Funding

US VC giant a16z backs female-led game studio Lumi Interactive in record $9.76 million Seed round

- June 22, 2022 2 MIN READ

Andreessen Horowitz’s legendary US VC fund a16z, has led a US$6.75 million (A$9.76m) Seed raise into Australian women-led game studio Lumi Interactive. The oversubscribed round was also backed by 1Up Ventures, Galileo Ventures, Heracles and Double Loop Games founder Emily Greer. Lumi sees its mission as making the world a kinder place, and plans to… Read more »

Future of work

Why gig economy workers need more support and better ways to cope with job uncertainty

- March 14, 2022 3 MIN READ

This weekend, you might hit “place order” for a meal delivery. Or jump in a ride share to meet friends. In both cases, you’ll be engaging a gig worker. “Gig worker” is a term that generally refers to people who get work through smartphone apps – think Uber, Ola, AirTasker, Snappr, and others. Approximately 250,000… Read more »

Annie Flamsteed
Funding

Athlete mental health startup championed by Grand Slam winning tennis coach Darren Cahill bags $2.5 million seed round

- January 10, 2022 2 MIN READ

A female-founded wellness management platform for youth athletes has closed a $2.5 million seed round as it looks to help athletes with their mental health. Brisbane-based iNSPIRETEK was founded by former competitive gymnast Annie Flamsteed to provide athletes with mental health support and the tools they need when they need them most. The round was led by… Read more »

Advice

The death of a young New Zealand startup founder makes me wonder if it’s really safe for entrepreneurs to fail

- December 8, 2021 3 MIN READ

The untimely passing of a young entrepreneur raises an important question for startups and the people who support them. Dan Bradley explains.   In late November, New Zealand entrepreneur Jacob Millar was tragically found dead at the age of 26. In his short life, he’d founded and launched two startups including Oompher, which he sold… Read more »

Advice

If you’re feeling anxious about returning to ‘normal’ after lockdown, here’s how to cope

- October 11, 2021 4 MIN READ

As lockdown eases today in New South Wales, and will do so in Victoria later this month, many people will begin readjusting to “normal” life. Exiting lockdown after several months can lead to a range of feelings, from excitement and relief to stress and worry. While it may seem counter-intuitive to feel anxious about returning… Read more »

Tia Cummins
Antler Australia

This neuroscientist and ex-soldier’s startup uses virtual reality to treat PTSD and other mental health conditions

- August 18, 2021 3 MIN READ

One of the most popular new innovations we’ve seen in recent years has been virtual reality (VR) technology. While many might associate virtual reality with games or leisure activities, a growing field of research suggests it can be an incredibly valuable tool in dealing with a range of mental health issues. After completing a PhD… Read more »

Meditation, beach
Advice

‘We just don’t have time for that’: why prioritising mental health is a cornerstone to startup success

- July 29, 2021 4 MIN READ

A compelling mission, values, fast paced operations, inherent risks when things don’t go to plan – startup life and special operations have a lot of similarities and a dark side people like to avoid: mental health issues. Coming from the background of having dedicated time to train my skill set, improve fitness and structured training… Read more »

Advice

KPMG’s High Growth Ventures wants to hear from startup founders about their mental and physical health as part of its annual checkup

- November 11, 2020 2 MIN READ

KPMG Australia’s High Growth Ventures is conducting its annual research into the physical and mental wellbeing of startup founders and is keen to hear from them as the sector prepares to gear up for 2021. Amanda Price, Head of High Growth Ventures, said the personal performance of founders is a major factor for the success… Read more »

Topics

Atlassian joins coronavirus fight as $1.1 billion goes to mental health, domestic violence and emergency food

- March 29, 2020 4 MIN READ

$669m is for telehealth – online consultations with GPs and other health services $74m is for mental health amid concerns about the impact of self-isolation $150m is for domestic and family violence support following a 75% spike in online searches A new government app offers advice, the latest news and other support $200 is for… Read more »

Opinion

Why a ‘growth mindset’ is important for dealing with stress and mental health

- October 21, 2019 3 MIN READ

From co-founder break-ups to startup burn-out, the path of the founder can be fraught with stress. A study conducted by American researcher Michael Freeman suggests that even before founders set-up shop they have a pre-existing vulnerability to stress. His 2015 study of 242 entrepreneurs found that a higher proportion of founders reported a lifetime history… Read more »