$4.5 billion network investment delivers ultra-fast broadband to over 700,000 businesses

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The Federal Government has released a $4.5 bn network investment package, involving a $3.5 bn upgrade of the National Broadband Network (NBN). By 2023, more than 700,000 businesses and 6 million homes will have the option to pay extra for faster broadband. $3.5 bn will be allocated to network investments for homes and small businesses,… Continue reading $4.5 billion network investment delivers ultra-fast broadband to over 700,000 businesses

New funding for Emesent takes drone company to new heights

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Drone autonomy company, Emesent, has announced a new investment from In-Q-Tel (IQT), the investment arm of the US intelligence agency the CIA. The strategic investment will help power Emesent’s expansion into new industries including defence, security, and emergency response. “This investment from In-Q-Tel and the strategic support it offers is a boon for our continued growth and the… Continue reading New funding for Emesent takes drone company to new heights

Foreign investment reforms: Last chance to have your say

The Board; (left to right,) Roger Brake, Meg McDonald, Teresa Dyson, Alice Williams, Chair David Irvine, Cheryl Edwardes and Nick Minchin. Absent: David Peever. 15 November 2019, Canberra. Source: FIRB

There are 12 days to go until the Australian Treasury closes public consultation of the Foreign Investment Reform (Protecting Australia’s National Security) Regulations 2020 (Exposure Draft Regulations) and the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Regulations 2020 (Exposure Draft Fees Regulations). The draft reforms under consultation have been made to give further effect to the major reforms of the Foreign… Continue reading Foreign investment reforms: Last chance to have your say

ESG a growing global investment trend: Research

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Environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns are a rising trend in investment decision-making globally. Between 2016 and 2018, the value of sustainable and responsible investment assets in Europe, the US, Japan, Canada and Australia/New Zealand rose by 34 per cent to $30.7 trillion. This trend has been accelerating the fastest in the United States. More… Continue reading ESG a growing global investment trend: Research

Let’s Talk: Investing to Succeed

Figuring out where to best invest your time and money is a difficult task. As businesses scale, leaders’ daily tasks become more and more unpredictable. When time becomes money, it is imperative that businesses effectively allocate their resources. We explore how business leaders have invested their time and money to generate successful outcomes. Mike Featherstone,… Continue reading Let’s Talk: Investing to Succeed

How I got AfterPay Ventures to invest more than $10m in my business

Andrew Paykel, founder of Play Travel

Founder of Play Travel Andrew Paykel talks about his startup journey, the new partnership with Afterpay Ventures and working alongside payments giant Afterpay. It’s been a fantastic journey for Play Travel, in the 5 years since it first launched in Australia, as LayAway Travel, its attracted some major players in the industry and opened the… Continue reading How I got AfterPay Ventures to invest more than $10m in my business

Let’s talk: How to pitch to investors

A lot of businesses will need to pitch for investment from the likes of venture capital funds, banks or angel investors at some point on their growth trajectory. However, many founders and entrepreneurs are unfamiliar with the pitching process, as well as the pros and cons of working with different investors. Today we are aiming… Continue reading Let’s talk: How to pitch to investors

Fintech startup Verteva secures $33M Series A raise amid COVID-19

Founding CEO of Verteva, Andrew Walker

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… Continue reading Fintech startup Verteva secures $33M Series A raise amid COVID-19