Sarona Ventures launches a new $20 million fund with investments from private investors

The Sarona Ventures Fund, under the Sarona Partners Group, has announced a new $20 million fund that only includes investments from private investors and wealthy families. The fund’s focus is on early-stage investments in Israeli entrepreneurs and startups in the Seed and Series A stages. Several major investors have joined the fund, including several unicorn … Read more

ReturnGO Completes $6.5 Million Seed Round for Ecommerce Returns and Exchanges

Israeli startup ReturnGO announced on Thursday the completion of a $6.5 million Seed round. The round was led by the TPY Capital fund, along with other funds such as Cresson, GoodCompany, SeedIL and Aristagroa. Leading angel investors like Yuval Tal, Dan Adika, Benny Schneider and Haim Bar-On also joined the round. ReturnGO has developed a … Read more

ROCH Ventures to invest €20 million in Israeli travel and tourism startups

European venture capital fund ROCH Ventures has announced the launch of a €100 million fund for travel and tourism start-ups, of which €20 million will be invested in Israeli companies. The fund is headed by French entrepreneur Bobby Demri, founder of the GOV app and former director of software innovation at the Boston Consulting Group, … Read more

Police hunt down Wollert’s attack

A man who police believe may be able to help with their investigation into a deliberate ramming in Wollert on Monday morning. Members of the GREENSBOROUGH Highway Patrol are calling for witnesses after a vehicle with a traffic camera was deliberately rammed in Wollert Monday morning. An unknown four-wheel drive vehicle collided multiple times with … Read more

Overlooks will become a feature along the new Plenty Gorge trail

A new trail through Plenty Gorge will include five lookouts, including Blue Lake. A new trail through Plenty Gorge Park will see the installation of five new overlooks along the Plenty River after a $19.3 state government commitment was announced last week. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio revealed the final designs … Read more

Whittlesea Community Connections Seeks Volunteer Drivers

Photo: Oleksandr Pidvalnyi on Pexels. Whittlesea Community Connections is looking for volunteer drivers to help with transportation for community members. The Whittlesea Community Transport Service is a volunteer-based service aimed at helping people over the age of 65 to travel around their area, often to shops, medical clinic appointments, hospitals or generally to any public … Read more

Fundraising replaces hiring as most pressing startup challenge, report says

Some 74% of founders report they are concerned about their ability to raise their next round of funding, a new report from data-sharing platform Startup Snapshot shows. The report, which surveyed more than 450 Israeli founders and employees on the state of the early-stage startup workforce, highlighted the tumultuous change the ecosystem underwent in just … Read more

Wollert Asbestos Landfill Investigation

Asbestos-containing construction and demolition waste found in Wollert, which is now being investigated by the City of Whittlesea and the Environmental Protection Authority. A load of construction and demolition waste containing asbestos found in Wollert has triggered a joint investigation by the City of Whittlesea and the Environmental Protection Authority, EPA, Victoria. City of Whittlesea … Read more

Lawn shift for the Kalkallo Scout room

A new Scout hall is on the way for Kalkallo after Minister for Youth Ros Spence broke ground on the project last week. The $1.2 million Kalkallo Scout Hall will be built with matching contributions of $600,000 from the state government and Scouts Victoria. The hall will be on the grounds of Gilgai Plains Elementary … Read more