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Happy New Year 2019 - 

The Year of the Pig! 


We wish you and yours good luck, prosperity and good fortune in all your endeavours! 

We have had an exciting and busy start to the year. Flora, Hao and I have been meeting with investors in Hong Kong. Flora and I attended "Financial Week" and spoke at the Family Office Conference. 

A couple of take aways included that the macro economic environment is pessimistic compared to this time last year due to the trade war and major economies now moving 'out of sync' with each other. 

That said we saw strong interest in Australia as an investment destination and our deal flow. There was also a strong theme of investing in clean and green investments by major banks and funds. 

We look forward to assisting our clients access these funding sources during the year. 

This edition of our newsletter includes:

As always, I invite you download our updated 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


 Introducing Freedom Road Travel Group

Freedom Road Travel Ltd. (FRTG) is a Hong Kong registered, vertically integrated wholesale and retail travel business focused on the Chinese market.

The Company has a very experienced board and has been operating since 2014. 

The retail business services both Australia and China and provides travel products to the end consumer. The wholesale division is based in China and provides destination management services to global travel companies.


Freedom Road Travel recently announced that it "has kicked off 2019 securing a partnership with Queensland Rugby Union as their official member and fan travel service provider...with a contribution of every booking made going directly back to the local club."


 EMF Fitness

EMF Podcast & Mergermarket article

EMF recently released a podcast: "Delivering an Elite Business, Military Style (Ft. Scott Freeman of EMF, Elite Military Fitness)". The Company also featured in an article by Mergermarket. 

 Learn Primary Pty Ltd

Learn Primary - January 2019 

Update and Announcements

Over the last quarter Learn Primary has had significant achievements which the Company is pleased to share:
  • Release of our Teacher and School Portal
  • School Trials
  • Launch of Paid Subscription Model
  • Release of Year 4 Content

For more information about Learn Primary, watch their videos here:


 Helio Lending

"Helio Lending in Hong Kong

Helio Lending has been in attendance at the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong, represented by Joseph Buccheri from IMPEX Lawyers as legal advisor.

We have had a very busy week so far meeting with many interested and potential partners. The forum has been a great platform to introduce Helio to the worldwide market.

We are pleased to introduce the team at Nexchange who have invited Helio to be represented at the Hong Kong Blockchain week in March.

We have also met with a number of other interesting businesses including,

  • FinEx Asia
  • Cyberport
  • T3 Labs
  • Cumberland
  • and many more...

Another exciting opportunity, Helio met with the team from CW CPA in Hong Kong to facilitate and help us to set up a structure to represent Helio in Hong Kong."


 Qponics Limited

"Progress on the upgrade of the pilot algae farm in Brisbane into a small-scale production facility

The small ultrafiltration system continues to be assembled by our supplier in the Netherlands. The latest photograph provided (at left) shows the frame and the filtrate tank installed together with two pumps. The control panel and the filtration modules will be installed in February with shipment to Qponics expected at the end of that month. A large specialised algae centrifuge is expected to be purchased and installed in February. 

The ultrafiltration system and the centrifuge will be installed within a 15m x 7m shed. The earthworks for the shed site are completed, including the retaining wall to protect the slope, and the slab for the shed has been poured (image below). Concrete pathways for motorised entry and exit into and out of either end of the shed are also poured.

The Company also recently published a Director Briefing, in which Dr Graeme Barnett, CEO and Managing Director of Qponics Limited discusses:

  • The background of Qponics and initial business strategy for the Company, 
  • Underlying technology and advancements of the Company
  • The Company's 18 months plan for the market


  Guarda Group Holdings 

“Guarda Systems receives strong interest in products at World of Concrete Trade Show in the US

Guarda Systems attended the World of Concrete Trade Show in Las Vegas on 22-25 Jan. The World of Concrete is the world’s largest trade show for the concrete construction industry with over 1500 exhibitors and 60,000 visitors. Our booth looked stunning and was, at times, swamped with visitors. Interest in our products was very strong from end-users, distributors, large retailers, equipment rental companies and global manufacturers (OEM’s). We had some of the world’s largest OEM’s visit the booth and register interest in the technology on the Edge Powercutter. As a result of the show we have some pre-sales, many sales and distributor leads as well as follow-up meetings planned with key OEM’s."

 BlueMount Capital

Flora Mok's Hong Kong report: 

"Small and medium sized deals gaining momentum

in Asia Pacific"

"I returned to Hong Kong on 30 November 2018 and will stay there until the end of 28 February 2019. 

During this period, I have already attended a number of meetings with investors (e.g. global private equity and venture capital funds, family offices and strategic buyers, etc.) and various financial advisors. 

In addition, I joined a number of events such as Asian Financial Forum, Asia Private Equity Forum,Asia Family Office Solutions Showcase, Annual Dinner and luncheons of China Estate Chamber of Commerce, seminars organized by Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, Euromoney Forum, etc.

Dr. Mark Rainbird, our BlueMount Capital Managing Director, and I (pictured above left) spoke at the Family Office Solutions Showcase on 18 January 2019.

Notwithstanding the recent volatile global economic conditions, there is a growing momentum on small and medium sized deals ranging from US$1m to US$100m in different sectors such as renewable energy, agribusiness, mining, healthcare, education, technology,biotech, etc. Australian assets and companies continue to be popular investment opportunities for global investors. 

Other than equity investments, some investors are also keen on a hybrid structure (i.e. debt plus equity investment) which can result in mid-teens to high-teens annual returns.

After joining the above meetings and functions, more investors in Hong Kong and other countries have shown interest in a number of our investment opportunities."

For more information, please contact us

  Australia China Business Council 

We hope you will join us at ACBC's 

upcoming events in Brisbane!

  • 14 February: ACBC QLD Chinese New Year Dinner 2019
  • 28 February: The 2nd China International Import Expo Business Forum
  • 6 March: International Advisory Boards for Australian Businesses

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

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