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Startup Daily’s most read stories of 2021

- January 4, 2022 3 MIN READ

While new variants of Covid-19 gave the past year a Groundhog Day quality after the initial disruption of 2020. But despite the additional chaos, it was an another exciting year for the startup and tech sectors amid massive raises, the rise of more venture capital funds and plenty of mergers and acquisitions. On that front… Read more »

Mark Mattingley-Scott
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A former IBM exec now at the cutting edge of computing at Quantum Brilliance shares his insights on the future of the sector

- December 21, 2021 4 MIN READ

Mark Mattingley-Scott is a former 31-year IBM executive, who in September this year joined the Canberra-based quantum computing startup Quantum Brilliance. Germany-based Mattingley-Scott is general manager, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) for Quantum Brilliance, which plans to miniaturise quantum computers for desktop and mobile applications. It’s been a massive year for the quantum tech sector,… Read more »

Vincent Gramoli
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Redbelly Blockchain spins out of University of Sydney and CSIRO as a high-speed commercial solution

- December 21, 2021 2 MIN READ

Redbelly Blockchain, an Australian blockchain developed by the University of Sydney and CSIRO, has spun out as a commercial enterprise, Redbelly Network, in a joint venture with blockchain venture studio Block8. Redbelly, unveiled in 2018 as the world’s fastest blockchain, says it is now also significantly safer and more corruption-proof than other blockchains in commercial… Read more »

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AI-led ‘givetech’ Dataro lands $2.5 million seed round to help charities innovate fundraising

- December 17, 2021 2 MIN READ

Aussie “GiveTech” startup Dataro has raised $2.5 million in a seed round to help charities improve their fundraising capacity. The raise was led by Basis Set Ventures, Black Sheep Capital, and Save The Children Dataro uses AI-driven technology to transform how charity fundraising works. Its machine learning algorithms analyse patterns in a charity’s entire history of… Read more »

Tech Central
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Stone & Chalk lands management role for Sydney’s Tech Central Scaleup Hub  

- November 29, 2021 2 MIN READ

Startups impact network organisation Stone & Chalk has won the tender to run the NSW government’s new Scaleup Hub at Tech Central. The announcement came as NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet, and trade and industry minister Stuart Ayres opened the Tech Central Quantum Terminal today. The rest of the project, around Sydney’s historic Central Station building, is due… Read more »

Adriano Di Pietro
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Swinburne launches an innovation research hub to help make flying taxis a reality

- November 16, 2021 2 MIN READ

Swinburne University of Technology is launching an new innovation hub to develop air transport solutions from flying taxis to better spaceships. The Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub (AIR Hub) will bring together aerospace research, design, and manufacturing startups and experts to develop innovative materials and manufacturing processes for passenger planes, air cargo, and other solutions such… Read more »

Dr Simon Wilkins
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Australia’s new $40 million biotech incubator, CUREator, is on the hunt for researchers and startup founders

- November 15, 2021 2 MIN READ

Expressions of interest are now open for the first cohort for CUREator, Australia’s first national biotech incubator. CUREator was established with $40 million in funding from the federal government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and the incubator, run by the Brandon Capital-managed Medical Research Commercialisation Fund (MRCF), hopes to play a hand in developing up… Read more »

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Norwegian tossers force disability sex tech startup Handi to change its name – so it’s now called Bump’n

- November 5, 2021 2 MIN READ

Australian disability sex aid startup Handi has changed its named to Bump’n following a trademark dispute with a Scandinavian company that makes a male masturbator called The Handy. Handi founder Heather Morrison said they were approached by Norwegian sex tech company, who own the trademark for “The Handy”. They insisted the Australian startup change its name.… Read more »

Silvia Pfeiffer
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Female founders lead nearly half the winners in the Australian Technologies Competition

- October 29, 2021 2 MIN READ

Female founders tackling issues ranging from climate change to health, and AI are among 11 emerging technology started crowned as winners of the annual Australian Technologies Competition. Five of the 11 companies to win are led by female founders. They were chosen from 18 companies involved as finalists in the competition. The women-led companies are… Read more »

George McEncroe
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Women-only rideshare startup Shebah placed in voluntary administration

- October 20, 2021 2 MIN READ

Melbourne startup Shebah has been placed in voluntary administration, a victim of ongoing lockdowns during the Covid pandemic. Administrators Sam Kaso and Rachel Burdett of Cor Cordis said they will try to save the country’s only women-focused rideshare business through a sale or restructure. “Shebah will continue to operate as normal while we stabilise the… Read more »

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Here are the 18 finalists in the Australia Technologies Competition

- October 5, 2021 3 MIN READ

The Australian Technologies Competition (ATC), an annual celebration of the nation’s best best emerging technology companies, has revealed the 18 finalists for ATC21. The finalists were chosen from 41 semi-finalist scale-up companies that collectively, employ more than 600 people and have invested more than $210 million in the startup technology ideas. The companies involved had… Read more »

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Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman says small business cops it hardest when problems arise with telcos

- September 24, 2021 3 MIN READ

Complaints about telecommunications providers declined last year for the third year in a row – but a surge in complaints from small businesses suggests that Australia’s telecommunications providers are still falling short of their promises of improved customer service. Phone and Internet-related complaints declined 6.1% during the 2020-21 financial year, according to the Telecommunications Industry… Read more »