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Dear Readers,  

Welcome to the November 2019 edition of the Funding Strategies newsletter!

Happy birthday to us!

Its Funding Strategies birthday and we are  'scratching the 7 year itch' by launching our new look with new logos and a refreshed website. 

That's 7 years of passion - passion to help emerging and growing companies succeed and passion to help investors realise their goals.



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


Image left: The core team cutting into a chocolate cake from our favourite local pattisserie - also called 'the forbidden place'! Left to right: Birgit, Eugenia, Flora, Stephen and Mark

With countless years experience in all aspects of business growth through investment, our dedicated team has  built our business on the foundations of integrity, ethics and the goal of establishing long term, profitable relationships with those wishing to invest as well as those looking at ways to reach investors.

Our Founder and Managing Director, Dr Mark Rainbird, states: 

"We have raised tens of millions of dollars and provided sound and practical business advice to our clients over the last 7 years. Our experienced team has seen and dealt with every possible issue that our clients are looking for assistance with. Given the range of mattrs, industry types and challenges, we have helped our clients overcome, I'am sure we can assist you as well!"

This edition of our newsletter includes:

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


For more information please contact usWe look forward to hearing from you!

Your Funding Strategies team


Introducing TestLab360 

TestLab360 is a new laboratory and 

data management system for the 

construction materials industry. 

TestLab360 enables its clients to work better together, and word towards creating an exception laboratory and field experience. 

TestLab360 delivers information, business capability, services and communication in new ways. 

TestLab360 works with partners and customers to deliver value to the industry. 

"Built by testers for testers."


Medcan updates 

Medcan reports significant progress

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.

The Company has made significant progress over the past month:
  • Medcan receives first imported products: 
    • "The receipt of these Medcan branded products validates Medcan’s supply chain and confirms Medcan’s ability to navigate the import/export process for Medicinal cannabis products."
  • Medcan successfully sells 90% of its first shipment
    • "This is one of our most significant milestones to date. It validates Medcan’s short term revenue strategy and is the start of Medcan’s strategic penetration into the Australian market. It sets a solid foundation for the Medcan Australia brand which will continue to be built on with the addition of further products and ultimately the transition to Australian produced Medcan products.
  • Medcan features on Mergermarket
    • "Brisbane-based ‘seed-to-sale’ cannabis cultivator and manufacturer Medcan Australia is actively seeking strategic partners, including joint venture (JV) opportunities, for market entry and overseas outreach"
  • Medcan receives import permits for significant volume of full range of products
    • "“We are now in a position to significantly increase our market share allowing us to provide patients with more cost effective products, whilst increasing our short term revenue."

In the meantime, The Green Fund, a global media house focused on the Cannabis industry, reported that Australian patient access skyrocketed 23% in October: 

"Another record month for medicinal cannabis approvals in Australia via the Special Access Scheme Category B route! 3,594 approvals were issued in October 2019."


 Project Saxum update

Project Saxum raised almost $1m via a 2 for 3 

pro-rata non-renounceable entitlement offer

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 recently announced that it raised a total of $997,109 under the Entitlement Offer which closed on 13 November. 

The Directors have reserved the right to place any or all of the remaining shortfall shares within three months after the closing date of the Entitlement Offer. The Company has received expressions of interest for shortfall shares during the offer period of the Entitlement Offer.


 Qponics update 

"Progress in upgrading 

the algae farm in Brisbane"

"During November 2019 it is planned to complete the production of 1,000 kg of Nannochloropsis paste from the upgraded algae farm to be freeze-dried, which will then be stable for a prolonged period at -20o C. 

This will provide plentiful whole dried algae for separation of EPA-rich oil and the protein-rich by-product for analysis and assessment by companies seeking to buy the products."

In addition, Qponics was  mentioned in this SmartCompany article about a UK plant-based ‘bleeding burger’ startup rolling out in Woolies stores in Australia:

“Food should be enjoyed”: 

British startup brings ‘bleeding’ beef-free burger Down Under"


Project Somnum update 

Offer extended

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.

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


Flora's travel to Hong Kong 

Our Director of M&A, Flora Mok (pictured left) is travelling to Hong Kong for the next couple of months.

To arrange a meeting with her in Hong Kong, please contact her via email

Safe travels, Flora!


Australia China Business Council  

We hope you will join us at ACBC's 

upcoming events in Brisbane!

  • 28 November: ACBC QLD Property & Networking Event with the Queensland Chinese Property Developers Association
  • 4 February: ACBC QLD Annual Chinese New Year Dinner 2020


Funding Strategies Pty Ltd

ACN 161 432 123

Authorised Representative for AFSL 230680

Level 5, 15 Astor Terrace, Spring Hill QLD 4000, Australia

Telephone +61 7 3160 2840



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