Dear Readers,

Welcome to the May 2018 edition of Funding Strategies Connect!

This month I had the pleasure of presenting to the China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong and International Chapter (CRECCHKI) of which we are a member. My topic was 'Overview of the Australian Real Estate Market, Trends and Infrastructure' (screen shot below) and I was joined by Steven Silvester, General Manager, Brisbane Marketing, whose topic was 'Brisbane Business and Investment Forum'. 

We also thank those who attended our Queensland Small Business Week 2018 breakfast this week. We had a great turn out and received excellent feedback on the presentation

In this edition of our newsletter I have included:

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

For more information please contact us

Mark Rainbird

Managing Director 

Funding Strategies


 Funding Strategies

Funding Strategies is a capital markets firm providing strategic advice, venture equity capital and finance services to small business and companies seeking capital for growth and expansion in the unlisted, pre-IPO and listed capital markets. We specialise in creating and implementing successful funding and capital raising strategies. 

We serve predominately private and public companies, and sophisticated investors, with a broad range of services: 

  • Corporate Advisory
  • Funding Strategies and Investor Ready Services
  • Equity and Debt Capital Raisings
  • Small Scale Offerings and Venture Capital
  • Grant Funding
  • Special Private Placements
  • Stock Exchange Listings
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestments
  • Strategic Trade Sales
  • Technology Commercialization
  • Real Estate Debt and Equity Financing and Restructuring
  • Providing Opportunities for Investors
  • Director and business advisory services
  • Migration Investment SIV 132A, 132B and 188E
  • Fund Management / Venture Funds


More event photos can be found on our Facebook page


 Introducing Walker Capital 

Walker Capital offers a managed discretionary account (“MDA”) service, specialising in rules based trading of derivatives. It develops and manages sophisticated currency related trading models suitable for private investors, institutional investors, incorporated bodies and trustees; including SMSFs. 

Walker Capital's investment philosophy is founded on time-tested money management strategies that captures market opportunities while managing the risks during volatile market cycles. 

With almost 10 years of market experience trading currencies (forex) and contract for difference (CFD), Walker Capital's investment team have developed strategies based on financial research and actual time in the markets.This means they have done the hard work for their clients, saving time, money and effort knowing that their investment and trading decisions are backed by solid statistical analysis and financial modelling. 

With the aim to deliver positive results for their client's portfolios, they conduct ongoing monitoring and enhancement to their investment strategies. This ensures a level of control and flexibility required when trading a dynamic market. 

Walker Capital is an accredited and recognised as a corporate member of the Institute of Managed Account Professionals (IMAP).

To find out more about Walker Capital or if you are interest in setting up an account, please contact us.

"Walker Capital's Investment Strategy Shows Excellent Gain 

On behalf of Walker Capital, I am delighted to announce that our High Growth Investment Portfolio has generated a superior return since its inception in March 2018, surpassing our annual targeted return of 30%. This return has been a result of Walker Capital’s proprietary dynamic algorithms combined with experienced analysis by our investment managers to manage risk and deliver exceptional returns."


Introducing Project Specula 

Project Specula is an innovative technology development company incorporated in Hong Kong, with its key IP being developed in Cambridge, UK. Project Specula is looking to bring enterprise smart safety glasses to market.

Project Specula’s founder leverages 30 years product design and market development experience working with visionaries such as Steve Jobs at Apple-Next-Pixar to bring the Company to production readiness.

Project Specula’s smart safety glasses are purpose designed for the enterprise market in a work practice specific range. The enterprise market for smart safety glasses is all about productivity and safety gains, with Forrester Research predicting annual enterprise smart glasses spending to be USD$30 billion by 2025.

Our Managing Director, Mark Rainbird, recently met with the founder in Sydney and was impressed by the technology platform being created. 

Please contact us to find out more about Project Specula.. 

Introducing Project Plasma 

Prime Biologics has developed and validated a capital-efficient fractionation technology ideally suited for emerging markets to enable domestic production of plasma therapeutics (IVIG, albumin). Prime’s proprietary system is efficient, lean and scalable. The Singapore-based company is backed by S$30M in venture funding and is being led by life sciences industry veterans.

Prime’s core technology relies on a disposable membrane cartridge, which separates particles by size and electric charge. Processing plasma with Prime’s membrane enables equivalent or higher yield of derivatives at a fraction of the cost of a conventional (Cohn) facility. In most settings, a Prime facility can be built for about S$40M. Prime’s technology enables local fractionation in mid-sized emerging markets where conventional technology is cost-prohibitive and toll fractionation is unsuitable. Prime’s pilot facility in Singapore was cGMP certified in 2016.

Please contact us to find out more about Prime Biologics. 

Introducing Project Energiae 

Project Energiae is a large greenfield solar energy project. Being located in Queensland, the solar farm will have access to some of the highest daily solar exposure in Australia. 

The development application, environmental impact study, archaeological/cultural study, permission to construct, floor survey, detailed technical design and third party design review have all been obtained and completed. 

Please contact us to find out more about Project Energiae. 


 Dealer Trade Holdings 

Market Review: Dealer Trade vs TradeRev

"A key question which we are always asked is: How do we quantify the value of the Dealer Trade concept? Given this, we thought is may prove useful to you to examine a similar online auctioning model being run in North America. 

TradeRev is a product originating in Canada which shares many similar qualities to Dealer Trade – being an app based, dealer to dealer vehicle auction platform. TradeRev and its parent, KAR Auction Services Inc. (NASDAQ:KAR) released the following press release in October 2017: KAR Goes All In on Digital – Acquires Remaining Interest in TradeRev Mobile App Auction Platform Disruptive Technology Strengthens Company’s Digital Foundation and Accelerates Growth in Broad Dealer-to-Dealer Marketplace [...] TradeRev’s acquisition implies a valuation for its software at up to USD250 Million.

This transaction reflects the global, technology driven shift reverberating in wholesale vehicle remarketing in which Dealer Trade is at the forefront in Australia and the United Kingdom, with almost half of all Australian dealerships and over 1,500 UK dealerships registered on our platform. We hope this proves informative you in providing some context surrounding our valuation processes and methodologies."

 Guarda Group Holdings 

Director Briefing & Mergermarket article

"Guarda Group has buyer interest but is focused on boosting revenue - CEO

Guarda Group, a Perth-based Australian manufacturer of concrete-cutting hand saws, has had buyer interest, but is focused on ramping up revenue, particularly in the US, said Chief Executive Officer Craig Penty. 

The company, which is currently valued at around AUD 5m (USD 3.7m) on the basis of its IP and revenue forecasts, has had interest from large global manufacturers and envisages an exit to an industry player, Penty said. 

 There is no set time frame as it will depend on revenue growth, with the company's conservative revenue forecast for 2021 being AUD 12.2m, he said."

Director Briefing with Craig Penty, 

Guarda Group Holdings

In this Director Briefing, Craig Penty, Managing Director of Guarda Group Holdings Pty Ltd, discusses:

  • Guarda’s innovative technologies, brands and products making concrete cutting activities and workplaces safer
  • Mitigating deadly Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Crystalline Silica Dust that saw operators are exposed to
  • Company Growth and Strategic Focus
Recently, Eden Exchange spoke to Craig Penty, Managing Director of Guarda Group Holdings Pty Ltd. Guarda is the holding company of several subsidiary companies that develop, manufacture and sell concrete cutting saws and related equipment." 

Picture Wealth Pty Ltd 

PictureWealth keynotes at 

CPA Public Practice Conference

"I am very pleased to announce PictureWealth’s participation in the upcoming CPA Pubic Practice Conference 2018. The conference is expected to draw more than 500 accountants across the nation and is a significant opportunity for us to show case our technology. 

We have secured a sponsorship and the key note addresses across all four venues. Neal Cross, investor and adviser to PictureWealth, will be presenting the major fintech megatrends impacting accountants and highlighting how PictureWealth can help practitioners future-proof their practices."


Australia China Business Council 

We hope you will join 

our team member Flora Mok at the 

upcoming ACBC events in Brisbane:

8 June: 

Australian Renewable Energy Sector Update: Vital New Information for Investors and Stakeholders - hosted by ACBC QLD & GHD

5 July: 

Welcome Dinner Air China Direct Flight Beijing to Brisbane - hosted by ACBC QLD & Brisbane Airport Corporation


Korean seminar

in Brisbane 

BlueMount Capital's M&A Director, Flora Mok, recently met with a delegation of South Korean government officials (pictured below). 

As a result of the meeting, BlueMount Capital  is now planning a seminar in conjunction with Bridging Asia for Koreans in regards to listing and investing in Australia as well as e-commerce platforms for export from Australia to Japan and Korea. 

For further information please contact us

Funding Strategies Pty Ltd
ACN 161 432 123
Level 5, 15 Astor Terrace, Spring Hill QLD 4000
Telephone +61 7 3160 2840

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