Oz Startup News – Thursday, 13 December 2018


Adelaide HQ for space agency


South Australia has won the competitive, six-month race between the states to host Australia’s space agency, with the headquarters to be based in Adelaide from next year.
It was revealed on Twitter on Tuesday night that the federal government had selected South Australia to host the agency, which is to be housed in the newly-developed innovation precinct Lot Fourteen, at the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site.
By Denham Sadler from InnovationAus

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New Aussie Accelerator Set to Tackle Renewables Challenge by Co-opting Some of India’s Most Innovative Energy Start-Ups

On the heels of the release of the Federal Government’s new India Strategy, Australia’s largest energy accelerator Energy Lab have partnered with India start-up specialists The Virangana Project to form a new accelerator that will be solely focused on identifying and nurturing Indian start-ups using Australia as a test market and platform for funding, before taking the technology global.
The Virangana Project Earth (viranganaearth.com) will focus on start-ups in the renewable energy, clean water and related infrastructure sectors


By Startup Soda News

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Goodments Launches New Features To Make Investing Good For Everyone


The Goodments app has launched with a raft of new features, breaking down the remaining barriers to investing in Australia.
Goodments subscribers can now trade in US-listed shares and ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds), that align with their personal values. All without paying a brokerage fee and with as little as $1USD. Filling the gap in the sustainable and socially responsible investment market, whilst also reducing the costs and complication that have long been part of trading in Australia.

By Startup Soda News

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Husic on the encryption bill

Passing the highly controversial bill was an “incredibly hard choice”, and the Opposition will look to strengthen protections in the scheme if it wins next year’s election, shadow digital economy minister Ed Husic said.
Mr Husic was one of several Labor MPs to speak out against the contentious legislation in the House of Representatives last week.


By Denham Sadler from InnovationAus

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Australia has a ‘once in a generation opportunity’ to become a major battery hub

Booming global demand for lithium-ion batteries gives Australia a “once in a generation” opportunity to become a major battery processing, manufacturing and trading hub – but it needs to get a move on.
A new Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) report adds to the growing stack of analysis which shows Australia has all the raw materials needed to produce batteries.

By Business Insider

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Should you buy a share in a brewery for Christmas? Booze brands turn to the crowd


Endeavour Brewing launched a $2.3 million equity crowdfund raise on Wednesday, with the $5 million business hoping Australians will take a moment out of their holidays to log on and buy into the Sydney business.
Over the past 12 months a cohort of Australian alcohol producers have looked to raise cash by asking their customers to invest, and as the festive season approaches more operators are coming online.

By Emma Kohen from Smart Company

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