Wagga Wagga wi-fi startup Zetifi lands $12 million Series A with Telstra helping farmers connect

- December 7, 2022 2 MIN READ

A regional NSW startup that’s extending the range of wi-fi on farms has raised $12 million in a Series A. Telstra, and GrainCorp through is recently launched $30 million GrainCorp Ventures fund, led the round in Wagga Wagga-based Zetifi, with support from existing investors including Cultiv8 Funds Management, the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s (GRDC) GrainInnovate fund, and Artesian. The fresh… Read more »

Fred Schebesta

Finder’s crypto evangelist, Fred Schebesta, walks away from co-CEO role to focus on the VC side

- December 6, 2022 2 MIN READ

Fred Schebesta, the cofounder of comparison website Finder, and one of the country’s leading cryptocurrency advocates, is stepping down from his role as co-CEO and will no longer be the company’s colourful public face. SmartCompany’s Tegan Jones reports that Schebesta will leave his cofounder Frank Restuccia to run the global business on his own, as… Read more »

Women in tech

Startup accelerator Atto asked ChatGPT why female founders get less funding and even the chatbot said ‘gender bias in VC is an issue that needs to be addressed’

- December 6, 2022 2 MIN READ

Atto, the Melbourne accelerator that helps female founders launch tech companies, has had another busy year assisting more than 115 women build tech-enabled businesses. You can read about Atto’s year in review here. But to round out the year, after its latest cohort of 10 startups emerged from the program, founder Kate Kendell and her… Read more »


Business digitisation and consulting startup FORMM raises $600,000 pre-Seed

- December 6, 2022 3 MIN READ

Digital consulting startup FORMM has raised $600,000 in pre-seed funding to help mid-sized companies ramp up their digital capabilities. Digital strategist and former Accenture and EY Digital veteran Robert Kinkade cofounded FORMM (originally Chasm Digital) with serial entrepreneur and product engineer, Chris Clark, to help businesses “shape their digital future” and build new ventures, transform… Read more »

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Salesforce backs Melbourne Uni spinout in $15.8 million Series B

- December 6, 2022 2 MIN READ

A startup spun out of Melbourne University to help companies improve their processes has raised US$10.3 million (A$15.8m) in a Series B. Apromore enables business teams to quickly visualise and analyse their processes to unlock value or identify strategies for transformation or optimisation. The raise was backed by Salesforce and  German software vendor GBTEC, which also… Read more »


CBA teams up with TAFE and Queensland unis to launch Brisbane tech hub

- December 6, 2022 2 MIN READ

The Commonwealth Bank has launched its third technology hub around Australia this year, teaming up with Queensland educators to set up shop in Brisbane’s CBD. CBA has partnered with The University of Queensland (UQ), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and TAFE Queensland, to offer students and graduates the chance to join CBA’s Tech Associates and… Read more »


Contact centre responses startup raises $5 million Seed round

- December 6, 2022 < 1 MIN READ

A Melbourne startup hoping to improve the customer experience for people dealing with contact centres has raised $5 million US VC firm Bonfire Ventures led the round into Operative Intelligence, with additional funds from Wonder Ventures. The funds will be used to expand staffing and scale its customer intelligence product capabilities. The company, founded in… Read more »


Fintech Australia adds strategic partnerships head as Monoova founder joins board

- December 5, 2022 < 1 MIN READ

FinTech Australia has appointed Rachel Hopping as its first head of strategic partnerships. The new role will primarily engage with FinTech Australia’s 400 corporate partners, which include Visa, Mastercard and AWS. Hopping joins FinTech Australia after a two-year tenure at Superhero, joining as Marketing Manager in 2020 before being promoted to Head of Strategic Partnerships. FinTech… Read more »


All-in-one online shopping app Sortd takes home $1.26 million in pre-Seed cash

- December 5, 2022 2 MIN READ

Women-led ecommerce app Sortd has raised $1.26 million in pre-seed funding to help shoppers keep track of their wish lists. Sydney founders Jodine Wolman, 27 and Alexis Aaron, 26 have emerged from the Antler Australia accelerator program with backing from the VC firm and several private investors, including ELMO Software’s chief commercial officer Darryl Garber.… Read more »