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Queensland organic grain miller gets $12m cash injection

Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) has congratulated Kialla Pure Foods on successfully attracting $12.3 million worth of investment to help grow its organic grain and flour processing business.



How funds are making the most of water market chaos

Record rainfall and growing concern over the politics of the Murray Darling Basin have not been enough to dent the values and demand for water entitlements in Australia’s booming farming regions such as the Murrumbidgee. With parts of NSW receiving up to 400 per cent of their average annual rainfall during winter, some prices for water allocations have reduced but a trend towards planting crops and orchards such as almonds, which require higher-security water, is keeping some tension around pricing.



Blue Sky Cracks Student Housing in US

Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX:BLA) continues to up the ante in the student accommodation market, this time in the US.The Brisbane-based fund manager has formed a joint venture with Student Quarters, an independent student housing investment manager with approximately 5000 beds under management.



Blue Sky builds new student digs

Blue Sky Private Real Estate and its joint venture partner Goldman Sachs have begun construction on two new student accommodation facilities in Melbourne and Adelaide, taking its portfolio pipeline past 3300 beds.



Podcast: Morgans 40 under 40 series

Morgans’ Adviser Chris Titley recently interviewed Blue Sky’s new Managing Director, Robert Shand. In the interview, Robert discusses the history of Blue Sky, his own background, why he joined the company and his future plans for the business. He also discusses work/life balance, people and culture, and shares some insights into his management techniques and philosophies.



How to fund your startup dream

Entrepreneur is no longer code for ‘unemployed’. More people than ever are opting out of traditional employment to start their own business and technology is making it easier than ever to reach a global audience. So how can you find investment to turn our innovative ideas into global businesses?​​ Elaine Stead, head of Blue Sky Venture Capital, shares the six keys for success.



The coolest 100 people in Australian tech

The past 12 months have proved to be a coming of age for Australian tech. Innovation and technology have shifted to the heart of the economic policy agenda, and there is a clear recognition among policymakers and investors that Australia needs a strong technology ecosystem to compete in the modern global economy.



Chloe McCardel completes 19th English Channel swim

Congratulations to Chloe McCardel who has just completed her 19th English Channel swim. We are proud to support an incredible Australian rewriting the record books.



Blue Sky for Aura in $130m Brisbane retirement deal

Australian Financial Review – Retirement operator Aura Australia Management has paid more than $20 million for its first development site in Brisbane’s south-west suburb of Corinda, where a $130 million retirement village will be built Aura is half owned by listed asset manager Blue Sky Alternative Investments and founded by Tim Russell, who was formerly chief executive of Retire Australia, Australia’s largest independent retirement village operator before its sale.



Queensland women lending a hand to help others succeed

Blue Sky’s Elaine Stead nominated for Telstra award – The 2016 Telstra Queensland Business Women’s Awards finalists demonstrate the unique combination of skills required for professional excellence: the courage to take risks, sound financial management, strong leadership skills and of course, sophisticated business acumen allowing them to thrive.



Blue Sky offers local investors a route into Manhattan

The listed Blue Sky Alternative Investments is taking a stake in another New York commercial property, with the aim of providing exposure to alternate asset classes for Australian investors. Cove Property Group, in which Blue Sky has a 38 per cent stake, is buying – with institutional equity backing – a building on Manhattan’s west side at a price of more than $400 million.