In 2013, Hilary Clinton said “Women remain as the world’s largest untapped reservoir of talent.” While this comment still resonates with our culture, in Sydney’s Doltone House, hundreds of people gathered to recognise and celebrate emerging female talent.
Ellen DeGeneres’ star-studded Oscar’s Selfie sent Twitter into meltdown, earning itself the title of the most retweeted photo in the history of Twitter. Inspired by this event, Melbourne-based startup Rewardle has just released a feature that turns their membership, points and rewards system into a “Selfie station”.
Empower, an Australian sustainable development organisation that works in partnership with rural communities in Malawi and Sri Lanka, has just launched a campaign on crowdfunding platform Chuffed. They are seeking to raise AUD$17,500 to help changemakers in North Malawi’s rural region of Kapita finish building their dream community centre.
First, they partnered with Facebook, then Instagram, YouTube and Soundcloud. Yesterday, Quixomatic, a startup founded by four Aussie ex-Yahoo! employees, announced their partnership with OpenMenu.
According to the latest report by Internet Deal Book, Australia (117) had the third largest number of internet and technology deals of any country in 2013 – surpassed by the US (2639) and UK (209). Over USD$200 billion were spent on investments and acquisitions across the globe last year, with Australia sitting at $1.06 billion (Average Deal Value: $16 million).
Australia’s first equity crowdfunding platform, VentureCrowd, is now open for business. The platform, developed by venture capital firm Artesian Venture Partners, allows wholesale investors to take equity positions in innovative and highly scalable startups.
Marketing automation startup, Autopilot, has just launched a Google Chrome browser plugin, Prospect Ace. Solving the sales and marketing automation data problem, the plugin allows high-growth startups to source verified email addresses and demographic information, and build prospect lists from social profiles.
For some students, the idea of starting a business is too far-fetched. Others are sitting on the idea, and need a metaphorical kick in the behind to get them going. To help foster a culture of entrepreneurship, startups Pocketbook and Zookal have come together to launch a scholarship programme for Australian university students.