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Dear Readers,  

Welcome to the September 2019 edition of Funding Strategies Connect!

Congratulations to Instant Consult on their award and Guarda on their award nomination!

Flora, Mark and Bipin recently attended a Cross Border Panel on Bridging The Proximity Capital Divide, hosted by KWM and chaired by Bipin. The discussion was held via live video conference between technology companies, investors/venture capital funds and investment banks in Silicon Valley, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Bipin (pictured on the microphone above) was the Brisbane moderator. 

This edition of our newsletter includes:· 

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Your Funding Strategies team!

Image below: The Funding Strategies team 

From left to right: Flora Mok, Laura Chen, 

Birgit Rainbird, Mark Rainbird, Eugenia Arrarte, Stephen Varty and Ken Freer.


Funding Strategies 

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

We specialise in creating and implementing successful funding and capital raising strategies for issuers, and provide investment opportunities in the high growth alternative asset space for investors.

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

  • Funding Strategies and Investor Ready Services
  • Equity and Debt Capital Raisings
  • Small Scale Offerings and Venture Capital
  • Grant Funding
  • Migration linked investment
  • Mergers,Acquisitions and Divestments
  • Strategic Trade Sales 
  • Technology Commercialization
  • Providing Opportunities for Investors
  • Director and business advisory services
  • Investment management
  • Fund management services


Coming soon!

As part of our commitment to our investors and clients we are currently upgrading our website. I look forward to sharing the new version with you soon!  


  Introducing Project Habito

A residential and commercial property development project north of the Brisbane CBD

"On completion of the sale of the properties, the Project is expected to generate profits of $10m, with an estimated return of over 31%."

  • The project is planned to include 39 townhouses, 1 service station, 3x fast food with drive through and child care.   
  • The location of the project is convenient and close to various amenities e.g. shopping malls, restaurants, bus stops, parks, schools etc.  
  • Due to the lack of some other amenities such as service stations, convenience stores, fast food shops and child care centers, the commercial properties of the project are expected to receive strong demand from tenants. The Company has already received letters of intent from some large potential tenants.
  • Given the convenient location and strong demand from buyers of townhouses and tenants for the commercial properties, the project is expected to be well received in the market upon launch.


 Introducing Project Somnum

Developer of The Brain Anaesthesia Response Monitoring System:

"A Technology That Enables Accurate, Reliable and Improved Management of an Anaesthetist’s Dosage of Anaesthetic for their patients, While Also Measuring A Patients Levels of Pain and Consciousness During Surgery"

Project Somnum is an Australian medical device technology company, incorporated in 2004, that has developed an industry disruptive brain function monitoring system able to measure patient brain activity during surgery to assist in maintaining optimal drug dosage.

The Brain Anaesthesia Response Monitoring System (“BARM”, pictured above) uses a fundamentally superior algorithm to analyze an individual’s brain waves through EEG. The BARM System is able to monitor each patient accurately and the feedback their patients’ body is giving, rather than some general response of a population. Additionally, the BARM System monitors a wider range of drugs than the market leaders of BIS and E-Entropy.

Project Somnum is looking to raise $2m for 15.2% equity in the Company via an Offer Information Statement (OIS). The funds will be used for R&D, regulatory approvals, sales & marketing, production and working capital.

Project Somnum recently announced that it 

"Taps Global market with Breakthrough MedTech"


 Introducing billzy

"The Smart Way 

To Receive, Finance And Send Invoices - 

Get Paid Faster & Make It Easy For People To Pay You

The billzy intelligent invoice is going to change the way your business Sends and Receives invoices, accesses invoice finance and manages cash flow, forever. It's simple to use, can be accessed from anywhere and from any device and has been designed by business owners for business owners, just like you. 

  • Provide Bpay & Credit Card facilities as payment options for your customers
  • Credit/Debit Card transaction fees = 1.67%
  • Cashflow Accelerator - Get Immediate CASH processing with billzy Cash - early payment on valid invoices
  • Fast, Convenient and No Loan applications!"



Now you know

"World Class Facial Recognition"

"Facial recognition is ideal for:

  • Proactive loss prevention
  • Alert system for security notifications
  • Access control devices for high risk areas
  • Retail visitor analytics
For example, the technology has the capability to alert management when a known thief re-enters a store in real time using facial recognition cameras.

Now You Know is a provider of end to end AI (e.g. Facial Recognition) & BI (e.g. customer traffic flow and profiling) solutions. Key team members have come from top international institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University and leading global research institutes of computer vision. 

Now You Know has the core technologies of face recognition (2D/3D/infrared), large scale face recognition, gesture recognition, human detection, driver behaviour analysis, traffic statistics, gender and age analysis, license plate recognition, pedestrian detection, object detection et al. Now You Know provides edge computing to cloud computing AI+IOT+Big Data solutions."


  Qponics update

"Algae farming company targets 

billion dollar alternative meat market"

"Qponics Managing Director and CEO, Dr Graeme Barnett, said global demand for plant-based alternative protein from soybeans and chickpeas in ‘meatless meat’, ‘fishless tuna’ and chicken-free chicken’ products has suddenly escalated.

“While we initially developed omega-3 fatty acid in an Australian marine species of microalgae, we’ve since found the high-protein biomass by-product is a perfect protein source for the alternative meat market.”

Qponics also recently featured in a smart company article:

“A drought-proof farm": 

This algae farm is leading the charge in Australia's plant-based protein revolution"


 Instant Consult update

Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Award Winner 2019 hosted by Global Health & Pharma (GHP)

"We are very pleased to announce that Instant Consult has been awarded:Most Innovative Online Medical Consultancy App: Instant Consult & Leading Healthcare App Development Company - Australia.

In the 2019 Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Awards Press Release, Katherine Benton (Awards Executive) commented on the success of the deserving winners: “These awards highlight, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that our winners outshine the competition and are committed to giving their service users the support they need. With the healthcare and pharmaceutical markets among the most important in the entire corporate landscape, I am proud to be able to showcase the winners of this prestigious awards programme for 2019.”


 Guarda update

"Guarda Prepares New Products for Global Launch while being Nominated as an Award Finalist

Guarda's Perth based warehouse is overflowing with stock of its new product range. Orders from Distributors in Australia, New Zealand and the UK have resulted in the first production run of some products being 100% pre-sold. 

Worksafe Queensland announced this week that Guarda Systems has been nominated as a finalist in the 2019 Safe Work and Return to Work Awards in the category of - Best solution to an identified work health and safety issue."


  Introducing Bipin Manuel

Bipin has over 20 years of experience in international business transactions, as an operator, consultant and counsel for companies operating globally. Bipin has served in legal and operating manager roles for start-up, early stage and growth stage venture and private equity funded companies.

Bipin is a graduate of the McCombs School of Business, at the University of Texas at Austin (BBA, Honors) and the Dedman School of Law, at Southern Methodist University (JD). Bipin is an Australian Registered Foreign Lawyer and admitted to practice law in New York, Connecticut and Texas.

Bipin has recently joined our team as Senior Advisor. 

Welcome to the team, Bipin!


  Australia China Business Council 

We hope you will join us at ACBC's 

upcoming events in Brisbane!

  • 10 October: ACBC QLD Invitation to Future Workforce Forum - Drive Business Growth by Tapping into the Bi-Lingual Talent Pool
  • 18 October: ACBC QLD Exclusive Conversation with Julie-Anne Nichols, Queensland Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner - China
  • 22 October: Chinafy - How to Overcome Business Technology Challenges When Working in China
  • 30 October: ACBC QLD Annual General Meeting 2019


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