Steve Maarbani
Accelerator

Crowd-sourced funding platform VentureCrowd launches JV with Josephmark

- October 7, 2021 2 MIN READ

Equity crowd-sourced funding (CSF) platform VentureCrowd and digital venture studio Josephmark have launched a joint-venture to help early-stage Australian startups accelerate their scaling plans. The new project will offer growth services to early-stage startup founders from Josephmark’s brand, product, growth, and venture strategy and rollout services through to investment support and fundraising via the VentureCrowd… Read more »

Antler Australia team
Accelerator

50 companies, 120 founders backed: the incredible achievements of Antler Australia in its first two years

- September 22, 2021 5 MIN READ

Antler Australia is a global early-stage VC, enabling and investing in exceptional people and teams building the defining companies of tomorrow. What started as a single Antler fund in Singapore in 2018, has turned into a truly global platform with offices across five continents and most major entrepreneurial hubs, including cities such as London, New… Read more »

Accelerator

Here are the 6 startups tackling climate change in EnergyLab’s new accelerator

- August 17, 2021 2 MIN READ

EnergyLab’s new Climate Solutions Accelerator has chosen six startups for its six-month program. The companies have also received a combined $500,000 in pre-seed investment. Three of the six are Sydney-based, with two from Brisbane and another from California. Three of the startups have a female CEO. The startups involved are: Circle Harvest, which is creating… Read more »

Nathalie Rafeh, Vivek Bharadwaj
Accelerator

AI-based ecommerce startup Splashup has scored $150,000 in backing from CBA’s x15ventures

- August 13, 2021 3 MIN READ

Splashup, an ecommerce startup hoping to simplify online shopping and the comparison experience to find what customers want, has won the pitch competition by the Commonwealth Bank’s venture-scaling entity, x15ventures. Splashup co-founders Nathalie Rafeh and Vivek Bharadwaj will receive a $150,000 SAFE note as the winners of the Xccelerate21 program. Now in its third run,… Read more »

Accelerator

Here are the 5 startups the Commonwealth Bank’s venture-scaling arm, x15ventures, chose for its next pitch day

- August 6, 2021 2 MIN READ

CBA’s venture-scaling arm,  x15ventures, has singled out 5 startups to present for investment at its upcoming Pitch Day. The VC accelerator had more than 60 entrepreneurs apply for its Xccelerate21 program, which this year is looking for ideas around how retail customers shop, pay and are rewarded. Ten companies were chosen for this week’s initial… Read more »

Future founders
Accelerator

The hunt is on for Victorian student startup founders to join a hackathon and bootcamp

- August 3, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

State Library Victoria’s StartSpace Future Founders Hackathon is coming up at the end of the month, followed by a bootcamp for student startup founders and applications are now open for people to take part.  The free program is designed to help student founders to develop their startup ideas with support from industry mentors. StartSpace community lead… Read more »

Dr Hazel MacTavish-West, Seedlab Australia
Accelerator

Woolies ploughs $4 million into product accelerator Seedlab Australia

- July 19, 2021 2 MIN READ

Supermarket giant Woolworths is backing accelerator Seedlab Australia with a $4 million investment to help startup founders develop new food, beverage, home and personal care products. The Seedlab accelerator program will identify founders and ventures with the potential for high growth in categories such as artisan foods, health and wellness, and more sustainable products, offering… Read more »

x15ventures, Toby Norton-Smith
Accelerator

CBA’s startup investment arm, X15ventures, is looking for retail innovation startups for its next accelerator program

- June 22, 2021 2 MIN READ

The Commonwealth Bank’s fintech investment arm, x15ventures, is on the hunt for startup founders looking to reimagine the retail experience to take part in its accelerator program, Xccelerate21. Xccelerate21 is a fast-tracked program for experienced entrepreneurs to achieve rapid growth for their startup. This year, applicants will be invited to reimagine retail, including how customers… Read more »

Accelerator

Here are the 7 incredible startups in the latest Remarkable program helping people with disabilities

- June 11, 2021 3 MIN READ

Tech accelerator Remarkable has a new cohort of seven companies changing people’s lives. Remarkable’s mission is to support startups harnessing tech to empower people living with disability. The organisation provides seed funding, mentoring, coaching, investor networks, expertise and guidance, with Alan Jones among the mentors individually guiding the founders. The seven global ventures range from… Read more »

Accelerator

Antler’s Melbourne roll-out ramps up with a new HQ

- May 20, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

Antler Australia, the two-year-old  Sydney-based startup accelerator and investor, which is expanding into Melbourne, has hired Sam Hilditch, the former Airbnb GM and strategy lead for Airwallex to lead its Victorian operations. As Head of Melbourne, Hilditch has been charged with building the firm’s local presence and leading future cohorts to successful investment outcomes.  With… Read more »

Startmate
Accelerator

Startmate’s revamped Office Hours reboots as Open House from next week

- May 13, 2021 2 MIN READ

Startmate’s Open House program, kicks off next Monday, May 17. The free, two-week long virtual festival – the former Office Hours – gives budding and early-stage founders the chance to problem-solve and learn from expert founders and operators at some of the region’s top start-ups through 1:1 mentoring, founder-to-founder relationship building, fireside chats and functional… Read more »