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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.

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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.

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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

Don’t be ripped off by suppliers: Consider the total cost of your purchases

2:00AM | Tuesday, 11 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Sure, it can often be tempting to look at the up-front costs of products to choose the cheapest. However, as the Taskmaster explains, this can be misleading.

 | Financing a business

The Founder Institute considering starting a chapter in Melbourne

2:00AM | Tuesday, 11 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

The world’s largest start-up accelerator, The Founder Institute, is considering establishing a new chapter in Melbourne later this year.

 | Venture Capital

Eight essential steps to prepare yourself for investors

2:47PM | Thursday, 6 February 2014 | Marc Peskett

Bringing investors into your start-up will be one of the most important decisions you will make about your company. Here are nine tips that will get you on your way.

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Pozible going strong despite Kickstarter’s arrival, launches residency program

2:35PM | Wednesday, 5 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Australian crowdfunding platform Pozible has launched a residency program in its Collingwood offices for start-ups planning campaigns.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Eight women-led start-ups selected for global ‘venture catalyst’ accelerator

2:40PM | Tuesday, 4 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Eight start-ups have been announced as the 2014 intake for Springboard Enterprises accelerator, a program connecting women entrepreneurs to growth experts and venture capital networks.

 | Venture Capital

Venture capital calls on Abbott to commit $350 million to support start-up investment

2:00AM | Monday, 3 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

The group representing Australia’s venture capital and private equity industry has urged the federal government to commit to a new $350 million investment in venture capital funding this year through the Innovation Investment Fund (IIF).

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

New Melbourne accelerator gives founders over 30 a shot

1:23PM | Friday, 31 January 2014 | Rose Powell

A pre-accelerator course and accelerator program for founders over 30 will launch next week in Melbourne to address a start-up support gap created by what the founders describe as an ecosystem-wide preference for young talent.

 | Financing a business  | Sole trader

Innovators to get grilled by investors at public event in Perth

1:17PM | Friday, 31 January 2014 | Rose Powell

Entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to pitch to venture capital investors in a rigorous “Silicon Valley style” pitching event in Perth in March.

 | Financing a business

Tax trouble looming? ATO implores SMEs to get in touch now to sort it out

1:54PM | Friday, 31 January 2014 | Myriam Robin

The ATO has called on small businesses to get in touch as soon as possible if they have any troubles with their tax, as the SME sector prepares to file and pay their taxes at the end of February.

 | Tax

Six steps to avoid a post-Christmas cashflow hangover

1:29PM | Thursday, 30 January 2014 | Myriam Robin

Many businesses shut over Christmas. But they still have to pay wages (plus leave loading) despite a lack of fresh customers, so it’s no wonder many businesses feel the squeeze in January.

 | Cashflow  | Sole trader
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