Thursday, 24 September 2015 13:44

Optus supports fintech start-up hub


Optus has teamed up with the new fintech start-up hub Stone & Chalk as its founding communications partner.

Under the deal, Optus will supply ICT services to the 2,300 square metre collaborative facility in Bridge Street, Sydney delivering Internet, managed security and managed Wi-Fi technology and services.

The facility houses start-ups from superannuation to predictive data analytics, distributed ledger, wearables, peer-to-peer lending and equity crowd funding, with companies at various stages of growth, from established businesses to more early stage start-ups.

John Paitaridis, Managing Director, Optus Business said: “Innovation and responding to change is a critical challenge for all Australian businesses to ensure they adapt to changing customer needs and market forces.

“This is particularly true for emerging fintech companies. We are delighted to partner with Stone & Chalk to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in the Australian fintech sector and support local start-ups.”

Stone & Chalk CEO Alex Scandurra said, “Working with some of Australia’s largest financial services and technology companies means Optus understands our market, the broader financial ecosystem and its demand for constant innovation.

“We are looking forward to working with the team on our technology and services requirements and supporting our promising start-ups, by either supplying best in breed ICT services, or through access to key Optus specialists, technology leaders, partners and mentors.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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