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Airbnb property management startup Hometime just scored $6 million from a new VC fund that offers debt

- June 18, 2019 2 MIN READ

William Crock, co-founder of Hometime. Sydney-based Airbnb property management services company Hometime has landed a $6 million debt and equity funding deal with Australian technology venture capital firm OneVentures It’s the first deal from the new $100 million OneVentures Fund, launched less than 12 months ago. The fund is a partnership between OneVentures and Viola,… Read more »

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Sydney startup space Fishburners is throwing open its doors to host ‘affordable’ events

- June 18, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

Sydney CBD startup space Fishburners is offering itself up as event space promising to make venue affordable for functions. The 500m2 space in the Sydney Startup Hub, adjacent to Wynyard Station, has capacity for up to 300 people Fishburners CEO Nicole O’Brien said there was a shortage of quality, 200-plus venues in the city and… Read more »

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Australia’s leading medicinal cannabis startup is on target to raise $2 million from crowdfunding

- June 14, 2019 2 MIN READ

The problems startup founders set out to solve are often drawn from personal experience and for Dr Ben Jansen, founder of Cannabis Doctors Australia (CDA), it doesn’t get much more personal as the nascent medicinal cannabis industry establishes in Australia. Jansen’s family business started when his mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. They faced the… Read more »

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A Queensland startup has built a smartphone video platform it’s hoping will be the next Canva

- June 14, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

Wrappt co-founders Ryan Miller, David Steel, Chris Osborne, and Nick James. Video is the new black, especially when it comes to corporate communications and plenty of startups are looking at how to solve the problem of how to make it easier and cheaper to turn amateurs into Gillian Armstrongs. A new cloud-based app from Brisbane… Read more »

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Sydney’s Harbour City Labs has a new head of growth

- June 12, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

  Sydney startups co-working space Harbour City Labs has a new Head of Growth, Dr Khimji Vaghjiani (pictured). A  30-year veteran of innovation and entrepreneurship in sectors as diverse as banking, telecommunications, defence, manufacturing, energy, government and academia, as well as in numerous startups, Dr Vaghjiani is a former Australian Innovator of the Year nominee.… Read more »

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Online retailer Booktopia abandons crowdfunding after falling short of its target

- June 11, 2019 3 MIN READ

Booktopia CEO and co-founder Tony Nash   Online bookseller Booktopia wanted to raise $10 million from an equity crowdfund Despite having nearly 2 million customers, just 850 people invested, raising less than 9% of the target The Sydney-based retailer is now talking to private investors  Leading Australian book retailer Booktopia has walked away from its… Read more »

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A Brisbane startup that wants to get kids moving has been backed by CMO Software founder James Cotton

- June 11, 2019 2 MIN READ

Moovosity, a tech startup focused on physical education and movement software for children, is hoping to launch in schools across Australia after scoring $300,000 in seed funding from CMO Software founder James Cotton’s VC fund Uluwatu Capital. Cotton is a co-founder in the Brisbane-based, Moovosity, alongside Scott Jenson and Mal Mizen. The trio set up… Read more »

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Tank Stream Labs just doubled in size to launch Sydney’s first AI hub

- June 7, 2019 2 MIN READ

  Co-working and tech space Tank Stream Labs has forged a partnership with machine learning startup Verge Labs to launch Sydney’s first AI hub. Verge Labs is focused on turning research into customised software applications for business. It was co-founded by Anthony Tockar, who said the startup works with companies to develop user-friendly, customised AI… Read more »

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Australia’s money-laundering cop is worried about fintech startups such as Afterpay

- June 7, 2019 2 MIN READ

Afterpay Touch boss David Hancock received the Finnies award for FinTech Organisation of the Year this week. Australian global fintech Afterpay has been “in dialogue” with the federal government’s financial crimes body, AUSTRAC, over concerns about potential money-laundering concerns, the company has revealed. In a statement to the ASX on Thursday, where the company revealed… Read more »