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  • August 4 2020 v2food makes supermarket debut in Drakes

    Australian plant-based meat startup v2food today announced its long-awaited supermarket debut. v2food is a new, innovative Australian company committed to making delicious food that is good for the planet. Developed with over 100 years of CSIRO food & science research and with powerful collaborations within the food industry, v2food will play a pivotal role in Read More…

  • August 4 2020 Legal startup Immediation works with VCAT to move disputes online

    Australian online dispute resolution platform, Immediation, has recently announced a new arrangement with the nation’s busiest tribunal, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). The news comes less than two months after winning an arrangement with Australia’s top courts: The Federal Court of Australia, the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court. The Read More…

  • August 3 2020 XY Sense raises $5m to help workplaces tackle the challenges of COVID-19

    XY Sense closes $AUD5m seed investment round to change the way businesses access and act on workplace data.  Investment comes from leading Australian venture fund, Blackbird Ventures, staff and angel investors including; Danny Gorog (Former CEO of Outware), Sandy Kory (Angel investor in Canva, Palantir) and, Marc Alexander (CEO LIFX) among others, to support the Read More…

  • July 30 2020 30% of businesses failing at covid-19 contact tracing directives

    New research has revealed that 30 per cent of Australian businesses with customer foot traffic do not use a visitor check-in system that complies with their State Government directives, and 21 per cent do not use a check-in system at all. West Australian businesses are the least compliant, while NSW businesses are ahead of the Read More…

  • July 29 2020 Stone & Chalk acquires Ribit, digital matchmaker for students and businesses

    Stone & Chalk, Australia’s largest emerging technology incubator and impact network, today announced that it is to take on Ribit, a digital student job and internship matching platform that was set up by CSIRO’s Data61, the digital specialist arm of Australia’s national science agency. Ribit was launched by CSIRO in 2016 with funding support from Read More…

  • July 28 2020 Mentally healthy workplace initiatives: $50,000 grants available

    Projects and initiatives that help support mental health recovery in the workplace could be eligible for a NSW Government grant worth up to $50,000. Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the Recovery Boost program, administered by the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), would fund projects that promote seeking assistance early, supporting an individual’s recovery Read More…

  • July 27 2020 COVID-19 accelerates the shift to digital payments only

    New research from MyState Bank reveals covid-19 has accelerated the transition to a ‘less cash’ society in Australia due to concerns about health risks. Research conducted by MyState Bank found that since the pandemic outbreak more than two-thirds (68%) of Australians are using less cash in favour of contactless technology and other digital payments methods. Read More…

  • July 24 2020 How is JobKeeper 2.0 different?

    Last Tuesday (21/07/2020), the Australia Treasury announced that they are going to extend the JobKeeper payment up to 28 March 2021, six months longer than the initial deadline.  According to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the newest reports on JobKeeper and JobSeeker have shown how both schemes helped businesses to stay afloat during this time. “The Read More…

  • July 22 2020 What the government changes to JobKeeper mean for business owners

    The government has released more detail about the much-anticipated changes to the JobKeeper program. In a press conference, the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison and the Treasurer, the Hon Josh Frydenberg announced a new and more targeted version of the JobKeeper program will commence from October 2020. The changes will take effect from 28 Read More…

  • July 14 2020 How the second wave of COVID-19 changes the outlook of Melbourne’s hospitality industry

    Victoria and Melbourne’s metropolitan area started their second lockdown last week, which will last for the next six weeks, as the state saw a spike in coronavirus cases. The unexpected secondary lockdown may have harmed businesses within the hospitality sector to such a extent that it proves fatal.  Melbourne is currently in stage three of lockdown Read More…

  • July 10 2020 Amazon’s $80,000 grants to help SMBs innovate mid-crisis

    Yesterday, Amazon opened the entry for Amazon Launchpad Innovation Grants, which are worth more than $80,000 each. In September, the giant e-commerce business is going to choose five recipients of the grants. The Amazon Launchpad program launched almost a year ago and aims to help Aussie startups and entrepreneurs bring innovative products to shoppers. The Read More…

  • July 6 2020 Barayamal accelerator programme – and $50,000 funding – open for First Nations entrepreneurs

    First Nations entrepreneurs can now apply for the Barayamal accelerator programme and access $50,000 in grant funding. After running the world’s first Indigenous Accelerator in November 2016, Barayamal is now running its second accelerator program in Victoria on the 7th September 2020 – thanks to LaunchVic.  Barayamal believes that First Nations Entrepreneurship can change the Read More…

  • June 26 2020 Half of businesses lost custom in COVID-19 due to bad communication and bad tech

    New research from Pegasystems Inc., the software company empowering digital transformation (DX), reveals half (50%) of Australian organisations surveyed lost customers during the COVID-19 pandemic due to failings in their communications. This is way above the global average of 36 per cent. The global study, conducted by research firm Savanta, explored the effect the global pandemic has Read More…

  • June 23 2020 Smarter funding alternatives to save many universities and startups

    Smarter funding alternatives could save many Australian universities’ vital health and science research projects from collapse, leading wealth manager Atlas Advisors Australia says. Executive Chairman Atlas Advisors Australia, Guy Hedley said the survival of university spinoff companies, thousands of jobs and critical research projects has been needlessly put at peril while millions of dollars in Read More…

  • June 22 2020 Unilever sets out new actions to fight climate change

    With the temporary decrease in global carbon emission this year, more giant companies such as Unilever are switching to a sustainable business model. Multinational company Unilever joins WWF in calling on Australian leaders to set the economy on course to a zero-carbon future, targeting net-zero emission from all products by 2039. This target will be eleven years Read More…