Startup
  • July 31 2020 Taking a phased approach to founding a startup

    Leaving the corporate world to start your own business can be daunting enough. But choosing to embark on a new career in the high-growth, fast-paced and innovation-driven technology startup scene is a whole other ball game.  For many, it’s exciting and every day is a learning curve with new opportunities to grow or pivot your Read More…

  • July 30 2020 Startup investment continues to rise in 2020

    Startup investment in Australia hit new highs over the first six months of 2020, reaching US$944.7 million, up from US$627.3 million in H1 2019, according to KPMG’s Venture Pulse report.   Despite the effects of the global pandemic, a record amount of venture capital was invested into Australian startups, with 92 deals recorded so far Read More…

  • July 28 2020 Founding a startup during a pandemic: Advice from UNSW founders

    UNSW Founders, a startup program, has seen an increase in participation in recent months despite the pandemic. The program focuses on helping UNSW students, staff and alumni to build entrepreneurship skills, and found and grow real companies. And this year, the number of participants is much higher than last year. The program has managed to Read More…

  • July 1 2020 Melbourne’s startup ecosystem valued at $7 billion, exceeding predictions

    Melbourne’s startup ecosystem exceeds growth predictions, now valued at US$4.8 Billion (USD) / $7 billion (AUD) and ranking in the Top 15 APAC ecosystems for Talent and Performance.  Regional sub-sector strengths are Life Sciences and Fintech Results from the Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER), released last week, have revealed that Melbourne’s startup ecosystem value has Read More…

  • June 25 2020 Five Australian startups to follow in 2020 H2

    With the ongoing uncertainty caused by COVID-19, 2020 is shaping up to be one of the worst years on record economically, and Australian startups are particularly feeling the pinch as many investors withdraw funding. However, a silver lining, perhaps, is that the pandemic poses an opportunity for startups to challenge bigger businesses and to grow, adapt Read More…

  • June 12 2020 Uni startups face funding withdrawals, Stoic Venture Capital steps in

    Due to the current climate, university startups, research projects and jobs, have experienced funding withdrawal. They are being given the vital boost needed with prominent early-stage venture capital fund Stoic Venture Capital, as they increase their investment in startups that specifically commercialise university research and innovation.  Stoic is seen to be bucking the trend of Read More…

  • June 9 2020 Fintech unicorn Airwallex continues to disrupt, leaders share insight

    Fintech Unicorn Airwallex seems to continue to go from strength to strength; the startup managed to complete its largest funding round (US$160M) mid-pandemic and has recently introduced WeChat Pay as part of its payment options, opening up the Asian marketplace to Australian business. The Melbourne-founded global leader was also recently recognised – in November last Read More…

  • June 8 2020 Startups and digital transformation will be key to COVID-19 recovery

    Vu Tran, co-founder at Go1, talks us through why he thinks startups and digital transformation will be key in the economic recovery from COVID-19 in Australia.  It would be an understatement for me to say that COVID-19 has changed the world and indeed the way many of us live. In Australia, though tragic in terms Read More…

  • May 26 2020 Startup GO1 secures over US$40 Million in funding with remote work explosion

    The increase in remote workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic means that more users than ever are on the GO1 platform for remote learning. GO1.com, a content hub designed to help companies upscale their workforce with on-demand training, has announced it has raised over US$40 million in a Series C funding and has said it has Read More…

  • May 14 2020 Fintech startup Verteva secures $33M Series A raise amid COVID-19

    Financial technology startup and home loan disruptor, Verteva, has secured a AUD$33m Series A capital raise which has been funded entirely by New Zealand’s Bolton Equities. Founded just last year, Verveta has been in ‘stealth mode’ up until now, developing its product offering without any publicity. This is according to the founding CEO Andrew Walker, who along with Read More…

  • March 16 2020 Designer face mask business TECMASK sees 8000% growth in January

    TECMASK has seen unforeseen and unplanned exponential business and sales growth of their face masks since the outbreak of coronavirus. Originally ridiculed for their business idea, sales have boomed since the demand increased with the spread of COVID19.  In 2015, daughter and father duo Maddy and David Scarf founded TECMASK – a Sydney-based business that produces Read More…

  • March 10 2020 Beating the problems that startups face

    Starting a business can be both challenging and rewarding. I caught the startup bug quite early in my career. From launching an import/export clothing company from my college room at uni, to founding an Australian education course aggregator in 2005, and then in 2013, co-founding Longtail UX alongside my business partner, Andreas Dzumla. Overall though, Read More…

  • February 27 2020 Ocean-cleaning startup makes a splash with crowdfunding campaign

    The Seabin Project, an Australian ocean-cleaning startup, has raised more than $1,000,000 through crowdfunding since the launch of their new ‘Public, for Purpose’ campaign. The campaign is being hosted on the equity crowdfunding platform Birchal and has amassed over 660 public shareholders in just four days, with more than 1000 investors onboard at the time Read More…

  • February 25 2020 Take a dive with Swimply, the “Airbnb of swimming pools”

    Since its Australian launch in November 2019, American app Swimply has disrupted the sharing economy by giving Aussie beach lovers a reason to dive into their neighbour’s pool instead. With the popularity of sharing economy apps such as Uber, Airbnb and Airtasker, it is no surprise that an increasing number of these apps continue to hit Read More…

  • February 20 2020 15 years ago, I built a startup – Here’s how I’d do it differently

    A decade and a half ago when I built my first company, the word “startup” was practically unheard of in Australia. When we talked about entrepreneurship, it was people starting small businesses or service based companies; and there’s nothing wrong with that. That’s been the backbone of the economy for decades, particularly for migrant families Read More…