Maxine Lee
Accelerator

Skalata Ventures reveals the 13 new startups it’s just backed with seed investments

- December 14, 2021 2 MIN READ

Venture capital firm Skalata Ventures has revealed its latest round of early-stage company investments, following the launch of its 4th Seed Investment Program.  The baker’s dozen takes the total Skalata portfolio to 43 since its launch in 2018, backed by Melbourne businessman Paul Little and Darrell Wade. This year the Melbourne VC has increased its… 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 »

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 »

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Antler’s now backed 18 startups in just five months from its $46 million early stage VC fund

- November 11, 2021 4 MIN READ

* Antler bolsters the Australian startup ecosystem with 18 early-stage investments, bringing the local portfolio to more than 60 companies Antler has ramped up its presence in Australia following 18 new investments from the firm’s AU$46m Fund 1. Over the last five months, the local Fund has invested in 18 newly minted Australian startups, built with… Read more »

Startmate
Accelerator

Startmate ramps up early-stage startup valuations to $1.5 million, investing $120,000 in its next cohort

- October 27, 2021 2 MIN READ

Australian and New Zealand accelerator program Startmate is increasing the investment it makes in startups $75,000 to $120,000 as it goes on the hunt for its summer cohort. It’s also increased the valuations by 50% to $1.5 million, in a move that means the equity investment remains roughly the same, increasingly from 7.5% to 8.5%.… Read more »

Accelerator

The one Spark Festival event every aspiring founder needs to see: picking the right accelerator for your startup

- October 19, 2021 2 MIN READ

Australia now has more tech accelerators than a Tesla Gigafactory. But if you’re a founder thinking about joining one, how to you choose the right match in the startup sector’s version of Married At First Site. Even finding out about them takes tons of research before you drill down into the details of what’s on… Read more »

Steve Maarbani
Accelerator

Crowd-sourced funding platform VentureCrowd launches JV with Josephmark

- October 7, 2021 2 MIN READ

Equity crowd-sourced funding (CSF) platform VentureCrowd and digital venture studio Josephmark have launched a joint-venture to help early-stage Australian startups accelerate their scaling plans. The new project will offer growth services to early-stage startup founders from Josephmark’s brand, product, growth, and venture strategy and rollout services through to investment support and fundraising via the VentureCrowd… Read more »

Antler Australia team
Accelerator

50 companies, 120 founders backed: the incredible achievements of Antler Australia in its first two years

- September 22, 2021 5 MIN READ

Antler Australia is a global early-stage VC, enabling and investing in exceptional people and teams building the defining companies of tomorrow. What started as a single Antler fund in Singapore in 2018, has turned into a truly global platform with offices across five continents and most major entrepreneurial hubs, including cities such as London, New… Read more »

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Here are the 6 startups tackling climate change in EnergyLab’s new accelerator

- August 17, 2021 2 MIN READ

EnergyLab’s new Climate Solutions Accelerator has chosen six startups for its six-month program. The companies have also received a combined $500,000 in pre-seed investment. Three of the six are Sydney-based, with two from Brisbane and another from California. Three of the startups have a female CEO. The startups involved are: Circle Harvest, which is creating… Read more »

Nathalie Rafeh, Vivek Bharadwaj
Accelerator

AI-based ecommerce startup Splashup has scored $150,000 in backing from CBA’s x15ventures

- August 13, 2021 3 MIN READ

Splashup, an ecommerce startup hoping to simplify online shopping and the comparison experience to find what customers want, has won the pitch competition by the Commonwealth Bank’s venture-scaling entity, x15ventures. Splashup co-founders Nathalie Rafeh and Vivek Bharadwaj will receive a $150,000 SAFE note as the winners of the Xccelerate21 program. Now in its third run,… Read more »

Accelerator

Here are the 5 startups the Commonwealth Bank’s venture-scaling arm, x15ventures, chose for its next pitch day

- August 6, 2021 2 MIN READ

CBA’s venture-scaling arm,  x15ventures, has singled out 5 startups to present for investment at its upcoming Pitch Day. The VC accelerator had more than 60 entrepreneurs apply for its Xccelerate21 program, which this year is looking for ideas around how retail customers shop, pay and are rewarded. Ten companies were chosen for this week’s initial… Read more »

Future founders
Accelerator

The hunt is on for Victorian student startup founders to join a hackathon and bootcamp

- August 3, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

State Library Victoria’s StartSpace Future Founders Hackathon is coming up at the end of the month, followed by a bootcamp for student startup founders and applications are now open for people to take part.  The free program is designed to help student founders to develop their startup ideas with support from industry mentors. StartSpace community lead… Read more »

Dr Hazel MacTavish-West, Seedlab Australia
Accelerator

Woolies ploughs $4 million into product accelerator Seedlab Australia

- July 19, 2021 2 MIN READ

Supermarket giant Woolworths is backing accelerator Seedlab Australia with a $4 million investment to help startup founders develop new food, beverage, home and personal care products. The Seedlab accelerator program will identify founders and ventures with the potential for high growth in categories such as artisan foods, health and wellness, and more sustainable products, offering… Read more »