Applications RE-OPEN for the NSW-Israel R&D and tech innovation program

In mid-2017 the NSW Government opened a new funding stream for R&D companies and tech startups under its NSW-Israel R&D and Technological Innovation Program. The program offered up to $250,000 of matched funding for NSW businesses to partner with Israeli businesses on new, innovative and market driven solutions. While the program highlighted the desire for cyber security, agri-tech and water-tech solutions, the program itself was sector agnostic and had an incredible response in NSW from companies spanning cyber security, fintech, clean-tech, medical therapeutics, robotics, AI, edu-tech to a range of agriculture solutions.

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Women in tech scholarship fund

Academy Xi is partnering with Tech Ready Women to create a $100,000 Women in Tech scholarship fund to support female-led tech startups and women entering and thriving in the tech workforce. (more…)

Record number of entries to finnies

A record number of entries have been lodged for this year’s Finnies – Australia’s only industry-backed fintech awards.

A total of 215 entries were received, well up from the 158 entries in 2017.

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Member showcase April 2018

Here’s a list of member announcements during the month of April.

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Registration now open for FinTech accelerator, supercharger Kuala Lumpur 2018

Interested in establishing and scaling your business into Malaysia and beyond? Registration is now open to apply for SuperCharger Kuala Lumpur 2018 a no equity, 12-week accelerator programme aimed at helping promising FinTech startups. The SuperCharger Accelerator Programme is an active collaboration between Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), and Allianz Malaysia. To register or book a meeting with the SuperCharger team at their Sydney roadshow in early May. (more…)

Now boarding startups & scaleups for the qantas AVRO accelerator

The wait is over… the Qantas Group is inviting the worlds most innovative Startups, Scaleups and digital disruptors to apply for its second AVRO Accelerator program. Do you know someone who should apply?

The AVRO Accelerator, run in partnership with Slingshot, gives entrepreneurs the chance to work with the Qantas Group to develop, incubate and scale their businesses. (more…)

Open banking will drive better customer deals and responsible lending outcomes for mortgages and credit cards

The first phase of Australias open banking regime should be designed to assist Australians get a better deal on mortgages and credit cards, as well as help overcome responsible lending problems highlighted in the Financial Services Royal Commission, Australias fintech industry said today.

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Media statement on oracle report on fintech

We have noticed media reports this morning about a survey by Oracle into Australias fintech market penetration, compared to other international markets.

We have not had the benefit of seeing the survey at this time.

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Applying innovation is key: opinion piece by our chair Stuart Stoyan

FinTech Australia chair Stuart Stoyan

Australian corporate regulator ASICs commissioner, John Price, has called out innovation as a concept about which it is easy to wax lyrical, but difficult to apply in practice.

 

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