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School Bytes Invests in Product Development with Second Round of Non-Dilutive Financing From Lighter Capital


Getting Started with Lighter Capital

School Bytes is a comprehensive administration software providing Australian schools with the tools they need to operate smoothly & efficiently. From school payments and parent communication to event management and sports selection, School Bytes’ award-winning cloud-based software streamlines daily administrative tasks for over 480 schools.

School Bytes secured $522,000 AUD, a second round of non-dilutive funding from Lighter Capital, at the end of December 2021 to kick off the new year strong. This brings total funding from Lighter Capital to $1.17 million AUD. With this recent capital, School Bytes will invest in product development to fast track the completion of new modules to continue its pace of quickly growing throughout Australian schools to provide an all-in-one solution for school administration.

“Working with the team at Lighter Capital has been amazing. Our second round of non-dilutive funding was finalized within a week of the initial discussion.”   –   Blake Garrett, CEO of School Bytes

Growing Traction

School Bytes was initially founded in 2015 by Blake Garrett via a high school competition.  Garrett saw the labour intensive process of sending statements and collecting payments by mail and was determined to create a more efficient process for his school. He created a system to send digital statements in a matter of minutes. He began to think about how he could optimize his platform, developing options for split payments, flexible payment options and voluntary contributions. It wasn’t too long before a second school came calling. School Bytes was born and has grown to serve over 480 schools across New South Wales. Learn more about School Bytes’ start in our client story.

Powered by the scalability of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, the company has integrated the ability to generate statements of accounts and bill parents, send personalized correspondence to caregivers and students in bulk, manage the excursion process from start to finish, and provide an easy-to-use sports selection platform for students, with new functionality being added on a regular basis. Included in the subscription is support in the onboarding process through an over-the-phone help desk, an online live-chat service, a quick-response support email, and an in-depth knowledge base. School Bytes is dedicated to reduce administrative burden and support schools through this user-friendly digital cloud platform.

About School Bytes

School Bytes is an education technology company providing schools with the software tools they need to operate smoothly and efficiently. Headquartered in Lane Cove West, NSW, School Bytes offers a range of solutions designed for the Australian school system.

Lighter Capital is the pioneering leader in founder-friendly, non-dilutive financing. Since 2010, we have provided hundreds of millions of dollars in over 1,000 rounds of financing to U.S., Canadian, and Australian tech companies. Founders achieve success on their terms with Lighter’s tech-enabled financing which has no fees and does not require the company to give up equity. The application process takes minutes and requires no pitch deck. Beyond financing, Lighter’s “more than money” benefits provide founders access to invaluable connections within the Lighter Capital Community, resources, and product discount opportunities. Learn more and apply at

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