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Bill Gates makes surprise investment in clean tech start-up LightSail Energy

11:36PM | Tuesday, 6 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has made a rare investment in a start-up, pouring funds into US clean tech company LightSail Energy, in a $37.3 million funding round that also includes PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.

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New Year investment expectations at record high: D&B

11:28PM | Tuesday, 6 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost a third of Australian businesses expect to boost their long-term investments in the New Year, according to the latest Dun & Bradstreet survey, as firms respond to lower interest rates.

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The four potential pitfalls of crowdfunding your start-up

11:13PM | Tuesday, 6 November 2012 | Reece Walker

A growing number of start-ups are turning to crowdfunding as a source of finance. But be warned: From intellectual property to ASIC regulations, there are serious pitfalls for the unwary. BY REECE WALKER.

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Swan raises doubts over online GST recommendation

11:13PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Federal Government’s review into GST has recommended broadening the tax base to boost federal tax revenues, but Treasurer Wayne Swan says such a move would hurt battlers.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Tax  | Leadership

The Pollenizer effect

11:04PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Since start-up incubator Pollenizer launched four-and-a-half years ago, Australia’s tech sector has grown dramatically. Here are five secrets to how Pollenizer assesses and works with start-ups. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

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COSBOA drama as chairman resigns, accounts still not signed off

11:12PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Cara Waters

The Council of Small Business of Australia is in turmoil after its annual general meeting last week, with Ken Phillips resigning as chair after the council's accounts were unable to be signed off.

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VC-backed companies up 9% amid “vibrant” start-up scene

11:50PM | Friday, 2 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The number of local companies that received venture capital in the 2012 financial year increased by 9% to 83 companies, reflecting the “vibrant, domestic start-up scene”, a new report claims.

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

Victorian Govt unveils $8 million Technology Voucher Program

11:05PM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Victorian Government has unveiled the $8 million Technology Voucher Program in a bid to drive the use of cutting-edge technologies, offering vouchers worth up to $250,000.

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Retailers ignore executives' calls to abandon GST fight

11:53PM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Retailers are not willing to give up the fight on import GST, but some executives think it is a distraction from the real issues.

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The triple C bottom line: Getting back to basics

10:38PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Marc Peskett

It’s easy to get distracted by bright shiny ideas and other wonderful things, but running a business requires that you never lose focus of the basics. BY MARC PESKETT.

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Corporate spending on Melbourne Cup spurs business opportunities: IBISWorld

10:50PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

This year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival will see spending increase by 4.1% on 2011, according to IBISWorld, which has highlighted oppportunities for retailers and regional tourism operators.

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Commercialisation Australia confirms grants pipeline flowing again

10:42PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Grants are back on the table, it seems, with Commercialisation Australia now confirming the organisation is handing out new grants to small businesses after a temporary freeze.

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The cashflow Grinch that could steal your Christmas

10:35PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Taskmaster

In the past couple of days, Taskmaster’s little helpers – the operations manager, the account managers and our accountant – have all been assembled in the meeting room to confront a potential crisis: Christmas.

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Consumers still spending on clothes and technology: Nielsen

10:27PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Consumers are prioritising spending on new clothes, entertainment and technology, according to a Nielsen survey, which shows consumer confidence rose by eight points in the third quarter.

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10 business safety nets every soloist should put in place

10:21PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Tom McKaskill

The high wire act of running your own business is made a little easier by knowing you have some safeguards in place. BY TOM McKASKILL.

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Three things I learnt from pitching in the US – 7pm anywhere’s Amir Nissen

10:00AM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Melbourne entrepreneur has outlined the key lessons he learnt while pitching to an accelerator in the United States, encouraging start-ups to “keep hustling” while they wait for funding news.

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StageBitz snags $890,000 from multiple investors

10:31PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech23 alumni StageBitz has raised $890,000 in funding from investors including ANU Connect Ventures and the Sydney Angels Sidecard Fund, as it seeks to revolutionise the arts industry.

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Going local for your start-up funding

10:45PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Alexandra Cain

A small but growing number of local councils now offer grants to early stage ventures. Here are some key tips to help your business secure local government funding. BY ALEXANDRA CAIN.

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Two-thirds of would-be franchisees rely on external finance: Report

10:29PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost 70% of prospective franchisees rely on external finance, according to a new report, which shows franchisees continue to gravitate towards stable sectors such as food and beverage.

 | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisee  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Advance to offer five-day US stint in 2013 start-up program

10:00AM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Advance, the government-funded network for Australian expatriates, is encouraging start-ups to apply for its 2013 program, which includes a visit to Silicon Valley and the Innovation Summit.

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