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Small is beautiful when it comes to investors for e-commerce venture Alphatise

1:33PM | Friday, 24 January 2014 | Gavin Lower

When Paul Pearson was seeking investment for his new e-commerce venture Alphatise, he found he wasted three months trying to raise money from wealthy investors.

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Why doing your own accounting matters and why everyone can do it

1:46PM | Wednesday, 22 January 2014 | Rose Powell

The University of Technology, Sydney has launched a series of one-day courses on accounting fundamentals to equip start-ups from non-financial backgrounds with the ability to manage their businesses.

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Who entered the So You Think You Can Start-up pitching competition?

1:43PM | Tuesday, 21 January 2014 | StartupSmart

Entries have now closed for our So You Think You Can Start-up pitching competition. The 10 finalists will be announced shortly.

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Seed funding available for media start-ups from Walkley Foundation

1:33PM | Monday, 20 January 2014 | Rose Powell

The Walkley Foundation for Excellence in Journalism, a leading media industry body, is offering $40,000 in seed capital for up to six media start-ups.

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Ninja Blocks smashes Kickstarter campaign target for Sphere device

1:37PM | Thursday, 16 January 2014 | Gavin Lower

Australian technology start-up Ninja Blocks set out to raise $115,000 for their new Sphere device through crowdfunding.

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International accelerator program based in Brazil launches for 2014

1:22PM | Wednesday, 15 January 2014 | Rose Powell

Applications are now open for Brazil’s SEED accelerator program, which is seeking 40 start-ups from all over the world for a six month acceleration program in Belo Horizonte.

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US venture capital fund invests $US30 million in Australian hotel bookings company

1:19AM | Wednesday, 15 January 2014 | Rose Powell

Online hotel distribution company SiteMinder has received $US30 million from Technology Crossover Ventures, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has also invested in Facebook, Expedia and Netflix.

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Consultant sourcing online marketplace Expert360 raises $1 million for rapid expansion

1:17PM | Tuesday, 14 January 2014 | Rose Powell

Emily Yue and Bridget Loudon, the co-founders of Australian-based online expert consultant marketplace Expert360, reveal how they raised $1 million in funding to expand their business overseas.

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Trading places: Investors pitch to entrepreneurs at reverse pitch event

1:04PM | Monday, 13 January 2014 | Rose Powell

A Melbourne club for entrepreneurs is hosting its first “reverse pitching” night, where six start-up investors will pitch to a room of entrepreneurs.

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Australia needs to get better at angel investment: Spreets founder

1:57PM | Thursday, 9 January 2014 | Rose Powell

Spreets founder Dean McEvoy has called for local angel investors to get better and faster at investing in start-ups at a recent angel investor education program.

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Why we scrapped our jobs to launch a cat café

1:49PM | Thursday, 9 January 2014 | Rose Powell

Anita Loughran was toiling away in an uninspiring job and her husband Myles was struggling to find full-time work when they decided they were ready to start out on their own and pursue their passion: to launch a cat café in Melbourne.

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Sydney is the second most expensive city to run a start-up in, new stats show

1:57PM | Tuesday, 7 January 2014 | Rose Powell

Sydney is the second most expensive city to run a start-up in, with international recruitment firm estimating it costs $US310,416 ($A347,000) per year, second only to Zurich in Switzerland, which clocked in at $US314,640.

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International platform launches to connect start-ups to growth capital

1:46PM | Tuesday, 7 January 2014 | Rose Powell

A New York-based private equity deal platform to connect private companies seeking more than $US10 million in growth capital with investors has launched this week.

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Funds, financing and venture capital: the key stories from 2013

12:00AM | Tuesday, 24 December 2013 | Rose Powell

This year was a good one for start-up investment. Globally, early stage seed funding rose by 375% and the local industry welcomed some new funds, along with the emerging rise of crowd funding and the coming wave of crowdsourced equity.

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What does an Australian start-up need to get investment? NICTA new ventures director crunches the numbers

12:38PM | Thursday, 19 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Andrew Stead, the director of new ventures at NICTA, has researched the factors behind the most successful investment-backed Australian start-ups.

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How a start-up tweaked its investment pitch and brought in $1.2 million via a round planned to raise $500,000

12:06PM | Wednesday, 18 December 2013 | Rose Powell

A tech start-up for emergency radio broadcasts has raised just over $1.2 million in an oversubscribed round launched to raise $500,000.

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Australian angel networks need to go slow, warns investment expert

12:14PM | Wednesday, 18 December 2013 | Rose Powell

The Australian investment ecosystem is maturing to a point where it needs to start asking itself serious questions, says serial entrepreneur and investor Brian Dorricott.

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THE NEWS WRAP: Federal government ministers warned to expect deep budget cuts

12:24AM | Tuesday, 17 December 2013 | Gavin Lower

Federal government ministers have been warned to expect deep budget cuts early next year, with deficits likely to surpass $120 billion over the next four years.

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Entrepreneurialism for kids app plans to go international after receiving $50,000 Commercialisation Australia grant

12:00AM | Tuesday, 17 December 2013 | Rose Powell

An online app-based learning program that teaches primary school students business skills and financial literacy has received a $50,000 skills and knowledge grant from Commercialisation Australia.

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Major setback for innovation: Federal government abandons plans for start-up enabling tax reforms

12:34PM | Monday, 16 December 2013 | Rose Powell

The Abbott government has announced it will abandon two policies that would have had a significant positive impact on local start-up activity.

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