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Dear Birgit,  


Welcome to the December 2021 edition of the Funding Strategies newsletter, our last one for 2021! 


While our offices will be closed from 23 December to 5 January, we will be contactable and continue working remotely.


We would like to thank our team and clients 

and wish you an enjoyable festive season!

In terms of reviewing the past year over the businesses we have seen a strong increase in client activity and investment as the country has opened up post the initial COVID shut downs and travel restrictions. Investment has increased substantially albeit off a low base in 2020 and we expect this trend to continue with strong forward indicators (numbers of IPOs, business and consumer confidence).  We have seen a substantial increase in M&A activity including buy side work advisory and acquisition finance work.  We have added to the team during this time and look forward to delivering to meet our customers' strategic objectives.

For more information please see the updates in this newsletter. Alternatively, contact us today via email or phone 07 3160 2840.


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Introducing Project Patina


Intelligent Cookware - 

Smart Design, High-end Style

Over the past 15 years, Project Patina's team has developed and manufactured over 20 million consumer products for some of the world’s largest brands. 

The team co-developed the original Magic Bullet blender and went on to manufacture and supply over 5 million units for the US and global markets. It’s successor, the NutriBullet, has sold over 15 million units. 

Over the past 2 years, the team has applied its industry knowledge, experience and proven track record to design and develop its latest product offering - a patent-protected, app-enabled, intelligent walkaway-cookware product. 

The result is smart, app-enabled, walkaway cookware that does the cooking for you. Its patented double wall thermal insulated design and SmartControl technology heats in minutes and continues to cook safely for hours off the stove. With its App, you can choose from hundreds of recipes and remotely monitor your cooking so you’re no longer a slave to the kitchen. Of course the cookware also functions as conventional cookware when required, is compatible with all stove types, is highly energy efficient and looks great.

Projent Patina was named one of the Top 100 Innovations of 2021 and also voted Best Retail Product Innovation 2021. 


The product is currently selling online and the Company has recently secured an Italian distribution agreement with Italy’s largest homeware retailer. In its next phase, the Company is working on securing distribution agreements with additional global retailers to further expand sales reach in 2022.

"This exciting new invention makes life easier in the kitchen, 
uses less energy and creates healthier, more nutritious meals"

     

Introducing the 

Family Harmony Project


A behaviour and rewards platform 

that uses screen time to drive success

The Family Harmony project is an Australian company that has developed a gamified solution in response to the growing issue of kids' obsession with screens. The goal is to support parents to manage their kids' screen time while encouraging healthy life-tech balance. 

 

This solution has been created with the advice and support of educators and psychologists. These insights centre around changing children's behaviours and attitudes relating to the use of electronic devices to create positive life-long habits. This lays the foundation for more active and healthier lifestyles improving both mental and physical wellbeing and makes life a lot easier for parents.

 

This innovative solution is two products in one:

  1. Wellbeing & positive behaviour modification: encourages kids to earn more screen time (or pocket money) by completing activities such as household chores, exercise, homework, creative pursuits and other activities that bring balance and improved wellbeing to their everyday life; and
  2. Screen time management: that tracks acrrued time earnt and limits the amount of time children spend on their devices once time earned has been exceeded.
While the initial product has been created for families, the product has been architectured so that it is able to cater for other markets in the future; for example schools and home learning, and moderating adults' screen time and encouraging healthier lifestyles. 

     
   

Project Diabetes update


Clinical study published 

in a prestigious international journal, 

one of the co-authors is Vice President of the International Diabetes Foundation


The name of the study is "Evaluation of a Continuous Blood Glucose Monitor: A Novel and Non-Invasice Wearable Using Bioimpedance Technology" . 

The Conclusion: 

"This study demonstrated the reliability of the prototype NI-CGM at collecting bioimpedance data in a real-world scenario. These data were used to train a model that could successfully estimate BGL with a promising MARD and clinically relevant PEG result. These results will enable continued development of the prototype NI-CGM as a wearable ring."

     

Project Compliance Update

Business Update

  • Monthly client volume in November was a record high of 320 financial advice files reviewed against an average of 235 per month over last 6 months. 
  • Project Compliance signed two dealer groups during November, one of them is a top 10 dealer group by adviser numbers (as per IFA data) with an additional three sales pilot programs commencing. A sales pilot with large Industry Superannuation Fund also was completed with initial positive feedback on the Company's offering.

  • Project Compliance also signed a distribution agreement with an advice alliance partner to increase sales deal flow through the alliance partners network, and signed NDAs with two additional advice platforms for integration of its system to create advice risk data insights, create efficiencies and drive advice review volume.
  • Finally, Project Complaince participated in Australian Institute of Financial Planners (AIOFP) conference to market services to the participants with healthy follow up activity.

     

TUTIS VReddo Update

"Enjoying a very successful 
commercial quarter"

Recent product highlights include:
  • TUTIS_ENTERPRISE:
    • Successfully completing a Pilot program with OK Tedi Mining Limited in Papua New Guinea.
    • Onboarded global mining, civil work & earth moving company, the EPSA Group.
    • Partnered with Mining Skills Australia (MSA).
  • TUTIS_TRAIN:
    • Three new Registered Training Organisations have signed in the current quarter, two of which are CRICOS RTOs (servicing international students).
  • TUTIS_CARE:
    • Signed a second partner in Aged Care, being Rebecca Hogan of 3C Management.
    • Keynote speaker sponsor at December’s National Disability Services National CEO Conference.

     

Meet our Team


Birgit Rainbird, Office Manager

Birgit (pictured left) has over 30 years customer sales, service, project management, operational and scheduling experience in the airline, campervan and tourist industries. She has studied Business Administration and has completed the Small Scale Offerings Board Sponsor training.

Outside of her role at Funding Strategies, Birgit volunteers as the company secretary for Achilles Brisbane Inc and as volunteer co-ordinator for South Bank parkrun
     
   

Congratulations to 

BlueMount Capital


BlueMount Capital Turns 10!

This year, BlueMount Capital is proudly celebrating its 10th anniversary of providing Global Capital Solutions. It’s the firm's commitment to providing valuable relationships which has given the firm the capacity to continually deliver comprehensive solutions for the most sophisticated business requirements across all asset classes.


Funding Strategies has a strategic relationship with BlueMount Capital. 


Where It All Began

BlueMount Capital was established by two principals in Sydney, one in Perth and one in Brisbane. The four founders, who each owned their own businesses, came together to support each other in the capital markets space. They saw the potential synergies of having a larger geographical footprint, an expanded product offering and an expanded network to assist their clients.


“The ‘gleam in the eye’ was to create a national capital markets firm, in the space where there were mainly large global players and only a few, if any, national practices”, said Brisbane based Managing Director, Dr Mark Rainbird.

     

Congratulations to Opmantek!


"Opmantek Software Announce $62 Million Acquisition and a Commitment to Invest in the Gold Coast Tech Sector"

Congratulations to Danny Maher and his team at Opmantek who "has announced a $62m acquisition offer from ASX listed FirstWave Cloud Technology (ASX:FCT), a global cloud based cybersecurity technology company. 


Danny Maher, Executive Chair of Opmantek, has described the acquisition as a win for the Gold Coast technology and entrepreneurial scene. “We’re thrilled with the acquisition and have a strong belief in the future success of the combined entity which will be led from the Gold Coast.”


Opmantek operates in the field of Network Management Software under a disruptive business model that leverages uniquely low costs to deliver their software to a blue-chip, global client base. 


BlueMount Capital assisted the Company with its primary capital raise in 2012 on what was then the Australian Small Scale Offerings Board (ASSOB) platform. 


"Right Company, Right Sponsor, Right Platform"

     

Australia China Business Council Update


We hope you will join us at 
ACBC's upcoming events!

  • 16 December: Strategic China Briefing - End of Year Wrap-Up with Brett Stevens
  • 16 February: Chinese New Year Gala Dinner - save the date!

     

Image above: The Funding Strategies team had a festive get together before two of the team members commenced their much anticipated overseas travel. From left to right: Ken Freer, Mark Rainbird, Stephen Varty, Birgit Rainbird, Flora Mok, Eugenia Arrarte and Brett Perkins.

     

Funding Strategies Pty Ltd

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+61 7 3160 2840 

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