Gecko cofounders Ben Kennedy, Lal Birch and Cody Fisher-Peel.
Funding

Sydney’s new TechStars accelerator backs events rental startup Gecko in $350,000 pre-Seed round

- July 21, 2023 2 MIN READ

Event rental e-commerce platform Gecko has raised $350,000 in a pre-Seed round led by the NSW government-backed Techstars program in Sydney. Gecko is one of 12 startups selected for the inaugural Techstars Tech Central accelerator program, which got underway earlier this month. US investors Goodwater Capital and Launch House also backed the startups pre-Seed raise.  … Read more »

Upstock directors Duncan Ritchie, Matt Watson and Philip Fierlinger.
Funding

Xero cofounder’s hospitality B2B marketplace hits Australia after $5.5 million raise

- June 30, 2023 2 MIN READ

A Kiwi B2B marketplace for the hospitality and food service industry developed by a cofounder Xero has crossed the ditch to Australia after raising NZ$6 million (A$5.5m). Upstock is the brainchild of Duncan Ritchie and Philip Fierlinger, who was part of the 2006 founding team of ASX-listed accounting platform Xero. The raise was backed by Icehouse… Read more »

Kidly cofounders Anna Korol and Aaron Deutsch
Antler Australia

Antler Investor Memo Series: Kidly is taking the pressure off parents to make sure their children have fun

- May 26, 2023 3 MIN READ

Early stage investment company Antler Australia recently backed a new cohort of startups as part of its ongoing program to build great local tech companies. Startup Daily is sharing the details of each venture in the “Antler Investor Memos” series, which is designed to give you a quick,  sharp understanding of the startups and people… Read more »

CO-architecture Kevin Mitchem
Funding

Perth designer and architect marketplace CO-architecture banks $330,000 pre-Seed round

- April 12, 2023 2 MIN READ

Western Australian startup CO-architecture has raised $330,000 in a pre-Seed round for its community platform for professional designers and creatives.  The cash came from Victorian early-stage VC Skalata Ventures, with support from several local angel investors, including architect and former Perth deputy lord mayor Sandy Anghie, and Hassell director Peter Lee. CO-architecture connects independent and… Read more »

Hichame Assi
Other tech

Envato makes the cut for a 4th time as the only Australian tech company in US VC a16z’s annual Marketplace 100 rankings

- March 24, 2023 < 1 MIN READ

Melbourne scale-up Envato is flying the flag for Australian tech once again in the annual list of the world’s best marketplaces released by a16z, the fund of legendary Californian venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.  It’s the 4th edition of a16z Marketplace 100, and Envato, which remains privately owned, after it was founded in a Bondi… Read more »

Mys Tyler, Sarah Neill
Other tech

Fashion tech platform Mys Tyler launches ‘Brands for your Body’ to help women find clothes that fit

- February 7, 2023 2 MIN READ

Mys Tyler, the platform designed to empower women to discover algorithmically-tailored fashion for their body type, has launched a new Contributor Hub and site, to connect women, creators and clothing brands globally. Originally launched in 2020, Mys Tyler’s algorithm has been used by more than 300,000 women used to discover like-bodied creators and body-relevant fashion… Read more »

Funding

Amaysim’s Rolf Hansen backs boat rental marketplace Floatspace in hunt for $3 million Series A

- July 5, 2022 2 MIN READ

Sydney-based Floatspace, the ‘Airbnb for boat experiences’, has signed on Amaysin co-founder Rolf Hansen as an investor as the startup looks to raise $3 million in a Series A round. Hansen backed that boat and yacht rental marketplace’s pre-series A SAFE note, joining the Floatspace board. He joins Airtasker founder and CEO Tim Fung as… Read more »

Funding

Tiger Global doubles down on used car startup Carma’s $75 million Series A

- May 12, 2022 2 MIN READ

US venture capital giant has once again backed  online used car platform, Carma in a US$52 million (A$75m) Series A round. General Catalyst Partners led the round. MD Adam Valkin will join the Carma board. The US VC’s other local investments include Canva, BigCommerce and Buildkite Other international venture investors joining the round include Entrée Capital… Read more »

Gavin Upiter
Funding

B2B pharmacy marketplace Directo raises $2.3 million Seed round

- April 1, 2022 2 MIN READ

Melbourne startup Directo has raised $2.3 million in Seed funding for its B2B marketplace for the pharmacy sector.  The round was led by Sydney seed VC Investible to scale its networked two-sided online marketplace, which offers B2C-like price transparency,  immediacy and convenience while streamlining logistics and invoicing. Founder Gavin Upiter said Directo’s proprietary enterprise technology platform… Read more »

Funding

Tiger Global backs building marketplace ArchiPro’s $32 million Series A

- March 11, 2022 2 MIN READ

Building marketplace ArchiPro has raised $32.6 million in a Series A. The round led by New York-based Tiger Global, with support from Icehouse Ventures, and Queenstown-based Liger Trading. The business previously raised $4.7 million in 2021 from Kogan.com founder Ruslan Kogan and Catch.com’s Hezi Leibovich. The new funds will be used to accelerate ArchiPro’s local… Read more »