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MYOB co-founder Craig Winkler among early investors, as Practice Ignition raises $650,000 seed funding

2:04PM | Friday, 21 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

Practice Ignition, an Australian firm that helps accountants to streamline their interaction with clients, has raised $650,000 in seed funding from investors including MYOB co-founder and early Xero investor Craig Winkler.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Don’t wing it by buying a business without research

1:00AM | Tuesday, 28 January 2014 | Taskmaster

If you don’t do your research before buying a business, you’re plucked.

Why doing your own accounting matters and why everyone can do it

1:46PM | Wednesday, 22 January 2014 | Rose Powell

The University of Technology, Sydney has launched a series of one-day courses on accounting fundamentals to equip start-ups from non-financial backgrounds with the ability to manage their businesses.

International accelerator program based in Brazil launches for 2014

1:22PM | Wednesday, 15 January 2014 | Rose Powell

Applications are now open for Brazil’s SEED accelerator program, which is seeking 40 start-ups from all over the world for a six month acceleration program in Belo Horizonte.

Entrepreneurialism for kids app plans to go international after receiving $50,000 Commercialisation Australia grant

12:00AM | Tuesday, 17 December 2013 | Rose Powell

An online app-based learning program that teaches primary school students business skills and financial literacy has received a $50,000 skills and knowledge grant from Commercialisation Australia.

Major setback for innovation: Federal government abandons plans for start-up enabling tax reforms

12:34PM | Monday, 16 December 2013 | Rose Powell

The Abbott government has announced it will abandon two policies that would have had a significant positive impact on local start-up activity.

Medical tech dorsaVi lists on the ASX: Tips to listing a tech start-up

12:35PM | Friday, 13 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Wearable medical device start-up dorsaVi this week listed their company on the Australian Securities Exchange. Co-founder and chief executive Andrew Ronchi told StartupSmart this week has been an exciting and nervous time for his team.

Cash flow and Christmas – top tips to get your business through with money in the bank

12:44PM | Friday, 13 December 2013 | Melinda Oliver

Christmas can be a tough time for consumers when it comes to cash flow, but it can be equally difficult for businesses.

Sydney University’s Incubate entrepreneurial program begins national rollout with Adelaide

12:35PM | Thursday, 12 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Incubate, a start-up accelerator program launched and piloted by Sydney University, has announced its first partnership with Adelaide University set to run an Incubate program from January 2014.

VentureCrowd launches to provide crowdfunding equity investment for start-ups

12:09PM | Wednesday, 11 December 2013 | Gavin Lower

Australia’s first online equity crowdfunding platform to channel investment into start-ups has been launched.

How bootstrapped Vero grew revenue 1300% in 12 months using content marketing

12:00AM | Monday, 9 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Email marketing software firm Vero is heading into its second year of operation committed to continuing its 20% month-on-month revenue growth target, but co-founder Chris Hexton it gets harder for businesses to grow as they get bigger.

Beyond cash: Using your crowd funding campaign to sell units, gain exposure and identify target markets

12:10AM | Thursday, 5 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Jeremy Bogan is $20,000 into a $250,000 Kickstarter campaign to commercialise his prototype of the vtalk desk phone.

Bitcoin here to stay and ready to grow: Australian investors back CoinJar with $500,000

12:32PM | Tuesday, 3 December 2013 | Rose Powell

CoinJar, a Melbourne-based bitcoin exchange and payment system, has raised $500,000 in seed funding from a range of individual investors and the Blackbird Ventures seed fund.

The importance of knowing your numbers

12:54PM | Monday, 2 December 2013 | Marc Peskett

It’s surprising how many entrepreneurs are unfamiliar with the bottom-line performance of their businesses. Thankfully, a little external advice can make a world of financial difference.

Bring Your Own Code hackathon competition offers $13,500 in prize money

11:17PM | Wednesday, 27 November 2013 | Gavin Lower

Australian mobile engagement company Mnet is offering $13,500 in prizes at its Bring Your Own Code hackathon competition in Sydney next week.

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