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⏫ This Fortnight in The Ecosystem
By Euwyn, creator of Sailist and writer of Roundups.
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Programs Accepting Applications

⚡ Accelerator | 🇦🇺 Victoria
CyRise Accelerator is open for applications. CyRise is an early stage cybersecurity mentor-driven program in Melbourne and runs for three months. Selected founders will receive $50,000 as part of a capped SAFE note, receive mentorship and be connected to enterprise customers and alumni.
Sector Focus: Cybersecurity
Stage of startups accepted: Early stage
Key dates: Apply by February 24
Apply here

⚡ Accelerator | 🌍 Remote
The MedTech Actuator is open for applications. The program is Asia Pacific's 15-month accelerator for early-stage MedTech startups. Selected founders will receive up to $200,000 funding, intensive mentorship, collaboration and capital raising support.
Sector Focus: MedTech
Stage of startups accepted: Early stage
Key dates: Apply by March 15
Apply here

⚡ Accelerator | 🌍 Remote
Boab delivers a 6-month scaleup program designed to help the founders and management teams, of artificial intelligence startups. The program is specifically tailored for AI companies with existing revenue and traction, recognising that each company faces a unique set of challenges. Selected companies will receive a net amount of $300,000.
Sector Focus: AI
Stage of startups accepted: Scaling
Key dates: Apply as early as possible
Apply here

⚡ Incubator |  🇦🇺 Victoria
The Velocity Program is a part-time program for earlier stage founders, delivered by MAP and supported by LaunchVic. The program comprises 10 workshops centred around customer discovery and market validation with specialised experiences for both for-profit and for-purpose entrepreneurs.
Sector Focus: Agnostic (no University of Melbourne affiliation required)
Stage of startups accepted: Idea stage
Key dates: Apply by March 8
Apply here
Note: Costs $500 per founder

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).
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Startup Funding Highlights

💰 Aussie fintech Thrive smashes equity crowdfunding record to raise $1 million in under three hours for a “CFO in your pocket”
"Fintech Thrive has become the fastest Aussie startup to raise $1 million through an equity crowdfunding campaign, hitting the milestone — and its minimum target — in just two hours and 29 minutes."

🚀 Skip shifts focus to next-generation infrastructure with new fund
"Investment firm Skip Capital, headed by Kim Jackson and her husband Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar, is broadening its focus beyond startups with the launch of a $100 million infrastructure fund."

"The fund has already partnered with renewable energy impact investment fund Solar Bay to invest in projects including Australia’s largest corporate power purchase agreement with food manufacturer McCain and the solar infrastructure on the Sydney International Convention Centre."

🏡 Startup Victoria launches tiered memberships
4 new tiers designed for everyone in the ecosystem:

  • Community
  • Future Founder
  • Founder
  • Growth Club

Resource: Four simple questions to ask before looking for seed investment
1. Is investment the right choice for you and your start-up?
2. What is your motivation for raising?
3. Do you have the right team behind you?
4. Do you know what’s involved in the investment process?

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
📅 WebinarStartup Success Series: Financial Metrics for Founders
What will be covered:
  • The key startup metrics you need to watch
  • How to watch them, including where to source the data you’ll need
  • The differences between a high volume online SaaS business (with monthly recurring revenues) and a Salesforce model with larger dollar amounts (and annual revenues)
  • A simple Google sheet metrics dashboard to take away for your own startup
Date: February 26, 1pm
Register here
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