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Westpac aims to get ‘disruptive’ with launch of $50 million venture capital fund

3:11PM | Monday, 3 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Westpac has launched Reinventure, a $50 million fund seeking early stage technology start-ups to back.

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Push to reform taxation of employee share scheme gathers steam

3:54PM | Monday, 3 March 2014 | Paul Pennay

Momentum behind the campaign to change how employee share schemes are taxed is increasing, with government MPs set to be briefed later today by a lobby group which says the government should simplify the current arrangements.

 | Tax

Finding cash for a business by re-mortgaging your home: Start-ups are Scary

2:36AM | Friday, 28 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Belinda Jennings had to run her fair share of risk to launch the business, including re-mortgaging her home and quitting her job with two kids aged under three.

 | Financing a business

Australian bitcoin experts on the impact of the digital currency’s disastrous week

2:52PM | Wednesday, 26 February 2014 | Rose Powell

After months of rising value and hype, the world’s first digital only currency, bitcoin, has weathered a tumultuous week with a virus stealing thousands of coins and major exchange Mt Gox disappearing this week.

 | Financing a business

Infra-red tech company takes out top honours at angel investors’ pitching event

2:46PM | Wednesday, 26 February 2014 | Rose Powell

MP High Tech Solutions, a start-up developing thermal imaging sensors for smart buildings and electronics, was celebrated as the most promising start-up at an angel investors’ dinner run by incubator Innovation Bay last night.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Gold Coast incubator off to Silicon Valley with a troop of start-ups

2:55PM | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Silicon Lakes, a Gold Coast incubator and co-working space has announced a trip to Silicon Valley with several local start-ups set to launch in the coming months.

 | Innovation  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow

Start-ups sought to pitch to enterprises at Australia’s largest agile development conference

2:52PM | Monday, 24 February 2014 | Rose Powell

The Agile Australia conference gathers together thousands of developers and business leaders to discuss the power of the agile development approach and best practice approaches.

 | Financing a business

Two tax mistakes that can break a start-up

2:00AM | Monday, 24 February 2014 | Rose Powell

According to tax expert Ryan Tietjens, a couple of common mistakes can quickly quash a start-up’s chances of making it big. Here are the two biggest issues he deals with as an accountant – and how you can avoid them.

 | Tax  | Sole trader

MYOB co-founder Craig Winkler among early investors, as Practice Ignition raises $650,000 seed funding

2:04PM | Friday, 21 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

Practice Ignition, an Australian firm that helps accountants to streamline their interaction with clients, has raised $650,000 in seed funding from investors including MYOB co-founder and early Xero investor Craig Winkler.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow

Google launches $300 million investment fund for growing start-ups

2:31PM | Friday, 21 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Google has this week launched an investment fund targeting established start-ups seeking money to grow.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Start-ups are Scary: Bigcommerce founders on overcoming their fear of raising capital

2:00AM | Friday, 21 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Bigcommerce has a team of 300 and has raised $75 million to fuel its ambitious growth plans. But to reach any of these goals, its founders had to overcome their fear of raising capital.

 | Growth  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Start-up Profiles

Australian equity crowdfunding platform VentureCrowd launches with 36 start-ups and 200 investors

2:28PM | Thursday, 20 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Artesian Ventures has launched its VentureCrowd platform with over 200 registered investors and 36 start-ups.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Consider setting up a crowdfunding site – inside your company

2:00AM | Wednesday, 19 February 2014 | Taskmaster

IBM management recently introduced a crowdfunding site for projects within their company. It’s an idea you might be able to replicate on a smaller scale within your business.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Tax

Sydney University accelerator announces summer intake and demo day

2:43PM | Tuesday, 18 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Six start-ups have been announced as the intake for the University of Sydney Union’s start-up accelerator program Incubate.

 | Cashflow

OurCrowd launches in Australia to provide equity crowdfunding for start-up companies

2:18AM | Tuesday, 18 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

Global equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd is launching in Australia, giving local start-ups a new avenue for funding and sophisticated investors an opportunity to invest in global businesses.

 | Financing a business  | Cashflow

Rushing your investment round can have devastating consequences: Veteran angel investor

2:00AM | Tuesday, 18 February 2014 | Rose Powell

A leading angel investor has called for a reality check for start-ups, advising against rushing into deals and prioritising speedy decisions over building sustainable relationships.

 | Venture Capital

Funding flow slows to Australian venture capital and private equity

2:52PM | Friday, 14 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

New capital committed to Australian venture capital and later stage private equity funds slumped by $2.4 billion in fiscal 2013, down 77% on the previous financial year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Raising $1 million after just three months: Maestrano sets itself up for growth

2:17PM | Thursday, 13 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

Stephane Ibos says he and Arnaud Lachaume, co-founders of cloud-based business app provider Maestrano, weren’t really looking for investment when they launched late last year.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Start-ups named to join ANZ Innovyz START summer 2014 program

2:12PM | Wednesday, 12 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

Leading Australian accelerator ANZ Innovyz START has announced its latest intake of seven start-ups for summer this year, with director Dr Jana Matthews saying it’s one of the strongest groups to enter the program so far.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Leadership  | Workspace

So you think you can pitch? Lessons from a disaster!

2:00PM | Wednesday, 12 February 2014 | David Whitfield

At StartupSmart’s ‘So You Think You Can Start-up’ pitching competition, I was unable to deliver my presentation. Here are my five key lessons of pitching a start-up.

 | Marketing  | Sales and marketing  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital
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