Monday, November 28, 2022

HKSTP Elevator Pitch Competition 2023 invites global innovators to join

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Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) kicked off its seventh global Elevator Pitch Competition 2023 (EPiC 2023), by inviting tech startups around the world to enter one of the largest elevator pitch events in Hong Kong. HKSTP will shortlist the top 50 semi-finalists as contestants to deliver a 60-second elevator pitch to international investors and corporate partners at the EPiC 2023 event which will be held in Hong Kong in April 2023.

The City of Newcastle and University of Newcastle launch the Landing Pad

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The country’s fastest growing gateway city is inviting entrepreneurs and professionals to join its thriving innovators’ hub, as part of its on-going transformation to a diverse, sophisticated economy.  The City of Newcastle is offering domestic and international innovators a three-month free membership to the Landing Pad within the University of Newcastle’s I2N hub.

Dialpad launches its Dialpad for Good solution in Australia and New Zealand

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Dialpad, Inc. – the AI-powered communication and collaboration solutions firm – announced that Dialpad for Startups, a part of the company’s signature Dialpad for Good umbrella of programming and resources aimed at supporting underrepresented founders and small businesses beyond the technology sector, will now be available in Australia and New Zealand.

AICD and Macquarie University launch pilot training for startups

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The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and Macquarie University partnered to pilot a training program for startup founders attending the university’s Incubator program. The Governance for Growth Program will enable founders to advance their businesses to the next level, by providing knowledge, practical skills and tools. Using a format developed with entrepreneurs in mind, the training will take place over a two-day interactive workshop. 

Hub Australia appoints Rebekah Murphy as Chief Experience Officer

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Premium flexible workspace and building hospitality provider Hub Australia has strengthened its customer experience team with the appointment of Rebekah Murphy as Chief Experience Officer. The move comes as Hub focusses on expanding its workplace products and experiences across capital cities and local communities nationally, as well as evolving member experience and workplace strategies in line with the changing nature of work post-pandemic.

TiE Melbourne Angels makes its first investment in Aussie startup GetMee

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GetMee benefits from an investment by Charter Members of the TiE Entrepreneurs network, a network of entrepreneurs. GetMee is looking to improve the way people communicate in English, bridging the gap between communication and understanding using advanced AI tech. GetMee’s target market is immigrant professionals and international students, and its offering is being used within commercial enterprises, English language schools and govt agencies. 

LaunchVic to fund regional startup programs to further support startups

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Thousands of regional entrepreneurs will get the support they need to grow their startup ideas thanks to funding from LaunchVic, Victoria's startup agency. Startup Central Victoria, Latrobe City Council, Mildura Regional Development and Warrnambool City Council will each receive up to $300,000 to run programs promoting startup activity in regional centres.

Zoop secures $15 million, formalizes partnership with Ready Player Me

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Zoop, the digital celebrity collectibles trading platform created by RJ Phillips and Tim Stokely, and other team members responsible for turning Onlyfans into a billion-dollar unicorn, announces two strategic partnerships in advance of its highly anticipated global launch. Zoop secured $15m in grants and investments. Ready Player Me, the leading platform for cross-game avatars, is partnering with Zoop to provide interoperability between Zoop’s avatars and compatible games and apps and to support secure transactions and processing, Zoop is on enterprise-grade public ledger Hedera. Together, these partnerships will provide additional functionality and utility for one of the most closely watched launches in all of web3.

LaunchVic invests in three accelerator programs to support startup growth

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LaunchVic will help to fast track the growth of up to 160 Victorian startups through a new $3.1m investment in three accelerator programs. ANDHealth, Antler and Climate Salad will receive up to $1.4m each to support startups to get the investment they need to scale. Since 2016, LaunchVic has invested in 19 programs, which have helped over 600 startups.

Aussie RV rental platform Camplify buys PaulCamper to further growth

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Camplify Holdings Limited enters into an agreement to acquire a top German peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace, PaulCamper and raises $8.5 million in funding to expand operations, including an insurance business. As part of the transaction, Camplify will acquire the PaulCamper Insurance Broking division. PaulCamper Insurance Broker GmbH (PCIB) allows PaulCamper to operate as an insurance broker to customers in its current European markets.