$143 million business support package announced by Victorian Government following 5-day lockdown

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Victorian business affected by the most recent lockdown may be eligible for support thanks to a Circuit Breaker Support Package introduced by the State Government.

‘An unjust joke’: Melbourne business owners respond to Victoria’s continuing restrictions

Melbourne business owners are displeased with Premier Daniel Andrews’ plans to keep customer-facing businesses closed under his government’s latest COVID-19 response plan. In a press conference on Sunday, the Premier announced Melbourne’s newest roadmap out of the pandemic, along with which came news that customer-facing businesses may not open until November 2. There will be… Continue reading ‘An unjust joke’: Melbourne business owners respond to Victoria’s continuing restrictions

How the second wave of COVID-19 changes the outlook of Melbourne’s hospitality industry

Victoria and Melbourne’s metropolitan area started their second lockdown last week, which will last for the next six weeks, as the state saw a spike in coronavirus cases. The unexpected secondary lockdown may have harmed businesses within the hospitality sector to such a extent that it proves fatal.  Melbourne is currently in stage three of lockdown… Continue reading How the second wave of COVID-19 changes the outlook of Melbourne’s hospitality industry

Melbourne’s startup ecosystem valued at $7 billion, exceeding predictions

LaunchVic CEO, Dr Kate Cornick.

Melbourne’s startup ecosystem exceeds growth predictions, now valued at US$4.8 Billion (USD) / $7 billion (AUD) and ranking in the Top 15 APAC ecosystems for Talent and Performance.  Regional sub-sector strengths are Life Sciences and Fintech Results from the Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER), released last week, have revealed that Melbourne’s startup ecosystem value has… Continue reading Melbourne’s startup ecosystem valued at $7 billion, exceeding predictions

Family business The Jolly Group starts funding for ambitious expansion

Simon and Rimon, The Jolly Group

The Jolly Group is becoming the first café group to raise funds on online investment platform ​Birchal​. The Victoria-based, family-owned business comprises of The Jolly Miller Café & Patisserie, with 12 company-owned non-franchised outlets in Victoria (and a further 6 opening in 2020) and its wholesale kitchen Fig Food Co, which services hundreds of cafés… Continue reading Family business The Jolly Group starts funding for ambitious expansion

Female investors support One Roof’s expansion in Melbourne

Female only co-working space One Roof has secured investment from female investors to secure their next premise in Melbourne. Sheree Rubinstein, CEO of One Roof, set up the company with the inspiration to help women succeed in business and address the gender gap in entrepreneurship. After major success as a simple pop-up using an Airbnb… Continue reading Female investors support One Roof’s expansion in Melbourne

Let’s Talk: Startup growth

The heated Sydney-Melbourne rivalry has played out over many years, with both cities laying claim to having the nation’s best coffee, culture, standards of living… well, the best of just about everything. But how do Australia’s two largest cities – and, more broadly, NSW and Victoria – stack up against one another in terms of… Continue reading Let’s Talk: Startup growth

‘Until now, the amusement industry has been starved of tech advancements’, says ROLLER CEO

Luke Finn, co-founder and CEO of ROLLER

Despite being a $50 billion industry, the amusement and leisure sector has been ‘starved of advancements’, according to Luke Finn, the CEO of Melbourne-based tech company ROLLER. Determined to be at the forefront of the industry’s tech evolution, Finn along with his co-founders – brother Mark Finn (CFO) and Will Nicholson (COO) – have seen… Continue reading ‘Until now, the amusement industry has been starved of tech advancements’, says ROLLER CEO