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WED, 13 JAN - 26 JAN
EDITION #10
⏫ This Fortnight in The Ecosystem
By Euwyn, creator of Sailist.
Programs Accepting Applications

⚡ Accelerator |  🇦🇺 Australia-wide
Applications for the Moonshot 2021 3-month accelerator program are open. Startups using emerging technologies, from robotics to virtual reality and more, are invited to apply. Moonshot is offering investments at a fixed $40,000 for 4% equity. (If raised >$250,000 previously, they will match terms). The program will be semi-remote.

Sector Focus: Emerging tech (Robotics, Launch, Machine Learning, Extended Reality, Energy, Medicine, etc.)
Stage of startups accepted: Agnostic
Key dates: Apply by 11 Feb.
Apply here


⚡ Accelerator |  🇦🇺 Australia-wide
Expression of interest (EOI) for Remarkable's #SYD21 disability-tech accelerator program are open. This accelerator program equips early-stage startups who are harnessing the power of technology to remove barriers for people with disability, with seed funding, knowledge, skills, tools and mentors.

Sector Focus: Disability-tech
Stage of startups accepted: Early stage
Key dates: Official applications open soon but you’re encouraged to submit an EOI so they can get in touch
before then.
Apply here


⚡ Accelerator |  🇦🇺 Australia-wide
Applications open for One10's core Activate & Amplify Accelerator programs. One10 offers $250K in equity-free grants per program stream. The first cohorts will kick off late February 2021. They will be assessing applications on a rolling basis and selecting up to 10 founders across the nation for each program.

Sector Focus: Agnostic
Stage of startups accepted: Pre-idea and early stage
Key dates: n/a. Cohorts kick off late Feb 2021 so try to apply by late Jan 2021.
Apply to the Activate Program (Pre-idea stage) or the Accelerate Program (Early stage).


> Are you a brick-and mortar small business in Melbourne affected by COVID-19? See full eligibility criteria here.

If so, see below.

💼 Resources | 🇦🇺 Melbourne
General Assembly is helping Melbourne's small businesses build their digital skills capability for free in 2021. Take self-paced, online courses worth $700-$1,250 designed for local businesses in Digital Marketing, Data Analysis, User Experience Design and Digital Foundations.
Apply here

RMIT University are also launching a Roadmap to Recovery 3-month program, to help small businesses in Melbourne reset and recover from the challenges of 2020.
Key dates: The program kicks off on 27 January.
Apply here

Find more business support services from the City of Melbourne here. Support services include one-on-one support, small business transformation grants, Qi business mentoring (online learning and collaboration tools), webinars and workshops

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).
Sign up to activate your credits here
Startup Funding Highlights

🚀 The Victorian Government is providing almost $500,000 in funding to support the creation and growth of startups across regional Victoria. Startup Shakeup led by Wangaratta Rural City Council and Runway Geelong will receive $246,000 andz $250,000 respectively via LaunchVic to teach and mentor the next generation of local entrepreneurs.

🚀 Cultured meat startup Vow raises $7.7 million in seed round led by Square Peg Capital, alongside Blackbird Ventures, Grok Ventures and Tenacious Ventures. Read the investment notes to understand the what and why:

🚀Grok Ventures backs Brighte in $100 million raise as Brighte moves into energy retailing. Alongside Grok Ventures, the $100 million round was entirely taken by existing shareholders including Singapore venture capital firm Qualgro, Airtree Ventures and Kim Jackson and Scott Farquhar’s Skip Capital.

🔮 Carbar’s Des Hang shares his predictions for 2021:

"I think we’re going to end up looking a bit like China next year, and over the next decade.

In China, QR Codes are used in abundance and you can do just about everything on WeChat. Order food, order clothes, everything. It’s super convenient and I think that’s the future as it’s so easy for consumers.

I’m hoping the economy will recover as anticipated. I think a combination of the vaccine rollout, low-interest rates and lots of cash floating around will stimulate us back into steady economic growth — perhaps faster than a lot of other countries."

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
📅 Webinar: Giants Weekly: Systems for Success with Merryn Clancy
When everyone is moving at pace, setting yourself and your team up to execute each week is crucial to a startup's success. Merryn Clancy, COO at Car Next Door will share what rhythms, routines and agendas she has found to work so that everyone is working in the same direction with accountability and purpose.
Watch here

📅 Podcast: Innovation Bay's Open the Pod Bay Doors: E104 – Matt Allen, Tractor Ventures
In this chat with Ian Gardiner, Matt Allen talks a lot about his journey as an investor and his approach to angel investing. He explains how making a pretty big bet on Xero got him started with investing, how he collaborates with his wife Aprill on investments and the importance of trust when backing a founder. Matt goes on to share advice for people who want to start angel investing, discussing the what the right check size looks like, the value of syndicates and how to find the sweet spot between individual expertise and interest when building a portfolio. Matt also discusses why his team started Tractor Ventures and how the business works, his experiences working with Startmate, why he never answers emails about blockchain and the story behind his iconic blue cap.
Listen here
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