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Westpac has another $50,000 up for grabs in its innovation challenge

- August 23, 2019 1 MIN READ

Westpac has launched its sixth annual Innovation Challenge, offering startups, scale-ups and entrepreneurs the chance to win $50,000 and professional support to grow their business. The Challenge seeks data solutions solviong a business problems in five different sectors: micro business, energy, insurance, aged care or government. The latest challenge comes head of the phased introduction… Read more »

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An ex-air force pilot’s drone medicine delivery startup just scored millions in backing

- August 22, 2019 2 MIN READ

Swoop Aero CEO Eric Peck trains health staff on how to load cargo into the drone. Photo: Luke Dempsey   Melbourne-based drone startup Swoop Aero, which is working with aid agencies and the UN to deliver urgent medical supplies to remote areas, has received a multi-million-dollar investment from VC firms Tempus Partners and Right Click… Read more »

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Logistics software venture WiseTech sees shares soar after profit jump

- August 21, 2019 3 MIN READ

Wisetech Global CEO & founder Richard White.   WiseTech is a Sydney-based logistics company that’s pushed hard into tech in recent years Its shares jumped after beating its own revenue growth predictions for FY19 The company has invested heavily in tech development and acquisitions to scale rapidly Operating profit increased 37% to $80.2 million WiseTech… Read more »

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Amazon Prime Video’s first Australian series is essentially a startup pitchfest for comedians

- August 21, 2019 1 MIN READ

Amazon Prime Video has announced its first Australian Amazon Original series will pitch 10 Australian comedic actors and stand-ups against each other trying to make each other laugh first to win a $ 100,000 prize. Actress Rebel Wilson will host the comedy-variety series, LOL: Last One Laughing, in 2020. The local series is a reworking of… Read more »

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Startupbootcamp is on the hunt for Australian energy ventures

- August 20, 2019 1 MIN READ

  Global accelerator venture Startupbootcamp (SBC) is currently scouring Australia looking for energy startups to take part in the organisation’s 2020 EnergyAustralia Program. SBC is hitting 27 cities with its half-day FastTrack event, kicking off in Brisbane last night. FastTracks lets startups share what they do, and in return get immediate feedback from experienced entrepreneurs,… Read more »

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One of Australia’s biggest property developers is launching a social change startup accelerator

- August 19, 2019 1 MIN READ

Australian property development giant Mirvac is launching an accelerator program focused on environmental and social change. The Impact Accelerator is being run in partnership with INCO, the Paris-based global VC and not-for-profit accelerator venture for green tech and social impact startups. Applications are now open for Australian startups and entrepreneurs to apply for The Impact Accelerator,… Read more »

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80 photos of Amazon Launchpad’s arrival in Australia

- August 19, 2019 1 MIN READ

When Amazon Australia’s newest venture, Amazon Launchpad, a new store for startups and entrepreneurs to sell innovative products to local customers launched earlier this month, the company threw a party in Sydney to welcome the retailers. Amazon Launchpad is essentially a store within the store, with retailers building custom product pages with the ability to… Read more »

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12 incredible agricultural entrepreneurs building startups in regional Australia

- August 19, 2019 4 MIN READ

A new entrepreneurship program that helps turn farmers into startup founders is currently underway across Australia and now accepting applications for the 2020 program. Farmers2Founders (F2F), was co-founded by Sarah Nolet (AgThentic) and Dr Christine Pitt (Food Futures Company) is an  8-week incubator program that helps producers answer two questions: is their idea worth pursuing;… Read more »

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Antler Australia just put $1.2 million into 12 startups in its first Sydney accelerator

- August 13, 2019 2 MIN READ

The daring dozen – Antler Australia’s cohort of 31 founders from 12 startups receiving pre-seed funding. (rear, l-r) Anish Sinha co-founder of Upcover, Ben Cooper-Woolley cofounder of SiteHive, Bede Moore Managing Partner of Antler Australia and New Zealand, Kellie Marks co-founder of SiteHive, Kailash Chandrasekaran co-founder of Upcover, Adam Ferguson co-founder of SiteHive, Nick Glynn… Read more »