CommBank X15 Ventures

Commbank has launched a new start-up incubator called X15 Ventures, which it says will produce 25 new ventures by 2024, signalling a new approach to the startup-enterprise relationship. The bank announced the initiative today which it described as an “Australian technology venture-building entity designed to deliver new digital solutions.” Download: Which-50’s

Ben Thompson, CEO, Employment Hero

Cloud-based HR platform Employment Hero has raised AU$22 million in a Series C funding round led by Seek, with participation from OneVentures and AirTree Ventures. The new funding brings Employment Hero’s valuation to over AU$100 million and follows an $8 million Series B round in March 2018. Founded in 2014,

Too much hype, too much excitement and too many pats on the back for ‘Start-Ups’. Not enough kudos, support, and love for those people who have been out there in the ‘Keep-Goings’. It is really easy to be excited at the beginning, to announce big plans, to talk about what

Compliance, regulation

Entrepreneurs, start-ups and scale-up businesses are invited to enter Westpac’s 2018 Innovation Challenge for the chance to win $40,000 and professional support to grow their business. Themed RegTech, this year’s challenge asks entrants to create a technological solution that helps companies comply with regulatory obligations and deliver improved customer outcomes.

More often than not, start-ups acquire customers by leveraging the network of the leadership team. But scaling the business requires generating demand for new products through formal product launch programs. Sign up to Which-50’s Digital Marketing Newsletter When speaking with Gartner clients that are embarking on these efforts, I’m often

Cloud-based HR platform Employment Hero has raised $8 million in a Series B funding round led by Seek. The raise has allowed Employment Hero to expand its leadership team, appointing AdRoll’s former Marketing Director JAPAC, Cat Prestipino, as the start-up’s first CMO. (Ex-AdRoll boss Ben Sharp also announced his new

Cyberspace, globe, China, blockchain

A delegation of about 50 Chinese technology leaders has visited the newly opened Sydney Startup Hub to meet with NSW startups and learn more about the state’s blockchain and fintech capabilities. The ‘China Blockchain Development Forum’ mission was led by Li Ming, the Director of the China Electronics Standardisation Institute

Microsoft ScaleUp (formerly known as Microsoft Accelerator) is moving into the new Sydney Startup Hub, which was officially opened today. The program is designed to help start-ups grow rapidly and has been launched in seven other cities around the world. In the five years ScaleUp has been running, close to

Following its Australian launch last year, Alibaba’s Cloud computing division is bringing its global start-up competition to Australia. Haymarket HQ, an Australian start-up hub with a focus on Asia, has partnered with Alibaba Cloud to bring the [email protected] Cloud start-up contest to the region. “We see a growing trend in

Shippit co-founder and Joint-CEO, Rob Hango-Zada and William On.

Shipping management platform Shippit has raised AU$2.2 million in Series A funding, which will drive the company’s expansion into APAC within the next 12 months. Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights newsletter The capital injection will also support sales and marketing efforts and expand their product engineering team. Originally seeking