A growing number of start-ups are turning to crowdfunding as a source of finance. But be warned: From intellectual property to ASIC regulations, there are serious pitfalls for the unwary. BY REECE WALKER.
Since start-up incubator Pollenizer launched four-and-a-half years ago, Australia’s tech sector has grown dramatically. Here are five secrets to how Pollenizer assesses and works with start-ups. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.
The Council of Small Business of Australia is in turmoil after its annual general meeting last week, with Ken Phillips resigning as chair after the council's accounts were unable to be signed off.
The number of local companies that received venture capital in the 2012 financial year increased by 9% to 83 companies, reflecting the “vibrant, domestic start-up scene”, a new report claims.
The Victorian Government has unveiled the $8 million Technology Voucher Program in a bid to drive the use of cutting-edge technologies, offering vouchers worth up to $250,000.
It’s easy to get distracted by bright shiny ideas and other wonderful things, but running a business requires that you never lose focus of the basics. BY MARC PESKETT.
Grants are back on the table, it seems, with Commercialisation Australia now confirming the organisation is handing out new grants to small businesses after a temporary freeze.
In the past couple of days, Taskmaster’s little helpers – the operations manager, the account managers and our accountant – have all been assembled in the meeting room to confront a potential crisis: Christmas.
The high wire act of running your own business is made a little easier by knowing you have some safeguards in place. BY TOM McKASKILL.
A Melbourne entrepreneur has outlined the key lessons he learnt while pitching to an accelerator in the United States, encouraging start-ups to “keep hustling” while they wait for funding news.
Tech23 alumni StageBitz has raised $890,000 in funding from investors including ANU Connect Ventures and the Sydney Angels Sidecard Fund, as it seeks to revolutionise the arts industry.
A small but growing number of local councils now offer grants to early stage ventures. Here are some key tips to help your business secure local government funding. BY ALEXANDRA CAIN.
Almost 70% of prospective franchisees rely on external finance, according to a new report, which shows franchisees continue to gravitate towards stable sectors such as food and beverage.
Advance, the government-funded network for Australian expatriates, is encouraging start-ups to apply for its 2013 program, which includes a visit to Silicon Valley and the Innovation Summit.
Regional tourism operators have been given until mid-December to apply for a grant of up to $250,000 through the Federal Government’s new $48.5 million Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund.
Startup Weekend returns to Sydney on November 9th. Whether you’re there for networking opportunities or to pitch for finance, here are eight top tips for the event. BY ISAAC SOUWEINE.
The Federal Government has resumed its Clean Technology Investment Programs following a two-month freeze, but there are fears that the pause will have had a negative impact on prospective grant recipients.
A Kickstarter-backed gaming company was forced to stop development on its latest game after its programmers pulled the pin.
A lack of risk-taking and a preference for service-based industries has been blamed for a shortfall in start-up investment secured by women, after US research revealed female-created ventures receive 8% less funding than men.
Mining-rich Western Australia is still dominating the rest of the country when it comes to state-by-state economic health, but the Northern Territory is gaining ground quickly, according to new research from CommSec.