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Welcome to the March 2019 edition of Funding Strategies Connect!

We are coming across an increasing number of businesses that need help around business models, strategy and customer acquisition – and ultimately becoming investor ready. 

While we help companies raise finance, we continue to leverage our human capital  and networks to assist businesses with securing off take and customers. 

Revenue is often the “secret sauce” when it comes to capital raising.  It help proves the business model and investors are actively seeking profitable growing companies. 

If you need assistance with growing value, attracting customers, forecasting, having a strategic road map and/or becoming investor ready, please contact us.  

On the investor side, we are also seeing renewed interest in Australian matters (now that the Chinese New Year is over) from offshore investors.  We have closed a number of deals and have a number of investors in active discussions with our clients around investments.  

This edition of our newsletter includes:· 

As always, I invite you download our updated deal list from our website (log-in required, membership is free). 

For more information please contact us

Mark Rainbird

Managing Director 

Funding Strategies


Funding Strategies 

Funding Strategies is a capital markets firm providing strategic advice, venture equity capital and finance services to small business and companies seeking capital for growth and expansion in the unlisted, pre-IPO and listed capital markets. 

We specialise in creating and implementing successful funding and capital raising strategies.  

We serve predominately private and public companies, and sophisticated investors, with a broad range of services:

  • Corporate Advisory
  • Funding Strategies and Investor Ready Services
  • Equity and Debt Capital Raisings
  • Small Scale Offerings and Venture Capital
  • Grant Funding
  • Special Private Placements
  • Stock Exchange Listings
  • Mergers,Acquisitions and Divestments
  • Strategic Trade Sales Technology Commercialization
  • Real Estate Debt and Equity Financing and Restructuring
  • Providing Opportunities for Investors
  • Director and business advisory services
  • Migration Investment SIV 132A, 132B and 188E 
  • Fund Management / Venture Funds


 Introducing Project Boletus

Project Boletus is a profitable and scalable Australian company based in Queensland. The Company is in full capacity growing and wholesaling 26 tonnes of swiss brown, cups, white button and flat mushrooms a week. 

The Company is seeking to establish a new composting and farming operation at a recently purchased property. This venture will result in expansion and cost cutting. 

The owners have positioned the business well for the proposed expansion to the new facility, laying solid foundations, building good predictable cash flows and generating consistent profit. 

 Welcome to the team!

We are delighted to welcome Laura Chen (pictured left) to our team. 

Laura has 27 years of banking experience, including positions of Planning Officer at the Bank of China, Asian Banking Manager at Westpac New Zealand, Home Loan Manager at Westpac Australia, Private Banker at ANZ Australia and National Manager International Premier and Retail Banking Asia Pacific.  

With tertiary education in Finance in both China and New Zealand, Laura gained her qualification in Financial Planning in both New Zealand and Australia.

Laura has been dealing with numerous high net worth Asian clients with whom she not only provided professional financial advice with great results, but Laura also developed personal relationships and long lasting friendships with them.  In addition, Laura maintains a large business network that includes Asian business communities, government officials, politicians, opinion leaders, professionals such lawyers,accountants, migration agents, senior academics, media and real estate agents both in Australia and overseas.


 Freedom Road Travel Group

Podcast: The Road Most Travelled 

EdenExchanges spoke to David Keir, CEO of Freedom Road Travel Group. David discusses the nature of the travel industry in China, how Freedom Road Travel is tapping into this demand and what their success has been like to date.

Freedom Road Travel is a foreign invested China-based travel agency founded by David in 2014. The company provides unique experiential travel services to customers visiting China, Asia and Australia. Freedom Road aims to provide its customers with seamless and authentic experiences to amazing destinations. The company was founded by long-term China professionals with real experience in the market. Freedom Road has offices in Shanghai, Brisbane and Sydney, and serves travellers from around the world.

 Learn Primary Pty Ltd 

"An Australian Teaching Learning System 

Has Launched!"

Manish Goklaney, Co-Founder of Learn Primary, has released a podcast and a Director's briefing recently. He was also interviewed by Mergermarket and the Melbourne Mum's Group:

"Learning Comes First"

"In this Director Briefing, Manish Goklaney, discusses:

  • Learn Primary’s objective to improve learning for children in primary school.
  • Creating a platform to offer a learning experience for each child.
  • The platform’s use by teachers, children and parents."

"Learn Primary could seek to raise capital in 4Q19 to enter New Zealand, Canada - CEO"

"Learn Primary: An Australian Teaching Learning System Has Launched!"


 Qponics Limited

"Progress on the upgrade of the pilot algae farm in Brisbane into a small-scale production facility

The sky-blue coloured lining for the new 65m x 12m pond has been fitted (image left), laid on top of a protective geo textile underlay.

The liner was specially made by an Australian manufacturer to Qponics' specifications to be a thicker and more robust version of a pre-existing product and has subsequently become a standard product line with a 10- year warranty. 


 Guarda Group Holdings

Silicosis death dust audit reveals 

'major epidemic worse than asbestos'"

ABC News reported on 21February 2019:

"An audit of Queensland's manufacturing stone industry has revealed 98 workers have contracted the potentially deadly lung disease silicosis — 15 of those terminal— with more than 550 workplace breaches in what health experts are calling a major epidemic.

The youngest sufferer diagnosed so far was 23 years old and had worked in the industry for six years. The audit was ordered by the Queensland Government in late 2018, after it emerged a handful of stonemasons had been diagnosed with the incurable disease."

Guarda Group’s on-tool technology has the potential to prevent future silicosis deaths.

Guarda Group’s Managing Director Craig Penty visited Brisbane last week, presenting at a conference as well as meeting with Workplace Health and Safety to discuss joint testing on the Guarda equipment. 

 BlueMount Capital

BlueMount Capital Secures Expansion Funding

for Elite Military Fitness

I am delighted to announce that we have secured AUD $3.5 million in expansion debt financing for Elite Military Fitness (EMF), a leading Gold Coast based fitness and performance group.

EMF has built a chain of fitness and performance centres focused on providing the affordability of a small 24-hour gym, the personal service of a health club and the amenities and equipment of an elite training facility. EMF’s fitness centres were created to bring a more professional and personalised service to the community without the added expense. The Company’s aim is to offer a complete fitness model to the general population; a facility that caters for everyone’s needs without overcrowding and limited equipment. 

The funds will be used to expand the group’s footprint, incorporating new centres, as well as providing equipment finance. The funding includes a range of business facilities such as loans, equipment finance, credit cards and a bank guarantee. 

BlueMount Capital worked closely with the new funder and the client to secure the facilities, managing the approach to the market, providing financial modelling to support the transaction and negotiating with the financier, plus assisting with closing the transaction.  The facilities provided, include flexible covenants for future growth while providing competitive interest rates on all the products offered. The funding is expected to assist in meeting the groups rapid expansion plans. 

EMF co-founder Scott Freeman states "BlueMount Capital has been paramount in EMF realising our dream to delivering affordable and innovative health and fitness solutions to the greater Australian community. Their assistance has helped us create our new Nerang Performance and Recovery Centre and will be assisting us with our venture in our North Lakes venue later in 2019. The future for EMF is only looking brighter."

  Australia China Business Council 

We hope you will join us at ACBC's 

upcoming events in Brisbane!

  • 6 March: International Advisory Boards for Australian Businesses
  • 7 March: China Import Compliance and Market Access Seminar
  • 14 March: Market to China on a Budget*
  • 15 March: Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Act (FITS)
  • 20 March: ACBC QLD Property & Construction Market Update and Networking Event
*This event will be held on the Sunshine Coast

Funding Strategies Pty Ltd

ACN 161 432 123

Level 5, 15 Astor Terrace

Spring Hill QLD 4000 Australia

Telephone +61 7 3160 2840



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