Venture Capital



Think like an investor: Questions to ask yourself before making an approach or pitch

11:43AM | Wednesday, 18 November 2015 | Phillip Kingston

Here are the six questions investors will typically ask while screening these pitches and startups should have them answered before they submit anything.

Data61 gets $20 million of federal funding back

11:10PM | Thursday, 12 November 2015 | Denham Sadler

The $42 million in funding was entirely cut by the Abbott government, and the group was swallowed up by the CSIRO earlier this year.

Around $200 million whole a good fit for Square Peg

11:52PM | Monday, 2 November 2015 | Denham Sadler

A new $200 million venture fund is set to be launched in Australia, with Square Peg Capital announcing plans to raise the money from its existing investors as well as some new faces.

With a $40 million kitty what Scout Ventures is looking for in an Aussie startup

10:30PM | Thursday, 29 October 2015 | Kye White

New York-based venture capital firm Scout Ventures is launching a $40 million Australian branch.

Capital punishment: What’s holding the Aussie startup scene back

10:29PM | Tuesday, 27 October 2015 | Peter Bradd

If Australia’s startup ecosystem pitched its credentials on the world stage today, how would we rate?

Drone funding continues to soar

10:57PM | Friday, 23 October 2015 | Denham Sadler

Funding for drone-based startups has hit an all-time high this quarter for the third time in a row and the lucrative market shows no signs of slowing down.

Choosing the right investors for your startup

10:32PM | Monday, 19 October 2015 | Mark McDonald

As an entrepreneur, you need to know what kind of investor you’re looking for.

More than one unicorn created per week but seed stage funding down, report says

10:45PM | Friday, 16 October 2015 | Denham Sadler

This year has seen an average of 1.3 unicorn companies created each week, with 23 emerging in the last quarter alone, a new Venture Pulse report finds.

"Bros funding bros": Why VC isn’t moving with the times

10:02PM | Thursday, 8 October 2015 | Kye White

New data compiled by The Information and Social Capital suggests the tech industry in the United States is just “bros funding bros”.

Investor options falling short for Aussie startups looking for mid-level investment

6:49PM | Friday, 26 June 2015 | Kye White

Plenty of great Australian startups are desperate for $2-10 million in funding, but they’re underserved by investors, Starfish Ventures investment principal John Dyson says.

Blue Sky snaps up $15 million for its new venture capital fund

6:18PM | Tuesday, 23 June 2015 | Broede Carmody

Blue Sky Venture Capital has closed its first deal for its new venture capital fund, securing more than $15 million in capital to invest in Australian startups.

Anti-fuel theft startup Scancam gets $500,000 in the tank

6:30PM | Monday, 15 June 2015 | Broede Carmody

Anti-fuel theft startup Scancam has snapped up $500,000 in seed funding in order to roll out its technology across Australia.

Snapping up seed funding requires a strong team and track record, according to the founder of Tidy Me

6:04PM | Monday, 1 June 2015 | Broede Carmody

Successfully scaling an on-demand technology startup requires a strong team and taking a lean approach, according to the co-founder of a platform that snapped up $750,000 in seed funding from AirTree Ventures last week.

RiverPitch extends deadline, hopes to see more startups pitch to the likes of Steve Baxter

6:53PM | Monday, 1 June 2015 | Broede Carmody

The opportunity to take part in River City Labs’ River Pitch competition has been extended, with applications for investment-hungry entrepreneurs now closing on Wednesday.

Eventbrite co-founder says the key to raising capital is meeting your own expectations

5:27PM | Monday, 25 May 2015 | Broede Carmody

For the co-founder of Silicon Valley-based startup Eventbrite, raising $200 million over six years all comes down to proving to investors that you can meet and exceed expectations.

Aussie VCs to standardise their legal documents to make it easier and cheaper for startups to access seed capital

5:33PM | Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | Broede Carmody

Several Australian venture capital funds have come together to standardise their legal documents and make them publicly available in order to make it easier for startups to access early-stage funding.

Hardware hacks dominate first national Unearthed innovation challenge

5:29PM | Monday, 18 May 2015 | Broede Carmody

More than seventy developers descended on Queensland co-working space River City Labs over the weekend to take part in the Unearthed innovation challenge.

Redflow welcomes Tesla to the battery market, as investors including Graeme Wood and Simon Hackett pour in another $16 million

5:20PM | Friday, 15 May 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Redflow has welcomed the entry of US electric car maker Tesla to the large-scale battery market, after investors poured an additional $16.1 million into the zinc-bromide module (ZBM) maker.

Online education startup Edrolo sets sights on expansion following $2.6 million raise

5:53AM | Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | Kye White

Online education startup Edrolo has raised $2.6 million that will be used to expand its content library to cover more subjects and year levels and increase the number of schools using its products.

Canva raises $7.7 million, prepares to launch Canva for Work

5:50PM | Monday, 4 May 2015 | Kye White

Design startup Canva has raised $US6 million ($A7.7 million) in funding from existing investors, which will be used to launch its enterprise product Canva for Work.