LoanDolphin completes $1.1 million seed funding

LoanDolphin, Australia’s leading loan bidding platform, has successfully raised a total of $1.1 million from key investors to expand its presence in major capital cities in a bid to claim a stake in Australia’s $1.5 trillion home loan market.   Strategic investor Barry Lambert provided $1 million, with the remainder from fintech investment firm H2 Ventures.   Mr Lambert founded Count Financial in 1980 and sold the company to Commonwealth Bank in 2011 for $373 million.   The seed funding values the Sydney-based fintech startup at $5 million post capital raising rounds.   LoanDolphin is a free online platform for people to refinance or obtain new home loans at rates […]


EY FinTech Australia Census 2016

FinTech Australia and EY Sweeney release the most comprehensive analysis of Australia’s fintech ecosystem to date, the EY FinTech Australia Census 2016 FinTech Australia and EY Sweeney are today releasing the inaugural EY FinTech Australia Census 2016, the most comprehensive and detailed report on the Australian fintech industry to date. The research was formally launched in Melbourne today by EY’s Anita Kimber at FinTech Australia’s national summit, Collab/Collide 2016 in partnership with LaunchVic. This significant piece of research was commissioned by FinTech Australia as part of their efforts to foster a thriving fintech ecosystem in Australia. The report identifies important characteristics of the Australian fintech industry, and establishes a set […]


Fintech platform launches new digital loan push

To digital mortgage service uno, the ideal customer is one who doesn’t want to discuss home loans face-to-face or over the phone. “Traditional brokers are for people who want to go see someone face-to-face or have someone come to their house,” uno founder and chief executive officer Vincent Turner told Australian Broker. “For people who don’t want that, they’re going to find a digital mortgage service like uno as more suitable for their needs.” The firm’s recent marketing push – including an ad in which prospective buyers inspect a house in which some rooms are closed off – highlights the public’s feeling of not receiving all the necessary information on […]


Money for millennials: six popular investment options

Millennials have been locked out of the housing market, so are there other avenues of investment open to them? Certainly, the finance industry is working hard on creating products for younger people, but where to turn? The plan for young Aussies has always been: work hard, save your money, buy a house, start a family, then worry about the rest later. Now that the average 20 per cent deposit in Sydney and Melbourne sits at $156,000 and $115,200, respectively, part three (buy a home) in that classic four-point plan is changing. Claire Mackay, a director at Quantum Financial, says that whatever investment choice is made by a millennial investor, the […]


Property crowdfunding start-up CrowdfundUP closes funding round and eyes China

Property crowdfunding platform CrowdfundUP has closed a $2.1 million capital raise to build its team and grow its market presence locally and in China. The funding comes as the property sector faces disruption from increasing numbers of new entrants with disruptive business models such as Purplebricks Australia, PropertyNow and BRICKX. The investment in CrowdfundUP has been led by asset development and management firm Positive Investment Enterprise, which has a focus on property development, venture capital and funds management throughout Australia, China and the US.Professional services firm BDO also participated. CrowdfundUP founder and managing director, Jack Quigley, said the business would expand rapidly in the next year, with plans in place […]


New FinTech Uno Home Loans lands a $16.5 million investment from Westpac

New Australian FinTech company ‘Uno’ has landed a $16.5 million investment from Westpac after its success in the digital mortgage service in the past few months. The major bank investment is set to expand the company even further as customers are discovering the benefits of having a greater power in the home loan search process. Chief Strategy Officer at Westpac, Gary Thursby, said “uno’s success has been impressive and we’re seeing its potential to become a serious player in the home loan market”. Westpac has been involved with uno since the concept phase and Mr Thursby is pleased to announce the investment where Westpac will be a strategic investor at […]


RateSetter announces partnership with Purplebricks

This week we were very pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with disruptive real-estate agency Purplebricks. Having launched in Australia this week, Purplebricks lets homeowners sell their property for a flat fee of just $4,500, including professional photography, marketing costs and the services of a Local Property Expert to guide them through the sale process. Purplebricks is now the the fastest-growing real estate agency in the UK and their low-cost offering is expected to similarly shake up the Australian real-estate market and put end to three decades of commission-based remuneration for real estate agents. As part of its innovative offering, Purplebricks has partnered with RateSetter to offer customers the opportunity […]


Fintech start-up enters third-party channel

A new online mortgage platform has decided to partner with brokers – rather than compete with them — by offering a new digital solution that drives efficiencies in the third-party channel. In the ongoing battle between innovative fintechs and mortgage brokers, Sydney-based start-up LoanFlare has bucked the trend by launching a digital platform to help brokers do the best possible job. LoanFlare provides dynamic home loan rates for consumers to enquire about, empowers clients to enter their application details and provides instant serviceability calculations — all through an engaging website. On the broker side, it also automates workflows and data entry, provides actionable intelligence and minimizes fraud through a comprehensive […]