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Wellness advice marketplace banks $1 million Seed round

- March 5, 2024 < 1 MIN READ

Wellbeing expert advice marketplace Anni has banked $1 million in a Seed raise just five months after launching. The round has backed by several unnamed high net worth individuals and family funds and will be used to build out the wellbeing platform in areas such as online video consults, digital goods and distributed cross-platform on-demand… Read more »

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Female-founded edtech Cleverbean raises $200,000 to reduce teach burnout

- May 29, 2023 2 MIN READ

Edtech Cleverbean has raised $200,000 in Seed funding from Victorian early-stage investor Skalata Ventures to help reduce teacher burnout, at a time when a record number are leaving the profession. The startup offers thousands of evidence-based and research-backed learning materials for the K-6 Australian English curriculum. Cleverbean was cofounded Lucy Chambers, a teacher, and Alina… Read more »


Fintech Lumiant banks $5.26 million in Seed round

- March 27, 2023 2 MIN READ

Financial advice fintech Lumiant has raised $5 million in a second self-described “Seed” round. The funding came from two growing independent advisory firms, Australia’s Invest Blue and US firm Savant Wealth Management.  Lumiant is a cloud-based advice platform designed to improve financial advisers’ and clients’ advice outcomes. The funding is earmarked for US expansion and… Read more »


Adtech platform raises $4.7 million Seed round to help retailers make a buck

- November 7, 2022 2 MIN READ

Advertising platform Zitcha has raised $4.7 million in Seed funding in a round led by local VC OIF Ventures. The software platform lets retailers sell advertising space to suppliers to market directly to their customers. It automates marketing purchases by retail brands on retailer channels such as email, apps, digital in-store screens, websites and social… Read more »


PayTo fintech Hello Clever raises $4.5 million Seed round

- August 25, 2022 3 MIN READ

A buy-to-earn fintech Hello Clever has raised $4.5 million in a Seed round as it looks to build out its instant rewards ecosystem. The round was led by Vectr Fintech Partners with participation from CrossFund, Yolo Investments, Magnivia Ventures, Son Tech Ventures, Boson Ventures and notable angels such as Ken Cheung, the former APAC head… Read more »

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Retail rewards fintech Upstreet raises $3 million Seed+ round

- March 22, 2022 2 MIN READ

Upstreet, a fintech that rewards shoppers with fractional shares in the ASX, NYSE and NASDAQ listed companies, has raised $3 million in Seed-plus funding. The round was led by Wattle Hill Capital supported by new backers Kelly+Partners Investment Office, McKinsey & Co. Partners and private investors including MadPaws CEO Justus Hammer, Wattle Hill Capital founder… Read more »


Construction tech startup Varicon nails $2.25 million Seed round

- March 17, 2022 2 MIN READ

Tasmanian startup Varicon has raised $2.25 million in a Seed round for its construction cost management software. The round was led by Sydney VC Black Nova, supported by Andrew Sypkes, Galileo Ventures and Artesian, as well as strategic industry players Slattery Construction chair Josh Slattery, Tidal Ventures co-founder Murray Bleach, Aconex co-founder Leigh Jasper, and… Read more »


Startup stakeholder management platform Cake Equity raises $3 million seed round

- March 12, 2022 < 1 MIN READ

Gold Coast-based equity management platform Cake Equity has raised US$2.2 million ($A3m) in seed capital. The round was co-led by California investor Jason Calacanis through Launch and its angel platform, TheSyndicate, as well as Australian VC Rampersand. Calacanis is a Cake customer. Airtasker co-founder Jonathan Lui and Practice Ignition founder Guy Pearson also chipped in. Cake… 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 »