Brent Wijnberg

Digital lock startup Smartlox banks $600,000 in Seed raise

- December 15, 2023 2 MIN READ

A startup digitising security with what’s known as a digital lockout tagout (LOTO) has raised $600,000 in its Seed round. Smartlox is a cloud-based, real-time safety, security and smart access system that integrates with Nokē Bluetooth padlocks to increase the safety of frontline workers. It disrupts traditional lockout tagout practices through the use of electronic lockout… Read more »

Omni Biotech founders Will Poot and Zac Farrow

Skalata backs WA hydration monitoring startup Omni Biotech in $300,000 pre-Seed round

- December 13, 2023 2 MIN READ

Perth startup Omni Biotech has raised a $300,000 in pre-Seed funding from Melbourne VC Skalata Ventures to help develop its hydration monitoring platform.  Curtin and Stanford University graduates Will Poot and Zac Farrow are Omni’s cofounders and are using the existing optical sensors in smartphones and wearable devices to monitor a wearer’s hydration levels in… Read more »


Main Sequence, Steve Baxter back defence surveillance startup in $4.45m Seed round

- December 4, 2023 2 MIN READ

A defence tech startup that helps drones and airborne surveillance craft “see” better has raised $4.45 million in a Seed round. The investment in Arkeus was led by CSIRO deep tech VC Main Sequence, with participation from Steve Baxter’s new defence-focus fund, Beaten Zone Venture Partners, and Salus Ventures. The capital is allocated towards scaling… Read more »

Refilled cofounders - Stefan Kent and Ryan Nelson

Envato founders back plastics reduction startup Refilled in $1.3 million Seed round

- November 16, 2023 2 MIN READ

Envirotech startup Refilled has raised $1.3 million in a Seed round to transform drink dispensing and reduce single use plastic bottles. The raise was led by existing backer Melt Ventures with support from Envato cofounders, Cyan and Collis Ta’eed and others. Refilled previously raised $600,000 through angel investors and Melt’s modern manufacturing fund. The Sydney… Read more »

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Proptech startup Happly banks $1.75 million Seed round

- November 2, 2023 2 MIN READ

A new proptech startup designed to make moving less painful has raised $1.75 million in a Seed round.  Sydney entrepreneur, Andrew Weinman developed Happly in early 2022, recruiting Jeremy Rosen, cofounder of mobile storage business Taxibox, as his co-CEO, 12 months ago before launching in Sydney this year. The free platform partners with the people… Read more »


Manufacturing design collaboration software startup pockets $3.8 million Seed raise

- October 12, 2023 2 MIN READ

A manufacturing design collaboration and quotation software startup has raised $3.8 million in a Seed round to bring the process into the digital age. Phasio was founded in 2021 by Harry Lucas and ex-CSIRO researcher Sudharshan Raman, Phasio is digitising how manufacturers quote, design and collaborate with customers, bringing a Google Docs-like approach to the… Read more »


Bill Gates, Twiggy Forrest back livestock emissions reduction startup Rumin8 in $17 million Seed top up

- January 23, 2023 2 MIN READ

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has made his first investment in an Australian startup, backing Perth-based climate tech venture Rumin8 in a US$12 million (A$17m) second phase of its Seed round. The raise was led by the Gates-founded VC firm Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV), with participation from fellow billionaires Andrew and Nicola Forrest via their agri-food… Read more »


Junkee founder Tim Duggan backs media startup that wants to make it easier for everyone to be a publisher in $500,000 raise

- July 18, 2022 2 MIN READ

A Sydney startup that wants to make it easier for people to become publishers has raised $500,000 in pre-seed funding. The round was backed by Tim Duggan, co-founder of Junkee Media, Startmate and Australian deep-tech VC Boson Ventures. Storipress claims it is making digital media easier is created by giving aspiring publishers the tools they… Read more »


Event ordering startup Snackr raises $915,000 in Seed round

- June 28, 2022 2 MIN READ

With fans heading back to sports arenas to watch live concerts and games, tech startup Snackr has raised $915,000 in Seed funding for its in-seat ordering system. The round was led by RAC-backed venture fund BetterLabs, joined by Woodside Energy Technologies, Eastcourt Capital and Spacecubed Ventures.   Snackr CEO Matt Lim said the mobile ordering startup’s… Read more »


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 »

Justin Wastnage

Video collaboration scaleup Vloggi looks to raise $1 million in Seed round

- June 17, 2022 2 MIN READ

Video collaboration scaleup Vloggi has secured a key angel investor at it looks to raise $1 million in a Seed round Vloggi founder Justin Wastnage said serial entrepreneur Sascha Manuel-Reuter, founder of file transcoding platform Doctape, made a “significant commitment” to the raise. Manuel-Reuter sold Doctap to Atlassian in 2014 and it’s now integrated into… Read more »