Funding

A new e-commerce startup backed by Catch Group’s founders lands $30 million from CBA before launching

- May 25, 2021 2 MIN READ

A new e-commerce venture originally developed by Catch Group founders Gabby and Hezi Leibovi’s has scored a record $30 million from the Commonwealth Bank prior to its launch. CBA’s taken a 23% stake in Little Birdie, valuing the business at $130 million before the online retail deals marketplace has sold a single product. The Melbourne… Read more »

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Assembly Payments spin-off lands $25 million

- May 24, 2021 2 MIN READ

White-label payment technology provider, mx51, which last year span out of fintech Assembly Payments, has raised $25 million in its first round, led by Acorn Capital, Artesian, Commencer Capital and Mastercard. The Sydney-based fintech claims to be the first Australian fintech to develop a bank-grade, modern, Payment-as-a-Service platform, offering integrated payment solutions for merchants. Last… Read more »

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Proptech startup Rental Heroes raises $1 million seed round to go global

- May 20, 2021 2 MIN READ

Melbourne proptech startup Rental Heroes has raised $1 million in seed funding for its AI-based tenant request SaaS platform. Seed investment group Investible led the round, with existing investor, Artesian, once again backing the two-year-old startup alongside US-based Hustle Fund and Morten Birk Belling, managing director of Menulog ANZ.   Rental Heroes is pioneering the use… Read more »

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Fintech lender Athena banks $90 million series D

- May 11, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

Fintech Athena Home Loans has raised $90 million in its latest funding round. A range of previous investors returned for the series D, led by Square Peg Capital, including AirTree Ventures, Macquarie Bank, superannuation funds AustralianSuper, Hostplus, and Sunsuper, plus Salesforce Ventures, and Apex Capital. Athena previously raised $70 million in a series C in… Read more »

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Linktree clicks on $59 million in Series B

- March 26, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

Melbourne-based social media venture Linktree has tapped the market for more cash, just five months after its A$15 million series A, raising another US$45m (A$59m) in a Series B The round was co-led by European VC Index Ventures, and New York’s Coatue. AirTree Ventures and Insight Partners returned as investors with a Who’s Who of… Read more »

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Cultured meat startup Vow raises $7.7 million in seed round

- January 7, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

Cell-based meat production startup Vow Foods has raised $7.7m (US$6m) in a seed round led by Square Peg Capital, alongside Blackbird Ventures, Grok Ventures and new investor Tenacious Ventures. James Tynan from Square Peg will join Vow’s board. The cellular agtech startup, based in Western Sydney, began with lab-grown meat from pork and kangaroo cells… Read more »

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Former Westpac boss Brian Hartzer and climate campaigner Simon Sheikh back carbon neutral startup Pathzero

- October 13, 2020 2 MIN READ

Sydney software startup Pathzero, which launched in the middle of the Covid-19 lockdowns through the Antler Australia program, has raised $1 million in a seed round.  Antler, Black Nova Group and senior business figures including former bank boss Brian Hartzer, climate campaigner, Simon Sheikh, and former Australian Ethical Investment CEO Phil Vernon, as well as two… Read more »

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Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar’s family fund joins $57 million Airwallex raise

- September 29, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

  Airwallex has topped up its US$160 million (AU$254m) series D raise from April with an extra US$40 million ($57m) with Skip Capital, the family investment fund run by Kim Jackson with her husband, Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar. Regular backer Square Peg Capital also returned for the latest cash injection, which continues to value the… Read more »

News & Analysis

CHARTS: Global startup funding in the post-coronavirus era fell hard, but is already showing regrowth

- May 23, 2020 2 MIN READ

Venture capital (VC) funding for startups has fallen by around 20% since December 2019 as the covid-19 pandemic smashed the global economy, but the impact is unevenly distributed according to new research from Startup Genome. The California-based analytics firm’s latest report into global startup funding, the first in a series its planning looking at the… Read more »