Venture Capital

Feb
28

Adelaide start-up and fintech company Joust to launch in New South Wales under NOVA Entertainment Group funding deal

A MAJOR entertainment company has thrown its financial support behind Adelaide-based technology start-up Joust, allowing the company to expand its home loan auction service into New South Wales. The Wakefield Street business today announced it had successfully raised another $400,000 and secured NOVA Entertainment Group as a strategic investor. The company, which operates in SA and Victoria, says the funding takes to almost $2 million it has raised since its inception in early 2015. Co-Founder and managing director Mark Bevan said 650 customers have used Joust to seek a better home loan interest rate and that the value of home loans “jousted” was already more than $250m. “We now have […]

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Feb
24

Aussie fintech funding triples: KPMG

While global fintech investment almost halved last year, the budding Australian sector finally bloomed, according to KPMG International’s latest report. Heedless of the 47.2 per cent evaporation in total global investment in fintech companies (which dropped from US$46.7 billion in 2015, to just US$24.7 billion last year), Australian fintech funding in 2016 was in full flood, more than tripling over 12 months, after a string of deals and funding rounds. According to KPMG, Australia’s total fintech investment last year topped US$626 million across 25 deals, a major increase on 2015 – which saw $185M across 23 deals – and a figure contrary to the receding global trend. Ian Pollari, global […]

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Touchcorp, Afterpay merger worth $500m

Melbourne-based fintech start-up Afterpay has announced a proposed merger with Touchcorp, in a deal set to create a new ASX-listed software and payments firm valued at $500 million. Afterpay MD Nick Molnar said the two companies had been working together, and the proposed merger would help the combined entity rapidly scale into new markets and grow faster than otherwise possible. Founded in 2014, Afterpay is a retail payments outfit that facilitates commerce between retail merchants and end customers, offering a “buy now, receive now, pay later” service that does not require end customers to enter into traditional loan arrangements or pay upfront fees to the group. It landed on the […]

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Feb
23

Fintech set to reshape financial services despite slump

Global fintech investment’s boom year of 2015, when all the planets aligned and the hype factor reached its peak, was always going to make activity levels in subsequent years look feeble by comparison. Even so, the 47 per cent slump in funds invested in 2016 to $24.7bn, revealed yesterday in KPMG’s Pulse of Fintech publication, is eye-opening. Both macro and micro forces are at play. With the former, the uncertainty created by the Brexit vote, the schism between new US president Donald Trump and the tech community, a perceived economic slowdown in China and significant fluctuations in exchange rates all conspired to make investors more cautious. At a more micro […]

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Feb
23

Australia weathers fintech slump

Global investment in fintech companies almost halved last year as “froth” comes out of the burgeoning industry and investors wait to see if they can successfully disrupt incumbents such as banks and insurers, according to a new report. Fintech investment funding declined to $US24.7 billion ($32.17bn) last year from a bumper $US46.7bn in 2015, driven by fewer merger and acquisitions, and private equity investments, KPMG found. However, the less mature Australian fintech industry bucked the trend as investment soared to a record high of $626 million last year, up from $185m in 2015 and $461m in 2014. The increase was powered by Champ Private Equity’s acquisition of Pepperstone, Stirling Products’ […]

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Feb
20

GetCapital gets capital and aims for fintechs

Online small business lender GetCapital has secured a $100 million debt facility to launch a new brand, aiming to become the mainstream leader in the fintech industry mirrored on the success of Seek and Carsales. GetCapital chief Jamie Osborn said the fintech, or financial technology, industry was at a “tipping point” and the new subsidiary, businessloans.com.au, wanted to be the go-to online small business lender, as Seek was in employment, REA in property and Carsales in vehicles. He added that unlike the banks who were coming under pressure to increase interest rates, GetCapital was experiencing falling funding costs as lenders got more comfortable with credit risks, allowing it to almost […]

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Feb
16

Crowd-sourced equity funding bill to pass Senate

Retail investors will soon be able to buy up to $10,000 of equity in their favourite business ideas, with “crowd-sourced funding” legislation set to pass the Senate with Greens support. The legislation will allow unlisted public companies with annual turnover or gross assets of up to $25 million to advertise their business plans on licensed crowdfunding portals, and raise up to $5 million a year to carry them out. Investors can put up to $10,000 a year each into an unlimited number of ideas, with a 48-hour cooling off period applying. “Crowd-sourced equity funding will offer a new funding option for small businesses,” said Treasurer Scott Morrison while introducing the […]

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Feb
15

Lender invests $100k in fintech start-up

A leading specialist lender has partnered with a fintech incubator to back a start-up in a program aimed at “re-inventing the financial services sector in Australia”. After hosting a two-day hackathon in December, which saw 20 entrepreneurs from different sectors come up with solutions to “revolutionise” the industry, Pepper Money and Pollenizer have chosen fintech start-up SmallStash to receive 12 weeks of training and financial support to further progress its ideas. The group’s focus is financial education for children, assisting parents to better educate them regarding money and savings. Pepper Money has invested almost $100,000 in the 12-week incubator program, with the funds contributing to supporting the start-up, including the […]

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