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Dear Guest,

With the festive season fast approaching, I welcome you to the November 2018 edition of Funding Strategies Connect!

Happy birthday to us!

Funding Strategies celebrated its birthday this week! Thank you to everybody we have worked with over the past 6 years, we are looking forward to exciting times ahead! The team and I enjoyed a celebratory cake. 

It was my pleasure to speak at the AgFutures Innovation & Investment Forum last week. I have included a link to my presentation below. 

In this edition of our newsletter I have included:

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 Carhood

Carhood build and operate a unique marketplace for people to list, share and rent out their own vehicle.

Carhood provides domestic exposure to the $500m airport parking industry and the $2.2bn car rental industry (IBISWorld Report). 
The Company currently operates three premiere “near-airport” locations in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Lead by a high calibre team, the Company plans to grow its domestic and international footprint through aggressive expansion leveraging our existing proven business model.
Carhood has forged strong relationships with aggregators, car manufacturers, dealers and other strategic partners.
The Company is targeting to list on a suitable Australian exchange in Q2, 2019.

 Introducing Helio Lending

Helio Lending provides holders of cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Gold, Ethereum, Litecoin and Ripple,  safe and secure access to fiat funds,without selling any of their cryptocurrency. 

Helio Lending will pioneer the Crypto Asset backed lending market enabling the use of approved digital assets for normal consumer transactions, such as luxury goods, property and other lending acquisitions. 

The Company recently announced the acquisition of CASHFLOW INVESTMENTS PTY LTD  (a licenced ACL holder) to establish its lending business. 

"Helio Lending today announced an exciting partnership with Crypto Tax Australia, allowing cryptocurrency investors in Australia an opportunity to access asset-backed lending facilities." 


 Qponics Limited

Qponics begins upgrade to 

pilot algae farm in Brisbane

Site preparation commenced on 26 November to upgrade the existing R&D-scale pilot farm on University of Queensland land at Pinjarra Hills into a facility capable of demonstrating small-scale commercial production of high-value EPA omega-3 from algae.

It is anticipated that the upgraded pilot algae farm will be fully operational by March 2019. 

These activities are supported by Qponics’ $1 million Cooperative Research Centre Project grant.

 EMF Group of Companies

Launching in 2019: EMF Performance Centre Nerang

EMF co-founder Scott walks us through the Nerang facility to explain everything we can be excited for as EMF’s largest Performance Centre comes to light in 2019.


 Project Curis (IHC)

"Pre-IPO Capital Raising Update - Further $5m secured"

Elevate Group provides person-centred healthcare through its clinics and the workplace and plans to list on ASX as Integrative Healthcare Limited. 

Brookes McTavish, CEO of the Group, has announce that it has raised a further $5m.


  Guarda Group Holdings 

Launch of Cutting Edge Solution 

to Combat Toxic Silica Dust

"Approximately 6.6 percent of Australian workers are exposed to silica dust in what is considered the worst occupational lung disease crisis since the onset of the asbestos disaster. 

WorkCover Queensland received 22 silicosis claims in September this year, including six claims from people diagnosed as terminal.

Guarda Group Holdings is launching the Edge Saw in January 2019 and is looking to expand their innovative product line."


BlueMount Capital news 

"Bangladesh Infrastructure Finance Fund Limited 

and BlueMount Capital execute 

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

  • Bangladesh Infrastructure Finance Fund Limited and BlueMount Capital execute Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cooperate
  • The MOU sets out the basis for collaboration to secure international finance and investments for selected infrastructure and green technology projects
  • The Parties will target several major projects for international financing"

"Go Geo And RDA South West Investment Framework Partnership"

In further news, BlueMount Capital has been selected as the General Partner to establish a $100m South West (WA) Impact Fund. Dr Saliba Sassine states "We are working on the framework and structure of the fund with business leaders, the state and federal government."

AgFutures Innovation & Investment Forum 

It was my pleasure to speak at the recent AgFutures Innovation & Investment Forum. My keynote was "AgriTech Commercialisation - An Investment Perspective". 

In summary: 

  • Agribusinesses are innovating and Agri-Tech is a vibrant sector;
  • Commercialisation issues are known and we need to build the right supportive ecosystems;
  • Agricultural and Agri-Tech businesses have industry specific issues (compared with other industries);
  • Funding is difficult (both debt and equity) and Agri-Tech businesses need the right advice, funding strategies and funding to grow;
  • Deals are getting done and good Agri-Tech businesses are looking for capital;
  • We are optimistic about the sector and the opportunities to improve the yield,efficiency, and profitability of the Agricultural sector and utilise the innovations being developed.

If you are in the Agri and Agri-Tech space please contact us to discuss how we can assist. 

(Image above left: with MC Craig Zonca)

 Advance Queensland - IndustryTech Fund

The Queensland Government IndustryTech Fund "Provides financial incentives to larger scale co-funded projects that accelerate the development and deployment of significant and highly collaborative industry based platform technology projects." 

Funding Strategies Pty Ltd
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Level 5, 15 Astor Terrace 
Spring Hill QLD 4000 Australia
Telephone +61 7 3160 2840

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