Collaborate Corporation (ASX:CL8), formerly known as QANDA Technologies, has today announced an investment in FundX, a Sydney-headquartered peer-to-peer lending startup supported by venture tech firm BlueChilli.
Previously named QANDA Technologies, this is the first funding round since the business changed it’s name to Collaborate Corporation late last year.
Sydney-based startup Divvy Parking has kickstarted its national expansion plans today by launching in Melbourne.
The City of Perth seem to be taking a very strong stance in opposition to startups that have entered the market there that give residents an alternative to using expensive car parks.
The internet has recently been abuzz with bitcoin tell-tales; and more and more startups are recognising the need to keep up with this technology trend. The latest startup to incorporate cryptocurrency into their payment system is Parkhound – an Australian-based online marketplace that connects drivers seeking parking spaces with local property owners who have spaces to spare.
Open Shed is part of the global collaborative consumption movement allowing Australians to rent, use and return all kinds of handy goods – whether they’re household tools, camping gear, electronics or anything in between. The peer-to-peer rental site recently partnered with OzHarvest and launched a donate-to-charity feature enabling people to donate a percentage or all of their rental fee to charity.
Australia’s largest private car rental marketplace is now offering flexible options across a wealth of different car makes – from the humble Holden Barina to the luxury Porsche – for budget-conscious startups.
There is a growing trend in the collaborative consumption space right now, that is taking a page right out of the very successful AirBnB model.
Australian services marketplace start-up Airtasker today announced that it has acquired collaborative consumption business TaskBox, a company that also connects individuals and businesses seeking to outsource everyday tasks to reliable and trusted people who can complete those tasks. TaskBox Co-Founders James Mather and Nick Roberts will join Airtasker as Team Advisors and be responsible for business development and growth as the company continues to expand its peer-based outsourcing smartphone app and website.
One new service finding website, TaskRunners, is rethinking the way Australian’s discover and pay for quality services close to home. The online marketplace is designed to give busy people better access to skilled, helpful people in their local community.
TaskRunners.com.au is part of a growing movement in Australia called ‘collaborative consumption’ or the ‘Sharing Economy.’ It provides an easy-to-use online platform that allows members to post (“Task Posters”) up small jobs and everyday tasks that are then completed by capable and enthusiastic people in their community (“Task Runners”).
Firstly, full disclosure. It is no secret that Angela Vithoulkas and I know each other, we are close friends, business colleagues and we both host the “Startups” show together on her radio station – Eagle Waves Radio. So when this woman who I consider a good friend told me she was going to be running for Lord Mayor in this year’s City of Sydney council elections – I naturally was excited for her and of course as a friend want her to win. On the same token though, part of the core mantra with my business [Shoe String] is that I want to give readers an objective view of things when it comes to content on our site.
Spaceble.com, an online peer-to-peer marketplace for physical space, is not only disrupting the self-storage and parking market, it seeks to bring a new space supply while changing the way people think about and use their space. The intent is to revolutionize the way empty space is used by transforming everyday spaces; i.e. garages, backyards, offices, driveways, etc., into rentable spaces that you can use (e.g. music brands space to practice), store or park (e.g. car, boat etc).
The Ignition Labs Clean Tech Seed Accelerator operates within ATP Innovations and has just recently announced their new [and first] class for their Clean Tech Incubator. Much like various other incubator programs such as Pushstart and Startmate, the Ignition Labs program will be an intensive 3 month program in which the successful applicants will be developed as business people, validate and refine their technology and business model – and then finish things off with a roadshow pitching to investors across Australia and the United States.