Brosa cofounders Richard Li and Ivan Lim.

Airtree Ventures and Bailador-backed ecommerce venture Brosa hits voluntary administration

- December 16, 2022 2 MIN READ

Online furniture retailer Brosa is up for sale after the business was placed in voluntary administration this week. Richard Tucker and Michael Korda of KordaMentha were appointed Voluntary Administrators of the 8-year-old ecommerce company, which raised more than $7 million in venture capital from the likes of Airtree and ASX-listed Bailador Technology Investments. While Bailador… Read more »


All-in-one online shopping app Sortd takes home $1.26 million in pre-Seed cash

- December 5, 2022 2 MIN READ

Women-led ecommerce app Sortd has raised $1.26 million in pre-seed funding to help shoppers keep track of their wish lists. Sydney founders Jodine Wolman, 27 and Alexis Aaron, 26 have emerged from the Antler Australia accelerator program with backing from the VC firm and several private investors, including ELMO Software’s chief commercial officer Darryl Garber.… Read more »

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Shopping app Her Black Book launches cashback in time for Australian Fashion Week

- May 6, 2022 2 MIN READ

Premium shopping app Her Black Book has added cashback rewards to its platform ahead of Australian Fashion Week, which kicks off on Monday.  Her Black Book is the brainchild of Sali Sasi and Julie Stevanj, the sisters behind Stylerunner. The pair announced their latest entrepreneurial venture last October, and in February, raised $1.6 million in Seed… Read more »


Insight Partners backs ‘hype commerce’ startup EQL in $25 million raise

- April 12, 2022 2 MIN READ

Melbourne “hype commerce” startup EQL has raised A$25 million to help retailers manage the launch of high demand products. The round was led by New York software investor Insight Partners and local VC AirTree Ventures. Other backers include market leaders in digital commerce, platforms and fan engagement including Guillaume Pousaz’s Zinal Growth, Harry Stebbings’ investment… 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 »

Liam Millward

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 »