Five things every startup founder should include in a “hassle-free” pitch deck

According to Rampersand Fund’s Vanessa Hutchinson, the process of raising money as a startup founder “sucks”. “As a founder, any time spent in VC boardrooms giving the same presentation for the umpteenth time is time away from running your business,” the investment associate wrote in a recent Medium post. “Hopefully you’re gaining valuable advice and connections … Read more


Australia’s peak advocacy group for startups, StartupAUS, has welcomed four new board members: Elaine Stead (MD, Blue Sky Venture Capital), Rachael Neumann (investment advisor and strategist), Attila Brungs (Vice Chancellor and President, UTS) and Aaron Birkby (CEO, Startup Catalyst). The newcomers join current board members Alex McCauley (CEO, StartupAUS), Teresa Engelhard (company director and investor), … Read more

Dragontail Systems raises $8.8 million to push out pizza-monitoring smart cameras for quality assurance

Recently ASX-listed software startup Dragontail Systems has raised a further $8.8 million to up development on its new “Algo” food logistics and systems software and further roll out new quality assurance “QT” hardware, which uses machine learning and smart cameras to identify food quality issues. Dragontail develops its Algo software for the quick service restaurant … Read more

Industry association Insurtech Australia formed to support local insurance innovation

Startups, corporates and insurance industry professionals have come together to create Insurtech Australia, an insurance industry association designed to support startups and industry innovators working in the insurance sector. Created as a standalone division within fintech industry association FinTech Australia, Insurtech Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation that will seek to uphold the needs of startups … Read more

The Room Xchange connects guests to those with a spare room in exchange for help around the house

Though Airbnb may have normalised the practice staying in a stranger’s house, various groups have been doing it for much longer – think nannies, for example. Looking to bring the idea of staying in someone’s house in exchange for performing various odd jobs or services around the place is The Room Xchange. Founded by Ludwina and … Read more

Gandel-backed MyDeal launches online fashion marketplace MyWardrobe

Gandel family-backed online marketplace MyDeal launched a curated online fashion marketplace on Tuesday. Founded by Sean Senvirtne in 2012 MyDeal is diversifying from its origins as a daily deals platform into fashion with the launch of MyWardrobe. The fashion marketplace is launching with 60 boutique brands including Ete Swimwear, Mossman and Twenty3 with a particular focus … Read more