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Dear Readers,  

Welcome to the first 2021 edition of the Funding Strategies newsletter! We hope you had a great start to the new year, while Brisbane and Australia are in a very lucky position, we extend our best wishes to all those affected by current and past challenges.

This edition of our newsletter includes:

2021 Asia Financial Forum and 

Asia Futurist Leadership Summit

Our team members Mark Rainbird and Flora  Mok joined the online 2021 Asia Financial Forum ("AFF") and Asia Futurist Leadership Summit ("AFO Summit") held on 18, 19, 21 and 22 January 2021.

Despite the global pandemic, more than half of the participants of the AFF surveyed are neutral or optimistic about the world's economy or investment environment for 2021.  Hence, the AFF participants are cautiously optimistic about the global economy this year. Since the COVID-19 impact on the Asian economy is relatively smaller, faster economic growth in the Asia Pacific region is expected.


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

As always, we invite you to
from our website (registration / log-in required, membership is free). 
Mark was one of the speakers at the AFO Summit and the title of his speech was "Global M&A Deals transacted by family offices". Basically, family offices globally steer towards private equity and direct investments, have more active roles in making investment decisions and there is a growing trend towards impact investing.

Flora also attended the online 2021 Asia Private Equity Forum ("APEF") held on 20 January 2021 and a summary of the findings is below:
  • Asia is less affected by COVID-19 and growth is relatively strong.
  • Artificial Intelligence and technology innovation is reshaping all industries such as manufacturing, financial services, etc.  Accordingly, there is an increase in interest from investors on biotech companies because of COVID-19, and companies with education technology and artificial intelligence development.
  • Acceleration of technology helps the growth of companies to scale up with the help of general partners of the private equity funds.
  • On the other hand, some other traditional investment assets are still attracting investors.  For instance, some investors still consider that offices will serve long-term purposes but have to cater for future needs.  The hospitality sector will be a focus later this year and in coming years post COVID-19.
  • Hotel investment in Australia is also sought after by some real estate funds due to the relatively faster recovery of the country post COVID-19.

For more information please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!


Funding Strategies signs agreement 

with Janoff International

We are delighted to announce a partnership with Janoff International ("Rob Janoff"). 

Rob Janoff's CEO, Joel Bohm, states "Rob Janoff (pictured left) is the creator of the Apple logo and heads a full-service agency delivering the kind of branding and marketing results normally reserved for Fortune 500 companies.

Branding is about crafting a message that clients are willing to engage with. Unless your message resonates with the audience, the value of your marketing dollar is compromised. Rob and his team specialise in crafting customer journeys and profitable pathways to purchase. This ensures the heartbeat of a company's brand is in sync with their target." 


Pharmachal update

Pharmachal's Nopayne product 

receives compelling independent results

"Pharmachal Health Group is a Melbourne-based pharmaceutical company with a certified globally- patented mini-emulsion drug-in-oil delivery methodology (“Nano Drug Delivery System” or “NDDS”) capable of delivering a wide range of APIs (drugs / other active ingredients) topically, sublingually, or rectally.

The first NDDS product “Nopayne” uses the methodology to deliver a very common analgesic called lidocaine as a spray, patch or cream, in many instances eliminating the need for injections for burns, wounds and minor procedures and providing users with new options for delivering this drug. 

After receiving compelling results in clinical trials under the supervision of renowned burns doctor Fiona Wood AO, Pharmachal needed to produce three commercial-scale batches of the Nopayne spray to confirm that it could be made at scale before TGA registration."

Image above: Steri-San hand sanitiser

Pharmachal currently has special offers on its hand sanitiser (wholesale):

  • Steri - San - For the Rapid Hand Cleaning and Disinfection of Hands
  • 75% Ethanol 
  • Kills 99.9% of germs
  • Air dries 20 seconds 
  • Non-Sticky & Effective
  • Leaves the skin feeling soft and soothed


Wildfire Energy update

Wildfire Energy awarded 

$100,000 Australian Government BRII grant

Congratulations to Wildfire Energy (Project Ignis) who have been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources as part of the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII). The latest round of the BRII is supporting the early-stage development of solutions to tackle five specific government policy and service delivery challenges. 

“Wildfire is excited to have been awarded funding for this project and looks forward toworking with the BRII and GDRC teams. This grant funding recognises the potential of our MIHG technology to address the pressing issue of decarbonising our agricultural sector and producing hydrogen and fertilisers in a more sustainable manner by using farm crop residues.” said Greg Perkins (pictured left), Co-founder and CEO of Wildfire Energy.

"Hon Trevor Evans MP and Hon Ross Vasta MP visit Pilot Plant

Wildfire Energy had the pleasure of hosting two federal members of parliament at the MIHG Pilot Plant on the 27th January 2021! The Hon Trevor Evans MP, Federal Member for Brisbane and Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management and the Hon Ross Vasta MP, Federal Member for Bonner. During the visit the pair were shown the MIHG pilot plant and we discussed the advantages that small-scale energy from waste technologies can bring to improving waste management, increasing recycling and reducing emissions."

Image above, from left: Denis Doucet (Wildfire), Hon Ross Vasta MP, Hon Trevor Evans MP, 

Greg Perkins (Wildfire) and Jamie Roodenrys (Wildfire).


Instant Consult update

Instant Consult reports growth by 10X, 

conducting approx. 10,000 consults a month

"2020 was a phenomenal year for Instant Consult. Now conducting approx. 10,000 consults a month, theInstant Consult app is servicing more telehealth consultations per month than any other practice in Australia. Since our last Newsletter with Funding Strategies, Instant Consult has grown by 10X.


Now with more than 100 GPs and over 80,000 patients and growing, who use the service again and again,Instant Consult offers its users the ultimate convenience whilst keeping them safe during the pandemic and ultimately what we must be prepared for moving forward."


McCormick Harris Insurance

"How you build your company is your business. How you insure it is ours"

"A very important part of every Capital Raising is the "essential" need for Risk Management. 

Getting your insurance covers exactly as they should be, requires the most appropriate Professional Insurance Advice and policy. 

There are a small number of Professional Insurance Advisors/Brokers that really know what to do here. Many do not get the cover right for their client regarding Capital Raisings." 


"Sector Overview – 

Australian crowdfunding sector set to see 

meaningful growth and M&A this year

"We can expect to see rapid growth and M&A this year, said Mark Rainbird"

The Australian crowdfunding sector is expected to see meaningful growth and M&A this year as the industry evolves and with COVID-19 fast tracking further digitization of the sector and businesses generally. This overview by Mergermarket senior reporter Louise Weihart in Sydney features recent deals, industry research, insights from sector players, and a selection of companies to watch.

The Australian crowdfunding sector has started to mature and received a boost from COVID-19, resulting in new entrants and business models entering the market. We can expect to see rapid growth and M&A this year, said Mark Rainbird (pictured left), owner of Queensland-based capital raising and corporate advisory firm Funding Strategies."


BlueMount Capital updates:

Healthcare and International 

Stock Exchange Listings for US companies

"An IPO is often the most important capital markets and wealth creation event in your corporate life cycle. Unmatched access to capital at a lower cost is a clear benefit in favour of an IPO, along with corporate branding opportunities and a host of other benefits.

Your company should consider three things when choosing a listing location—the actual out-of-pocket costs for establishing and maintaining the listing, the effects on valuation and liquidity, and the nonfinancial benefits. (A fuller discussion of the pros and cons of listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) versus the Nasdaq or NYSE can be found in the second of this series of BlueMount Capital’s articles: “International Stock Exchange Listings for US Companies”.)

However, a US private company considering an IPO, with a value of less than US$1 billion is too small to list successfully in the USA these days.

IPOs in the United States typically have significantly high expenses. Legal and accounting fees, printing, brokerage charges to raise the capital, insurances, director fees and other related expenses are substantially higher than in many other countries.

Therefore, as a healthcare company, you should consider all of the relevant factors that all global Listing Exchanges’ offer before committing to what might appear to be the most obvious or easiest IPO route. Are you ready to engage in such considerations?"


Australia China Business Council

We hope you will join us 

at ACBC's  upcoming event!

  • 25 February: ACBC QLD Chinese New Year Dinner 2021 - Celebrate the Year of the OX in style with Australia China Business Council business networks and government and community leaders.


Funding Strategies Pty Ltd

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Authorised Representative for AFSL 230680

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

Telephone +61 7 3160 2840



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