Brighte
Funding

Grok Ventures backs Brighte in $100 million raise

- January 4, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

Green energy finance provider Brighte has raised $100 million to move into energy retailing. The $100 million round was led by Grok Ventures, the family investment company run by billionaire Annie Cannon-Brookes and her husband Mike. Founder & CEO Katherine McConnell said the fund will be used in three key areas: acquiring more solar households,… Read more »

Fintech

BNPL Zip just cut Latitude’s lunch at Harvey Norman

- December 15, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

ASX-listed buy-now-pay-later fintech Zip Co. is moving into territory recently claimed by rival Latitude Pay, announcing it will offer it Zip BNPL product at Harvey Norman, Domayne and Joyce Mayne franchisee stores. Co-founder and COO Peter Gray said the partnership delivers on Zip’s strategic vision. “We are thrilled to partner with such iconic brands. We… Read more »

Fintech

4 months after Open Banking launched in Australia, a new report reveals the fintech sector is keen but struggling to get involved

- November 4, 2020 4 MIN READ

78% of survey respondents were familiar with Open Banking (CDR). 71% of industry respondents intend to use CDR, 58% of whom stating that they intend to use CDR data within the next 12 months 64% of banks and lenders, and 54.6% of technology providers plan to spend more than $500,000 54.2% of fintechs expect to… Read more »

ASX

Business lender Prospa’s latest results suggest small business is getting back on track

- October 30, 2020 3 MIN READ

 • Total originations of $80 million in 1Q21, up 265% on 4Q20 • Originations, excluding loans originated under the Government’s Guarantee Scheme, up 107% on previous quarter • Annual portfolio yield of 31.5% maintained • Significantly reduced loan deferrals with 1,681 accounts in ANZ on full or partial deferral Fintech Prospa (ASX: PGL) has seen… Read more »

Airwallex
Fintech

Airwallex scoops the pool at The Finnies fintech awards

- October 28, 2020 2 MIN READ

Airwallex took out four major awards at the 2020 Finnies, including the top prize, Fintech Organisation of the Year and the People’s Choice Award. The company also received the Excellence in Payments award, while the Melbourne-based global unicorn’s co-founder and president, Lucy Liu, was named Emerging Fintech Leader of the Year. Airwallex and Athena Home… Read more »

Fintech

Afterpay shares crashed through the $100 barrier after announcing a savings account deal with Westpac

- October 20, 2020 2 MIN READ

Shares in Melbourne-based buy-now-pay-later fintech Afterpay are up more than 5% in the first hour of trade this morning to top $100 after the company announced it had signed a deal with Westpac to offer savings accounts and cash flow tools to its Australian customers. The partnership will allow Afterpay (ASX:APT) to provide Westpac (ASX:… Read more »

Fintech

E-billing startup Link4 lands an Australian Treasury contract to speed up invoice payments

- September 21, 2020 2 MIN READ

An Australian Government promise to pay its suppliers faster has led to a collaboration between an e-invoicing startup from South Australia and the federal Treasury. Based in Adelaide, South Australia, invoice delivery service provider Link4 will connect Treasury with the Pan-European Public Procurement Online (PEPPOL) network, allowing the government department to instantly receive invoices from… Read more »