Kiwi VC Icehouse Ventures raises $10 million

- November 30, 2023 2 MIN READ

New Zealand’s most active venture capital firm Icehouse Ventures, says it has “VCed itself” after raising NZ$10 million (A$9.3m) in equity capital. The raise was supported by business leaders and family offices across Aotearoa, as well as Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, and the US. Icehouse’s backers are a who’s who… Read more »

WLTH cofounder and CEO Brodie Haupt

Fintech WLTH banks $14 million raise, ramps up digital lending with Mortgage Mart acquisition

- November 28, 2023 2 MIN READ

Brisbane lending fintech WLTH has raised $14 million alongside acquiring home loan manager Mortgage Mart. The funding came from Melbourne-based healthtech-focused investor Rajomon and ASX-listed PNG digital lender Kina Bank (ASX:KSL). WLTH CEO and cofounder Brodie Haupt has put the capital to immediate use as part of his ambition to build Australia’s leading digital lender,… Read more »


Process digitisation proptech Sitemate nabs another $7.5 million in pre-Series A

- November 16, 2023 2 MIN READ

Sydney software proptech Sitemate has raised $7.5 million in a pre-Series A for its no code platform for the construction sector. Marbruck Investments led the round, with participation from existing investors including Blackbird Ventures and Artesian. It’s 15 months since Sitemate raised $5.2 million in a round let by Blackbird, and since the the business… Read more »

Gecko cofounders Ben Kennedy, Lal Birch and Cody Fisher-Peel.

Sydney’s new TechStars accelerator backs events rental startup Gecko in $350,000 pre-Seed round

- July 21, 2023 2 MIN READ

Event rental e-commerce platform Gecko has raised $350,000 in a pre-Seed round led by the NSW government-backed Techstars program in Sydney. Gecko is one of 12 startups selected for the inaugural Techstars Tech Central accelerator program, which got underway earlier this month. US investors Goodwater Capital and Launch House also backed the startups pre-Seed raise.  … Read more »

Mercu cofounders Elliott Gibb and Jascha Zittel

Former ‘LinkedIn for blue collar workers’ startup Sample rebrands and pivots for new $2.4 million Seed raise

- May 4, 2023 2 MIN READ

The founders of Sequoia Capital-backed Sample have rebranded and changed the focus of the business, raising another $2.4 million Seed round from new investors in the process. As Sample, cofounded in 2021 by former Grab staffers Jascha Zittel and Elliott Gibb, the startup raised $920,000 in pre-Seed funding, led by Sequoia Capital India, in December… Read more »

Kumar Sangakkara

An esports metaverse startup cofounded by cricketer Kumar Sangakkara just raised $3.2 million in Seed funding

- September 5, 2022 2 MIN READ

Cricketing Hall of Fame batsman Kumar Sangakkara has cofounded an esports platform that’s raised US$2.5 million (A$3.2m) in Seed funding to play sport in the metaverse. The round was led by new Singapore-based investment firm Hangar X, plus several sports and web3 investors, including US-based Nucleus Advisors founder Jordan Waxman,  Perth-based 5point8 Capital director Mark D’Alessandro… Read more »


Generation Instagram startup The Daily Aus banks $1.2 million from Canva execs and former Nine boss David Gyngell

- June 27, 2022 2 MIN READ

Digital news channel The Daily Aus, which has pioneered a social media-first approach to current affairs for younger Australians, has raised $1.2 million in Seed funding. The round was led by media former Nine CEO David Gyngell, supported by Canva executives Zach Kitschke and Rob Kawalsky, as well as festival  the Untitled Group. The backing from… Read more »

Julie Stevanja & Sali Sasi

Stylerunner twins raise $1.6 million for their new shopping startup, Her Black Book

- February 28, 2022 2 MIN READ

A new shopping app developed by the twin sisters behind Stylerunner has raised $1.6 million in seed funding. The round was led by former banking exec Andrew Hagger, CEO of Fortescue founder Andrew Forest’s family investment firm, Tattarang and his charity arm, the Minderoo Foundation, supported by ASX-listed Touch Ventures, plus others. Sisters Sali Sasi… Read more »

Andrew Ellett

Fintech HelpPay raises $2.4 million as the bill-sharing app launches to aid people with household expenses

- November 26, 2021 2 MIN READ

HelpPay, a fintech for people seeking help to pay bills, has raised $2.4 million in series A ahead of its public launch this Monday, November 29. The first-of-its-kind platform lets people securely share bills with family and friends via a smartphone app, allowing others to chip in and help pay them off. Unlike crowdfunding options… Read more »


Proptech BuildPass raises $1 million to make construction management easier

- October 19, 2021 2 MIN READ

Melbourne construction tech startup BuildPass has raised $1 million in a pre-seed round. The raise was backed by local construction industry companies and strategic US-based investors with the company looking to expand into the US market in the next 1-2 years. BuildPass was co-founded by Matt Perrott and Aaron Vanston, who met with principle engineer, James… Read more »


Online learning startup Academy Xi raises $14 million

- October 4, 2021 2 MIN READ

Edtech startup Academy Xi has raised an additional $4.4 million to top up a $9.6 million round for a total raise of $14 million. New investors included philanthropist Robert McLean, Cuscal chair Bill Conn and funds manager Milford Asset Management. Previous backers Alium Capital Management, Giant Leap Fund, Pangaea Impact Investments and Perle Ventures backed… Read more »

Jodi Stanton

Female-led fintech Rush Gold raises $3 million series A

- September 21, 2021 2 MIN READ

Australian fintech Rush Gold (previously SendGold) has raised a $3 million Series A The round, led by Dragon Tree Capital, with several new backers including Andrew Barlow, Rami de Marchi, Prof. Gustavo Schwenkler, Tom Krulis and Matt Bailey hitting the EFT button alongside several existing shareholders including entrepreneur Darren Harrison. The venture, which is building… Read more »