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    Alfred Chan is an Analyst at Emerald Financial, specialising in ASX-listed small cap companies.

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  • Apiam revenues up 16% with friendly climate conditions set to provide Spring tailwinds

    Coming to terms with the pandemic, pet ownership has soared in Australia as we turn to animal companionship which has delivered a big boost in revenue for Apiam Animal Health (ASX: AHX) and their nation-wide network of vet clinics.  Despite the quarter traditionally being the quietest for Apiam, the Company has reported $34.6m in revenue

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  • Hardly rewarding as Cashrewards crumbles, Board endorses low-ball takeover

    It was just 10 months ago that fintech company Cashrewards (ASX: CRW) successfully raised $65 million at an IPO offer price of $1.73 per share. Fast forward to today and it seems there will be no reward on the horizon for shareholders with the Board unanimously recommending they accept an all-cash takeover offer at just

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  • Epsilon taps into Jamaican cannabis supply through manufacturing deal for HummingBud

    While some of us best associate Jamaica with their bobsled team, our more switched-on counterparts may better associate the nation with their high quality cannabis which will soon be manufactured for public consumption by Epsilon Healthcare (ASX: EPN) in Australia. The future supply comes with Epsilon entering into a 2-year manufacturing agreement with Jamaican cannabis

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  • Telehealth thriving as Doctor Care Anywhere record 41,000 new customers

    With substantially increased awareness around healthcare, demand for remote health services is booming with telehealth provider Doctor Care Anywhere (ASX: DOC) reporting record consultations even with the lifting of lockdown restrictions.  For the quarter ended 30 September 2021, Doctor Care Anywhere reported 41,000 new customers having their first ever DOC consultation. Growth in Europe was

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  • Novatti to drive Malaysia into the digital payments era with ATX acquisition

    Having flagged South East Asia as a target for their global expansion, fintech company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) is set to boost its payment services in the region with the attractive acquisition of ATX and its digital payment network in Malaysia with plans to grow it further.  Founded in 2011, ATX was recognised as a

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  • Incentivise puts Southern Queensland racing and breeding on the map as investors follow

    In the lead up to the Melbourne Cup, it’s likely you’ll be hearing the name Incentivise, a horse who has stormed to Cup favouritism after his dominant win in the Caulfield Cup. But well before his Group 1 winning accolades were achieved, the boom horse’s humble beginnings trace back to Southern Queensland, a horse racing

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  • HUB24 acquires Class to create wealth management fintech giant

    Over the next 20 years, more than $3.5 trillion of wealth is set to be transferred from the Baby Boomer generation to their beneficiaries. Foreseeing the administration of this wealth management as a hugely lucrative market, fintech company HUB24 (ASX: HUB) is set to acquire market leader Class Limited (ASX: CL1) at an impressive premium

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  • Launch of Verv international bank accounts readies Novatti for EU expansion

    Digital payments company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) has strengthened its capabilities in Europe with the launch of Verv, a new business payments and banking service in that market.  Using Verv, customers in Europe (business and personal) are able to open a digital bank account with its own unique IBAN – International Bank Account Number –

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  • Qantas capitalises on Sydney property boom with sale of land for $802m

    After being one of the hardest hit stocks by the pandemic, Qantas Group (ASX: QAN) finally has some light at the end of the tunnel where they will emerge from financial ruin in a handier position following the sale of surplus land rights in the heart of Sydney for $802 million.  The land is located

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  • Adveritas pay-per-click product first to be integrated into Google Cloud Marketplace

    Just two years ago, you probably noticed advertising in public spaces like billboards and train stations. But with the onset of a pandemic, much of that spend has been redirected towards online mediums in response to societal changes that have sent our entire lives online. And with that shift, the significant mass of advertising spend

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  • Rising death rates Propel demand for funeral services

    Despite the awkwardness of a pandemic with death being talked about more than ever, Propel Funeral Partners (ASX: PFP) have been diligently handling the sensitivity of increasing death rates which has resulted in greater demand for funeral services. For the Quarter ended 30 September 2021, Propel has reported a 13% increase in revenue compared to

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  • Classified: XTEK receives $1.5m order for ballistic armour from US Government

    An undisclosed US Federal Government department is set to beef up its protection with the order of $1.5 million worth of specialist ballistic armour products from defence manufacturer XTEK (ASX: XTE).  The $1.5m order (USD $1.1m) was placed with XTEK’s wholly-owned subsidiary HighCom Armor Solutions which specialises in advanced ballistic body armour.  “By leveraging advanced

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  • Major bank backs neolender Wisr with new $225m vehicle loan warehouse

    If you can’t beat them, join them. This is exactly what one unnamed Big 4 bank is doing with neolender Wisr (ASX: WZR) as the senior funder of their new $225 million vehicle financing warehouse as more Australians transition away from traditional banking.  The new warehouse will upsize Wisr’s existing $127m facility which will be

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  • Rewardle foregoes fees in preference of equity stake in BNPL SplitPay

    Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish he eats for a lifetime.  This is the mantra being undertaken by marketing tech company Rewardle (ASX: RXH) which is passing on up to $60k worth of fees for a 1% equity stake in buy-now-pay-later operator SplitPay.  At that ratio,

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  • Preparing for a banking licence, Novatti increases its stake in proposed neobank

    There is an air of confidence around digital payments company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) which has increased its equity stake in their neobank subsidiary, giving the Aussie fintech a 70% stake in the business expected to be granted its banking license soon. Already a global financial institution, banking services have been on the agenda for

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  • Dutch rejoice as Collins Foods targets 130 new KFC stores in The Netherlands

    One of the world’s most progressive populations in the world is set to enjoy the pleasures of Kentucky Fried Chicken with Collins Foods (ASX: CKF) taking a major step forward in their European expansion project, signing a franchise agreement to launch KFC in The Netherlands.  The corporate franchise agreement (CFA) with KFC Europe enables Collins

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  • Finland’s focus on child cyber safety secures Spacetalk with Nordic smartwatch distribution

    Increasing prevalence of dark corners on the internet has prompted the nation of Finland to increase child cybersecurity awareness in the Nordic region with tech company Spacetalk (ASX: SPA) one of the beneficiaries, securing national distribution of their smartwatches via telecommunications giant Elisa Corporation.  The deal will see the Spacetalk Adventurer stocked across all of

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  • FBR homebuilding robot lands $500k contract to construct 8 townhouses

    Construction companies, beware the name Hadrian because his (maybe her?) rising popularity has secured robotics company FBR (ASX: FBR) for the construction of 8 townhouses in Western Australia. The deal is FBR’s first multi-home Wall as a Service™ contract where they will deploy their Hadrian X® construction robot to a residential development site in St

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  • Healthia eyes New Zealand expansion as Directors buy up $2.85m of shares

    Shareholders of allied health company Healthia (ASX: HLA) will be pleased to see its Board of Directors committing to their expansion plans by opening up their wallets, backing the Company’s upwards trajectory by purchasing a large parcel of shares themselves. This is exactly what Board members Glen Richards, Paul Wilson, Lisa Dalton, and Wesley Coote

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  • Focus on elite cleaning services lands Millennium two new contracts for Westfield shopping centres

    Cleaning and crowd control specialists Millennium Services Group (ASX:MIL) have been given a big boost to their Victorian operations, securing a 5-year extension to continue providing cleaning services to two of the state’s largest shopping centres. The contract extensions have been awarded by Scentre Group (ASX: SCG), the owner and operator of Westfield living centres

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  • MSL Solutions acquires OrderMate with backing from top US equity firm

    Capitalising on the rise of contactless hospitality which has been accelerated by COVID-19, tech company MSL Solutions (ASX: MSL) is expanding its operations with the backing of Taubman Capital to acquire OrderMate and its 2,400 customers that use the mobile ordering platform.  The acquisition expands MSL’s tech suite which has primarily been point-of-sale (POS) products

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  • Eying commercialisation of conversational AI, Crowd Media strengthens Board with appointment of Sytze Voulon

    Having long flagged 2022 as the biggest year of their conversational commerce platform, artificial intelligence company Crowd Media (ASX: CM8) has bolstered its Board of Directors with the appointment of Sytze Voulon who most recently oversaw an $885 million merger.  Appointed CEO of Synlab Analytics & Services in 2019, Voulon led the division of Synlab

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  • MGC Pharma receives first US orders of oral spray for COVID-positive patients

    The ball is now rolling for medicinal cannabis company MGC Pharma (ASX: MXC) for their entry into the United States, having received their first orders from AMC Holdings as part of plans to fast-track regulatory approval for phytocannabinoid-derived medicines in the US.  The order is for 1000 units of CimetrA™ which are manufactured at MGC’s

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  • NSX in discussions to launch a new Exchange in Saudi Arabia

    The awkward sibling to Australia’s largest stock exchange could soon be mixing with a new crowd with the National Securities Exchange (ASX: NSX) commencing discussions with a Middle Eastern conglomerate to explore a new exchange in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  The discussions come in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding with Saudi-based Abilitii

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  • Online mentoring trend emerges as Art of Mentoring expands to globally

    Within the changing landscape of professional development, the popularity of online meetings has accelerated the global expansion of human resources tech company AD1 (ASX: AD1) to expand their online mentoring platform, Art of Mentoring, globally via a partnership with HR.com.  By linking up with HR.com, Art of Mentoring will provide mentoring programs for HR professionals

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  • Institutional investors back Healthia with $44.5m to accelerate 170% growth

    Given the impressive portfolio growth that Healthia (ASX: HLA) has delivered over the past three years, institutional investors have been keen for more of the allied health company with many missing out on their latest capital raise which was heavily oversubscribed. Making Healthia attractive has been the continued growth of their allied health network which

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  • Sigma takes on Wesfarmers in bidding war for Australian Pharmaceutical Industries, Priceline

    Australian Pharmaceutical Industries (ASX: API) has become the belle of the pharmacy industry with Sigma Healthcare Limited (ASX: SIG) launching a late unsolicited offer to acquire API at a premium to the current offer on the table from retail giant Wesfarmers (ASX: WES).  The bid from Sigma is a surprising one given Wesfarmers submitted their

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  • Building up to utilise airspace, PARKD lands $1.5m parking construction contract

    As population growth drives Australian cities towards similar profiles of its international metropolis counterparts, the future need to build upwards is one imminent according to car park construction company PARKD (ASX: PKD) which has been awarded a major contract in Perth.  The contract comes from car dealership John Hughes Group and is valued at $1.5

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  • Novatti extends partnership with Ripple for cross-border payments into Thailand

    Expanding their global network for cross-border payments, Aussie fintech company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) has taken their relationship with crypto solutions company Ripple to the next level, adding Thailand to their network of international remittance corridors.  Under the expanded agreement Novatti will utilise RippleNet, Ripple’s global financial network, to process transactions with the first Thai

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  • Clean TeQ secures another wastewater treatment system contract

    With more corporate attention being paid to environmental sustainability, wastewater treatment company Clean TeQ Water (ASX: CNQ) continues to emerge at the forefront of water tech having secured their fifth contract for the year to highlight interest in their tech solutions. This latest contract has been awarded to Clean TeQ by agriculture company Loris H

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  • HITIQ partners with Scottish Rugby for concussion sensors to improve player welfare

    As the world’s largest non-helmeted contact sport, it was only a matter of time until administrators sought new means to reduce concussions with Scottish Rugby on the front foot, engaging sportstech company HITIQ (ASX: HIQ) for their impact sensor tech to be trialled across their national teams in all major competitions.  Under the agreement, more

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  • Populations out exploring in mass as Beam receives 5,000 more satellite communication device orders

    As the world opens up alongside mass vaccination rollouts, populations are getting outside in droves to explore the post-pandemic world as evidenced by unexpected sales for Beam Communications (ASX: BCC) of their satellite hotspot devices. The sales come as an order for 5,000 Iridium GO! from leading satellite services company Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM)

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  • Zoom2u gathering momentum as Telstra signs on for deliveries within 2 hours

    With fast door-to-door delivery expected by Australian consumers that have been online shopping through the pandemic, delivery tech company Zoom2u (ASX: Z2U) is racking up business clients keen for their goods to be delivered within 2 hours.  Such clients don’t come much bigger than telecommunications giant Telstra (ASX: TLS) which has linked up with Zoom2u,

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  • G8 Education enters in-home childcare market as families adapt to working from home

    Alongside the rise in parents opting to work from home, the childcare landscape has changed notably over the past year with national operator G8 Education (ASX: GEM) set to diversify their services with entry into in-home services via the acquisition of Leor Pty Ltd.  Although still very small in comparison to G8’s national network, Leor

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  • Rothwell acquisition edges Healthia to becoming largest physiotherapy operator in Australia

    Already Australia’s largest and fastest growing allied health portfolio, healthcare operator Healthia (ASX: HLA) has further strengthened its position in the physiotherapy market with the acquisition of Rothwell Physiotherapy in Brisbane.  The addition continues a string of acquisitions which included four clinics last month as part of Healthia’s commitment to deploy $20 million towards acquisitions

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  • Infrastructure contracts rolling in for Decmil with $88m Western Region roads upgrade

    Accelerated by the tree-change seeking Victorians that have shifted away from metropolitan Melbourne, massive infrastructure upgrades are underway across regional Victoria with construction company Decmil (ASX: DCG) securing their second big contract within a few months.  The contract awarded by Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV) is valued at $88.7 million to Decmil which will immediately

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  • PointsBet appointed wagering partner of Austin FC, opens access to giant state of Texas

    Everything is bigger in Texas. And that includes the population of 29 million which alone is larger than all of Australia, opening up a lucrative expansion opportunity to Aussie sports betting company PointsBet (ASX: PBH) which has been appointed the Exclusive Sportsbook Partner of Major League Soccer team Austin FC. The appointment will give PointsBet

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  • Complii to offer off-market investment opportunities with acquisition of PrimaryMarkets

    Investors keen to gain early exposure to rising companies before they list publicly will soon be able to do so via Complii Fintech (ASX: CF1) which is set to acquire investments platform Primary Markets via an off-market takeover.  The proposed acquisition has been confirmed in the form of a Bid Implementation Agreement which would see

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  • Universal Biosensors partners with Peter Mac for handheld cancer diagnosis device

    A handheld device which can remotely diagnose the presence of cancer cells is on the horizon with biotech company Universal Biosensors (ASX: UBI) partnering with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre on the project.  Under the agreement, Peter Mac will supply cancer patient samples to Universal Biosensors which will use the plasma samples in their trials

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  • Why this AI microcap may be on the radar of billion dollar eCommerce unicorns

    Besides their names, there are a lot more similarities that could one day be unlocked between tech unicorn CM.com (AMS: CMCOM), which recently surpassed USD $1 billion market cap, and microcap artificial intelligence company Crowd Media (ASX: CM8).  Both conversational commerce companies are headquartered in the Netherlands with CM.com having just surpassed the billion dollar

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  • Pandemic sex toy sales fund Delecta’s uranium exploration

    Having looked after ourselves through the pandemic as evidenced by their $16.5 million in sex toy sales over the past year, quasi-explorer Delecta (ASX: DLC) is seeking to multiply that revenue in the form of rising uranium prices.  Yes, you did read that right.  While dabbling in mineral exploration, Delecta has continued to operare its

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  • SportsHero launches eSports predictor designed to beat the bookies

    Given the massive amounts of money wagered by professional punters that utilise algorithms designed around sports statistics, tech company SportsHero (ASX: SHO) is trying their hand at eSports with a ‘Predictor’ they claim can exploit bookmaker mispricings of eSports matches. The Predictor, which they label as state-of-the-art, correctly predicted 125 match winners out of 189

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  • ISA to open new VR entertainment venue in busy Sydney shopping centre

    Readying for the resumption of normal life as foot traffic increases, entertainment company ISA Group (ASX: IDZ) has confirmed it will be launching its fourth virtual reality entertainment centre in one of Sydney’s busiest shopping districts in November 2021.  The FREAK Entertainment venue will be located in the entertainment section of Macquarie Centre in Sydney,

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  • AssetOwl signs first Victorian real estate agency for virtual inspection platform

    Amid functional changes in the real estate market which have been accelerated by the pandemic, property tech company AssetOwl (ASX: AO1) has signed their first Victorian real estate agency for their virtual inspection platform Pirsee. Signing of the agency, which AssetOwl has chosen not to name, comes after a nine month partnership with the Real

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  • Little Green Pharma enters race to treat mental illness with psychedelic medicines

    Advancing their research and development for medicinal cannabis applications, Little Green Pharma (ASX: LGP) has joined the global movement for use of psychedelics for treatment of mental illness having secured regulatory approval to supply psilocybin. The approvals come in the form of a Schedule 9 licence granted by the WA Department of Health which enables

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  • BlueBet shares tumble after Virginia calls out their lack of bookmaking experience

    Akin to a fresh graduate applying for a job they are not qualified for, Aussie bookmaker BlueBet (ASX: BBT) has withdrawn its sportsbetting licence application in the State of Virginia as recommended by the State citing a lack of experience operating in the United States. By withdrawing their application rather than having it rejected by

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  • Military spending rises alongside geopolitical tensions as Orbital strengthens Singapore ties

    While passenger travel across international borders has been subdued due to the pandemic, aviation developments for unmanned vehicles have accelerated with Aussie tech company Orbital Corporation (ASX: OEC) ticking off another milestone of their ambitious drone engine development plans. Specialists in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for military use, Orbital has strengthened ties with a strategic

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  • Flight Centre doubles down on travel outlook with expansion of corporate business to Japan

    As one of the hardest hit stocks by COVID-19 with its shares still trading at less than half their pre-pandemic price, Flight Centre (ASX: FLT) is supremely confident in international travel resuming soon, expanding their FCM Travel business to Japan via a joint venture with NSF Engagement Corporation. FCM Travel is one of the Corporate

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  • Yep, cannabis-infused beer is a thing and Althea is brewing it in Canada

    The ever progressive Canadians just know how to have fun which is just one reason cannabis-infused beverages are proving a major hit in the Great White North. Seeking to capitalising on this trend is medicines and recreational cannabis company Althea (ASX: AGH) which has partnered with beer giant The Boston Beer Company (NYSE: SAM) to

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  • Investing in local tech jobs, Novatti revenues jump 55% on digital payments growth

    As the world circles Australia’s thriving fintech industry which produced the largest takeover in Australian history, digital payments company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) is staking its claim as a rising star on the global stage which has seen its revenue jump 55% amid a recent hiring spree. Although they are not as well known as

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  • Healthia ascends as Australia’s fastest growing allied health provider

    Increased attention to our health and wellbeing is driving the growth of healthcare company Healthia (ASX: HLA) which is realising commercial synergies between its podiatry, physiotherapy and optometry divisions to report a 52% increase in revenue to $140.4 million. Of particular interest to investors will be the fact that 9.1% of that was attributed to

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  • Regional expansion strategy paying dividends as Apiam profits jump again

    Continued expansion of Australia’s population beyond capital cities is seeing an influx of residents and jobs in regional towns which has resulted in veterinary clinic operator Apiam Animal Health (ASX: AHX) delivering a 24% jump in profit, capitalising on pet ownership and dairy industry trends. For FY21, Apiam has reported revenue of $126.2 million which

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  • Online shopping and home office upgrades send Harris Technology profits soaring 73%

    It’s remarkable to think that a profitable eCommerce stock would be trading on the ASX at less than 1x revenue but that’s the case for undervalued retailer Harris Technology (ASX: HT8) which has reported a 73% jump in profit. The bumper result comes alongside a 206% increase in revenue to $41.8 million compared to last

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  • Lending for financial wellness, Wisr swings towards profitability with 280% revenue growth

    Fresh off a major marketing campaign which saw their branding projected into millions of Aussie households as broadcast partners of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, neo-lender Wisr (ASX: WZR) have reported 280% revenue growth to be eyeing profitability for the first time in their short history.  Emerging as the non-bank lender of choice amongst the

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  • BNPL customer growth slows, Was Afterpay’s $39 billion sale the swindle of the century?

    Following the $39 billion takeover from global payments company Square, early stage investors of Afterpay (ASX: APT) will be pleased the deal was done prior to the release of their FY21 results which show the handbrake has been pulled on growth in the BNPL market.  While the percentage figures at the top of their results

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  • Acquisition spree continues as Apiam adds another vet clinic amid pet ownership boom

    Further consolidating their position as the largest operator of regional veterinary clinics, Apiam Animal Health (ASX: AHX) is continuing its acquisition spree with Harbour City Veterinary Surgery the latest to join their network at a time when pet ownership has soared.  The clinic is located in Gladstone, Queensland, which is a rapidly growing town south-east

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  • Family planning surges through the pandemic as Monash IVF report record demand

    Riding the tailwinds of the pandemic which has led to a fundamental shift in family planning and wellness, fertility experts Monash IVF (ASX: MVF) have reported a raft of new business for their reproductive services which resulted in a 117% increase in profit as demand for IVF has surged. Reporting their FY21 results, Monash IVF

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  • Aspermont to take on Fresh Equities with online Placement platform for cap raising

    The old school broker model is fading with online access to investors enabling public companies to reach more investors instantly. This concept of digital capital raises from sophisticated investors has been dominated by Fresh Equities since 2017 but keen for a slice of the action, media company Aspermont (ASX: ASP) has declared intentions to enter

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  • Six College Football programs partner with HitIQ in fight against concussions

    As one of the world’s highest contact team sports, American Football has had a nasty history of concussions that don’t see its deadliest effects until the post-playing phase of careers but with a focus to maximise player lifetime welfare, six leading US Colleges have signed up to sportstech company HitIQ’s (ASX: HIQ) concussion analytics. The

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  • Retail investors powering market to all-time highs as SelfWealth doubles trader activity

    In a generational event that saw a major influx of investors entering the sharemarket looking to capitalise on the low prices, these same Mum & Dad investors as well as the younger generation have not only driven the market recovery but are now the engine pushing the economy to new heights. This was reflected in

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  • US Government endorses WhiteHawk cybersecurity scorecards with contract extension

    Although exchanges are more akin to the sharemarket and cryptocurrency, the application of cybersecurity as an asset is being backed by the US Government which has extended its contract with exchange operator WhiteHawk (ASX: WHK).  The deal is an Option that has been exercised by the US Federal Government following on from an earlier deal

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  • Vulcan signs Nico Rosberg’s Extreme-E racing team as ambassadors for Zero Carbon Lithium

    Owners of the largest lithium resource in Europe, Vulcan Energy (ASX: VUL) is set for a big increase in marketing exposure with the signing of Nico Rosberg, the 2016 Formula One World Champion, as their brand ambassador along with his Rosberg X Racing (RXR) team in the Extreme-E racing league. Extreme-E, a racing league, is

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  • Exceeding revenue guidance, total Class platform users increase 123%

    Less than 12 months since launching their latest product with a first mover advantage, wealth management software company Class Limited (ASX: CL1) has reported a 25% increase in revenue having delivered a product that the wealth administration industry had been screaming out for.  Long-time leaders in the superannuation sector courtesy of their Class SMSF software,

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  • More clinic acquisitions sees Healthia’s allied health portfolio grow 109%

    109% portfolio growth over three years is the stuff of dreams for professional investors but for healthcare company Healthia (ASX: HLA) it’s a reality, with the nationwide operator’s latest acquisition taking their total allied health businesses to 217. Those 217 businesses which span podiatry, physiotherapy, optometry, audiology, retail and manufacturing is more than double the

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  • Former Air Force Captain appointed by Crowd Media for commercialisation takeoff

    President of the United States, Royal Family and now Crowd Media (ASX: CM8). It may not be a linear progression but the disruptive artificial intelligence company is following the time-tested trend of appointing an exceptional military leader to drive its next phase of growth with Idan Schmorak confirmed as its new CEO.  A former officer

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  • Bendigo and Adelaide Bank to expand quickfire home loans with Ferocia fintech acquisition

    With house prices across Australia continuing to soar, the market for home loans is heating up as the major banks seek to capture the younger tech-savvy generation with Bendigo and Adelaide Bank (ASX: BEN) confirming their acquisition of fintech business Ferocia for $116 million. The acquisition is driven by Bendigo Bank’s response to changes in

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  • West Virginia… mountain mama… Take me home, to get my bet on…

    Country roads, take me home, to the place I belong, West Virginia…. mountain mama, Take me home, to get my bet on… A slight tweak to the John Denver classic could soon be a new theme song for the Mountain State with bookmaker PointsBet (ASX: PBH) securing regulatory approval to commence its sports betting operations

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  • Unanimous Board support for merger to create vocational education giant

    The new kids on the block in the higher education sector continue to make waves at a time when their traditional rivals are being forced to slash jobs with confirmation that the proposed merger of iCollege (ASX: ICT) and RedHill Education (ASX: RDH) has received unanimous support from both Board of Directors. The merger will

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  • ISA to expand VR gaming for use in military and defence training

    The ultra realism of first person shooter (FPS) gaming could take on a whole new level with virtual reality entertainment company ISA Group (ASX: IDZ) acquiring VR production studio Red Cartel with the intent of developing VR for use in military and defence operations. Unlike ISA whose primary VR tech is designed for consumer entertainment

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  • Accounting tech upgrades see Reckon boost customers by 22% as profits flow

    As the low cost alternative to accounting operation, more businesses are switching their bookkeeping software over to cloud-based Reckon (ASX: RKN) following its transition to cloud-based software, boosting its clientele by 22%. The investment in their tech stack continues to grow the business to now boast more than 106,000 small business customers with a variety

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  • New jurisdictions beckon for Novatti and their global expansion plans

    Fresh off their 9th consecutive quarter of record processing revenue, digital payments company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) has their sights on new markets via international expansion where the fintech company has applied for operating licences in new jurisdictions.  It follows a hugely successful fintech model of acquiring regulatory licences and monetising them by leveraging their

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  • Cars returning to the road as Smart Parking boosts portfolio with acquisition of 68 new sites

    As smart city technology continues to be adopted world wide, parking specialists Smart Parking (ASX: SPZ) have boosted their European portfolio with the acquisition of Enterprise Parking Solutions which includes their 68 sites under management for a minimal fee.  The addition of EPS and their managed parking sites for $1.54 million increases Smart Parking’s total

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  • RE/Max signs with Openn as home buyers flock to online auctions

    Within the digitisation of our lives which was accelerated by a global pandemic, interest from home buyers with a preference for online auctions continues to grow with real estate network RE/Max the latest to partner with property tech company Openn Negotiation (ASX: OPN) and their online auction platform.  Despite the pandemic-enforced lockdowns which have limited

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  • Pharmaxis enters final dosing round of revolutionary cancer treatment drug

    Tackling a cancer treatment market estimated to be worth USD $1 billion per annum, drug development company Pharmaxis (ASX: PXS) has entered the final dosing of their Phase 1c trials in the study of a potential new treatment for bone marrow cancer, myelofibrosis. The third and final stage of dosing follows successful first and secondRead More
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  • Parenting app Tinybeans growing as Lego extends partnership

    Operating one of the most popular gateways to parents, Lego has extended its marketing partnership with parenting tech company Tinybeans (ASX: TNY) for a third year, continuing a strong partnership that has delivered return on investment for the toy manufacturer.  As one of the most recognisable brands in the world, the partnership specifically revolves around

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  • Commuter growth forecasted as PARKD collaborates with Axiom on smarter construction

    Continued urban expansion and population growth is sending Australian capital cities towards the metropolis’ akin to megacities where it’s becoming critical for infrastructure to be built smart where upwards growth will soon be the only viable option. Without the resources to take on the biggest construction companies, Axiom Properties (ASX: AXI) and PARKD (ASX: PKD)

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  • Hostile takeover brewing in the West as Cirrus stands firm, knocks back Webcentral

    It may not have had the sex appeal of the big BNPL acquisition that rocked the ASX yesterday but M&A activity is thriving in the digital space albeit IT services provider Cirrus Networks (ASX: CNW) was insulted by the takeover offer received from telecommunications provider Webcentral (ASX: WCG). Unanimously recommending their shareholders reject the offer

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  • Racing shines amid snap lockdowns as Apiam capitalises on booming veterinary market

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  • 3 small caps under $1 to benefit from Commonwealth Bank’s mass branch closures

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  • Mighty Craft to launch Better Beer as Australia’s newest zero-carb beer

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  • PointsBet enters Arizona by partnering with the Yavapai-Apache Nation

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  • Mach7 secures top US healthcare network on $4.3m medical imaging deal

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  • Malaysian Government orders VIP Gloves to shut down all operations

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  • Forbidden Foods enter lucrative Philippines market ripe for health foods

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  • It’s not coming home but English soccer fans could soon have beers delivered to their seats

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  • Youfoodz to cut losses by voting in favour of opportune takeover by HelloFresh

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  • Wesfarmers to enter healthcare with $687m takeover of Priceline

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  • Regulators approve LiveVerdure’s turmeric capsules to alleviate joint pain

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  • Who Dat? Drew Brees signs with PointsBet as global ambassador

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  • Online shopping booms as Harris Technology reports 209% sales increase

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  • CleanSpace sales plummet following opportunistic IPO just months earlier

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  • Australian First – Carnarvon launches venture to produce renewable diesel and graphene

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  • Healthia expands in Queensland and Tasmania with attractive clinic acquisitions

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  • A unicorn brewing? Institutions back Novatti with $40m investment

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  • Pharmaxis streamlines operations with $2m sale of Australian distribution rights

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  • Harris Technology hits $1m milestone in monthly eBay sales as winning streak continues

    It seems that Harris Technology (ASX: HT8) has the Midas Touch because everything they’ve been a part of recently has turned to gold. Fresh off a record Prime Day in sales on Amazon, Harris Technology has reported a bumper result on eBay to generate $1.1 million in sales, their first 7-figure month.  Impressively, the online

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  • Apiam expands equine vet footprint in Queensland in time for breeding season

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  • Class set to capitalise on SOFY activity as accountants roll into FY22

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  • Medibank to refund customers $105m in unclaimed health insurance rebates

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  • Pandemic car sales in cruise control as Autosports Group adds major Mazda dealership

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  • Quick rebound, Southern Cross Media inks affiliate advertising deal with Network 10

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  • Prime Day bonanza as Harris Technology capitalises on EOFY spending with record sales

    Coming to an End of the Financial Year where Australians have spent more time working from home than ever before, many have cottoned on to the opportunity to claim sizable tax deductions by upgrading their home offices. And the big winner – Harris Technology (ASX: HT8).  As the Number 1 ranked seller on Amazon Australia,

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  • Crowd Media bringing AI to telehealth in Africa with PangeaMed partnership

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  • US real estate agents surging onto RateMyAgent platform in droves

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  • Catapult acquires sports tech founded in collaboration with Mercedes F1 that delivered 7 straight titles

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  • Openpay acquires Payment Assist in largest ever UK BNPL acquisition

    In one fell swoop, Aussie buy-now-pay-later provider Openpay (ASX: OPY) has tripled its revenue and customers in the UK via their acquisition of specialist automotive lender Payment Assist in what will be the largest BNPL acquisition in the UK to date. The deal will accelerate Openpay’s pathway to profitability in the UK with the addition

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  • Veris links up with John Holland to capitalise on $110 billion infrastructure pipeline

    Australia is growing at a rate faster than developers can handle which is why the big guys are now increasing their resources via partnerships with the little guys, as Veris Australia (ASX: VRS) becomes the latest to be engaged by infrastructure giant John Holland Group. The 18-month Framework Agreement sees John Holland committing to building

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  • Ocean Grown Abalone applies for sustainability certification as sales boom

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  • DC Two launches new vertical offering eco-friendly Bitcoin mining data centres

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  • The ASX small cap stock set for a boost from Amazon Prime Day

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  • Family lawsuits booming as AF Legal finalises NSW expansion

    With such an increase in time spent at home over the past year as a result of the pandemic, it seems not all Australians are enjoying each other’s company as evidenced by the rise in filings from family law specialists AF Legal (ASX: AFL). So busy has the firm been, it’s now added large offices

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  • Cash Converters so much more than pawn brokers as non-bank lending thrives

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  • White whale secured as iSelect adds Bupa to platform for health insurance comparison

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  • Crowd Media showcases disruptive potential with 100% digitally produced doppelganger

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  • Delta Drones secures 5-year extension from South32 as mining tech undergoes transformation

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  • Casino industry in disarray as SkyCity joins list of money-laundering investigations

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  • Stealth secures major customer boost via $4.2m acquisition of Skipper Transport Parts

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  • Adherium submits FDA application for smart inhaler to digitise respiratory treatment

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  • Tabcorp bidding war heats up as wagering guru Matt Tripp confirms $4 billion bid

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  • PointsBet loading up on Canada expansion as bill C-218 passes second Senate reading

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  • SenSen to grow retail theft smartcam capabilities with $6.5m acquisition

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  • Class accelerating growth with rapidly rising customer numbers

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  • Airtasker comes back to market for more capital to fund US expansion

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  • Class sweeps tech awards as Australia’s top Wealth Management & SMSF platform

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  • 100% positive customer reviews drive Harris Technology sales

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  • Fortescue takes K2fly’s ‘social licence’ software global with 3-year extension

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  • humm confirms UK and Canada expansion as its BNPL app downloads soar

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  • Frugl users demand gluten free grocery searches, they delivered!

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  • Woolworths flags June 24 for Endeavour Group demerger

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  • RentPay launched with target of 200,000 paying customers

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  • Top ASX small caps fund eyes growth in this fintech with $3.5m on-market buying

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  • Lending giant secures stake in Novatti neobank with $18m funding commitment

    Having built one of the most comprehensive networks of banking service partners over the past two years, digital payments company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) has been noticed on the global stage, securing $18 million in funding for the launch of their planned neobank.  The funding commitment comes from BC Investment Group (BC Invest) which offers

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  • Pointsbet nails customer acquisition by offering golf date with Paige Spiranac

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  • Afterpay selects Novatti as partner in New Zealand BNPL expansion

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  • Raiz adds property as alternative asset class for micro-investing, joins crypto

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  • Track your kids, pets and seniors with geotags, Life360 to acquire Jiobit wearables

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  • Karst backs Aussie small cap following hugely successful pharma strategy

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  • Archer secures access to $150m deep tech facility to advance nano-biochip for disease detection

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  • Harris Technology lines up eCommerce expansion with $5m fundraising

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  • Coffee lovers unite, Rewardle eyes equity in Beanhunter

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  • Live Verdure to take on US nutraceuticals market with FDA approval for hemp superfoods

    As the world becomes more accepting of medicinal cannabis, hemp has been another big winner in terms of marketability which has led nutraceuticals company Live Verdure (ASX: LV1) to the United States which is the world’s largest market for such products. Owners of the hemp-based food brands “13 Seeds” and “8 Seeds” which originate from

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  • Traffic Technologies ready for return of road traffic with $1.7m order for smart city products

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  • Woolworths secures majority of Quantium with $223m investment into data science

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  • Uscom hits jackpot with China approval for hypertension monitor

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  • Emerald Financial Research Note – Healthia Ltd

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  • Atlanta Falcons turn to Australians to solve lead-blowing woes

    While Australian influence on the field of America’s National Football League (NFL) is growing, the bigger influence is coming off the field with sports tech and data analytics company Catapult (ASX: CAT) contracted by all 32 teams in the league now that the Atlanta Falcons are sick of losing, and have signed up.  The Falcons,

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  • Qantas boss pumped for NZ bubble despite $11 billion loss of revenue

    News of the international travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand is music to the ears of Qantas (ASX: QAN) CEO Alan Joyce, who has probably endured the toughest gig amongst top executives having had to navigate $11 billion in lost revenue through no fault of their own. While the airfares will be one way

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  • Pharmaxis streamlines operations with $2m sale of Russian distribution rights

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  • Universal Biosensors enters collaboration to diagnose cancer from a finger prick

    Life expectancy rates following the diagnosis of cancer could soon be significantly improved through early detection if biotech company Universal Biosensors (ASX: UBI) is successful in their newest research collaboration aiming to instantly identify cancer cells from a simple finger prick.  The research project will be part of an exclusive collaboration between Deakin University’s Institute

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  • How Bitcoin is assisting this ASX listed eCommerce player

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  • Novatti adds RippleNet processing to digital payment revenue streams

    Within months of announcing their partnership with global payments disruptor Ripple, digital payments company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) is actively utilising blockchain fintech to remit money between Australia and Asia as their newest revenue stream.  Long-time specialists in cross-border payments with an international network of partners, Novatti first engaged Ripple in December 2020 to connect

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  • Cybersafe learning surges in education market as Family Zone sales double

    Remote learning within the education system has shown no signs of slowing down despite opportunities for many students to return back to the classrooms with edutech company Family Zone Cyber Safety (ASX: FZO) having doubled its sales for the March quarter.  As of 31 March 2021, Family Zone had contracted 3,135 schools to their software

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  • No international students, no problem – iCollege records record revenue

    Despite the travel restrictions that have limited international student enrollments in Australia, domestic students have used the opportunity to hone their skill sets with education provider iCollege (ASX: ICT) recording record revenue for the March quarter.  Revenue for the quarter was up 52% to $4.55 million compared to the previous corresponding quarter ($2.99m) when the

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  • Crowd Media showcases newest AI as example of disruption to eCommerce

    Online shopping experiences will soon be very different to the current one-dimensional standard following the launch of artificial intelligence company Crowd Media’s (ASX: CM8) latest talking head which was produced entirely by digital media and powered by AI.  The talking head named ‘Digital Dom’ is a digital avatar of Crowd’s co-founder and Director Domenic Carosa

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  • Bass and Swinburne to collaborate on graphene alternative to flammable cladding

    Following an array of fire-related incidents which have unnerved the construction industry and destroyed real estate valuations where flammable cladding has been installed, Bass Metals (ASX: BSM) and Swinburne University will partner for advanced material research using Expandable Graphite and Graphene for an eco-friendly solution.  The Master Research and Development Agreement will see Bass provide

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  • Digital cards to alter gift giving for good as iGoDirect integrate Apple and Google Pay

    A revolution in the concept of gift giving is happening before our eyes where the rise of online retail has changed the dynamic of buying presents towards a wholly digital process being facilitated by iGoDirect’s virtual gift cards platform.  The change is being driven by the rise of gift cards being exchanged online through iGoDirect’s

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  • Titomic enters JV to manufacture and sell aerospace and defence Faceplates

    One of the world’s most popular metal products used in aerospace and defence industries will soon be produced in the United Kingdom with metal additives specialist Titomic (ASX: TTT) partnering with UK-based Neos to manufacture and sell the products. The joint venture is an extension of existing business between Titomic and Neos which will draw

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  • Buddy and Harris Tech link up to drive smart lighting in Aussie households

    As Australians have become adept at spending more time at home alongside a rise in working-from-home and remote learning, Buddy Technologies (ASX: BUD) and Harris Technology (ASX: HT8) have joined forces to promote smart lighting for more efficient energy consumption.  The push comes with smart home products manufacturer Buddy Technologies appointing Harris as an authorised

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  • Elite athletes in Asia are now using cannabis gels to aid recovery

    Although it may not be available in Australia for some time due to regulatory restrictions, the newest range of Cronos Australia’s (ASX: CAU) cannabidiol gels to aid high performance are set to hit retail shelves in Hong Kong and Japan. The FCTR range (pronounced Factor) of gels contain pure cannabidiol (CBD) which is mixed with

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  • Pharmaxis targeting scar-free recovery from burns with world-first trials

    One of the world’s most respected surgeons in the field of burns and trauma recovery will lead world-first clinical trials aiming to stop scars forming, particularly after burn injuries, utilising the latest discovery by biopharmaceuticals company Pharmaxis (ASX: PXS).  The discovery, known as PXS-6302 has shown promising pre‐clinical results in inhibiting the enzymes that play

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  • Infrastructure development surge drives record month for Acrow scaffolding services

    Pushes in infrastructure development across Australia’s major cities is driving demand for scaffolding and support with product hiring specialists Acrow (ASX: ACF) reporting a record month of hire contract wins in March, totaling $5.9 million for the month. The record month tops the previous held in November 2020 by 18% and continues a purple patch

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  • Harris Technology to bring top gaming brands to Australia amid industry growth

    While locked down through the pandemic, gaming emerged as one of the most popular means of entertainment. As first-time gamers are now evolving and driving industry growth, Harris Technology (ASX: HT8) has signed reseller deals to bring two of the world’s most popular gaming product brands into its portfolio. Although pandemic lockdowns have now eased,

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  • Workplace digitisation a boon for Cirrus with $6m in new IT contract wins

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  • Billing automation software launches in US as Novatti international expansion continues

    Within one year of acquiring billing automation business Emersion, digital payments and fintech specialists Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) have launched the software in the United States as part of their international expansion plans to capitalise on burgeoning demand for payments automation. The launch replicates Emersion’s existing Software-as-a-Service business model which has proven hugely successful in

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  • Is Wisr looking at micro-investing functionality through Arbor partnership?

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  • Takeover offers knocked back but Tabcorp confirms wagering demerger is on the cards

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  • eBay in discussions with Digital Wines for marketplace wine sales, shares surge 50%

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  • MMA capitalises on East Asia clean energy push with $7m wind farms contract

    Marine construction specialists MMA Offshore (ASX: MMA) has secured three contracts for a range of offshore wind farm services where they will mobilise three vessels off the coast of Taiwan. East Asia has emerged as a core focus for MMA’s offshore services where the region is making a concerted effort to improve its clean energy

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  • Inject-Now-Pay-Later – yep, you can with humm

    Aussies hoping for that botox top-up but are strapped for cash will be able to purchase their desired injectables through buy-now-pay-later with humm (ASX: HUM) adding popular skin care clinics to their bulging list of merchant partners, alongside a range of health and wellness providers.  Offering BNPL services to its customers for purchases up to

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  • CSIRO engages Singular Health for AI-imaging of spines to reduce data processing time

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  • Harris Technology secures top eCommerce executive Guy Polak

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  • Angel Seafood to build automated FlipFarm following strong oyster demand and sales

    Hitting restaurants and beaches in droves following months of pandemic lockdowns, the Australian love for seafood saw increased demand for organic oysters farmed by Angel Seafood (ASX: AS1) which is set to double its annual supply in coming years through new breeding facilities. Angel Seafood will shortly commence construction of their FlipFarming project at Coffin

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  • Payright launches Bill Smoothing to aggregate utilities and annual expenses with BNPL

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  • K-TIG links up with top Korean military manufacturer for artillery project

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  • Rent.com.au flags BNPL capabilities for RentPay through SkyCredit partnership

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  • Rising demand for home offices sees Harris Technology partner with MYSALE

    Despite pandemic restrictions being lifted, the working-from-home trend is set to continue well into 2021 and beyond, leading Harris Technology (ASX: HT8) to link up with MYSALE Group for technology product distribution through their network of eCommerce lifestyle channels. The deal will see Harris Technology list more than 1,000 of their popular technology, IT and

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  • InteliCare launches aged care remote dashboard to track health of dependants

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  • Research Note: BUY on Novatti Group (ASX: NOV)

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  • Graphene coating kills E-Coli, Sparc Technologies testing identifies

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  • SECOS secures new plant to meet rising demand from plastic bags ban

    As Governments around the world continue pledging commitments to outlaw single-use plastic bags, envirotech company SECOS Group (ASX: SES) has seen rising demand for its compostable eco-friendly bags and have secured a new manufacturing facility to accommodate this growth. The facility has been secured in Malaysia (where the other SECOS products are produced), under a

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  • SEN to launch in New Zealand with Brendon McCullum headlining talent

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  • Local communities getting LITT up by latest Novatti-powered app

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  • PropTech confirms discussions with Harcourts for franchise CRM overhaul

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  • PointsBet makes strong push for market share of in-play sports betting

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  • Eco-Friendly tyre disposer Pearl Global expands waste-to-energy opportunities

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  • Crowd Media expands revenue streams with first Conversational AI licensing deal

    Deep in development of their Talking Heads platform that will revolutionise the way consumers interact with brands, artificial intelligence company Crowd Media (ASX: CM8) has secured a new revenue stream with licencing of their proprietary Conversational AI technology.  The non-exclusive licence has been granted to digital media company Forever Holdings under SaaS terms valued at

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  • Decmil wins $140m contract to upgrade Victoria’s regional train network

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  • 3 small cap Artificial Intelligence companies with room to boom

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  • Southern Cross axed by Nine as TV partner, Ten the likely rebound hook-up

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  • Epsilon Healthcare expands medicinal cannabis telehealth to in-clinic locations

    Having developed a thriving telehealth business that has seen significant uptake from patients seeking medicinal cannabis solutions, Epsilon Healthcare (ASX: EPN) is set to expand into retail locations for in-clinic consultations.  While the progressive healthcare provider moves in the opposite direction to other medical clinics which were forced to adopt telehealth during the pandemic, telehealth

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  • Lifepay app enters commercial launch with strong demand for digital wallets

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  • Funtastic relaunching Babies”R”Us to service under-served market

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  • SciDev hoping one week trial will lead to larger Fortescue engagement

    Having secured a one week trial with one of the world’s largest resource companies, water tech company SciDev (ASX: SDV) now has a foot in the door at Fortescue Metals Group (ASX: FMG) with hopes of scaling the engagement to something more long-term. SciDev’s trial comes following a competitive tender process where Fortescue sought water

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  • Food Revolution launches Juice Super Shots seeking to follow popular US trend

    With natural shots and tonics hugely popular in the United States, Food Revolution Group (ASX: FOD) is tipping the social trend will expand to Australia with the launch of their Juice Lab Super Shots which are expected to be available in more than 1,800 retail locations shortly.  Packed into a 60ml plastic vial, the Juice

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  • K2fly secures another major mining software client amid commodities boom

    As precious metal prices continues to boom, mining tech company K2fly (ASX: K2F) has secured another major client for their resource management software with Coeur Mining the latest to sign on for a 5-year contract.  The contract win will see K2fly’s software rolled out across Coeur Mining’s (NASDAQ: CDE) five sites across North America in

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  • Crowd Media strengthens balance sheet as next AI milestone looms

    As long time leaders in the influencer and social media spaces, eCommence company Crowd Media (ASX: CM8) have had much of their digital market invaded through the pandemic, but emerged in a better than ever position thanks to prude capital management and their newly formed artificial intelligence alliance.  Key to Crowd’s financial improvement has been

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  • Peppermint expands reach in the Philippines with launch of micro-insurance app

    In a nation where household income is primarily earned by one family member, fintech company Peppermint Innovation (ASX: PIL) will be able to support families should the breadwinner encounter an unfortunate event, through the launch of their micro-insurance service in the Philippines. The bizmoProtect service enables Filipino residents to purchase insurance products which will insure

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  • Aerometrex opens online store to serve vacant SME segment seeking 3D datasets

    As the cost of big data decreases alongside advancements in technology and satellite imaging, aerial mapping company Aerometrex (ASX: AMX) will become the primary supplier of customised 3D datasets to small businesses through the launch of their new online store. 3D datasets and aerial mapping of topography have long been reserved for multinational corporations due

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  • Xero splashes €183.5 million on labour management acquisition with expansion plans

    Accounting software company Xero (ASX: XRO) is continuing its rise up the ladder as one the world’s most used business management platforms with the acquisition of European workforce management platform Planday and its 350,000 employee users. Planday, which has been a Xero ecosystem partner since 2019, enables businesses to analyse staffing needs and payroll expenses

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  • Defence funding increases K-TIG’s exposure to armoured vehicle manufacturing

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  • ResApp granted European approval for wearable cough assessment device

    Amid the growing concerns around coughing in public for the obvious reason, medtech company ResApp Health (ASX: RAP) has secured regulatory approval in Europe for their wearable device that analyses a person’s cough and the medical implications. The device, which is yet to be named, can be easily clipped on to a person’s shirt where

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  • 10yo Minneapolis boy lands $500k ‘influencer’ gig to promote Nutritional Growth Solutions to China

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  • Mighty Craft secures $500k grant to develop Distillery on Kangaroo Island

    Wildlife enthusiasts will soon be bringing home extra luggage from their Kangaroo Island visits with craft brewery and distillery business Mighty Craft (ASX: MCL) securing a $500k grant to develop a distillery on the picturesque island famous for its array of birds, beaches, seals and wildlife. The $500k comes from the South Australian Tourism Commission

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  • US Navy turns to Aussie manufacturing as Austal moors $295m ship order

    When it comes to defence force technology, Australia continues to be underrated as a leader on the global stage despite the United States Navy ordering their 15th vessel from Australian manufacturer Austal (ASX: ASB). The contract awarded is valued around USD$235m (AUD $295m) and will be the 15th Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessel to be

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  • Healthia earnings up 91% as pandemic boosts Aussie health consciousness

    As the world emerges from a pandemic, Australians are proving to be more conscious of their general health than ever as evidenced by allied health company Healthia (ASX: HLA) which has delivered shareholders a 91% increase in underlying EBITDA.  The bumper result was driven by 14.5% organic growth across the Group whose clinics continue to

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  • Overcoming off-field budget cuts, Catapult analytics prove essential across pro sports

    With crowd restrictions across professional sports brought upon by the pandemic, mass cuts across off-field departments resulted due to ticket sale losses. However, one glaring essential through the tough conditions was sports data analytics provided by Catapult (ASX: CAT). This was evidenced by the USD $33.2m revenue reported by Catapult for the Half-Year ending 31

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  • New rides and Theme Park upgrades – Ardent Leisure poised for pandemic recovery

    Despite being one of the most adversely affected businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic which shut down their theme parks and entertainment venues, Ardent Leisure (ASX: ALG) is recovering quicker than expected, having focused efforts on theme park upgrades and digital gaming channels that will create significant revenue opportunities. The theme parks operator continues to be

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  • Lifepay app to launch with $20.5m valuation as Novatti incubator project matures

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  • PropTech kicking goals and investing in future as real estate market heats up

    With COVID-19 having driven the real estate market towards digitisation through online inspection and digital auctions, property tech specialists PropTech Group (ASX: PTG) foresee this trend continuing and will invest in the future via acquisitions of Website Blue and Designly. Currently serving more than 2,400 real estate agencies across Australia and New Zealand, Website Blue

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  • Credit Intelligence launches BNPL service for business with first loans issued

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  • Healthia eyes off more acquisitions with NAB partnership, increases facility to $70m

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  • Wagering kingmaker Matt Tripp backs BetMakers with $25 million investment

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  • Playside Studios turns to gaming streamers LazerBeam and Fresh to create next title

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  • Catapult enhances off-field sports analytics partnering with PUSH and Pro Quick Draw

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  • ECS Botanics lines up UK and German customers for cannabis exports

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  • Seven West Media partners with Google, leads charge in future of news in Australia

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  • Digital Wines to integrate service into world’s most downloaded wine app

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  • Spectur to expand shark surveillance tech across NSW beaches

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  • How Talking Heads are the next generation of current text-only chatbots – Crowd Media Investor Briefing

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  • Product testing from Korean Institute confirms ASM Rare Earths plant on track for 2022

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  • Sezzle planning to double BNPL customers with new $250m debt facility

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  • BlackEarth shores up EV graphite supply with Luxcarbon agreement

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  • Pharmaxis sales thriving in US following FDA approval for cystic fibrosis treatment

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  • EasyStore partnership gives IOUpay instant access to 7,000 BNPL merchants

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  • Offering convenience for patients, Healthia opens new superclinic in Bundaberg

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  • Cann Group praying to recover $3.6m lost to internet scammers

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  • Australian Primary Hemp secures Woolworths distribution for mylk superfoods

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  • Vonex wins wholesale contract from telco conglomerate Orange

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  • Hand sanitiser: WA Government engages Matrix for solar-powered smart dispensers

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  • Pandemic focus on living better sends Healthia’s earnings skyward

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  • Anson accelerates Utah lithium mine as Biden calls for EV makers to “Buy American”

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  • 7th consecutive Quarter of record revenues for Novatti as US launch beckons

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  • Genetic Signatures’ testing kits approved in EU to address worrying STI numbers

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  • Crowd Media adds voice cloning for immersive celebrity experiences in AI deal

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  • Universal Biosensors brings winetech device to US to boost quality of wine

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  • Is there more than meets the eye to Healthia’s expansion into optometry?

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  • VIP Gloves secure CE Mark approval for increased European distribution

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  • Apple partners with Novatti to facilitate Visa card payments through Apple devices

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  • Kyckr partners with FrankieOne to increase financial crime surveillance

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  • PointsBet launches in another State as Michigan becomes sportsbetting State number six

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  • Leading US drone company places second order for Mobilicom tech

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  • Ecofibre secures CBD distribution to 5,000 US pharmacies

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  • Electronic warfare back from COVID break as DroneShield receive EU orders

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  • Money3 adds $23m Holden loan book amid shutdown, pays just $17m

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  • FBR to strengthen robot-built houses with German bricks trial

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  • Six small cap ASX tech stocks to watch in 2021

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  • AV uptake leads Audinate to push European expansion through recruiting drive

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  • JAT Corp to open first China retail gateway following 12 month COVID delay

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  • Quickfire FDA approval for Acrux’s testosterone sends share price soaring

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  • Crowd Media advances AI platform to rapidly roll out celebrity doppelgangers

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  • Return of dining sends Clean Seas fish sales up 39%, back to pre-pandemic levels

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  • Clean Teq secures water purification deals in Middle East and Queensland

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  • Cashed-up Novatti builds on neobank foundation with revenues rolling

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  • Research Note: Speculative Buy on Crowd Media (ASX: CM8)

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  • Houston We Have opens door to AI and machine learning for asset management

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  • NGS making US push, secures 1,000 sales reps to promote their pediatric growth products

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  • Ingenia expands tourism portfolio with $53m splash acquiring holiday parks

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  • Remote working trend prompts Knosys expansion with intranet service acquisition

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  • Austco racking up hospital-tech contract wins with Singapore hooking up 1,100 beds

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  • Ai-Media accelerates growth in the US with key media acquisitions

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  • Marley Spoon to triple production in 2021 as big winner from pandemic-ing

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  • Renergen develops COVID vaccine transport solution powered by liquid helium

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  • Retirement communities emerge as growth market for Swift Media

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  • Novatti partners with Ripple for global blockchain payments network

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  • Selfwealth allowing Aussies to trade US shares for $9.50 brokerage

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  • Cannabis sector flying high following United Nations declassification

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  • Kogan surges on to New Zealand shores with $122m eCommerce acquisition

    Following a proven model that skyrocketed Kogan.com (ASX: KGN) to the top of Australia’s eCommerce market, the online retailer is set to follow a similar path in New Zealand with the acquisition of Mighty Ape and its 895,000 subscribers.  A homegrown retailer in New Zealand, Mighty Ape has built a reputation for its quick delivery

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  • Summer oysters trial tipped to increase Angel Seafood sales by 15%

    Seafood-loving Australians could soon have access to a wider range of oysters year-round with Angel Seafood (ASX: AS1) set to commence a farming trial of summer oysters which, if successful, would enable them to deliver oysters throughout the calendar year. The trials are part of Angel Seafood’s recently announced 3-pillar growth strategy to double their

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  • Rhythm Biosciences appoint mass manufacturer for bowel cancer test kits

    Aussie medtech company Rhythm Biosciences (ASX: RHY) is set to improve the screening process of colorectal cancer with manufacturing of their ColoSTAT testing kit to commence shortly after having appointed Biotem Limited as their new global manufacturer. Colorectal cancer is the third biggest cause for cancer deaths globally where current screening processes tend only to

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  • Feasibility Study confirms Syrah’s lucrative graphite facility in Louisiana

    Amid the electric vehicle boom and growing desire from US automakers to reduce reliance on China, battery minerals company Syrah Resources (ASX: SYR) has confirmed significantly lower operating costs to supply graphite from their US facility.  The Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) confirmed the business case for Syrah’s natural graphite Active Anode Material (AAM) production at

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  • Genetic Technologies to address mental health with pharmacogenomics AI

    With 1 in 8 Australians suffering from depression, the market for antidepressants is a growing one but one which medical professionals can be assisted to navigate through Genetic Technologies (ASX: GTG) and pharmacogenomics, genomic-based artificial intelligence. The tech will be coming to Australia through a new 3-year distribution agreement with Israel-based Taliaz, the developers of

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  • Carnegie partners with global tech giant HP for wave energy conversion tech

    Carnegie Clean Energy (ASX: CCE) has received a notable show of confidence in their wave energy technology with global giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) entering into a collaboration with the Perth-based company to further advance its capabilities. The collaboration will extend Carnegie’s artificial intelligence developments where their CETO technology is deployed in oceans to predict wave formations,

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  • COVID shutdowns in Malaysia fills VIP Gloves order book into 2022

    The world needs more gloves, STAT! With factory workers around Malaysia having contracted COVID-19, VIP Gloves (ASX: VIP) has presented as one of the last factories standing, prompting a rise in glove prices as the order book is now fully committed for 2021, more than 12 months ahead of time. Despite increases to their production

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  • Wine with a view, ClearVue engaged for Sustainable Greenhouse at Mt Fuji

    Clean energy and smart building materials company ClearVue (ASX: CPV) is opening up plenty of doors in the Japanese market with an order received to incorporate their insulated glass into a winery greenhouse at the base of Mt Fuji.  The greenhouse project for Fujisan Winery has been built by architect Paul Ma and is part

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  • AnteoTech locks in rapid COVID-19 mucus test and planned commercialisation

    The rapidly evolving marketplace around a vaccine for COVID-19 and ongoing management has taken another turn in the right direction with biotech company AnteoTech (ASX: ADO) readying for clinical trials of their Antigen Rapid Test (ART) which can be done using just a person’s saliva sample.  The ART is another medical advancement in the market

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  • Jumbo Interactive granted regulatory approval for SaaS lottery services in Great Britain

    Australian tech company Jumbo Interactive (ASX: JIN) has secured a big boost in their European operations having been granted a remote gambling operating licence from the Gambling Commission of Great Britain. The licence, granted to wholly owned subsidiary Gatherwell, is an extension of Jumbo’s online lottery ticket retail business and will enable the Company to

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  • BNPL meets Gig Economy in Fatfish’s new venture

    Venture capital firm Fatfish Group (ASX: FFG) is set to launch a new Buy-Now-Pay-Later platform which will enable companies to make purchases up to $1 million but unlike the current market offerings, purchases will be funded by crowdsourcing from their Smartfunding brand. The unique platform is facilitated by Fatfish holding the necessary Capital Market Services

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  • DigitalX launches RegTech app to automate admin for ASX companies

    Fintech and investment company DigitalX (ASX: DCC) is set to make management of more than 10,000 ASX notices a streamlined process driven by automation with the launch of their RegTech platform Drawbridge. With high regulatory requirements for ASX-listed companies and their Directors in order to best protect investors, there are tens of thousands of ASX

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  • Struggle Street neighbours unite as Helloworld prepares for cruises to return in 2022

    With international travel having come to a standstill since the onset of COVID-19, it’s been tough sledding for the tourism industry, but participants are finding help amongst their fellow brethren with Helloworld Travel (ASX: HLO) acquiring cruise wholesaling specialist, CruiseCo. Acquired for an undisclosed amount, cruise tourism has been decimated by the pandemic with the

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  • Novatti partners with UnionPay linking digital payments network to 179 countries

    As the world becomes rapidly more adept to digital payments through the declining use of cash, fintech company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) has expanded its payments network further across 179 countries by partnering with UnionPay and linking them into Novatti’s infrastructure.  By offering UnionPay as a method of payment to its merchants and customers, Novatti’s

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  • Norwood introduces digital assistants to screen your calls

    Communications tech company Norwood Systems (ASX: NOR) is set to utilise artificial intelligence to transform legacy voicemail technology into personal assistants that can screen your calls, route them to relevant contacts, take messages or simply tell callers to bugger off.  The tech will be driven by a new partnership entered into with artificial intelligence company

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  • Shareholders support Healthia with $13.2m for expansion into optometry

    Healthia (ASX: HLA) shareholders have voted with their wallets firmly in favour of the allied healthcare provider’s expansion into optometry with the Company successfully raising $13.2m from an Entitlement Offer to fund their acquisition of The Optical Company (TOC). The $13.2m from shareholders forms part of the $43m acquisition to proceed, adding 41 optometry clinics

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  • US trials confirm Analytica’s effectiveness for treating urinary incontinence remotely

    Australian medtech and eHealth company Analytica (ASX: ALT), developers of PeriCoach, have had their medical device data validated by leading researchers in the United States as parity to in-clinic consultations, a boon for female sufferers of urinary incontinence located in remote regions. Analytics’s data was backed up by independent trials conducted at the University of

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  • Cashed Up Crowd Media clears debt, poised for AI breakout

    Artificial intelligence and eCommerce company Crowd Media (ASX: CM8) has kicked another major goal in their corporate turnaround strategy, today clearing their $1.67m debt facility just one week after launching a beta version of their AI, 12 months ahead of schedule.  The facility relates to some legacy debt prior to the arrival of Chairman Steven

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  • Opportune Redcape picks up struggling Sydney hotel, set to relaunch with refurb

    Pubs and hotels operator Redcape Hotel Group (ASX: RDC) has jumped on an opportunistic acquisition to add the Gladstone Hotel in Dulwich Hill, NSW to their portfolio with plans to refurbish the establishment in readiness for a re-launch. The acquisition comes amid Gladstone Hotel being classified as a ‘Going Concern’ which has only been further

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  • Decmil lands $51m windfarm project in Victoria

    Engineering and construction company Decmil (ASX: DCG) is set to enhance Victoria’s clean energy capabilities having been awarded a $51m construction contract at the Ryan Corner Wind Farm. Already with extensive experience in wind farms to date, the contract was awarded as a joint venture between Decmil and RJE Global where Decmil will fulfil $51m

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  • Apiam increases equine footprint in regional NSW with new veterinary acquisitions

    Expanding their network into a major agricultural centre, Apiam Animal Health (ASX: AHX) has acquired a major veterinary business in Dubbo – a central farming and equine region in New South Wales.  The region in particular is one of the fastest growing in New South Wales with a current population of 40,000. The local economy

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  • Government extends contract with 8common for expenses tracking

    Fintech company 8common (ASX: 8CO) continues to be well supported by Government clients with the Federal Prime Minister & Cabinet extending their expenses tracking contract another year in a deal worth $236k.  The extension will ensure the relationship enters its 5th consecutive year which originally commenced with a 3-year term and has now entered into

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  • Althea becomes first Aussie cannabis company to be licensed in Germany

    Medicinal cannabis and research company Althea Group (ASX: AGH) has become the first Australian producer of commercial cannabis products to be granted the required licenses in Germany for sales and distribution. With the licences, Althea expects their first shipment of their Australian-made medicinal cannabis extract products to take place in December 2020. The licenses were

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  • Pointsbet accepts first bets in sports-loving State of Colorado

    Recently recognised as the the US Sports Betting Operator of the Year, PointsBet (ASX: PBH) has taken their first bets in Colorado with the mountain state becoming their fifth online sportsbook operation in the US since regulatory changes have opened up legalised sports betting. The Colorado milestone marks a significant moment in PointsBet’s short history

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  • AF Legal adds Gold Coast to national expansion as family law revenues surge

    Family law specialists AF Legal (ASX: AFL) has continued a major national expansion in recent months, today adding the Gold Coast to their national footprint with a new office to service Queensland’s second most populous region of 600,000 residents.  “Our move to the Gold Coast is our fourth expansion across South East Queensland. With our

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  • Think Childcare acquire more centres, receives takeover offer

    Early childhood education company Think Childcare (ASX: TNK) has added four news childcare centres to their network on the same day the operator has received a takeover offer at a notable premium on their share price. The takeover bid comes from private equity company Alceon Group at an indicative price price of 1.35 per share

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  • COVID fire sale – Lovisa scoops up 80 jewelry stores in Europe for €60

    As a new wave of the coronavirus ravages Europe forcing another round of mass shutdowns, jewelry retailer Lovisa (ASX: LOV) has capitalised on an opportunistic fire sale, acquiring German retailer beeline GmbH and 80 retail stores for just €60 (sixty Euros) and no debt.  Across Europe, beeline is expected to see big disruptions to its

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  • iCandy launches new Joint Venture to develop 3D mobile games

    Gaming company iCandy Interactive (ASX: ICI) is set to expand their portfolio of game titles through a new joint venture with animation company Lemon Sky Studios which will provide visual tech for the two to develop a range of new 3D mobile games. The 50/50 joint venture will be domiciled in Malaysia and leverage iCandy’s

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  • Straker shares surge 93% on selection by IBM for global translation services

    With the major expansion of their cloud computing capabilities, tech conglomerate IBM has selected Straker Translations (ASX: STG) to provide adaptive translation services across several IBM technology platforms. The partnership expands on an existing one between the two companies where Straker had previously translated Spanish for IBM, but will now apply the artificial intelligence-powered tech

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  • Crowd Media delivers beta of AI salesbot 12 months ahead of schedule

    Tech and artificial intelligence company Crowd Media (ASX: CM8) has surprised the market with a beta launch of their ‘talking head’ technology which has been developed to drive their vision of conversational commerce – the next frontier of influencer marketing.  The beta launch has been nicknamed Emma and is a visual projection of a sales

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  • Health Insurer adds cannabis to coverage with Little Green Pharma partnership

    Members of private health insurer Health Insurance Fund (HIF) will be given priority access to Little Green Pharma (ASX: LGP) and their research into medicinal cannabis with the two commencing a strategic partnership focused on improving patient quality of life.  Under the partnership, HIF members will be given priority participation in Little Green Pharma product

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  • Australian regulators approve Atomo’s rapid HIV diagnostic kit

    Medtech company Atomo Diagnostics (ASX: AT1) has been granted regulatory approval in Australia for their patented AtomoRapid HIV (1&2) rapid diagnostic kit which will enable testing for HIV with just one drop of blood. The approval granted by the Therapeutic Goods Association (TAG) enables Atomo to commence distribution of the diagnostic test to medical professionals

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  • Catapult cashed up with return of US sports, clears debt as sales boom

    Sports data and technology company Catapult Group (ASX: CAT) has thrived since the resumption of American sports that went on hiatus due to COVID-19, seeing a big rise in sales from teams and leagues utilising Catapult solutions in their return-to-play programs. Having held a cash balance of USD $13.9 million as at 30 June 2020,

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  • DomaCom to offer investors $250m in affordable housing for essential workers

    Essential workers will soon have more affordable housing in the coming years with DomaCom (ASX: DCL) partnering with BlueCHP to deliver $250 million in affordable housing properties which will be offered to investors fractional property investment opportunities. The $250m commitment is part of the DomaCom Affordable Property Accelerator which will be used to allow investors

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  • IBM flags Dubber tech to be “Best of Breed” in new partnership

    Aussie communications tech company Dubber (ASX: DUB) has been given a global tick of approval with their call recording technology selected for IBM’s Cloud for Telecommunications network.  The selection will see Dubber’s Unified Voice Recording solution be integrated into the IBM Cloud for Telecommunications platform which will enable calls to be recorded, transcribed and collect

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  • ReadyTech enters justice sector with $54m acquisition of Open Office

    Human resources and profiling tech company ReadyTech (ASX: RDY) is poised to instantly enter the justice sector through the acquisition of Open Office and their clients in Australia and the United Kingdom. A software provider for Government agencies and public offices, Open Office offers case management software for the justice sector with the tech being

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  • Baby Bunting shipping container hijacked by dangerous Khapra beetle

    Newborn and infant products retailer Baby Bunting (ASX: BBN) has potentially avoided a national catastrophe after a cluster of Khapra beetles were intercepted by the Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) in a shipping container holding Baby Bunting products. Within the shipping container were 320 Peg Perego Prima Pappa Follow Me highchairs

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  • Hospitals back to normal as Nanosonics infection prevention sales return

    Quirky pandemic sales endured by infection prevention company Nanosonics (ASX: NAN) look to have returned to normal with the resumption of standard hospital activities and sales of their medical products back to pre-pandemic levels. Initial thoughts of increased hygiene standards would have flagged Nanosonics to be one of the companies to see higher activity for

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  • Infomedia redies rollout of automotive parts platform, signs Ford Europe

    Aussie tech company Infomedia (ASX: IFM) is lining up international clients in readiness for the rollout of their Next Gen electronic parts catalogue for the automotive industry, securing Ford Europe as a cornerstone client. The 5-year enterprise agreement will give Ford access across all of Europe to the Next Gen ‘Microcat’ platform which is an

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  • Novatti partners with Google Pay and Samsung Pay for Tap and Go

    Digital payments and fintech company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) has added a few more Tier 1 partners to their payments network with Google Pay and Samsung Pay now supporting Novatti-issued Visa credit cards.  The ability for users to be able to make these digital payments through their smartphones and smartwatches is particularly attractive to potential

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  • Healthia rising as leading healthcare operater with optometry expansion

    Leading allied healthcare company Healthia (ASX: HLA) is set to significantly increase their services and national footprint with the $43 million acquisition of optometry group The Optical Company and their 41 clinics.  The acquisition is a horizontal expansion for Healthia which has primarily operated in the podiatry and physiotherapy sectors while also owning iOrthotics, Australia’s

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  • FDA approves Imugene to commence human trial for lung cancer immunotherapy

    Biopharma company Imugene (ASX: IMU) is now on their way towards commercialisation of their lung cancer treatment with approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to commence human trials. With the project name PD1-Vaxx in the US, the approval enables Imugene to commence recruiting patients for a clinical trial of the treatment on

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  • New leadership and new focus, MVP reclaims distribution rights and margins

    Australian pharmaceuticals company Medical Developments (ASX: MVP) is set to renew their international expansion targets with greater control having taken back the distribution rights from Mundipharma in both Europe and Australia for their flagship ‘green whistle’ pain reliever – Penthrox.  The decision to take back the European distribution rights to 27 countries was made in

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  • 2020 Melbourne Cup: Runner-by-Runner Preview, Analysis and Tips

    Who will win the 2020 Melbourne Cup? In a year that has been ravaged by the pandemic, racing has been the shining light of Australian sport which will culminate in the running of the Melbourne Cup.  For months, questions had been raised as to whether the race could be run, whether the international runners would

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  • Healthia expands services with footwear retailer and eCommerce acquisition

    As the largest podiatry clinic operator in Australia, allied healthcare company Healthia (ASX: HLA) is set to increase its range of products and services offered to patients and new customers with the acquisition of retailer Natural Fit Footwear and its online store.  Key to the acquisition is Healthia’s network of 94 podiatry clinics across Australia

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  • archTIS makes big splash in America with $9.75m cybersecurity acquisition

    Amid the global boom in demand for cybersecurity solutions brought upon by increased connectivity, Canberra-based tech company archTIS (ASX: AR9) is set to instantly expand to North America through the acquisition of Nucleus Cyber.  The acquisition will be funded solely by issuing AR9 shares with initial consideration of $6.25 million in stock and then a

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  • CLINUVEL to trial new drug addressing irreversible brain damage from by stroke

    Leading pharmaceuticals company CLINUVEL (ASX: CUV) is set to commence human trials using the drug afamelanotide to dissolve or remove underlying blood clots in the brain that cause arterial ischaemic stroke (AIS) which accounts for 85% of the 15 million strokes suffered worldwide each year.  Current stroke therapies are reliant on early intervention to restore

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  • Interview online, OpenLearning and UNSW partner for international pathway program

    Generational changes to how the world functions has filtered into the higher education sector with the University of NSW partnering with OpenLearning (ASX: OLL) to create a new online pathway program that can transition successful students into UNSW degrees.  The progressive online program will be operated by OpenLearning and will primarily be student-driven rather than

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  • Range International pushes eco-friendly logistics with Nestle contract

    Sustainable manufacturer Range International (ASX: RAN) is improving their global footprint having secured Nestle Philippines as a new customer which has ordered 6,000 of Range’s sustainable pallets which are made from 100% recyclable plastic.  The pallets which are marketed as Range’s Re>Pal brand, have been gaining steady traction through 2020 where Range has received orders

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  • Are we getting sick of BNPL stocks yet? Zebit struggles on listing

    After the halting of ASX listings due to uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the IPO markets has boomed in recent months where it’s now become more surprising for one to fall on listing, as was the case with BNPL provider Zebit (ASX: ZBT) in its first day on the boards. Between their classification as

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  • Crowd Media acquires eCommerce watches and jewelry brand for €1

    Having undergone their own business transformation over the past 12 months, eCommerce and artificial intelligence company Crowd Media (ASX: CM8) has capitalised on a corporate restructure from one of their partners to acquire trendy German accessories brand I AM KAMU for 1 Euro.  The nominal cash acquisition will primarily be supported by 5% profit royalties

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  • Volpara simplifying breast cancer communication for women with AI-driven imagery

    At a time when women are more aware of potential health issues than ever, Volpara Health (ASX: VHT) is set to drastically improve how breast cancer is talked about with imaging technology driven by artificial intelligence that will help prevent advanced stage breast cancer. The imagery will be provided to women in collaboration with Sheila

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  • Societal shift away from cash sends Novatti transaction volumes soaring

    Thriving in a world where cash is becoming less relevant by the day, Australian fintech company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) has continued leveraging their digital payment capabilities to report their highest ever quarterly revenue with further international expansion firmly in their sights.  With an increase in digital payments being made around the world, Novatti has

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  • Funtastic to make eCommerce push with Toys “R” Us acquisition

    It’s a strange world for children who can no longer spend hours browsing toys at Toys “R” Us following their store closures in 2018 but the way toys are marketed is set to get an overhaul with the $32.6 million acquisition of Hobby Warehouse, its brands, and 1 million subscribers by Funtastic (ASX: FUN).  The

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  • PainChek lands first disability services partnership for residential homes

    Medtech company PainChek (ASX: PCK) has secured its first disability services operator partnership with Nulsen Group commencing the use of PainChek’s world-first pain assessment smartphone app across five facilities.  The 6-month trial is the first of its kind for PainChek with commercial terms falling within Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and will enable both parties

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  • Trading frenzy on MyDeal sends share price soaring on opening day

    Having raised $40 million from their IPO which would give Mydeal.com.au (ASX: MYD) an implied market capitalisation of $258.8m, investors that missed out on the IPO offer have hit the ASX boards in droves to open MYD shares at $1.80, a rise of 80% on their $1 IPO Offer Price. The demand for MYD shares

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  • United Networks expands to WA, kicks off with $600k contract

    Telecommunications company United Networks (ASX: UNL) is set to increase its national footprint significantly with the expansion of their services into Western Australia as part of their renewed strategy to build recurring revenue streams.  The new contracts in Western Australia are expected to deliver a fresh $600k in recurring revenue while enhancing their services to

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  • Veris wins contract to supply telcomms and 5G to Iron Bridge

    Australia’s most significant resources project is set to be hooked up to 5G with Veris (ASX: VRS) winning the $2 million contract to design a tech solution that will connect Fortescue’s enormous magnetite project to the rest of the world.  The contract was awarded to wholly owned Veris subsidiary, Aqura Technologies which is carving out

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  • Identitii lands anti-money laundering Mastercard deal

    With Australian financial regulators firmly eyeing money laundering and facilitators, regtech provider Identitii (ASX: ID8) has secured Mastercard as a client for their Overlay+ platform which is designed to assist with financial crime compliance. The contract valued at $783k will see Mastercard use Identitii’s Overlay+ platform for their account-to-account network which will securely share crime

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  • Aussies taking charge of credit debt as Wisr tipping 300,000 customers

    Following months of lockdowns which have limited spending opportunities, Australians have used the time to get on top of their finances with neolender Wisr (ASX: WZR) reporting record quarterly revenues, loan originations and customer profiles. This time at home for many has led to Wisr reporting a 37% increase in operating revenue for the quarter

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  • AI now monitoring prison breaks as icetana lands more motion sensor sales

    Prison breakouts in America could soon become even harder with icetana (ASX: ICE) having received more orders for its artificial intelligence motion sensor technology which will be integrated into US prisons.  The 5-year licence purchase comes from hardware vendor Rasilient Systems Inc who will supply icetana’s video tech which is driven by AI to detect

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  • Strategic Elements enters agriculture tech with 3D weed mapping device

    Australian innovation company Strategic Elements (ASX: SOR) is extending their existing robotics and automation tech into the agriculture industry with the development of a device that will enable farmers to precisely map agricultural weeds via 3D mapping. The device will integrate multiple data sources including GPS, light detection and high definition cameras attached to an

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  • Kleos arrives in India for nanosatellites launch

    Space tech and data company Kleos Space (ASX: KSS) is set to achieve something many competitors have failed to execute with the launch of nanosatellites into space which will open avenues to new revenues, driven by data collected and monitored from space.  The launch is targeted for the first half of November, pending weather conditions,

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  • CV Check enters international markets with white label HR tech

    Recruitment screening and verification company CV Check (ASX: CV1) has secured its first international client for a white label service which replicates their flagship automated screening platform used by hiring teams. The first international contract of its kind is with US-based screening company NetForce Global which will use the CV Check platform under its own

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  • Little Green Pharma approved to commence manufacturing cannabis products

    Australian cannabis company Little Green Pharma (ASX: LGP) has reached a major commercial achievement in their long-term strategy having been granted a manufacturing licence for cannabis products at their newly commissioned facility in Western Australia. “The grant represents the culmination of LGP’s long-term regulatory strategy and is a clear watershed moment for the Company. The

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  • IKE opens door to major US project with $750k power pole contract

    Tech company ikeGPS (ASX: IKE) has secured an opportunity to change how power and telecommunication poles across the United States are managed, having won a contract with a large US electricity company to assess and design its power pole infrastructure through their IKE Analyze platform. Where the humble power pole was once the shining light

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  • Nvoi lands global recruiter Adecco for its HR tech platform

    Tech company Nvoi (ASX: NVO) has secured a big win with global recruitment company Adecco reaching terms for the use of Nvoi’s recruitment management platform and support services.  The 12 month agreement will see Nvoi’s JXT platform engaged by Adecco offices around the world including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, China and

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  • Buddy Technologies to ride Amazon Prime Day with Alexa bundle sales boost

    Smarthome tech company Buddy Technologies (ASX: BUD) is set to see a big increase in the adoption of their smart lighting solutions through Amazon Prime Day, where the behemoth retailer will be offering a bundle promo for USD $18.99 which normally retails for $59.98. The bundle which will be available only on Amazon Prime Day,

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  • Takeover bid for Link Group sends share price soaring

    Shares in financial services company Link Administration Holdings (ASX: LNK) have surged upon reporting to the market this morning that they have received a takeover bid, valuing Link shares at $5.20 each, a 30.3% premium on their $3.99 Friday close price. The conditional offer has been put together by a consortium comprising of Pacific Equity

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  • Valmec expands construction portfolio with $15m water contract win

    Infrastructure construction and maintenance company Valmec (ASX: VMX) are continuing to scoop up contracts in Western Australia amid the abundance of resource projects coming online with a $15 million water deal from Water Corporation the latest to be secured.  The new contract leverages an existing relationship between Valmec and Water Corp with Valmec having provided

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  • Pensana Rare Earths study to create the world’s first sustainable magnet metal supply chain

    Amid global interest in Rare Earths following President Trump’s desire to decentralise supply from China which dominates the market, Pensana Rare Earths (ASX: PM8) is preparing to establish a processing facility that would be the world’s first sustainable magnet metal supply chain. Specifically, a new UK facility would integrate Pensana’s Longonjo project in Angola which

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  • Aerometrex inks new corporate deals as aerial photography subscriptions rise

    In a world where planners face the dilemma of building ‘up’ verses building ‘out’, the value of aerial mapping is seeing greater adoption by decision makers across a variety of sectors as evidenced by new corporate deals secured by aerial photography company Aerometrex (ASX: AMX). Offering Data-as-a-Service through MetroMap, an online imagery application that provides

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  • iSelect coding error debacle ends in $8.5 million settlement with ACCC

    For anyone that has ever used an online comparison service run by iSelect (ASX: ISU), the abundance of disclaimers you have to click through and agree to when their call centre contacts you will make a lot more sense after they reached an $8.5m settlement for disclosure breaches dating back to 2016.  The breaches related

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  • Novatti to expand billing automation platform with US launch

    Australian fintech and digital payments company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) is set to enter one of the world’s most lucrative consumer markets with the expansion of Emersion, an end-to-end business automation and billing platform, to the United States. The expansion will enable service providers such as utilities, telecommunications and insurance companies to gain access to

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  • MGM pivots child safety tech to new mobile smartwatch for seniors

    Cybersecurity and tech company MGM Wireless (ASX: MWR) is tapping into the rapidly rising aged care tech market by re-purposing their existing SPACETALK mobile smartwatch, which gives children a safe device for online communications.  Originally designed to give parents the ability to track their children and enable calls between them but without access to social

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  • Harvest Technology forms global alliance to promote resource sector wearable tech

    Communications tech specialist Harvest Technology (ASX: HTG) has entered into a global marketing alliance with Inmarsat and Applied Satellite Technology Group to promote a wearable device that can be used for live transmission of data that will transform how remote sites in the resources industry are monitored.  The development comes at a time when management

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  • Resonance Health preparing FDA submission for pulmonary embolism AI alerts

    Medical imaging and research company Resonance Health (ASX: RHT) continues to advance a new artificial intelligence solution for automated alerts for patients with a suspected pulmonary embolism (PE), blood clots that block arteries in the lungs.  The research and development has now led to the Pre-Submission filing of ALERT-PE to the United States Food and

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  • SRJ Technologies to enter Saudi Arabia, targeting lucrative oil and gas projects

    Engineering solutions company SRJ Technologies (ASX: SRJ) is set to enter one of the world’s most lucrative oil and gas markets with the appointment of an agent in Saudi Arabia to represent SRJ, targeting the Kingdom’s premium projects. The 3-year agreement will see ZOMCO, a domestic maintenance service company founded in 1977, promote SRJ’s technology

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  • Emerald Financial Research Note – Novatti Group

    The onset of the Coronavirus pandemic has altered various aspects of daily human interaction where enforced lockdowns have created generational changes driven by technology. This has only increased the transition towards a cashless economy where, even prior to the pandemic, Novatti has developed an international network of partners that enable seamless movement of money across

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  • US students flock to online learning as Family Zone reports record revenue

    Despite a ‘no big deal’ attitude in the United State towards the coronavirus pandemic, educated Americans have been minimising the spread of COVID-19 with droves of students adapting to online learning where edutech provider Family Zone (ASX: FZO) has seen a 250% increase in revenue with 2,834 schools now on their distance learning platform.  From

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  • China to eat for a lifetime as Fonterra sell China farms for $555m

    Give a man to fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime. This could be a telling analogy of Fonterra’s (ASX: FSF) relationship with China in the competitive dairy products market after the New Zealand based company sold farms owned in China for NZD $555 million to

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  • Novatti granted regulatory approval to issue Visa cards in New Zealand

    Fresh off the launch of their Digital Payments Accelerator, Australian fintech company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) has been granted approval in New Zealand to expand its credit card issuing services.  The approval for ‘issuing and managing means of payments’ in New Zealand will provide commercial opportunities for Novatti to extend services to existing clients in

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  • End of an era as Sizzler closes doors in Australia

    Our next generation of budding leaders will miss out of one of Australia long-standing traditions linked to fast food buffets as Collins Foods (ASX: CFK) has made the difficult decision to close all off its Sizzler restaurants as a result of COVID-19.  While the brand has been under internal review since 2015 and no longer

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  • Buderim sells ginger division, transitions focus to booming US plant protein market

    Health foods company Buderim Group (ASX: BUG) is cashed up for its transition towards a company rebrand that will focus on plant protein foods following the sale of their ginger production business for $13 million. The sale has long been a formality for Buderim which will be followed by a name change to Health and

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  • Dragontail to deliver pizza AI in up to 2,500 Latin America stores

    Food tech and artificial intelligence company Dragontail Systems (ASX: DTS) is set to make continental waves in Latin America having secured a Master Services Agreement with Food Delivery Brands Group which operates more than 2,500 stores globally, across 30 countries.  The agreement will see Dragontail collaborate with FDGB to improve process efficiency and customer satisfaction

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  • ApplyDirect adds mentoring services to their HR and recruitment service suite

    AD1 Holdings (ASX: AD1), the company which owns recruitment site ApplyDirect, is set to expand its recruitment and HR services with the acquisition of mentoring business Art of Mentoring which, if utilised, can further the career pathways of jobseekers and professionals. The $1.5 million acquisition comprising $1m cash and $500,000 of AD1 shares is expected

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  • FirstWave secures leading Indian telco for cybersecurity supply deal

    Cybersecurity company FirstWave Cloud Technology (ASX: FCT) is set to have their technology used across the world’s second largest telecommunications market having entered a landmark agreement with Indian telco Vodafone Idea which was recently re-branded as Vi. The 3-year agreement will see Vi roll out FirstWave’s cybersecurity solutions to its business customers in a country

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  • Novatti launches new payments platform for purpose-issued Visa cards

    With the coronavirus pandemic highlighting society’s declining use of cash, fintech and digital payments company Novatti Group (ASX: NOV) has launched a new configurable platform for businesses to access world-leading Visa issuing solutions without the intensive investment required to buil