Friday, May 27, 2022

TO THE NEW, IT services company to expand its footprints in Australia

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TO THE NEW, a digital services provider, is set to double its focus in the Australia. With over 20 clients in the area already, the firm is ready to expand its business. Established in 2008, TO THE NEW has now grown to over 2000 members, with its offices in 4 countries.

GCCA launches program to support sustainable tech by industry startups

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The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) revealed the first six start-ups that will be backed by its member companies as part of the first ever Innovandi ‘Open Challenge’ in the race to ‘net zero’ by 2050. The six start-ups, which were chosen from more than 100 entrants to the Open Challenge, hail from the USA, Canada, UK, Italy and the Netherlands.

Aussie couple helping women save thousands every year on hair care

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Partners Maia Dodds and Craig Ford have shaken up the hair care industry by creating an Aussie-first hair colouring solution that will save women $300+ every time they need to colour their hair - and give them three hours of their life back with each treatment. The news will be welcomed by the 75% of Aussie women over the age of 35 who dye their hair.

LaunchVic launches funding round to support Victorian startup accelerators

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LaunchVic has opened a new grant round to establish more world-class accelerator programs for Victorian founders. Grants of up to $2m are available to experienced accelerator program providers to deliver either generalist or sector-specific programs over the next three years.

From Launceston market stall to $4m last year, Hayden Brass strikes gold

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Hayden Brass first learnt about Tasmania’s best kept natural secret, the Kunzea plant, as a 13 years old working on his mum and dad’s essential oil stall at Launceston’s Saturday markets - fast forward 14 years, Hayden’s company Zea sold $4 million worth of products in the last 12 months made using the little known Australian plant with therapeutic properties.

Putting all the chips in: How to turn your hobby into a successful business

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If you’ve got a hobby that you love, you’ve already cracked the hardest part of running your own business. That’s because if you don’t love what you do, you won’t have the drive and dedication needed to run a business successfully. Having a hobby means you have a strong passion for something, which is a rare quality in today’s distracted, throwaway society.

Meal kit industry disruptor Make-Out Meals launches equity raise campaign

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A single dad from Melbourne with barely enough time on his hands to cook has become the head of a $5m food empire, which he created in his own kitchen only 18 months ago. Called Make-Out Meals, the meal kit subscription service uses recipes and key ingredients supplied by Australia’s leading chefs and restaurants. The company was born from Make-Out Meals’ founder Billy Green’s desire to help his hospitality mates survive Covid lockdown.

Startup First AML opens UK doors to rush of inbound business enquiries

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Auckland-based anti-money laundering tech scale up First AML has launched in the United Kingdom after experiencing increased demand for solutions that help businesses manage compliance requirements and the heightened risk of regulatory fines in today’s climate. First AML recently announced its NZ$30 million Series B funding round which included venture capital firm Blackbird Ventures, Headline Ventures’ European arm, as well as existing investors, Pushpay founder Eliot Crowther, Bedrock Capital, and Icehouse Ventures.

VentureCrowd raises $1.42 million for meat subscription startup within hours

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Online meat delivery service ‘Our Cow’ a brainchild of farmers Bianca Tarrant and David McGiveron following devastating bushfires and floods at their northern NSW property, is preparing for expansion with the launch of a $3m crowdfunding campaign. Our Cow is using VentureCrowd to raise equity to continue the company’s extraordinary growth trajectory.

Innovative edtech HEX launches first international program in two years

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Following a two-year hiatus of international travel and study programs, edtech company HEX has launched its first global immersive program for startup founders and students since the pandemic, designed to guide new and early-stage ideas to make them a reality. The two-week hands-on program called Endeavour Singapore – from 2-16 July – will take place in the emerging Asian startup hub of Singapore, which has overtaken Silicon Valley as the number one place for startup talent and is home to over 3800 tech-enabled startups.