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

Senators urged to pass equity bill that could see SMEs flourish

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell urges senators to pass the Australian Business Growth Fund Bill. Source: Supplied.

Kate Carnell, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO), urged senators to pass the Australian Business Growth Fund Bill on Wednesday. Ms. Carnell explained that the bill would significantly encourage growth and promote economic expansion for small and medium-sized businesses around the country. “We strongly support the investment by the Commonwealth in the… Continue reading Senators urged to pass equity bill that could see SMEs flourish

Three things to watch out for before your startup partners with an early-stage investor

A lot of start-up founders I’ve met believe that if they can raise money from professional early-stage investors such as The Sharks from Channel 10’s Shark Tank or a Venture Capital (VC) fund, then they’re guaranteed success, a large exit, and early retirement. But this is dangerous thinking. These investors are almost always only investing… Continue reading Three things to watch out for before your startup partners with an early-stage investor

Funded by the crowd: the new avenue for startups to raise capital in Australia

Equity crowdfunding is a relatively new way for Australians to invest. It’s a smart way to collect donations for a charity cause or raise capital for new products and with recent changes to Australian investment laws, crowdfunding platforms can now be used to raise equity capital for a business startup. [Related: Aspiring ‘neobank’ Xinja raises $2.4m… Continue reading Funded by the crowd: the new avenue for startups to raise capital in Australia

Payments app startup QPay raises $570k to draw millennial consumers away from the banks

QPay team (L-R): Andrew Clapham (CTO), Moe Satti (CFO) and Zakaria Bouguettaya (CEO).

The brains behind QPay, a payments app for uni students, have secured $570,000 in funding to challenge banks for the millennial market. Provided to QPay by high-profile investors including Sydney Angels and the Sydney Angels Sidecar Fund 2, the funding will enable the startup to release a student-targeted QPay MasterCard. According to QPay CTO and… Continue reading Payments app startup QPay raises $570k to draw millennial consumers away from the banks

It’s a marriage: Camplify’s CEO on the need-to-knows before startups, investors tie the knot

Josh Fischer and Justin Hales, Co-founders of Camplify

If 2018 is the year you want to take your business to the next level, you might be considering bringing investors on board. For startups, the world of investors can be a scary but necessary for growth and success. [Related: Let’s Talk… Founder/investor fit, Let’s Talk… Raising Capital (part 1) and Let’s Talk… Raising Capital… Continue reading It’s a marriage: Camplify’s CEO on the need-to-knows before startups, investors tie the knot

Let’s Talk: Founder/investor fit

Startup founders in search of the ‘right investor’ mustn’t let themselves be blinded by the cash placed on the table, lest they make a deal with the devil… OKAY, perhaps that’s a little melodramatic, but the underlying point is valid – money alone is no guarantee of a long, fruitful founder/investor relationship.   This week,… Continue reading Let’s Talk: Founder/investor fit

Cryptocurrencies: welcome to the investment market’s new ‘Wild West’ where anything goes

Cryptocurrencies, and specifically digital currency offerings, have literally become the modern, investment market equivalent of the Wild West. Hundreds of prospectors have heard about the money on offer and are throwing caution to the wind, risking a lot (everything, in some cases) to make their fortune. It’s almost lawless territory and you need to keep… Continue reading Cryptocurrencies: welcome to the investment market’s new ‘Wild West’ where anything goes

The hidden costs of starting a business

Startups with good a business plan give comfort to entrepreneurs and investors in part because the plan details the objectives, strategies and tactics along with the anticipated profits. There is however a wide variation in business plans. Some are voluminous demonstrations of thorough research, while some exist as a mere template borrowed from the internet to meet the formalities. Others,… Continue reading The hidden costs of starting a business