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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Beauty boxes are big business with one receiving $60 million in VC funding this week

4:28PM | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | Rose Powell

A US-based beauty box startup, Birchbox, has received $US60 million ($A64.6m) in venture capital funding this week, a sign that similar local startup bellabox is taking as encouragement the service has long-term staying power.

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Free to fail: Why corporates are learning to love venture capital

4:12PM | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | Marco Navone

Opening a venture capital branch seems to be the new “thing” in the corporate world. But why are so many companies, across a range of sectors, now running to open their own VC funds?

 | Venture Capital

Cybercrime on the increase with companies failing to keep up

4:54AM | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | StartupSmart

Cyber-espionage is up again in the 2014 report, representing a more than three-fold increase compared with the 2013 report, with 511 incidents partially due to a bigger dataset.

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Startup Stock Exchange to allow investing in bitcoin

4:24AM | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | StartupSmart

Caribbean-based investment marketplace the Startup Stock Exchange will allow investors or any size to back companies using their bitcoins.

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TechCrunch calls out Australia’s venture capital issues, but get a key fact wrong

4:16AM | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Nitro cofounder Sam Chandler’s mission to keep the issue of Australia’s capital crunch on the agenda has reached its zenith, with a piece published today in major tech publication TechCrunch where he claims there is negligible latter stage funding available.

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Hedge fund hot shot calls it: We're in a bubble

4:21AM | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | Bronwen Clune

US Hedge-fund manager David Einhorn, described by Forbes as a hot shot, has sent out an investor letter that warns we’re in a market bubble.The declaration has already affected market stocks.

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ATP Innovations up against three US programs for Incubator of the Year award

4:45PM | Tuesday, 22 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Sydney-based tech incubator ATP Innovations is one of four finalists for an international Incubator of the Year award, an accolade the team says is testament to the flourishing local ecosystem.

 | Venture Capital

Almost 100 countries sign GST agreement: Pressure mounts on Australian government

4:25PM | Tuesday, 22 April 2014 | Eloise Keating

Close to 100 countries have signed up to a new set of tax principles to govern how goods and services are taxed across borders.

 | Tax

Is Angel List’s new fund more expensive or cheaper than traditional venture capital funds?

4:06PM | Tuesday, 22 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Startup and investor marketplace Angel List launched a fund last week, which allows people to back investors and the companies they choose. The new approach, coupled with their slightly different fee structure, has set the VC industry talking.

 | Venture Capital

Should I trade equity for a financial leg-up from a friend?

4:00AM | Tuesday, 22 April 2014 | Tony Faure

You need to decide if you really need a co-founder – and, if you do, whether the person with the money is right for your business.

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Angel List shakes up startup funding again with a new $25 million fund

4:12PM | Wednesday, 16 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Online community investment site Angel List has this week launched a $25 million fund to “bet” on leading investors, and companies they select.

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We’re off to Texas! Why this Central Coast startup chose Austin over Silicon Valley

4:59PM | Wednesday, 16 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Entrepreneur Helen Mitchell is getting ready for the “world’s biggest commute”, splitting her time evenly between her startup’s office in the Gold Coast and its new one in Texas.

 | Venture Capital

Have you got a million dollar idea to change the world? Verizon tech idea comp launches

4:53PM | Wednesday, 16 April 2014 | StartupSmart

Major American telco Verizon is offering millions for innovative startup ideas as part of their annual Powerful Answers Awards.

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AWI Ventures new financial tech fund makes first investment in pre-launch platform

4:29PM | Tuesday, 15 April 2014 | Rose Powell

AWI Ventures’ financial technology fund has poured $250,000 into online investment startup Stockspot, in its first investment since launching last month.

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First intake of Telstra’s Muru-D accelerator has their first investor pitch night

4:31PM | Monday, 14 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Most of the startups midway through the Muru-d program pitched to a room of investors at the Telstra-backed accelerator’s first investor day.

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Federal government to conduct review into significant investor visa program

4:45PM | Monday, 14 April 2014 | StartupSmart

The federal government has announced plans to conduct a review into the significant investment visa program, potentially opening up opportunities to incentivise foreign investors to come to Australia.

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