Liam Millward
Funding

Blackbird, Zip’s Larry Diamond and Steve Baxter’s TEN13 back two teens with a fintech startup in a record $2.2 million seed round

- February 2, 2022 2 MIN READ

Two Brisbane teenagers tackling the ecommerce problem of abandoned carts for online sales have raised $2.2 million in the pre-seed funding for their fintech startup. Liam Millward, 18, and William Gao, 19, founded Instant in April 2021, to build the world’s simplest checkout experience. The record pre-seed raise, the country’s biggest, was led by Blackbird,… Read more »

Other tech

New Zealand agritech startup Halter has raised $29 million in Series B for a ‘cowgorithm’ to create fenceless farming

- April 27, 2021 3 MIN READ

A New Zealand agritech startup fitting cows with GPS-enabled solar collars to “guide” cows around pastures using sound and vibrations, creating virtual fences via an app, has raised A$29 million in a series B round. Halter says it is bridging the gap between human and animal understanding to transform farming. The series B round was… Read more »

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AI-based engineering startup VAPAR, founded by two women, just raised $700,000 in seed funding

- July 6, 2020 2 MIN READ

Engineering startup VAPAR, which utilises artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to check the condition of stormwater and sewerage pipelines, has raised AU$700,000 in seed funding led by Blackbird Ventures and Startmate, as well as angel investors. CEO Amanda Siqueira and CTO Michelle Aguilar, both engineering graduates from the University of Technology, Sydney, co-founded their… Read more »