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👋Welcome to Edition #8 of Sailist's Fortnightly Roundups! You may have noticed the new subject title...

Here is an announcement: Sailist's Roundups is now titled, This Fortnight In The Ecosystem. I decided to re-title it because I'm combining the weekly accelerator roundups and funding roundups into one big fat jam-packed fortnightly newsletter.

Why the change? Firstly, I wanted to do it because there is plenty of intersection between both topics (i.e. accelerators and startup funding), and combining the two will let me focus on the quality of the content as opposed to just trying to hit quantity targets. Secondly, my friend and co-newsletter writer Warwick got a full-time job running finance and ops at Nutromics (a very cool medtech startup). Since he's also juggling his Masters of Data Analytics and his own project at Startup-funding, he decided he needed to reprioritise with the sheer amount of stuff he had on his plate. Wishing him the very best!

Now, back onto the goods! Australian programs are slowing down as we approach the year end. Startup funding is still going strong. Events are aplenty. Without further ado...
⏫ This Fortnight in The Ecosystem
By Euwyn, creator of Sailist.
Programs Accepting Applications

⚡ Accelerator |  🇦🇺 Australia-wide
Auctus - Allens Legal Accelerator has been launched to help startups scale by working closely with Allens through a combination of expert advice, an education program and facilitated access to the Allens network.

Sector Focus: Legal-tech
Stage of startups accepted: Scaling
Key dates: Applications close 11 December.
Apply here

🤝 Program (Sprints) |  🌐 Online (Remote, based in the US)
Dreamit focuses on startups with product in hand and most frequently with early revenue or pilots. Working with the Dreamit team, startups focus on pressure testing all aspects of their company including go-to-market strategy, pricing, sales and growth strategies, and more with clear goals of accelerating their customer pipeline and raising capital. 

  • Two-week Customer Sprints
  • Two-week Investor Sprints

Sector Focus: Agnostic
Stage of startups accepted: Early revenue/Pilots
Key dates: Applications close 15 December.
Apply here

🤝 Incubator | 🇦🇺 Regional Australia
The UNE SMART Region Incubator accepts applications from new startups that are scaling up and ready to build the regional economy. Startup founders that self-identify their suitability to the SRI criteria can apply to pitch to the Review Panel which meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month.

Sector Focus: Agriculture, health, environmental services and creative industries (regional)
Stage of startups accepted: Early stage (regional)
Key dates: Applications close 3rd Tuesday of every month (presumably - no deadline given as far as I can tell) - which works out to be 22nd December)
Apply here

💻 Training |  🌐 Online
Google AUNZ has launched an online program to help Founders, and their teams, get more up to speed on how to use Google's products to manage and market their businesses. The Google for Startups: Startup School is a series of hands-on trainings for founders and their teams. Combining business goals with metrics to run data-driven companies, the program equips leaders with the tools and skills to advance and scale their startups.
Key dates: Training happens on 9 Dec 2020, 10:00am.
Register here

If you are in the Sydney Startups Facebook group, you can DM Ned (Product Manager @Google) if you're looking for intros into Google. See Ned's post here.

💼 Resource | 🌐 Online
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In line with supporting Australian founders, Sailist is partnered with Australian-born and bred unicorn Airwallex to deliver AUD$20,000 worth of foreign exchange for free ($0 fees, 0% margin).

Double bonus: It's our 5th birthday and we want to celebrate with our best offer yet. Earn $50 cashback on every $5,000 spent on eligible card purchases before the 31st March 2021, up to a total of $500.
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Startup Funding Highlights

🚀 LaunchVic welcomed the Government’s Victorian Budget 2020/21 committing a total of $186.2 million to the continued growth of Victoria’s startup ecosystem. A high-level breakdown of the funding is detailed here.

🏦 Victorian Government launches $1,200 grants to help SMEs go digital. Businesses will be able to access a $1,200 rebate for selected digital products, from suppliers that have partnered with the state government. Here’s what you need to know.

📺 City of Sydney grant supports economic recovery by encouraging businesses and creatives to activate spaces in venues, the public domain and corporate locations with cultural programming. Funding is available in amounts from $5,000 up to $50,000 cash. Learn more here.

Blackbird Ventures is releasing the next evolution of their Giants community - a place where those at the beginning of their founder journey can get year-round 1:1 mentoring, meet other founders and dig into our best resources. The next stage of Giants kicks off in January '21, so if you're at the beginning of your journey (or you want to mentor someone), sign up here.

💴 Why are Aussies conservative towards venture debt? OneVentures principal Nick Gainsley has three theories. "Venture debt can be used for a variety of uses, both at or near the time of an equity financing round or between them. It should be used to complement equity finance and not act as a complete replacement. Used correctly, it will help magnify the returns of all shareholders through providing access to capital to invest and increase company value without giving up so much of the shareholder’s ‘pie’."

🚀 Antler Partner, Bryan Ciambella and Antler Senior Associate, Bijon Keswani, break down trends across the US venture landscape. Read about the current landscape as well as Antler's views on specific areas that they are actively sourcing and deploying capital into.

The Founders Course is a practical online course that shows you how to succeed as a founder. The course helps you to build and launch a startup in your own time under the guidance of Colin Kinner, one of Australia’s most experienced startup mentors and founder of Startup Onramp. Bonus $10k worth of perks from AWS, LawPath and others.
Learn more
Most Noteworthy Events
📅 CTRL+N: PR & Comms - A DIY for Founders with Sarah Gundlach (Character & Distinction)
Perfect for early-stage startups and founders, we've got Senior Communications Consultant, Sarah Gundlach with us to share her tips and tools for strategic storytelling to grow your audience. We'll be uncovering:
- Debunking PR myths
- Understanding the Australian media landscape (as a startup)
- Crafting a story for the right listeners
- General PR tips & how-tos
Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 12:00pm
Register here

📅 Startup&Angels Sydney #18 - Startup Funding: 2020 retro and 2021 forecast
  • Understand the impact of the pandemic on the investment landscape in Australia and worldwide with an expert presenting a retrospective analysis of 2020
  • Get insights on what's coming next: understand how the game has changed for founders raising money and get ready for 2021
  • Engage with investors and startup programs
  • Expand your network over nice wine, beers & food.
Date: Thursday, December 3rd, 4:00pm
Location: Fishburners, Sydney
Register here

📅 Tech23’s Impact Circles
Tech23’s Impact Circles invite attendees to explore and canvas what existing, potential and future deep tech customers, investors and collaborators may want – while helping conversations to flow and connections to be made.
Date: December 2nd-10th
Register here

Also, it's Demo Day-fest again this fortnight!

📅 SproutX Demo Day (agritech)
Date: Thursday, December 3rd, 4:00pm
Register here

📅 CyRise Demo Day (cybersecurity)
Date: Friday, December 4th, 3:00pm
Register here

📅 Atto Accelerator Demo Day (female founders)
Date: Wednesday, December 2nd, 11:00am
Register here

📅 MedTech Actuator Demo Day (medtech)
Date: Thursday, December 10th, 6:00pm
Register here

📅 Startupbootcamp FinTech Demo Day (fintech)
Date: Thursday. December 10th, 4:00pm
Register here

📅 MAP20 Velocity Showcase (MAP's pre-accelerator)
Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 5:30pm
Register here
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