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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.
Swimply-CEO-and-co-founder-Bunim-Laskin

Swimply, the Airbnb of swimming pools, launches its first-of-a-kind online marketplace for pool sharing...

Founded by 22-year-old entrepreneur, Bunim Laskin, who, as the eldest of 12 children created Swimply out of necessity and a desire for relief and relaxation on a hot summer day.
Tim Bray, Ecocentric

Aussie smart energy tech startup raises $3.2 million in crowdfunding rush for device that...

Ecocentric’s funding to date includes $3.2 million raised from equity investors with the support of Merchant Corporate Advisory.. Equity crowdfunding legislation was introduced in January 2018. Previously, everyday investors didn’t have access to these types of investments.

Challenger telco ReadiiTel smashes its equity crowdfunding target with Equitise

The Melbourne telecommunications and managed Information Technology (IT) business founded by former Telstra employee Daniel Li is a first mover in the disruptive telco space and a challenger to existing players in the marketplace such as Telstra, Vocus, Dodo, TPG and Optus.

Say goodbye to box office queues: Sydney Festival’s TIX FOR NEXT TO NIX programme...

TodayTix, the premier digital gateway to theatre and performing arts experiences, is making Sydney Festival's popular TIX FOR NEXT TO NIX programme easier and more accessible for all audiences powered by TodayTix mobile Rush technology.

Nothing’s been the same since Uber came: Why on-demand startups are shaking up the...

It has been five years since Uber was legalised in Australia, but already in that time the taxi industry has plummeted and the value of a cab’s licence plate has decreased drastically. That disruption was caused by the simplicity and convenience of an on-demand service becoming available via an app on a smartphone.

From fearful to fearless: Here is how tech evolves work productivity

The industrial revolution led to many advances in terms of job organization and management, but now that we have entered the fourth industrial revolution, it is time to reassess the way we evaluate and aid work productivity.

Australian SEO startup Longtail UX expands into Japan by partnering with Sophola

SOPHOLA’s exclusive partnership with Longtail UX enables the Sydney startup to operate its service in Japan. As part of this agreement, SOPHOLA will work with Longtail UX to help it understand the production processes in the region.
Jason Byrne, CEO and co-founder of Freighty

Tech startup Freighty launches online shopping insurance for the masses – just in time...

Freighty has already secured key partnerships with one of the world’s leading brokers, BMS, and the world’s largest property and casualty insurance company, Chubb, which underwrites Freighty’s insurance.
Sunil Vohra and Kate Stone, TWI’s co-founders The Workability Index

A measure of culture: This Australian tech start up has launched the world’s first...

The Workability Index (TWI) is set to revolutionise the way that organisations assess, report and communicate workplace culture.
Leigh Jasper and David Murray Buildxact

Construction tech company Buildxact raises $8.5 million to grow faster into the under-served market...

David Murray, CEO of Buildxact, said that while other technology companies have focused on the big end of the construction industry, Buildxact has chosen to develop for a severely under-served segment of this large market.

Meet the Aussie startup that is tackling seniors’ isolation epidemic with virtual reality

SilVR Adventures is providing highly immersive virtual experiences tailored to groups of seniors in aged care facilities across Victoria and planning to expand to more Australian states in 2020.

The Netflix of live music is looking for Aussie investors following massive success

Established in 2016, GiggedIn has become a thriving monthly subscription platform that connects music loving Australians to more bands, DJ’s and festivals whilst saving money in the process.
Robbie Cooke CEO of tyro payments, Stevan Premutico founder of me&u and Justin Hemmes CEO of Merivale

Justin Hemmes & Tyro lead $8 million Series B funding round for hospitality mobile...

me&u, Australia’s mobile ordering & payment app for cafes, restaurants and bars, recently announced an AUD$8 million Series B funding round, as it sets itself up to expand interstate and enhance the product suite.

Australian SEO startup releases new game-changing tool to forecast ROI on SEO

Longtail UX, an Australian SaaS startup and creator of patented technology that boosts websites’ ad performance and website rankings on Google, has today announced a new Search Marketing Scorecard to help companies that do business online.

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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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