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Private equity deal activity supported by 22% return to investors in 2013

5:16PM | Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | StartupSmart

New data released by AVCAL reveals private equity and venture capital funds in Australia posted returns of 22% in the 12 months to December 31, 2013, outperforming the ASX 300 Index by over 200 basis points.

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Australian startup wins an international hackathon, boosting investment hopes

5:23PM | Monday, 26 May 2014 | Kye White

Chris Baudia hopes his victory at the recent Appcenter Global Hackathon in South Korea will help spur investment in his Perth-based startup, GeoMoby.

 | Financing a business

Simon Hackett invests $2.2 million in battery storage developer

5:45PM | Thursday, 22 May 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Australian internet pioneer and entrepreneur Simon Hackett has made his latest investment, pouring $2.2 million into ASX-listed battery storage developer RedFlow.

 | Financing a business

Bitcoin gets wave and pay treatment

5:37PM | Thursday, 22 May 2014 | Kye White

Diamond Circle, a Brisbane-based startup that offers debit cards and cashless ATMs for bitcoin, is set to enter the UK and US, forgoing the local market which it claims is lagging.

 | Financing a business

Shomi the money: Aussie startup develops font-based alternative to QR code

5:29PM | Thursday, 22 May 2014 | Kye White

Australian startup Shomi has developed a font-based alternative to QR codes.

 | Financing a business  | Cashflow

Inspiring Rare Birds aims to increase the number of women entrepreneurs

5:26PM | Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | Bronwen Clune

When Jo Burston stood up on the podium to accept the Pearcey Entrepreneurship Award for her contribution to ICT in 2012, she was struck by one thing: looking out across the crowd she noticed only a handful of women at the event.

 | Financing a business

Investors demand tax reform in budget’s aftermath

5:32PM | Friday, 16 May 2014 | Kye White

The federal government should offer a firm commitment to tackle key issues on tax reform in order to strengthen venture capital in Australia, according to Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association chief executive Yasser El-Ansary.

 | Tax  | Government and Regulation

Sydney-based accounting solution startup invitco bought by Intuit

5:26PM | Friday, 16 May 2014 | Kye White

Sydney-based startup invitco has been purchased by online small business and accounting solution company Intuit Inc.

 | Sell a business  | Financing a business

Resources-based technology accelerator in the works

5:34PM | Thursday, 15 May 2014 | Kye White

Plans are being made for the possible development of a resources-based technology accelerator program in Perth, on the back of a successful mining hackathon in the city earlier this month.

 | Financing a business  | Technology

Finance startup aims to play matchmaker for SME loans

5:28PM | Thursday, 15 May 2014 | Kye White

In its first two days of release, Australian startup Loandesk, an online service that helps small businesses find loans, secured more than 1.5 million loan requests from users, according to co-founder and director Leigh Dunsford.

 | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Sole trader

Choosing a payment gateway for your business

5:24PM | Thursday, 15 May 2014 | Ben Nicoll

When starting your next online business you will undoubtedly be faced with the choice of integrating a payment gateway. Here is a quick look at some of your likely options.

 | Financing a business  | Cashflow

Kung fu novels and billion dollar floats: Five things you didn’t know about Alibaba founder Jack Ma

5:09PM | Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | Eloise Keating

Jack Ma likes kung fu novels and singing karaoke. He's also about to float the company he founded on Wall St for billions of dollars.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Technology  | Websites

Tradie platform hipages tools up with $6 million investment from big names

5:52PM | Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | Kye White

After operating for 10 years, Australia’s largest platform for finding tradespeople, hipages.com.au has secured $6 million of investment.

 | Growth  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Superannuation disclosure pushed back until next year

5:34PM | Tuesday, 6 May 2014 | Kye White

AVCAL supports the federal government’s decision to extend the consultation period for proposed changes to super fund rules that, if implemented, could have a negative impact on startups.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Government and Regulation

Five small business tax deductions to keep in mind at tax time

5:50AM | Tuesday, 6 May 2014 | Chris Ridd

Tax time is not far away, so it's worthwhile to know what deductions you can make as a small business owner.

 | Planning  | Tax  | Sole trader

$30 million bitcoin and crypto-currency fund launched

5:26PM | Monday, 5 May 2014 | StartupSmart

Future Capital Bitcoin Fund has launched a $US30 million fund which will invest in companies that are leveraging services based on bitcoin and other crypto-currencies.

 | Growth  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Commission recommends ending government funding for startups

5:57PM | Thursday, 1 May 2014 | Bronwen Clune

The Commission of Audit has recommended the government abolish both the Innovation Investment Fund and Commercialisation Australia, a rumour first reported by StartupSmart a month ago.

 | Financing a business

Incubator partnerships boost quality of Carnegie’s Den applicants

4:47PM | Tuesday, 29 April 2014 | Kye White

The quality of applicants involved in the first Carnegie’s Den event of the year is a significant improvement on those in the past, thanks to partnerships with startup incubators, according to event organisers.

 | Venture Capital

Adbidx takes out top honours at pitching event

4:55AM | Tuesday, 29 April 2014 | StartupSmart

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Sydney, a non-profit group fostering entrepreneurship, held its Open Pitching Competition for 2014 with 16 entrepreneurs given three minutes each to compete for the chance to attend TiE’s annual event at Silicon Valley on May 16-17.

 | Financing a business

How to fund your startup: Quick guide to Crowdfunding

4:12PM | Thursday, 24 April 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

I am still asked regularly about what crowdfunding is, whether it is legal, regulated and risky. Here is the Quick Guide to help you decide if it’s right for your startup business.

 | Financing a business  | Mentor  | Vanessa Emilio
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