Financing a business



Experts agree Australian investment opportunities and tech industry to continue to grow

11:13PM | Friday, 8 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Venture capital, the blossoming start-up ecosystem and Australian entrepreneurial inferiority complexes were the key topics at a Silicon Dragon networking and panel event last Thursday in Sydney.

Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Blackbird Venture Capital update and tips: 500 start-up applications and nine deals later

11:44PM | Thursday, 7 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Eight months, over 500 applications and nine investments later, Blackbird Venture Capital has published a detailed update about the deal-flow on their blog.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Joe Hockey scraps inherited tax changes: The good, bad and the ugly for business

11:17PM | Thursday, 7 November 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Businesses are now able to act with certainty as the fog over Australia’s taxation landscape clears.

 | Financing a business  | Tax  | Government and Regulation

Crowdsourced equity insights: Australian activity and why it opens up possibilities for every start-up

11:00AM | Thursday, 7 November 2013 | Rose Powell

The international start-up community is readying themselves for the “unstoppable wave” of crowdsourced equity funding, which a local funding expert says is great news for start-ups.

 | Financing a business

Top three tips for social enterprises who want to create real change

11:21PM | Wednesday, 6 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Thousands of social entrepreneurs are involved in over 150 events across Australia this week as part of the first annual Changemakers Festival, coordinated by the Australian Centre for Social Innovation.

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Blue Sky Alternative Investment reveals venture trends and announces new investment director

11:09PM | Wednesday, 6 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Blue Sky Alternative Investments has announced the appointment of Nick Miller, a former investment manager at British private equity firm Sovereign Capital, as its new investment director.

 | Financing a business

One-in-three Australian corporates are looking to buy

11:04PM | Wednesday, 6 November 2013 | Myriam Robin

Corporate acquisition intentions are at a four-year high, meaning plenty of buyers for small business owners keen on making an exit.

 | Financing a business

Cap on education expense tax deductions scrapped as government axes seven inherited tax policies

11:59PM | Wednesday, 6 November 2013 | Dan Moss

Education expense tax deductions will not be limited to a yearly $2000, part of a raft of Labor changes which will not proceed under the Coalition.

 | Tax  | Sole trader

Crowdfunding tips: Hitting the emotional notes to get beyond your network

11:00AM | Wednesday, 6 November 2013 | Rose Powell

As crowdfunding continues to develop, so too does the information about how to run a successful campaign.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Sole trader

The pivots behind the ANZ Innovyz Start’s graduating pitches

11:16PM | Tuesday, 5 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Several of the ideas pitched to a packed out Adelaide Town Hall yesterday at the ANZ Innovyz Start graduation day had completely changed since entering the three-month program.

 | Financing a business

Did Gonski get it wrong? Australian early stage investment is alive and growing, experts say

11:00AM | Tuesday, 5 November 2013 | Rose Powell

David Gonski’s comments that Australian entrepreneurs are being driven overseas due to a lack of available funds has sparked a debate about the early stage venture capital community.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Government and Regulation

The top four tips from the Facebook Accelerator program

11:13AM | Monday, 4 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Twelve start-ups and small businesses have graduated from Facebook’s accelerator program last week, armed with in-depth knowledge about how to use the platform to promote their businesses.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Sole trader

Mobile payment platform Tappr raises a further $2 million in seed capital

11:25PM | Friday, 1 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Mobile payment platform Tappr has announced it has closed two funding deals for $1 million in a large seed capital round to ensure it rapidly develops its hardware and software and meets regulation and compliance before its projected launch early next year.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Access to finance not a big issue for small business, bankers' research says

10:28PM | Thursday, 31 October 2013 | Myriam Robin

Access to finance is only a concern to SMEs wanting to grow, and even then, isn't seen as a huge issue, a report released yesterday shows.

 | Financing a business  | Sole trader

Indigenous Social Enterprise Fund launched: investment and support for indigenous entrepreneurs

10:49PM | Thursday, 31 October 2013 | Rose Powell

A new investment package program for indigenous entrepreneurs creating social enterprises has been launched this week.

 | Financing a business

InStitchu receives six-figure investment to drive growth

10:50PM | Tuesday, 29 October 2013 | Rose Powell

Online tailor start-up InStitchu has secured a six-figure investment from venture capital group Aura Capital, taking its valuation to $2.5 million.

 | Financing a business

Starting up a global tech company from Australia and building bridges to Silicon Valley

10:37PM | Tuesday, 29 October 2013 | Gavin Lower

Australian technology entrepreneurs don’t need to move to Silicon Valley to start their businesses but can instead build bridges to the global start-up hot spot from home, says Blackbird Ventures co-founder Rick Baker.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Westpac appoints first general manager of small business

10:29PM | Tuesday, 29 October 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Westpac has appointed its first general manager of small business, with the bank keen to play a larger role in small business lending.

 | Financing a business

Sydney Seed Fund reveals why only four of 68 applications were deemed eligible for further investigation

10:30AM | Tuesday, 29 October 2013 | Rose Powell

Only four of 68 start-up investment applications made to the Sydney Seed Fund, launched in June this year to back emerging technology companies, were deemed eligible for second round interviews.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

How can I protect myself from late payment problems?

10:00AM | Tuesday, 29 October 2013 | James Omond

Don’t let your best customer become your worst customer – the more indebted a particular customer is to you, the less you can afford to offend them.

 | Cashflow  | Sole trader