Liquor company Chivas Regal has announced the Australian launch of The Venture, a fund and accelerator seeking to enable a new generation of social entrepreneurs to create positive change.
Sydney-based venture capital firm Blackbird Ventures has raised $200 million for its second fund, a big jump from its inaugural $30 million fund launched in 2012. This makes Blackbird the largest tech startup-focused VC firm in Australia.
This year, Startup Daily will be co-producing a segment within the show Kochies Business Builders called Elevator Pitch that will specifically focus on technology startups.
Deloitte’s new mid-year review found that the technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) industry led listings for 1H15 (first half of 2015), accounting for 47 percent of listing values and 27 precent of all IPOs.
Online small business lender Prospa has announced that it has raised $60 million – the largest capital raising to date by an Australian online lender – from a consortium of investors including The Carlyle Group and Ironbridge Capital. Prospa’s seed and Series A investor, Entrée Capital also contributed to this round, as well as Airtree Ventures and high profile private investor David Fite.
Kickstart Your Business, a Forming Circles Global initiative, is returning this year to offer one female-founded or female-led startup $5,000 in cash and the opportunity to be mentored by women who have succeeded in their industry.
The University of Technology Sydney’s Business School has launched the first Australian MBA program designed specifically for entrepreneurs. Students will study for three graduate certificates, in commercialisation, entrepreneurship, and new venture funding. A certificate can be studied separately, or the three combined into the MBAe degree and completed in one year in intensive mode.
A month ago, non-for-profit Brisbane coworking community River City Labs announced a trial partnership with Telstra-backed startup accelerator muru-D that would see River City Labs host its first in-house accelerator programme. Today, RCL has unveiled the five tech startups accepted into Class 1 of the inaugural programme.
INCUBATE, a University-based accelerator programme founded in 2012, has revealed its latest cohort of startups and its new partnership with Lenovo. As part of the partnership, Lenovo is supplying the technology support for all the startups participating in the programme.
While most local tech entrepreneurs would be familiar with the Lean Startup Methodology and the annual conference held in San Francisco every year, not many have had the opportunity to attend such an event. Over the years many coworking spaces have partnered with Lean Startup Co to live stream the event to an Australian and New Zealand audience. However in October this year, Wellington-based startup incubator and accelerator space/program Creative HQ will be holding the first ever on-the-ground version of the conference called Lean 15.
Sydney startup Qwilr, which is looking to change the way people share documents by turning them into data-rich and interactive web pages, has released a suite of new features as it looks to attract a wider market.
Sydney education startup vClass has rebranded to Inkerz after its move into the Chinese market, this week signing partnerships with Shenzhen Yifang Digital Technhology and Shijiazhuang Dazhong Network Communication.
In an effort to increase diversity within the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology space, digital currency-focused media outlet Coindesk, in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative, is offering 50 diversity scholarships for the Consensus 2015 conference being held in New York City next month. The scholarship is targeted at “people of colour and women between 18 and 25 years of age”.
IBM is calling for early-stage startups to apply for its fourth annual Australian SmartCamp mentoring event, to be held in Melbourne in September.