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. Read more
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. Read more
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.
Here’s a list of member announcements during the month of April.
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. Read more
The wait is over… the Qantas Group is inviting the world’s 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. Read more
The first phase of Australia’s 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, Australia’s fintech industry said today.
We have noticed media reports this morning about a survey by Oracle into Australia’s fintech market penetration, compared to other international markets.
We have not had the benefit of seeing the survey at this time.
Australian corporate regulator ASIC’s commissioner, John Price, has called out “innovation” as a concept about which it is easy to wax lyrical, but “difficult to apply in practice”.