Shark Tank’s Andrew Banks partners with tech start-up Informed 365

Nicholas Bernhardt (left) and Andrew Banks (right)

Banks has partnered with Informed 365 as they are the only tech solution to new Modern Slavery Act regulations set by the Federal government last year.  Andrew Banks, entrepreneur, mentor, investor, and shark has joined CSR tech start-up Informed 365 to help corporate Australia comply with new laws around corporate social responsibility (CSR). Informed 365… Continue reading Shark Tank’s Andrew Banks partners with tech start-up Informed 365

New HR tech platform Shortlyster raises $5M seed round to shake up traditional recruiting methods

Shortlyster, an intelligent hiring optimisation platform, that helps companies make better and more informed hiring decisions, has today announced it has successfully completed a AUD $5 million capital raise. The seed round was led by Deepbridge Capital, an investment fund specialist in the technology, life sciences, and renewable energy sectors, with participation from Shark Tank’s… Continue reading New HR tech platform Shortlyster raises $5M seed round to shake up traditional recruiting methods

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

Oscars moment: Socialsuite wins Salesforce PitchComp to take home US$100k in prize money

Socialsuite's Dr Clara Ong (third from left) and Damien Hajda (fourth from left)

The husband and wife team behind Socialsuite – an SaaS platform that enables not-for-profits to measure and prove their social impact to funders – overcame a controversial ‘Oscars moment’ to win Salesforce World Tour Sydney PitchComp (7 March) and take home US$100,000 in prize money. [Related: “It was very intense”: Sydney start-up PractiFI crowned winner of… Continue reading Oscars moment: Socialsuite wins Salesforce PitchComp to take home US$100k in prize money

Three startups to compete for USD$100k in funding at SalesForce’s Sydney Pitchcomp

Robert Wickham, Regional Vice President, Innovation & Digital Transformation, Salesforce APAC

Startups that apply to pitch at the forthcoming Salesforce PitchComp in Sydney are in with a chance to win USD$100,000 in funding from the cloud CRM provider’s investment arm. The competition will be held at the Salesforce World Tour Sydney 2018 event on Tuesday, 6 March and will be judged by a panel of respected investors… Continue reading Three startups to compete for USD$100k in funding at SalesForce’s Sydney Pitchcomp

“Run on the smell of an oily rag”, ONTHEGO faces no boundaries to its growth, says CEO

Mick Spencer, Founder & CEO, ONTHEGO (OTG)

When Mick Spencer entered a lucrative contract to produce 500 cycling jerseys, five years ago, his fledgling sportswear startup was operating with little more than an old screen printer. There was, he admits, an element of ‘fake it until you make it’. Today, ONTHEGO is a rapidly growing e-commerce company with an enviable customer base… Continue reading “Run on the smell of an oily rag”, ONTHEGO faces no boundaries to its growth, says CEO

What to know about raising capital

When GO1 raised our first seed round I went into negotiations knowing next to nothing about raising funds. But on the other side of the table, the investors that I spoke to did this every day. And that makes it dangerous. One of our first investors turned out to be a shark. Fortunately for us… Continue reading What to know about raising capital

CancerAid first-ever Aussie startup selected for prestigious LA-based health tech accelerator

CancerAid: Dr Raghav Murali-Ganesh and Dr Nikhil Pooviah (5th and 6th from left)

In being selected for Cedar-Sinai Medical Centre’s health tech accelerator, CancerAid has become the first-ever Australian startup to participate in the Los Angeles-based, Techstars-powered boot camp. Founded in August 2015 by doctors Nikhil Pooviah and Raghav Murali-Ganesh from the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse cancer hospital in Sydney, CancerAid is a cancer support app that helps patients… Continue reading CancerAid first-ever Aussie startup selected for prestigious LA-based health tech accelerator

Yes, leadership isn’t rocket science… but who said rocket scientists make effective leaders?

Leadership is a skill that everyone should learn. Saying “everyone is a leader” sounds like a platitude, but it’s true: you don’t need to be a manager to be a leader. If you do manage a team, however, being an effective leader is even more important. Good leadership is probably the single most important skill… Continue reading Yes, leadership isn’t rocket science… but who said rocket scientists make effective leaders?