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WED, 16 DEC - 29 DEC
⏫ This Fortnight in The Ecosystem
By Euwyn, creator of Sailist.
Programs Accepting Applications

⚡ Accelerator |  🇦🇺 Australia-wide
Moonshot has has opened Expression of Interest applications for its next space-tech investment accelerator in early 2021. In March, Moonshot will invest up to $200,000 into five startups for its next accelerator.

Sector Focus: Space-tech
Stage of startups accepted: Agnostic
Key dates: n/a
Apply here

📣 Pitch |  🇦🇺 Adelaide
This is an opportunity to present in Adelaide to angel investors and VCs! Innovation Bay is extending the deadline for applications to the Startup Showcase to 8th January. Successful startups will be invited to pitch on Wednesday 17th Feb, with a fine-dining networking dinner + complimentary access to the SouthStart conference on Thursday 18th Feb.

Sector Focus: Agnostic
Stage of startups accepted: Agnostic
Key dates: Applications close 8 January.
Apply here

💼 Resource | 🌐 Online
Startup Victoria's Office Hours is a chance for founders to seek out advisors. Whether you need some specific advice on an area of your startup, or more general direction, advisors have a wealth of experience to share.

Browse all 30 advisors and sign up here or see a Twitter megathread of all advisors you can book a session with.

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.
Sign up to activate your credits here

Offer expires on the 31st December 2020.
Startup Funding Highlights

🚀 Victoria's first dedicated revenue-based fund: LaunchVic has invested $300,000 new venture debt fund targeting bootstrapped revenue-positive startups. 

🚀 Square Peg raises $600m for its fourth fund, bringing its total treasure chest up to $1.4b, and cementing itself as Australia's largest VC. [Paywalled article]

🚀 EVP raises $120m for its third fund. [Paywalled article]

🏦 Looking to hire? Take a look at the Government’s JobMaker Hiring Credit. Eligible businesses could receive up to $10k for each new eligible employee hired before October 2021. Check out LUNA’s summary of the key eligibility requirements.

🏦 Do you qualify as an early stage innovation company? Early Stage Innovation Company incentives help Aussie startups access great investor incentives to assist in raising capital. A common misconception is that, to qualify, your company needs an ATO private ruling. BlueRock has busted this myth and provided more information about ESICs to help founders understand if their business could be eligible.

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
📅 SouthStart: In Conversation With Pasha Rayan
Jeanette Cheah (Hacker Exchange) interviews Pasha Rayan (Co-Founder and CTO at Forage). Having raised over $11m in funding from the likes of Y Combinator, Transition Level Investments and Lightspeed Venture Partners - the startup, formally known as InsideSherpa, is seeking to tear down the barriers between potential and opportunity. Learn about Pasha's journey to Forage (which included roles at & KPMG) and what he has learnt along the way. 
Date: Thursday, December 17th, 8:30am
Register here

📅 RMIT Activator 2020 Showcase
Date: Thursday, December 17th, 3:30pm
Register here
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