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Online lawyer marketplace Lawpath raises $4.4 million for Asian expansion

- November 5, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

Online legal marketplace Lawpath has raised $4.4 million as it looks to push into Asia. Adcock Private Equity lead the round, which was oversubscribed and saw existing backers Pollenizer Investments, LegalZoom, Fort Street Advisors, Machdoch Ventures and Nick Abrahams, now head of innovation at Australian lawfirm Norton Rose Fulbright return The Sydney legaltech startup previously… Read more »

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Online mortgage lender Athena raises $70 million in Series C

- October 21, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

  Fintech startup Athena has closed a $70 million Series C round as it looks to push into mortgage origination. The country’s largest industry fund, AustralianSuper, joined the raise alongside long-term backers Square Peg Capital, AirTree Ventures and Hostplus, as well as Salesforce Ventures and NAB Ventures. Square Peg’s Paul Bassat joined the Athena board… Read more »

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6 charts that show startup investment is booming in Australia

- October 21, 2019 4 MIN READ

The Airwallex team.  Investments in Australian startups have nearly doubled in the past 12 months to nearly $7 billion, with Victoria leading the way, according to data analytics firm Techboard. The Techboard Australian Startup and Young Technology Company Annual Funding Report 2018/19, released at Intersekt on Friday. Techboard co-founder and CEO Peter van Bruchem said… Read more »

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Canva adds another $1.1 billion to its value after a $125 million raise

- October 17, 2019 2 MIN READ

Canva co-founders Cameron Adams, Cliff Obrecht and Melanie Perkins. Photo: supplied Privately-owned online design startup Canva says its market value is now US$3.2 billion (AU$4.7bn) after a US$85 million (AU$125m) raise revealed on Thursday. Those lining up to support Canva’s 7th raise – taking the total investment to AU$333 million in five years – with… Read more »

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Australia’s top fintech investors will debate the latest funding trends in Melbourne

- October 16, 2019 2 MIN READ

The most recent trends in fintech investment in Australia will be debated by some of the investors at the forefront of the sector a special Techboard Roundtable in Melbourne this Friday, October 18. Presented in association with Fintech Australia and the Intersekt Festival, the Techboard roundtable discussion will  focus on the future of funding for… Read more »

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MONEY BAGS: Luggage startup July raises $10.5 million

- October 15, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

July co-founders Athan Didaskalou and Richard Li, with Strandbags MD Felicity McGahan (centre). Melbourne luggage brand July, already set to book more than $5 million revenue in its first year, has raised A$10.5 million in a Series A, led by veteran accessories retailer Strandbags and a private investor. Strandbags is owned by Michael Lewis, chairman… Read more »

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An MYOB co-founder just backed a $26 million Series B for an accountancy software startup

- September 17, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

  Practice Ignition, cloud-based software that helps accounts manage their own business, has raised AU$26 million in a series B, led by New York’s Tiger Global Management. MYOB co-founder and Xero Board member, Craig Winkler and Right Click Capital were among those also investing in the software startup, co-founded by Guy Pearson in Sydney in 2011.… Read more »

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New Zealand cybersecurity startup RedShield raises NZ$14 million

- September 17, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

Wellington-based RedShield, a cybersecurity startup that provides API protection via web application shielding, has raised NZ$14 million (AU$13m). New Zealand private equity firm Pencarrow led the round ahead of existing shareholder Sage Technologies. RedShield’s CEO and co-founder Andy Prow (pictured above) said the support recognised the company’s success in New Zealand , the US, UK… Read more »

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Experiences startup AmazingCo raises $5.1 million

- September 13, 2019 2 MIN READ

AmazingCo founders Silvia Hope, Jeremy Cox and Nick Brozovic. Photo: Supplied Melbourne experiences platform AmazingCo raised AU$5.1m in a Series A round backed by Aconex co-founders Leigh Jasper and Robert Phillpot. Rampersand VC, Artesian and Macdoch Ventures were also part of the raise. The Series A follows a $2.3m seed funding round last year, with those… Read more »

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A Sydney University professor just raised $22 million to solve a big problem in quantum computing

- September 11, 2019 2 MIN READ

Square Peg Capital Partner Tushar Roy with Professor Michael Biercuk, founder and CEO of QCTRL. Photo: supplied Quantum computing startup Q-CTRL has raised US$15 million (AU$22m) in a Series A round led by Square Peg Capital.  Silicon Valley’s Sierra Ventures also joined the raise beside existing investors, including Sequoia Capital, Main Sequence Ventures, and Horizons… Read more »