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Dear Readers,  

Welcome to the October 2019 edition of Funding Strategies Connect!

I recently attended the Australia M&A Forum and the annual AICD Essential Director Update.  

There were some common themes on the regulatory / compliance and ESG (environmental, social and governance) fronts.  Investors are becoming more active and supporting enterprises that innovate and support ESG ethics.  

We are seeing increased investor interest with private equity in particular having lots of “dry powder” and the low dollar assisting foreign buyers.  There is also a trend away from IPOs given the current weight of capital in the private markets.  

As a group we have seen increased issuer and investor activity and are looking to close a number of deals prior to the end of the year.   

In terms of delivery we are seeing an increased focus from clients looking for assistance around debt financing including acquisition financing; investor distribution and marketing including co-ordination of raising capital, preparing investor documents and financials.  

We are also actively seeking M&A deals as we have a number of buyers / investors in a range of sectors.

Please contact us if you wish to discuss the above. 

This edition of our newsletter includes:· 

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

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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


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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 Medcan Group

"To provide reliable access to patient specific Medicinal Cannabis products"

Founded with a single vision to provide Australian patients with a high quality, fair priced product, 
Medcan Australia has been positioned to be a front runner in the Australia Medicinal Cannabis Industry

  • Medcan Australia is amongst the handful of companies holding the entire suite of Australia Office of Drug Control (ODC) licenses; 
  • The Medcan Australia facility has DA (local council) approval; 
  • As at July 2019 the construction of Medcan Australia’s Cannabis Research area was completed; 
  • Medcan has executed a number of contract manufacturing agreements with other Australian Licenced Cultivators to manufacture their dried flower into end user products; 
  • Medcan has executed a number of incoming supply agreements with other Australian Licenced Cultivators to purchase their product on a wholesale arrangement. This allows Medcan access to additional dried flower products for Medcan branded products and extraction purposes; 
  • Medcan has offtake agreements for over 65% of its total capacity allowing the ability to become cash flow positive quickly;
  • Medcan plans to supply product for a number of clinical trials.

 Introducing Project Saxum

Zinc, Gold and Silver Mining Projects

in Australia and the USA

Project Saxum is an Australian mining company that owns a high-grade zinc and precious metals volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) project in the USA, as well as an advanced gold and silver project in Australia.

Project Saxum promises: 

  • Value growth and near term news flow: 
    • Potential to rerate when compared to both the Company's zinc and gold peer groups. 
    • Ongoing news flow from exploration and drilling campaign for the USA project and a near-term production development project in Australia. 
  • Jurisdictional diversification: 
    • Both projects are considered to be located in low risk investment destinations. 
    • The team is considered to have broad and deep resources industry experience with a track record of delivering projects. 


  Qponics update

"Progress in upgrading 

the algae farm in Brisbane"

"The protein content of whole algae powder has preliminary in-house testing results of 45%. The figure for the protein-rich by-product was above expectations at 65%, confirming its potential to become an excellent source of alternative protein in food products.  Independent analysis of the Qponics algal oil and its protein-rich by-product for a wider range of compounds will be completed during the next month."

Qponics was also recently mentioned in a smart company article:

"As Australia’s meat-free scene sizzles, 

Hungry Jack’s boss backs plant-based protein startup"

"This is the latest in a string of developments in the Aussie alternative meat world. Back in June, New Zealand startup Sunfed Meats announced it would be launching its chicken-free chicken product in Coles stores all over Australia.

In Sydney, Vow Meats is working on cultivating lab-grown kangaroo meat, developing the technology with a view to figuring out which animals have the best nutritional profiles and flavours, and what could in theory now be consumed ethically.

And on the coast of Queensland, Qponics has created an algae farm that is producing a high-value omega-3 oil that can be used both as a nutritional supplement or in products such as tuna-free tuna. The process of creating the oil also produces a protein-rich byproduct that can be used in other meat alternatives."


 Instant Consult update

Round 3 Closed

"We are very pleased to announce that Round 3 of Instant Consult's capital raise closed earlier this month. We thank Funding Strategies for their wonderful support and dedication throughout the entire process. From our first announcement (less than 4 months ago) Instant Consult has doubled its consult numbers per month and has increased its patient base by more than 5,000 new patients. The company is growing rapidly and both doctors and patients around Australia are utilising our innovative platform to conduct affordable, convenient and effective health consultations.

"We thank our patients, doctors, pharmacies and investors for the continued support. Together we have built the fastest growing Telehealth company in Australia, and we will continue to keep growing giving the ability for patients and doctors to connect, anywhere in Australia.

We appreciate all the feedback and we are continually improving and adding functionalities to the platform to cater for our patients and doctors across the country. As well as investing back into the technology, Instant Consult is also expanding its internal support team and operations, ensuring that our service continues to be second-to-none. Thank you again for the warming support, it has been quite an adventure and it is only just the beginning."

Bianca Brown (Co-Founder)"

 Guarda update

"Erin Brockovich blasts Australian governments' silicosis response"

"Erin Brockovich gives the Australian Government a hurry up on the current silicosis crisis. The risks of silica dust have been ignored for a long time and immediate action is required to deal with this effectively. 

Fortunately, solutions do exist. Guarda Systems - Work Hard, Breathe Easy"

Image of monitor

 Project Somnum update

Project Somnum features in Mergermarket article

Project Somnum's "core product is its Brain Anaesthesia Response Monitor (BARM), which received Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and European CE Mark approvals in 2015" the article states.

"The company is currently focused on ramping up sales in Australia, New Zealand,South Korea, Europe and the UK...It will be appointing distributors in targeted European markets."

"The brain anaesthesia monitoring market is expected to be valued at USD 1.6bn in 2020, while the pain monitoring market is expected to be valued at USD 8.6bn by 2022".


 Vspry Update

"Vspry has entered into a distribution agreement with a large health organisation, and substantively progressed on regulatory licensing"

"Our Prime Minister said earlier this month that his government will listen to all suggestions to arrest the slide in private health insurance membership. 

If you are not a member of a private health fund, how do you fund braces for your kids, or those two tooth fillings that now need crowns, or that knee replacement that’s getting more urgent, or that laser eye surgery that you’ve been putting off? 

The answer is either rely on the public system and the ensuing wait lists, borrow money, or tap into your savings if you have some. Health expenditure is lumpy, so for many people that are not good at budgeting, the result is either compromised health or more debt. 

Vspry is a health savings and payments platform that enables consumers to save in their digital health wallet and pay for their future health and wellness costs via an app. You can even add your pets. 

During the past month, Vspry has entered into a distribution agreement with a large health organisation, and substantively progressed on regulatory licensing which is ordinarily a massive barrier to entry. 

The technology is built, with a great team driving execution. And the best part for Scott Morrison is that it doesn’t need a government handout."


 Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce 

Upcoming breakfast event:

"Cyber Security in the 21st Century"

In collaboration with 

Brisbane West Chamber of Commerce 

on Wednesday, 20th November 2019 

from 7:15am to 9am 

"No organisation is immune to cybercrime, meaning that all need to make IT security a top priority.

Cyber security is the “corporate terrorism” of our time. Data protection, endpoint, cloud, infrastructure, etc etc

As a business, how do I feel protected while just getting on with what I do?

As cyber-criminals continue to threaten to compromise the integrity of data for different entities - both government and non government organisation, cyber experts need to outsmart them keeping up to date with the latest tactics hackers are employing in the field.

What is the latest in innovations in technology that will impact cyber security?

Join our panel of experts and discuss Cyber Security in the 21st century."


  Australia China Business Council 

We hope you will join us at ACBC's 

upcoming events in Brisbane!

  • 14 November: Queensland China Investment Forum - The Changing Landscape and Current Opportunities
  • 15 November: ACBC QLD End of Year Networking Event with Expressions Dance Company & QPAC
  • 21 November: ACBC QLD Food & Agribusiness Industry Working Group End of Year Mixer
  • 28 November: ACBC QLD Property & Construction Industry Working Group Event with Queensland Chinese Property Developers Association
  • 4 February 2020: ACBC QLD Chinese New Year Dinner


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