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Financial system inquiry head calls for more dynamic VC market

3:49PM | Thursday, 20 March 2014 | Bronwen Clune

The head of the Abbott government’s financial system inquiry, David Murray, has called for a more dynamic venture capital market.

Financing a business  | Venture Capital

What’s a beer cost in bitcoins? Sydney gathering discusses the future of bitcoin

3:28PM | Thursday, 20 March 2014 | John Haining

PushstartAU founder John Haining was at Australia’s first Bitcoin Barcamp held in Sydney over the weekend. Here’s what he thought.

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World Cup Tech Challenge seeking startups to come pitch to VCs in Silicon Valley

3:05PM | Thursday, 20 March 2014 | Rose Powell

The World Cup Tech Challenge is seeking 30 startups from around the world to pitch to hundreds of venture capital investors and product experts at their Silicon Valley conference in May.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Melbourne entrepreneur in Silicon Valley gets $41.8 million cash injection

3:45PM | Thursday, 20 March 2014 | Yolanda Redrup

Big data analytics company Platfora has received one of the largest investments ever for an Australian tech start-up, securing $41.8 million from US investors.

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Why not spending our $1.3 million investment capital quickly was the best mistake we made

3:05PM | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Bellabox, a mailed monthly beauty samples box, is booming. Co-founder and chief executive Sarah Hamilton shares why they didn’t immediately pursue their extensive growth plans and how it turned out for the best.

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$24 million fund for job-creating Geelong startups open for applications

3:02PM | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 | Rose Powell

The Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund of over $24 million is now open for a second round of applications.

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Female entrepreneurs pay themselves less: Study

3:14PM | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 | Cara Waters

In the workplace women are paid 17.5% less than men on average, but a recent study by Babson College in the United States has found female entrepreneurs also pay themselves less than male entrepreneurs pay themselves.

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Mining investors digging for tech gold, says Posse founder

3:00PM | Tuesday, 18 March 2014 | Bronwen Clune

Traditional mining investors are looking to invest in technology, according to entrepreneur Rebekah Campbell, who is raising $1.5 million in new funding to grow her media website Posse.

 | Financing a business

Phone startup rethinking keys off to Brazil for accelerator program

3:25PM | Tuesday, 18 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Dextr, an Australian startup offering an alphabetically-ordered keyboard for mobile phone, has been accepted from over 1400 applications to join an accelerator program in Brazil.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Will a new $50 million tech investment company fix the Australian capital crunch?

3:56AM | Tuesday, 18 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Daniel Petre and Craig Blair are raising funds for a $50 million fund rumoured to focus on tech investments of between $2-5 million, but the news has failed to impress startup luminaries.

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Australian VC funding gets Turnbull’s attention

3:20PM | Monday, 17 March 2014 | Bronwen Clune

Australia’s lack of serious venture capital was thrown in the spotlight last week with a public exchange between two leading Australian tech figures, sparking an invitation to discuss the issue from Malcolm Turnbull.

 | Financing a business  | Government and Regulation

Australian game developer picks up $150,000 at Samsung app challenge in the US

3:26PM | Friday, 14 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Mark White’s Tasty Tadpole game took two years to build as he crammed in the coding around a full-time job in advertising.

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Accelerator program for financial tech start-ups launches in Sydney

3:53PM | Friday, 14 March 2014 | Rose Powell

An accelerator with $1 million to invest in 10 financial tech start-ups has been launched in Sydney this week by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Breezedocs receives $250,000 in Commercialisation Australia funding

3:09PM | Thursday, 13 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Automated document processing start-up Breezedocs has locked in a $250,000 grant from Commercialisation Australia, the federal government’s venture capital organisation.

 | Financing a business  | Business Grants

10 start-ups graduate from Queensland’s iLab incubator

3:03PM | Thursday, 13 March 2014 | Rose Powell

The start-up founders who graduated last night from Queensland’s ilab technology incubator Germinate program have had an intense three months of planning and pivots.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

The Awesome Foundation passes $500,000 donated and announces March as mega grant month

3:39PM | Tuesday, 11 March 2014 | Rose Powell

The Awesome Foundation, a worldwide initiative that holds monthly pitching evenings and gives $1000 to the best idea, has passed over half a million US dollars donated.

 | Financing a business

Bitcoin's bumpy week: Australian investors still confident about crypto-currency start-ups

3:29PM | Friday, 7 March 2014 | Rose Powell

The bitcoin rollercoaster continues with Japan planning to regulate transactions, two bitcoin exchanges hacked, and a chief executive found dead in Singapore.

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Kickstarter passes $US1 billion in pledges

3:24PM | Wednesday, 5 March 2014 | Gavin Lower

Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has this week celebrated passing $US1 billion in pledges for projects around the world, with Australia the fourth largest country for the value of funds promised.

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Newcastle accelerator Slingshot graduates: How they’ve grown and what’s next

3:16PM | Tuesday, 4 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Seven founders will pitch their start-ups tonight at the demo event of Newcastle accelerator program Slingshot.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

99designs early investors back customer service software start-up with $250,000

3:23PM | Monday, 3 March 2014 | Rose Powell, a start-up providing targeted technical customer service online, has announced a successful seed-funding round from investors who have all previously backed start-up powerhouse 99designs.

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