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MVP grant success

Classy Lists has received a Jobs for NSW MVP grant. Woo hoo! A nice surprise for election week.

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After Y Combinator, Whispli raises a $2.8m seed round from US and AU investors

We’re excited to share that we raised our $2.8M seed round from top US and Australian investors. eBay founder Pierre Omidyar's UP2398 fund, alongside Australian VC firms (AirTree Ventures and Blackbird), with US (Pioneer Fund and Liquid Fund), and a few angels among which Louis Beryl (YC partner formerly at Andreessen Horowitz) – they all decided to back our vision to make it safe and easy for anyone to speak up.

First and foremost, a massive thanks to our A-team that worked around the clock and without which we wouldn’t be here. The intensity of our collaboration peaked during our experience in San Francisco, when we participated to the Y Combinator Summer batch 2018.

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Western Sydney University Launch Pad and NAB signs three year partnership.

In a win for Western Sydney’s knowledge economy, National Australia Bank (NAB) has partnered with Western Sydney University’s award-winning Launch Pad Technology Business Incubator.

A significant investment in Launch Pad’s innovative projects is just one part of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by NAB and the University. The partnership also includes plans for high-rise facilities at Parramatta Square and the development of a graduate program for NAB.

“Western Sydney University’s Launch Pad program has been instrumental in creating a tech start-up ecosystem embedded in Sydney’s west. NAB’s significant investment will translate into more award-winning businesses and ideas for the region,” said Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Scott Holmes.

Anthony Healy, Chief Customer Officer – Business and Private Banking said employment pathways and work experience opportunities for Western Sydney University students at NAB will also be explored.

“Collaborating with academic bodies like Western Sydney University through the Launch Pad Business Incubator ensures we stay connected to the local community and continue to foster local entrepreneurship,” Mr Healy said.

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Launches

Launched 3 startup in June 18 with $1.5m funding.

Raising funds for 6 startups currently.

Looks like we will complete a $1.8m raise this month.

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Sharing advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and early stage business owners on Forbes.com

I (Founder & Director of Teko) was featured in Forbes last November.

Take a look at the five tips I share for aspiring entrepreneurs and early stage business owners

Article Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/meimeifox/2018/11/19/want-to-start-a-business-consider-this-advice-from-a-19-year-old-tech-entrepreneur/#2ecb4a81315c

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Wyd launched on IOS!

The Wyd app is now live on IOS and filled with all kinds of events for people to find, such as concerts, board game nights, startup events and parties!

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2018 Bright Ideas winner from Regional Australia Institute

2018 was a big year for us, with our idea progressing from shortlisted Finalist from ideas all around Australia, to taking out the overall Winner - see http://www.regionalaustralia.org.au/home/prime7/ and our accompanying media release at https://www.cleanm8.com/brightidea2018-winner.html

Great validation for an idea that's sprung from a very clear need in regional communities and motivates our work in Digital Therapeutics development, as part of a larger push in AU for creating value through HealthTech ventures - see https://www.mtpconnect.org.au/Story?Action=View&Story_id=168

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Australian Student Startup of the Year!

We took the prize down at StartCon last week!

Thanks to everyone who's helped along the way.

More exciting things to come, including crowdfunding and testing in the next 4 - 6 months!

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Fishburners

Fishburners is currently our showroom. We have made all the furniture for the whole organization

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B Corp Best for World Award

Since receiving certification as a B Corporation in 2016, the Solar AnalyticsTeam have been constantly working to strengthen the positive impact we have in the community and environment around us. We are proud to announce that we have been awarded B Corporation’s ‘Best for the World’ in the Environment category; one of only 12 companies in Australia. Read more about the award on the Solar Analytics blog.

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Launched the refresh of the TechSydney Founder Forum program!

More than 40 of Sydney's leading tech companies will come together for peer-group sessions that help them address commercial and personal issues that founders are facing. Get in touch if you want to join the new program!

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Launched our new website with RamenLife and City of Sydney!

We've been working for 6 months on this new site for the community. It's free to post your articles, news, events and to interact with other people across the TechSydney ecosystem. We've been helped by the awesome team at RamenLife and City of Sydney, we're really grateful for their support!

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Got coverage of our latest funding report in the AFR.

We released our report on the funding of Aussie Startups and Young Tech Companies for the September quarter 2018 and got covered in the AFR.

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Energy Business of the year!

Last night we won Energy Company of the year at Optus Business Awards - a win for our team, for renewables and for #fairdinkumpower !

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Launched the beta Sydney startup community with TechSydney

We are very excited to have launched the beta platform to help connect the Sydney startup community in partnership with TechSydney and the City of Sydney!