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30 Mar

Innovyz forges strategic relationship with WSU to help commercialise Australian academic research

by launch-admin Mar 30, 2016 0 News



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Innovyz forges strategic relationship with WSU to help commercialise Australian academic research 

Australia: 4 March 2016: Innovation commercialisation specialist, Innovyz, has announced a strategic new affiliation with the Western Sydney University (WSU) to help commercialise the impactful research conducted at the institute.

With 1,500 highly qualified researchers currently working across a range of fields at WSU, the collaboration with Innovyz provides a unique opportunity for the institute’s research to achieve its full potential, helping to drive social and economic change, creating jobs and supporting economic growth for national benefit.

Innovyz CEO Executive Chairman, Philip Vafiadis, said: “To date Innovyz has helped to commercialise 51 new businesses across multiple industry categories, from health and wellness to advanced manufacturing – and all these businesses do something that matters to both society and our economy.

“We’re taking Australian ideas, research and inventions, and with our team of highly successful business minds and investors, are applying a commercialisation framework that helps these ideas become viable organisations. For that reason, building relationships with such innovative institutes, such as WSU, is integral in our mission to increase the proportion of commercial value held within Australia from Australian generated research.”

Innovyz has announced a new target of creating a minimum of 30 new companies a year using their innovation model, and WSU research projects will be included in their thrice yearly intake that each generates 10 new companies.

WSU researchers have been working on projects within the fields of med-tech, engineering, renewable materials and agri-business, some of which will be put forward for the Innovyz program under the new affiliation.

WSU Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Deborah Sweeney said: “At Western Sydney University, we are determined to achieve real impact through our research. Spinning-out technologies independently bring particular challenges, collaborating with Innovyz opens up this really advantageous commercialisation model to our researchers.

“Working with Innovyz, we have access to distinctive commercial capabilities to give the new businesses we will create the best chance of success. The opportunity is multi-faceted, with WSU feeding new technologies into the Innovyz incubator, and in return Innovyz is assisting academics and students to understand the potential of their research, identify market need, develop industry orientated skills and facilitate links with stakeholders across the industry.” 

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Media Contact:

Sarah Bond sarahbond@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1041 / 0449 543 181

About Innovyz:

Innovyz is dedicated to accelerating rapid adoption of ideas that solve or mitigate problems important to the lives of many people. They do this by creating, curating and delivering the most effective collaborative processes to turn great ideas into great companies, and through these companies deliver the benefit of these ideas to many.

Innovyz fosters the development of ideas by bringing structure to their advancement, enhancement and application. Innovyz seeks out invention in all its forms, because Innovyz is a consolidator and accelerator of ideas, the fuel of invention.

The Innovyz process maintains a clear focus on the required skills and activities required so that everyone with those skills – inventors, innovators, mentors and investors alike – understand that they have a place and are welcome in the Innovyz project community. 


24 Mar

Neto at the forefront with launch of new omni-channel POS solution

by launch-admin Mar 24, 2016 0 News

Brisbane, March 23: Digital commerce platform, Neto, today announced its first retail solution capable of processing physical in-store purchases (POS), online sales (website) and online marketplaces (eBay, Facebook, Google Shopping, etc).

Neto’s new point of sale solution closes the loop for today’s retailers, allowing them to manage all sales channels from one single platform. An online platform that supports Windows and Apple iOS-based terminals means retailers can now accept physical sales at multiple locations with cash or card payments at point of sale. Seamless integration means omni-channel retailers can centralise back-end systems, as well as connecting with CRM and ERP software to provide a single overview of revenue, inventory and cash flow for easy management of accounting and tax obligations.

Sensis Research reveals 66 per cent of Australian retailers still mostly conduct business within their local area. Neto co-founder, Ryan Murtagh, said the innovative new offering allows growing retailers to take the first steps towards reaching a much broader and potentially global audience by providing them with the complete platform and tools that they need to sell online.

“The Neto Digital Commerce Platform is able to track inventory and sales across multiple locations, and is updated in real-time to account for sales made through a physical store, a retailer’s online store and even their eBay store. It also integrates with leading shipping carriers, such as Australia Post eParcel, enabling easy fulfilment for all orders,” Murtagh said.

“Retailers of all sizes are coming to understand that the online and bricks-and-mortar experience needs to be unified – both for the customer’s benefit and their own. Our new solution is a turnkey service that is affordable to businesses of all sizes. This is the critical first step for Australian retailers that would like to establish a presence online, and equally it’s an opportunity for retailers to bring digital commerce innovation to their physical stores.”

Further enhancing a retailer’s reach, the Neto solution effortlessly links into social media, allowing retailers to directly reach out to their customers. The Neto platform also features powerful social features, including customer reviews, discounting and coupons, and deep analytics to help retailers understand at a glance what parts of their business and product lines are performing.

The Neto solution allows retailers to try the service for 14 days for free, then offers three different pricing tiers that the retailer can easily move up as it grows, takes on additional staff and product lines, and establishes additional warehouses.

 

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Media contact:

Matthew Sainsbury

E: matthew@launchgroup.com.au | T: 02 9492 1003 | M: 0423 393 300

Louise Proctor

E: louise@launchgroup.com.au | T: 02 9492 1003 | M: O452 574 244

24 Mar

Novel Chain-Swapping Startup Launches At River City Labs

by launch-admin Mar 24, 2016 0 News


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Australia, 23 March 2016: River City Labs has today announced the official launch of a novel chain-swapping startup Bandy Flip as part of its three-month CUA Sponsored Entrepreneur Program. Now available to download on the App Store, the Bandy Flip app plays like a game and allows you to list and ‘chain trade’ belongings with other users. Items go into a shared trading pool so you can indirectly swap items with other users, meaning the ‘valuation’ of listed items is subjective and based on want and need.

 

Bandy Flip is one of five startups currently working on developing their business ideas as part of the CUA Sponsored Entrepreneur Program. The startups joined the latest round of the program in February and receive full-time membership at River City Lab’s Fortitude Valley co-working space, as well as structured mentoring and access to training and networking events.

 

The other four startups selected for the Sponsored Entrepreneur Program, include:

 

·       Kapiche: An international award-winning Advanced Analytics company that facilitates organisations, both large and small, in managing their enterprise using the Kapiche automated unstructured analytics platform.

·       Methodic: Provides ‘big-data’ solutions to turn big data into directly actionable insights, enabling enterprises to market more effectively to their client base.

·       My Ice Box: An ‘online legacy’ platform that allows families to store and manage their personal facts and information, including insurance policies, bank accounts and estate issues.

·       SportUPs: Makes it easy for individuals to play team sport without the need for a team. SportUPs provides the friendly teammates so members can just enjoy playing.

 

Co-Founder of Bandy Flip, Dan McCarthy, commented: “BandyFlip has been a long but incredibly rewarding journey and we are excited for our Brisbane Launch Week. The app gives users the power to trade their items up in value incrementally with no limit to how many trades that can take place. The more flips in the chain, the greater the value of the final settled item. Think ‘one red paperclip’ but from the comfort of your couch. 

 

“The greatest takeaway from River City Lab’s Sponsored Entrepreneur Program so far has definitely been the peer learning. Working with around 20 other people in a room who are all in similar stages with their startups provides an incredible forum for a small business experience. There are some who are further down the line than we are, from whom we are taking in everything we can, and others who are a little behind where BandyFlip is currently, for whom we can provide our own opinions, thoughts and advice. It’s an extremely unique and fast-paced environment to be part of,” Mr McCarthy added.

 

General Manager of River City Labs, Josh Anthony, commented: “I love that River City Labs gets to be part of Bandy Flip’s official launch. It will be great working directly with them over the next couple of months to accelerate their reach and growth.

 

“We are over a month into the Sponsored Entrepreneur Program and all the teams are performing really nicely. Their progress is testament to what can be achieved when you have a group of very committed and collaborative entrepreneurs working towards a similar goal,” he said.

 

CUA’s General Manager of Business Transformation & Technology, Sue Coulter, said Bandy Flip was an innovative and unique idea that could have applications across numerous different settings.

 

“It’s exciting for CUA to be part of shaping a range of innovative ideas and helping them launch their businesses,” Ms Coulter said.

 

“The five startups are all very different. But each of them has the potential to help strengthen online and offline communities, provide practical solutions to everyday consumer issues or provide businesses like CUA with new tools to better utilise our data and connect with customers.”

 

For more information on how Bandy Flip works visit: https://www.facebook.com/bandyflip/videos

 

For all the latest news and announcements, follow River City Labs on twitter at @RiverCityLabs and CUA at @CUA_Connect.

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Media Contacts

 

Laura Blue, Launch Group                                                                                                                        

E: laurab@launchgroup.com.au | M: + 61 416 699 925| T: +612 9492 1000.

 

 

About River City Labs

River City Labs is Brisbane’s premier co-working community and central clubhouse for tech startups. They are a not-for-profit organisation aimed at fostering Queensland’s startup ecosystem.

Current membership sits at over 100 members ranging from early stage startups and founders to established startups andentrepreneurs who have successfully raised capital in the last 18 months.

River City Labs focuses on providing the right environment for entrepreneurs to make valuable contacts while learning from peers, mentors and industry experts helping them to connect, work and grow. 

About CUA

As Australia’s largest member-owned financial services provider, CUA provides banking and health insurance products to more than 435,000 Australians. CUA is 100% owned by its members.   All profits are reinvested into growing the business, delivering competitively priced products with better rates and lower fees, and supporting local communities and charity partners. For more information, please visit www.cua.com.au

24 Mar

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia announces winner of Startup Weekend Brisbane | Creative Tech

by launch-admin Mar 24, 2016 0 News

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Australia, 23 March 2016: QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) today announced that startup Shario, a platform that allows users to share and swap musical instruments and accessories, has been awarded first prize at its sold-out event, Startup Weekend Brisbane | Creative Tech taking place on 18-20 March.

Dubbed as the new ‘Gumtree for Musos,’ Shario allows musicians to trade, share, or swap musical gear and was born out of the reality that while musical equipment is expensive; musicians do not typically earn a lot of money. Users can opt to swap their musical equipment temporarily or permanently, with an added perk of the platform being that users can meet with fellow musicians and build broader musical communities and networks.

A member of QUT Starters pre-ccelerator program, Startup Hatch, Co-Founder of Shario, Ellen Hartwig, said the event was an impressive display of the talent and initiative of Brisbane up-and-comers.

“The atmosphere was inspiring and the results each team managed in just 54 hours was honestly insane! Walking away from this experience I’m never going to underestimate what can get done on short notice if you apply yourself,” said Ellen.

Tickets for CEA’s Startup Weekend for Creative Tech sold out a week in advance and saw 115 participants attend, including global tech entrepreneur, Dwight Gunning, 20 mentors and leading business minds, Anna Rooke, Steve Baxter and Elaine Stead. Advance Queensland also supported the event via the Young Starters Fund, to enable the participation of young coders and would-be entrepreneurs.

“A key takeaway and challenge for the Shario team was the need for market segmentation and a deeper understanding of the niches within our target market – we received some great advice on this from judges Steve Baxter and Michael Smellie. Our immediate next step is actually pitching for investment on Wednesday night at the Bragger event in the Valley. However, the bigger picture for us now is to move from the prototyping stage towards having a functional web service and application in our hands. It’s a really exciting time for team Shario,” Ms Hartwig added.

The Shario team took away over $6,500 in prizes, including one-on-one business consultations and Pitcher Partners mentoring, video presenting workshop with TV Training Academy, startup explainer video from Stranger Film, marketing audit with Alpha Digital and wild card entry to a Bragger Pitching event.

Startup Weekend Brisbane | Creative Tech saw 44 live pitches boiled down to a final 14 startup ideas. The other prizewinners of the weekend include Splash Zero, DiscoveredFM and Transactly.

CEO of QUT Creative Enterprise Australia, Anna Rooke, said: “As more than 75 per cent of participants had not taken part in a previous Startup Weekend, the biggest takeaway from the event was the hands-on opportunity to experience every stage of the startup process in a fun, collaborative fashion, and be guided and mentored every step of the way.

“To watch your idea grow and develop into a final product and in such a short amount of time is a hugely rewarding and inspiring experience for everyone but particularly for first time entrepreneurs,” Ms Rooke added.

The Startup Weekend Brisbane | Creative Tech event was specially designed to encourage cross-disciplinary ideas and bring together new ways of combining creative and technical skills in an engaging and interactive environment.

For all the latest news and announcements, follow QUT Creative Enterprise Australia on Twitter at @QUTCEA and visit QUT CEA’s Facebook page to see the photos from the event.

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Media Contact

Laura Blue, Launch Group                                                                                                                                

E: laurab@launchgroup.com.au | M: + 61 416 699 925| T: +612 9492 1000.

 

About QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA)

 

CEA helps start, grow, scale and connect creative companies as Australia’s leading creative accelerator and investment fund. Providing essential business skills and pragmatic training focused on company growth and investment, CEA accelerates companies with a focus on design, fashion, entertainment, photography, music, film and television, digital technology, games and interactive content.

Since 2008, CEA has helped establish more than 50 startups, supported over 500 creative industries businesses and raised over $60million in investment.

CEA offers access to business mentoring programs, special events, research expertise and capital to foster the growth of the creative industries in Australia.

 

About Startup Weekend

 

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. 

3 Mar

Fintech startup MoneyBrilliant acquired by AMP

by launch-admin Mar 3, 2016 0 News, Uncategorised

Sydney, Australia: Australian Fintech startup, MoneyBrilliant, has been wholly acquired by AMP New Ventures, following an initial AMP investment in the business in 2014, the startup’s founders announced today.

MoneyBrilliant (formerly Cha-Ching) is a personal finance platform which empowers users to make more informed financial decisions by understanding their complete financial picture. It is available via an online hub and mobile app.

MoneyBrilliant was founded in 2011 by Peter Lord and developed together with co-founders and shareholders Jemma Enright, CEO and Adrian Soldan, Head of Product.

Mr Lord and Mr Soldan will remain with the business in key leadership roles. Ms Enright has elected to leave MoneyBrilliant in April, following a transition period, to pursue new opportunities within the start-up and innovation community.

Mr Lord said the acquisition by AMP is a natural evolution of the synergistic relationship between the two brands.

“We’re excited to extend the relationship we have with AMP through this acquisition,” he said.  “AMP’s customer strategy is to create easier ways for customers to engage and manage their finances. MoneyBrilliant is well aligned with this strategy and the acquisition of our brand will allow AMP to leverage its capabilities in the development of new customer offers during 2016 and beyond.

“We are extremely proud of how far MoneyBrilliant has come within a short time under the talented leadership of Jemma, working alongside Adrian’s product development expertise. We’re grateful for the incredible contribution Jemma has made in setting MoneyBrilliant up for success. The business has grown strongly with the combined efforts of a capable team and continues to develop in good hands under the ownership of such a stable and highly regarded brand,” said Mr Lord.

Ms Enright said MoneyBrilliant responds to a compelling and real need in the market, providing Australians with the foundations of sound money management.

“The MoneyBrilliant platform provides unique support for all Australians around their everyday cash flow. In particular it benefits women, who face a specific set of financial challenges, and need to be supported to stronger financial futures,” she said.

“It’s been fantastic to build MoneyBrilliant in partnership with Peter, Adrian and AMP. I leave the venture at a time when the business has great momentum and I am confident MoneyBrilliant can continue to scale its offering and importantly encourage more Australians be brilliant with money.  Whilst the change in ownership presents a natural transition for me, I intend to continue to play an active role in helping Australia’s startup and Fintech community,” said Ms Enright.

AMP Chief Innovation Officer, Jonathan Deane said: “AMP is delighted to have been a part of MoneyBrilliant’s development to date, and we look forward to working with the team as they continue to develop exceptional personal finance solutions for customers. We thank Jemma for the contribution she has made as CEO, leading the MoneyBrilliant team in establishing and building the business to this point.”

Peter Lalor, most recently the General Manager and CFO of SMSF administration business SuperIQ, and who was part of the team who built the start-up from its inception has been appointed as CEO, MoneyBrilliant.

ENDS

Further information:

Sarah Bond, Launch Group (02) 9492 1000 or 0449 543 181 / sarahbond@launchgroup.com.au

About MoneyBrilliant https://www.moneybrilliant.com.au/
Money Brilliant is an online hub and mobile app which connects live banking data to give users instant insight into their spending and finances. MoneyBrilliant provides an innovative approach to money management, as a virtual financial assistant, which transforms old models of budgeting.

Users can view all their accounts in one place, with hundreds of Australian and international banks accessible via the FinTech service, and can automatically have their bills, spending and savings organised to see if they are tracking ‘in the green’ with each pay cycle.

MoneyBrilliant’s founder, Peter Lord started MoneyBrilliant to help women like his mum, nan and sister who experienced real financial hardship. He was joined by an ever growing team of passionate individuals that are devoted to making a difference by helping Australians get ahead with their finances and feel confident in the future.

2 Mar

Australian management not equipped to deal with remote workers

by launch-admin Mar 2, 2016 0 News

Australian management not equipped to deal with remote workers

Regus research highlights Australian businesses now value results over face-time

Australia: 25 February, 2016 – New research by global workplace provider Regus has revealed that 80 per cent of Australian small businesses have shifted their focus to measuring employee outputs rather than time spent in the office – yet less than half (44 per cent) of firms are offering senior management special training in supervising a remote workforce.

This latest research, that surveyed over 1,000 respondents, revealed that over half of Australian professionals (54 per cent) now work away from their main company office for at least half of the working week. Newly appointed Regus CEO for Australia and New Zealand, John Henderson, said it’s clear that management skills need to rapidly evolve to accommodate this prevalent shift towards a more remote economy.

“This latest research proves, now more than ever, the significant uptake in companies adopting flexible working practises to further enhance their business outputs. Respondents have claimed that working remotely can help improve their customer service as they are able to react more efficiently, and also help increase brand visibility as they can set up closer to their customer base. With this in mind, it’s apparent that we need to upskill management to ensure both parties understand and take advantage of this new working culture,” Mr Henderson said.

Additional key findings from the small business respondents included:

  • 63 per cent currently manage individuals or a team who work remotely at least some of the time
  • 78 per cent claimed that senior managers are more productive if they can work flexibly
  • 42 per cent said that junior employees became more responsible and disciplined through remote working
  • 63 per cent revealed that firms use flexible working as a tool to improve employee retention and attract top candidates
  • 71 per cent said that senior management trusts that remote working can be productive

Mr Henderson continued: “The Regus data shows that there is clearly an imbalance between the number of people currently charged with managing a remote team of workers, and those who are trained and equipped with the skills to do so. While the shift for flexible working has been heavily influenced by personal agendas – such as the demand for a healthy work:life balance – it’s also crucial that the business as a whole sees the benefits of this.

“With successful remote management processes implemented, small businesses can become much more agile with improved productivity, better staff retention and lower operating costs. Our research revealed that over half of the respondents felt it was difficult to have an informal exchange with remote workers, so these are factors that have to be addressed. Implementing technology, such as remote-accessible servers and cloud-based messenger tools, is one way to counteract this.

“The key to being a successful remote manager is about building trust with your team, creating an element of accountability and offering rewards and incentives for those who are bringing value to the company,” said Mr Henderson.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Louise Proctor louise@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1003 / 0452 474 244
Sarah Bond 
sarahbond@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1041 / 0449 543 181

About Regus

Regus is the world’s largest provider of workspace, with customers including some of the world’s most successful, entrepreneurs, individuals and multi-million dollar corporations.                                        

Our network of 2,600 locations in 106 countries encompasses 43 million square feet of the world’s leading locations, offering convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful as they grow around the world.

The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is open wherever our 2.1 million members need support – city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, universities, motorway service stations and even community centres. With brands including Regus, Regus Express, Signature Group, Open Office, Spaces and Kora within our group, there is something for every business need, from traditional offices to vibrant creative environments that foster creative thinking and collaboration.

Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.regus.com.au

2 Mar

Fintech startup MoneyBrilliant acquired by AMP

by launch-admin Mar 2, 2016 0 News

Co-Founder & CEO Jemma Enright to exit, Peter Lalor appointed CEO

 

Sydney, Australia: Australian Fintech startup, MoneyBrilliant, has been wholly acquired by AMP New Ventures, following an initial AMP investment in the business in 2014, the startup’s founders announced today.

MoneyBrilliant (formerly Cha-Ching) is a personal finance platform which empowers users to make more informed financial decisions by understanding their complete financial picture. It is available via an online hub and mobile app.

MoneyBrilliant was founded in 2011 by Peter Lord and developed together with co-founders and shareholders Jemma Enright, CEO and Adrian Soldan, Head of Product.

Mr Lord and Mr Soldan will remain with the business in key leadership roles. Ms Enright has elected to leave MoneyBrilliant in April, following a transition period, to pursue new opportunities within the start-up and innovation community.

Mr Lord said the acquisition by AMP is a natural evolution of the synergistic relationship between the two brands. 

We’re excited to extend the relationship we have with AMP through this acquisition,” he said.  “AMP’s customer strategy is to create easier ways for customers to engage and manage their finances. MoneyBrilliant is well aligned with this strategy and the acquisition of our brand will allow AMP to leverage its capabilities in the development of new customer offers during 2016 and beyond. 

“We are extremely proud of how far MoneyBrilliant has come within a short time under the talented leadership of Jemma, working alongside Adrian’s product development expertise. We’re grateful for the incredible contribution Jemma has made in setting MoneyBrilliant up for success. The business has grown strongly with the combined efforts of a capable team and continues to develop in good hands under the ownership of such a stable and highly regarded brand,” said Mr Lord.

Ms Enright said MoneyBrilliant responds to a compelling and real need in the market, providing Australians with the foundations of sound money management.

“The MoneyBrilliant platform provides unique support for all Australians around their everyday cash flow. In particular it benefits women, who face a specific set of financial challenges, and need to be supported to stronger financial futures,” she said.

“It’s been fantastic to build MoneyBrilliant in partnership with Peter, Adrian and AMP. I leave the venture at a time when the business has great momentum and I am confident MoneyBrilliant can continue to scale its offering and importantly encourage more Australians be brilliant with money.  Whilst the change in ownership presents a natural transition for me, I intend to continue to play an active role in helping Australia’s startup and Fintech community,” said Ms Enright.

AMP Chief Innovation Officer, Jonathan Deane said: “AMP is delighted to have been a part of MoneyBrilliant’s development to date, and we look forward to working with the team as they continue to develop exceptional personal finance solutions for customers. We thank Jemma for the contribution she has made as CEO, leading the MoneyBrilliant team in establishing and building the business to this point.”

Peter Lalor, most recently the General Manager and CFO of SMSF administration business SuperIQ, and who was part of the team who built the start-up from its inception has been appointed as CEO, MoneyBrilliant.


ENDS


Further information: 

Sarah Bond, Launch Group (02) 9492 1000 or 0449 543 181 / sarahbond@launchgroup.com.au

About MoneyBrilliant https://www.moneybrilliant.com.au/
Money Brilliant is an online hub and mobile app which connects live banking data to give users instant insight into their spending and finances. MoneyBrilliant provides an innovative approach to money management, as a virtual financial assistant, which transforms old models of budgeting.

Users can view all their accounts in one place, with hundreds of Australian and international banks accessible via the FinTech service, and can automatically have their bills, spending and savings organised to see if they are tracking ‘in the green’ with each pay cycle.

MoneyBrilliant's founder, Peter Lord started MoneyBrilliant to help women like his mum, nan and sister who experienced real financial hardship. He was joined by an ever growing team of passionate individuals that are devoted to making a difference by helping Australians get ahead with their finances and feel confident in the future.

18 Feb

Aussie e-Commerce solution partners with Australia Post to help businesses sell globally

by launch-admin Feb 18, 2016 0 News

Brisbane, 16 February 2016: End-to-end e-Commerce solution provider, Neto, today announced a partnership with Australia Post, to help Australian businesses sell online and compete globally. The alliance offers Australia Post customers a scalable, all-in-one solution to integrate sales channels, orders, payments, customer information and accounting with Australia Post delivery services. 

 

Importantly, for Australia Post customers, Neto simplifies the freight-sending process by enabling them to pick, pack then print their Australia Post shipping labels with a click of the mouse.

 

Ryan Murtagh, Founder and CEO of Neto, has focused his energy on developing the Neto platform, which is praised by many for its smart and direct integrations. 

 

“Operating several online stores and struggling to scale my own ecommerce business effectively with the tools available to me, I decided to solve the problem through innovation,” said Mr Murtagh. 

 

“Using Neto as a basis for people to sell their products online, we have partnered with a number of accounting, point of sales, inventory management and marketing platforms, as well as key shipping providers such as Australia Post – enabling businesses to fulfill their orders efficiency.

 

“Working closely with Australia Post allows us to not only efficiently fill local orders, but also those from its global customer base. We have allowed Australian businesses to not only efficiently fulfill orders locally, but worldwide.” 

 

Ben Franzi, General Manager eCommerce Platforms and Digital at Australia Post, said the digital world is providing unprecedented opportunities for Australian businesses to compete and succeed on a global scale. 

 

“Australia Post is partnering with the world’s leading ecommerce providers to make it easier for our business customers to get online to manage, track and dispatch their orders securely and simply.

 

“Our new partnership with Neto empowers businesses to manage their ecommerce and operational needs directly, offering a smarter, seamless way to send parcels with us,” Mr Franzi said.

 

With Neto majority-owned by Telstra, the Neto-Australia Post partnership essentially combines the ecommerce efforts of two iconic Australian brands to back Australian businesses with a user-friendly approach to label creation, rate access and better visibility of their parcels.

 

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Media contact:

 

Matthew Sainsbury, Launch Group

E: matthew@launchgroup.com.au | T: 02 9492 1040 | M: 0423 393 300

 

Louise Proctor, Launch Group

E: louise@launchgroup.com.au | T: 02 9492 1003 | M: 0452 574 244

 

Australia Post National Media Line

E: media@auspost.com.au | T: 03 9106 6666

18 Feb

StartupAUS announces Alex McCauley as CEO

by launch-admin Feb 18, 2016 0 News

 

Australia, 17 February 2016: StartupAUS, Australia’s peak advocacy group for startups, has today formally announced Alex McCauley as the organisation’s new CEO, effective from Friday, 19 February. Mr McCauley will work with the StartupAUS board to continue its mission to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship. 

 

Mr McCauley will take over from StartupAUS Founding Director and Interim CEO, Peter Bradd, who led the not-for-profit organisation with distinction for his six-month term and will continue on within the organisation as Chairman.

 

Mr McCauley joined StartupAUS in 2015 as Head of Strategy and Advocacy. He was responsible for developing StartupAUS’ extensive contribution to the Federal Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda and the StartupAUS report on the outcomes of the national Innovation Policy Hack in October 2015

 

Prior to joining StartupAUS, Mr McCauley spent three years as an Australian diplomat in Tel Aviv. During his time in Israel, he led the Australian Embassy’s strategy and analysis on regional security issues, as well as entrepreneurship and innovation policy. 

 

Reflecting on his appointment, StartupAUS CEO, Alex McCauley, said: “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to play an important role helping Australia’s economy work through this transformative phase. StartupAUS is an organisation that has a great deal to contribute to the future of Australia and I’m very excited to be part of that. 

 

“Australia has come a long way recently in recognising the direction we need to take to safeguard our future prosperity, however there is a lot more to do. I look forward to continuing to work with all of our stakeholders to help make Australia one of the world’s leading startup ecosystems. We need to think creatively and act boldly to allow us to take full advantage of the huge windfall technology can deliver. 

 

“This year StartupAUS will release its most ambitious Crossroads Report to date. We’re currently hard at work gathering examples of best practice policy from around the world in order to help Australia join the elite ranks of startup ecosystems in the US, Israel, the UK, and elsewhereThere is a political and economic imperative to ensure we take full advantage of the vast opportunities presented by emerging technology and StartupAUS will be at the forefront of those efforts,” Mr McCauley said.

 

StartupAUS Chairman and outgoing CEO, Peter Bradd, said he was delighted by the appointment of Mr McCauley to the StartupAUS CEO role.

 

“Alex has been an integral part of the StartupAUS team over the past six months. His extensive understanding of innovation culture, as well as his expertise in policy and advocacy can be greatly attributed to his former role as Australian diplomat in Tel Aviv, Israel. Alex’s experience working closely with government and entrepreneurial personalities made him the perfect candidate choice for this leadership role. 

 

“As Chairman of StartupAUS, I look forward to continuing to work alongside Alex in what will be an exciting year of innovation, ideas and implementation from government, industry and the broader business community,” Mr Bradd said.

 

Minister for Industry, Innovation, and Science, The Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, congratulated Mr McCauley on his appointment as CEO.

 

“Organisations like StartupAUS play an integral role in working to accelerate the growth of Australian startups across the country,” Minister Pyne said. 

 

General Manager at Fishburners, Murray Hurps, said: “StartupAUS has been instrumental in helping Australia understand the importance of startups, as well as the barriers to their progress. Peter Bradd will be missed, but the goal is certainly more important now than ever before. Alex has our full support, and best wishes.”

 

CEO of Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Limited (AVCAL), Yasser El-Ansary, said: “StartupAUS has made a significant and important contribution to the innovation and entrepreneurship policy agenda that we have in Australia right now. We’ve been collaborating with StartupAUS right from the time of its inception, and we’re very much looking forward to continuing that work with Alex in the period ahead.”

 

Mr McCauley continued: “We are in the process of finalising a range of corporate partnerships for 2016 to help us build our team so that we can meet the increasing need for trusted voices in the national conversation on innovation and startups. 

 

“We have also received extremely generous support from two individuals – Co-Chairman of CHAMP’s Board of Directors and Investment Committee, Bill Ferris, and Director and Co-Founder of Allen & Buckeridge, Roger Allen. The personal generosity of Bill and Roger has been very humbling; it’s fantastic to have such luminaries of the Australian business community recognise the importance and quality of the work StartupAUS has been doing. On behalf of StartupAUS and the startup community more broadly I want to say a special thanks to both of them,” he said. 

 
 

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Media

 

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About StartupAUS

 

StartupAUS is a not-for-profit entity with a mission to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship. StartupAUS believes a strong home-grown tech sector is vital to future Australian jobs and wealth. But getting there will require a national imperative to create the right environment, with a supportive culture and more entrepreneurs with the right skills. www.startupaus.org

 

Alex McCauley bio

 

Alex McCauley is the CEO of StartupAUS. He has previously worked as a lawyer, and a diplomat for Australia’s foreign service. 

 

StartupAUS is a not for profit organisation with a mission to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship. Alex will continue the organisation’s mission in his new role as CEO.

 

Having spent three years as an Australian diplomat in Tel Aviv, Alex joined StartupAUS in 2015 as Head of Strategy and Advocacy. He was responsible for developing StartupAUS’ extensive contribution to the Federal Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. He also wrote the StartupAUS report on the outcomes of the national Innovation Policy Hack in October 2015.

 

During his time in Israel, Alex led the Australian Embassy’s strategy and analysis on regional security issues, as well as entrepreneurship, innovation, policy and cooperation. 

 

Alex has qualifications in law, political science, and economics from the University of Sydney.


18 Feb

Passion for Fashion pays dividends for 6 creative entrepreneurs

by launch-admin Feb 18, 2016 0 News

 

Creative Enterprise Australia entrepreneurs announced for 2016 Fashion Accelerator

 

Australia, 18 February 2016: QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) today revealed the six fashion entrepreneurs selected to take part in its intensive, five-month Fashion Accelerator program. Now in its fifth year, the new program has attracted a number of high-quality applications. Of the six entrepreneurs selected, one will be relocating from Melbourne for the program’s commencement on 23 February.

 

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia’s Fashion Accelerator is Australia’s only Fashion Accelerator program that supports fashion entrepreneurs, providing them with real world knowledge and experience in a high-tech environment.

 

Operating since 2011, the Fashion Accelerator has helped develop brands including Gail Sorronda, SOOT, Monica Tovar and Christie Millinery. Program participants are mentored by industry leaders and are provided with access to industrial grade equipment, individual workspaces, development support, masterclasses and workshops.

 

Chief Executive Officer of QUT Creative Enterprise Australia, Anna Rooke, said the high quality of the applicants bodes well for the future of Australia’s A$3 billion fashion industry.

 

“We had a terrific response from across Australia and overseas this year. This is a great sign that our Australian fashion industry continues to innovate with the changing pace of the industry. There has never been a better time to become a fashion entrepreneur – with digital technology disrupting and transforming established and emerging fashion brands, and bringing down key barriers to global opportunities.

 

“The impact of creative skills to the future of business in Australia cannot be over-estimated. Our creative industries in Australia are valued at more than A$35 billion. Now, more than ever, Australian creative startups and entrepreneurs are holding their own within this globally US$2.25 trillion industry,” Ms Rooke added.

 

The six participants are:

 

  • Rosa Altadonna of Zalbah: Comfortable and casual pyjamas, loungewear, kaftans and accessories for professional women and/or working mums;
  • Arkie Barton of Arkie: Design aesthetic predominantly informed and inspired by heritage and indigenous influences with a focus on textiles and print design;
  • Natasha Lewis Honeyman of Rui: Textile art inspired by culture, history, nature, exploration and traditional art practises, which can be translated onto various mediums;
  •  Paolo Lolicata of Locilu: Handmade men’s and women’s accessories inspired by old world influences and culture deriving from Sicilian heritage;
  •  Melinda Maxfield of Spacefairy: A fun clothing and costume brand, which promotes happiness and self-expression, and;
  • Melanie Taylor of Peach & Aubrey: A handmade inspired collection of children’s wear where focus to simple details and fabrics are key.

One of this year’s participants, QUT graduate, Arkie Barton will be attending Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Indigenous Runway Project in March.

Designer and owner, Arkie Barton, said: “CEA’s Fashion Accelerator is going to be an eye-opening experience. While I have a strong background in design and textiles, the accelerator will help me to really grasp and understand the financial side of starting a fashion business. I have so many ideas that I want to see get off the ground – I think the program is the perfect platform to make this happen.”


“Throughout the program I will be focusing on developing my concept and developing the aesthetic of my label. My plan is to have a developed range by the end of the five months, so that with my samples, I can move into production and ultimately start approaching investors and stockists,” Ms Barton said.

Fashion businesses that expressed interest in this year’s Fashion Accelerator program or future years, can register now to take part in the Fashion Workshop hosted by Vanja Stace from Stace & Co. on 23 February.

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About QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA)

 

CEA helps start, grow, scale and connect creative companies as Australia’s leading creative accelerator and investment fund. Providing essential business skills and pragmatic training focused on company growth and investment, CEA accelerates companies with a focus on design, fashion, entertainment, photography, music, film and television, digital technology, games and interactive content.

Since 2008, CEA has helped establish more than 40 startups, supported over 500 creative industries businesses and raised over $25 million in investment.

CEA offers access to business mentoring programs, special events, research expertise and capital to foster the growth of the creative industries in Australia.