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Freelancer is hosting a hackathon this weekend in conjunction with the Indonesian government which aims to find solutions to problems regarding corruption in the country. The ‘Hackathon Merdeka’, which translates to ‘Freedom Hackathon’, is Indonesia’s national hackathon, and is part of the government’s attempts to use technology to help solve social, government, and economic issues.
CareMonkey is yet another Australian healthtech success story. It’s been quite a year for the startup, which recently won a Talent Unleashed award and a trip to Richard Branson’s Necker Island and took out the top prize at last month’s Slush event in Findland, winning 650,000 euros.
Sydney startup Bookabuy, founded by husband and wife pair Mel and Chris Tantchev, wants to bring a bit of magic back to the online book purchase with its subscription service, which allows customers to buy personalised monthly book subscriptions for themselves or as a gift.
On-demand courier startup Zoom2u has announced a new partnership with bus service Greyhound Australia that will allow it to provide customers with a cheap next day delivery option around Australia.
A recruitment service of sorts, Gemini3 is focused on job share roles – that is, roles that have two part-time employees working to fill the place of one full time employee. The startup is working to firstly help companies identify opportunities for such roles, design them, and then promote and fill them.
Combined with the banking licence Tyro obtained from the Australian Prudential Regulatory in August, the funding will go towards accelerating Tyro’s growth initiatives and new product development to help the company provide new payment and banking solutions to customers.
The Victorian Government has brought to life a core election promise it made to startups, with Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis today announcing the launch of LaunchVic, a new independent body that will “provide the right environment for entrepreneurs to develop, incubate, and grow early-stage innovative businesses.”
Another busy week has seen Apple acquire motion capture technology startup FaceShift, while Amazon competitor Jet.com raised $350 million, and London-based food delivery startup Deliveroo wrapped up a $100 million Series D round before launching in Australia. Closer to home, Hobart video startup Biteable raised $1.1 million in seed funding.
Biteable, a Hobart-based startup that has developed an online tool allowing users to create professional promo videos in minutes, has raised $1.1 million in seed funding from Australian investors including Tank Stream Ventures and BridgeLane Capital.
Like the ‘social media guru’, almost anyone can call themselves a ‘consultant’. It can be quite a vague job title, which means that for businesses who need consultants, it takes a lot of time to weed out the best. Geelong startup Pundit Connect has launched a platform to help. Targeting customers that are working on projects worth between $10,000 and $200,000, it allows users to post descriptions of their projects and receive competitive quotes for services.
Just a few weeks after Slingshot announced the launch of a HealthTech accelerator in partnership with HCF, the organisation has partnered with food manufacturer Simplot Australia, the company behind brands such as Lean Cuisine and Bird’s Eye, to launch Simplot Ignite, Australia’s first FoodTech accelerator program for startups and scale-ups.
There’s been a lot of debate lately about the value of a university education for aspiring entrepreneurs, with critics arguing that Australian universities have been too slow to launch initiatives and industry partnerships that give students hands-on experience. Industry, for its part, has been strong in its approach to students and this is only getting stronger, with Sydney fintech hub Stone & Chalk today launching Fintern Fever, an internship program that will see 30 university students work with a resident startup over the summer.
When apps were still fairly new and marketers sought to educate the market about what exactly apps could help us do, they came up with the memorable ‘there’s an app for that’ tagline. Fast forward a couple of years and there truly is an app for almost anything you could possibly think of, and countless companies out there creating them. Melbourne’s Appscore has become one of the leaders in the Australian app development space.
Workplace messaging platform Slack has today announced that it has chosen to open its Australasian headquarters in Melbourne, following fellow global names Zendesk and GoPro. While Melbourne notches up another win, conversation around the Sydney tech scene of late has been somewhat more sober, centered on the sale of the Australian Technology Park.
Kizkaz has created two products; the first is an app for mothers, helping them organise activities, find recipes, shop, and communicate with other mothers. It includes Genie, an on-demand personal assistant, to help them do research and make bookings, and includes a Childcare feed, which connects to the second product, Kizkaz Observation. Observation is a platform for childcare centres, allowing centres to keep track of forms, plan their days, and take pictures, videos, and notes about kids to share with parents.