Andrew Ellett
Fintech

Fintech HelpPay raises $2.4 million as the bill-sharing app launches to aid people with household expenses

- November 26, 2021 2 MIN READ

HelpPay, a fintech for people seeking help to pay bills, has raised $2.4 million in series A ahead of its public launch this Monday, November 29. The first-of-its-kind platform lets people securely share bills with family and friends via a smartphone app, allowing others to chip in and help pay them off. Unlike crowdfunding options… Read more »

Accelerator

Kiwi ‘data wrangling’ startup Segna bags US$125,000 seed round from Y Combinator

- November 26, 2021 2 MIN READ

New Zealand software venture Segna, a self-described “data wrangler”, has landed a US$125,000 seed investment from Y Combinator ahead of the startup taking part in the legendary US accelerator program. Segna will be just the fourth New Zealand startups to be part of Y Combinator, which counts Airbnb, Dropbox, Twitch, Stripe, Reddit, and CoinBase among… Read more »

Chris Ridd
News & Analysis

Tech investor Chris Ridd signs on for BoardPro board urging startup founders to focus on governance

- November 26, 2021 2 MIN READ

Former Xero executive and serial tech investor, Chris Ridd has joined the BoardPro board. The New Zealand software startup, founded in 2015 by Brett Herkt, helps companies improve their boardroom productivity and create better functioning boards with improved processes, workflows and guidance. Herkt, the startups’ CEO, developed BoardPro in partnership with leading independent directors and… Read more »

Airtasker
ASX

Airtasker jobs have soared after lockdowns, up 70%

- November 25, 2021 2 MIN READ

Casual jobs marketplace Airtasker this week held its first AGM since listing six months ago and despite the disruption of 2021’s pandemic lockdowns, pent-up demand to get things done has seen use of the platform soar. Airtasker’s (ASX:ART) gross marketplace volume (GMV) – a measure of activity on the platform –  crossed $200 million as… Read more »

Nic Blair
Healthtech

Insurer nib takes 50% stake in medtech startup Midnight Health in $4 million deal

- November 25, 2021 2 MIN READ

Digital health startup Midnight Health has partnered health insurer nib, in a $4 million deal for a 50% equity stake in the business.  The healthtech venture launched its first platform, Youly, in February this year, offering delivery of the Morning After Pill along with additional women’s healthcare needs, such as the contraceptive pill, thrush, sleep… Read more »

money plant grow
Investment

Entries for the Australian Impact Investment Awards close December 1

- November 25, 2021 2 MIN READ

Nominations for the 2021 Australian Impact Investment Awards are open but you only have until next Wednesday, December 1, to enter.   The awards are an opportunity for organisations and individuals to be recognised for their expertise, commitment and outstanding activity in the Australia’s impact investing ecosystem.  Entries are in the following categories:  Impact Asset… Read more »

Quoc Nguyen, Michael Tutek, Luke Milkovic
Funding

Afterpay-backed Touch Ventures leads $5.5 million series A in retail experience platform preezie

- November 24, 2021 2 MIN READ

Online shopping experience platform preezie has raised $5.5 million in a Series A. The round was led by ASX-listed, Afterpay-backed Touch Ventures and Steve Baxter’s investment syndicate, TEN13. Preezie will allocate the cash to team and product growth as well as international expansion. The company previously raised $575,000 in a seed round 18 months ago.… Read more »

NIck Tate
News & Analysis

ACS has a new leader, with cybersecurity guru Nick Tate returning to the President role

- November 24, 2021 2 MIN READ

Members of ACS, the professional association for Australia’s technology sector, have chosen the Chair of the Council of ICT Associations, Nick Tate to replace Dr Ian Oppermann as National President when his two-year term ends next month. His election by the ACS Congress this week is the return of a prodigal son, with Tate previously… Read more »

Funding

Chillax accommodation booking site Riparide gets away with $4 million raise

- November 24, 2021 2 MIN READ

Melbourne-based accomodation booking platform Riparide has raised $4 million as it looks to expand offshore. The round was backed by investment groups Macdoch Ventures and Upswell Ventures. The site sets its set itself apart from numerous other booking platforms such as Stayz and Airbnb by offering “soul-fulfilling escapes”, recounted through travel stories on the site.… Read more »

Bronwyn Le Grice
Healthtech

US VC ‘unicorn collector’ Lisa Suennen is chairing a new Australian investment committee looking to ramp up digital health startup backing

- November 23, 2021 2 MIN READ

A new, female-led group looking to tackle investment in the digital health space is looking the ramp up support for startups with an international panel of experts for advice and support.  ANDHealth CEO Bronwyn Le Grice is driving the project, recruiting Lisa Suennen, known as a “unicorn collector” in the US digital health sector, to… Read more »

Atto
Accelerator

Here are the incredible 23 female founders presenting at the Atto accelerator’s Demo Day

- November 23, 2021 3 MIN READ

It’s been a busy year for Atto, the accelerator that helps female founders launch tech companies. The organisation will hold the Atto Demo Day this Wednesday, November 24 from 11am with an impressive 26 female founders from 23 startups. Entrepreneur Kate Kendall launched Atto in 2019 to empower female founders to build global, scalable and sustainable… Read more »