News & Analysis
Empower, an Australian sustainable development organisation that works in partnership with rural communities in Malawi and Sri Lanka, has just launched a campaign on crowdfunding platform Chuffed. They are seeking to raise AUD$17,500 to help changemakers in North Malawi’s rural region of Kapita finish building their dream community centre.
First, they partnered with Facebook, then Instagram, YouTube and Soundcloud. Yesterday, Quixomatic, a startup founded by four Aussie ex-Yahoo! employees, announced their partnership with OpenMenu.
According to the latest report by Internet Deal Book, Australia (117) had the third largest number of internet and technology deals of any country in 2013 – surpassed by the US (2639) and UK (209). Over USD$200 billion were spent on investments and acquisitions across the globe last year, with Australia sitting at $1.06 billion (Average Deal Value: $16 million).
Australia’s first equity crowdfunding platform, VentureCrowd, is now open for business. The platform, developed by venture capital firm Artesian Venture Partners, allows wholesale investors to take equity positions in innovative and highly scalable startups.
Marketing automation startup, Autopilot, has just launched a Google Chrome browser plugin, Prospect Ace. Solving the sales and marketing automation data problem, the plugin allows high-growth startups to source verified email addresses and demographic information, and build prospect lists from social profiles.
For some students, the idea of starting a business is too far-fetched. Others are sitting on the idea, and need a metaphorical kick in the behind to get them going. To help foster a culture of entrepreneurship, startups Pocketbook and Zookal have come together to launch a scholarship programme for Australian university students.
Global provider of cloud services for video, Brightcove, announced last week that content providers developing apps for Google Chromecast can now use Brightcove Once to deploy and monetise feature-rich video on Chromecast, including personalised video ads.
Many would say South Australia’s startup community is livelier than ever, with one of the world’s biggest accelerator programmes ANZ Innovyz START taking place within the state. SA State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall, however, feels it could do with a boost.
At Your Table, a bespoke dining service founded by husband and wife entrepreneurs, has just expanded into the digital space. The new online platform allows consumers to create a personalised fine dining experience by selecting from over 35 personal chefs, their menus and wine flights.
Makeshift Studio, a shared working space for not-for-profit organisations and other social impact projects has opened its doors in Melbourne. Located adjacent to the Victoria Markets, the studio is the latest entry into Melbourne’s thriving co-working scene.
Aussie winemaking legend, Rory Kent, is set to challenge the status quo by overlaying reality show principles onto winemaking. He’s calling upon wine lovers to embrace the opportunity to become wine makers in his reality show ‘Wine: Baptism of Fire’.
OzAPP Awards, a Curtin University initiative, has revealed the five finalists who will be pitching their app concepts in front of an international judging panel at The West Tech Fest on Monday, February 17th.
Melbourne-based startup Rewardle is staying ahead of the game, now offering time-poor coffee consumers the ability to order ahead through mere taps on their smartphones.
New study by Print, Design and Websites specialist, Snap, reveals that confidence in the Australian economy is high for those wanting to launch or grow their startups, while the most fertile time is expected to be 2016. The study also looks into the steps entrepreneurs are taking to start a business.