Tech innovation leaders, YBF Ventures (formerly York Butter Factory), will be holding their second annual Lift Off Awards on November 21. Taking place once again in the Ballroom at YBF Melbourne, the awards will recognise the innovative contributions for entrepreneurs in the fintech landscape. Awards include Innovator of the Year, Collaborator of the Year, Rising Star, Coolest Branding and Star of… Read more »
Investment in Australia’s fintech sector in the first six months of 2019 was half the level of 12 months ago, but the second half of the year looks set for a dramatic improvement according to a new report from KPMG. Investors poured US$101.1 million into fintech in Australia in H1 2019, down from US$223m… Read more »
Here’s an astonishing number about Australia’s $2 trillion sharemarket: just 4% of people trade online annually, despite the fact that it’s 22 years since the CBA launched CommSec, now the country’s largest online stockbroking firm. So the Commonwealth’s broking arm has taken matters into its own hands try make online trading easier and also… Read more »
Prospa co-founders Beau Bertoli and Greg Moshal – an Australian fintech success story. Photo: supplied Global advisory firm KPMG is on the hunt for the best fintech startups in the world to compile its annual Fintech100. Nominations close on July 31, with the final list for the 2019 KPMG & H2 Ventures Fintech100 being… Read more »
Jacobi co-founders Greg Knox, Tony Mackenzie, and Tanya Bartolini. Source: supplied The Brisbane investment technology platform has raised AU$11 million from US investors Client base includes sovereign wealth and retirement funds, and asset and wealth managers with more than $1.5 trillion in assets under management Expands internationally with launch of UK office to target Europe. … Read more »
Sniip, a free mobile app that lets you scan bills and pay them quickly using its mobile wallet, has signed a partnership with BPAY. Sniip’s move into BPAY is being sponsored by the Indue, the Australian-owned e-payments bank. As a result of joining the payments platform, Sniip is increasing the number of billers accessible through… Read more »
Digital currency exchange Cointree has launched the ability to pay everyday bills using cryptocurrency after signing a deal with AI bill payment platform Gobbill. The deal allows Australians to pay bills via BPAY using more than 100-plus supported coins. Founded in Melbourne in 2013, Cointree has more than 60,000 members and processed in excess of… Read more »
Queensland financial giant Suncorp has announced plans for a three-month accelerator program for fintech startups. The Suncorp Digital Incubator Program is a 90-day accelerator offering access to mentors, designers, data/APIs and tech and business experts, at the bank’s Digital Labs in Brisbane. Applications are now open with the program kicking off in June. Chief Information… Read more »
Techboard, Australia’s largest startup and tech directory, released its latest quarterly funding report today, revealing the March 2019 quarter was a bumper period for the sector when it came to funding. While the finalisation of the bid for online property exchange network PEXA (Property Exchange Australia Ltd), launched in late 2018 by the Commonwealth… Read more »
Payments disruptor Afterpay rocked the industry when it took out fintech organisation of the year at the Finnies for the second year in a row last year. Now, the global buy now, pay later company has become the first winner to sponsor the Finnies and is a major sponsor for the 2019 Awards.
Goodments, an investment app that matches people to shares and funds based on environmental, social and ethical values has launched a retail crowdfunding raise on the Equitise platform. The goal is to raise up to $500,000 with shares available from $200.
Applications are now being accepted for Accenture’s annual FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific, a 12-week program that helps early- and growth-stage fintech companies accelerate product and business development through mentorship with executives from top financial institutions. The sixth year of the Lab comes after global fintech investments more than doubled in 2018, to US$55.3 billion, led by a… Read more »
Melbourne-founded fintech Airwallex is the latest Australian startup to hit unicorn status following the closing of a US$100 million ($141 million) Series C round led by DST Global.
Sydney fintech Waddle, which provides invoice financing for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) has raised $4 million in Series A funding from Allectus Capital. With the company in 2017 securing a $50 million wholesale facility, the funding will go towards scaling Waddle across Australia and accelerating the integration of its global financial services partners. Founded… Read more »