. It's raised $2.5 million in two separate rounds, backed by Brady Scanlon and Tony Gandel, the sons of Rich Listers John Gandel and Peter Scanlon.

Mathspace is being rolled out for use across thousands of colleges in the United States as part of an integration with MyMathLab, Pearson’s leading online homework, tutorial and assessment product.

Social Change Central is Australia’s first dedicated online social enterprise opportunities portal, and is the brainchild of social entrepreneur and Myer Foundation Fellow, Jay Boolkin, and corporate lawyer turned social entrepreneur, Anne Lennon.

The grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will support Atomo in development of an affordable, reliable and simple HIV rapid diagnostic test that will enable people in resource-poor countries to test themselves.

The annual list includes three Australian companies, Prospa, Tyro and Society One, among the leading 50 Established fintech companies across the globe, as well as five entrants in the most intriguing 50 ‘Emerging Stars’

SafetyCulture, the Australian technology company that has enabled more than 30 million safety and quality inspections at companies including Coca-Cola, Hilton, and Qantas, recently announced it has raised $AUD 30 million

Vinomofo has employed a multi-tier media buy covering off free to air and pay TV in both Australia and New Zealand, open-air outdoor advertising spaces nationally, cinema and an aggressive acquisition campaign across digital and social platforms.

A Sydney-based startup that’s raised close to $1 million in funds wants to make it easier for Aussie entrepreneurs to harness the Ideas Boom by reducing the amount of necessary paperwork to start a business.

Unlockd closed a $AU15 million Series A Round in early 2016 from some of the biggest names in the business community, and has recently appointed an advisor to assist with their Series B raise of up to $US30 million

Swedish start-up Natural Cycles, the hormone-free fertility app, has helped over 5,000 Swedish women to get pregnant within less than three months of using the app, on average, and now wants to empower women in the UK who are planning to conceive.

“At One10, we receive so many pitches from people who get lost between the idea and the execution, lacking the skills or process to create a viable, sustainable and impactful business," said Veronica Munro, One10 CEO.

The start that this smart Aussie tech company had was far from good. It was awesome! On crowd-funding platform Indiegogo, they hit their goal in two hours, reached the $100,000 mark within one day and had reached over $300,000 by the end of that first week.

TruRating recently announced that it has raised AU$16.5 million in Series A funding, which will be used to further propel the company’s expansion into global markets and enable TruRating to further develop new technology to provide additional value to consumers.

The best advice for those keen to chart their own path and chase their dreams is to be brave, to back yourself and to seek the best education you can to propel yourself into the business world.

A Melbourne based start-up specialising in 100 per cent Australian owned and operated web hosting, and says it will dominate both the local and international hosting market.

Silicon Valley startup, Tilt, has launched in Australia following mass success in the US, Canada, UK and France following huge uptake among millennials

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