Venture Capital



Investors: the missing link for female entrepreneurs

6:06AM | Tuesday, 4 June 2013 | Myriam Robin

In Australia, only 2% of all venture capital money goes into businesses led by women. This lack of finance is a major restraint on would-be female entrepreneurs.

Australian start-up named among top 50 in South-East Asia

6:53PM | Monday, 3 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Divvy Parking chief executive Nick Austin is in Singapore this week pitching to investors after being chosen at the recent Echelon Ignite Australia conference as one of the top 50 start-ups in South-East Asia.

Ignition Labs fires up for health and medical tech start-ups

6:40PM | Monday, 3 June 2013 | Gavin Lower

Start-up accelerator Ignition Labs is seeking five health and medical technology start-ups for its 2013 development program with the aim of turning early stage ideas into fundable businesses.

Early-stage start-up takes out top pitching honour at CeBIT Australia conference

5:46PM | Friday, 31 May 2013 | Rose Powell

Brisbane-based start-up Ollo Mobile won the start-up pitch round at the CeBIT Australia conference this week, receiving $30,000 in Eway transaction credits and invaluable exposure.

New $2 million venture fund launched and looking for 20 companies

5:00PM | Friday, 31 May 2013 | Rose Powell

High-profile entrepreneurs and investors Garry Visontay, Benjamin Chong and Ari Klinger have joined forces to launch a new $2 million seed funding venture.

Commercialisation Australia chief says start-ups need to focus on the full scope of available capital

5:43PM | Thursday, 30 May 2013 | Rose Powell

Start-ups that complain about a lack of venture capital in Australia should ask what else they can do with their business idea, the head of a government business development body says.

Payment systems not keeping up with new generation of online start-ups

5:00AM | Thursday, 30 May 2013 | Rose Powell

A new generation of entrepreneurs are seeking new online sales payment systems, the founder of an Australian start-up says, as the Commonwealth Bank suggests regulators may have to examine the move by tech giants into financial services.

Critical Arc pins hopes on SydStart pitch win to boost capital raising effort

5:03PM | Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | Rose Powell

When Critical Arc won the SydStart pitching contest yesterday, it was a boost to their freshly launched capital raising endeavours.

Venture capital investor hopes for funding injection

5:37PM | Tuesday, 28 May 2013 | Gavin Lower

A venture capital investor hopes new funding will flow through to the sector later this year on the back of federal government support, as a new report finds venture capital is “pivotal” for innovation in Australia.

New investor group aims to boost interest in tech start-ups

5:00AM | Tuesday, 28 May 2013 | Gavin Lower

A newly established Melbourne-based investor group is aiming to stimulate more investor interest in technology start-ups.

Aussie tech start-ups invited to become million pound poms

5:00AM | Monday, 27 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australian start-ups are being encouraged to enter a global competition called the Million Pound Startup, which will award £1 million ($1.55 million) to a technology company willing to relocate to London.

Pocketbook looks to raise $700k ahead of Dubai pitch competition

5:50PM | Thursday, 23 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Personal finance app Pocketbook is hoping to raise up to $700,000 from local and foreign investors before heading to Dubai in September for the chance to win $50,000 at Sibos 2013.

Venture capital investment outstrips share market: Report

5:22PM | Thursday, 23 May 2013 | Gavin Lower

Private equity and venture capital investment in Australian businesses provides better returns than shares over the long term, according to a new report.

Kickfolio flags name change after raising $1.075 million

5:29PM | Monday, 20 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne-based start-up Kickfolio has revealed how it raised more than $1 million from US investors after being accepted into 500 Startups, changing its name to in the process.

NZ start-up Vend snags $6.6 million from Aussie and foreign investors

5:16AM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

New Zealand start-up Vend has raised $6.6 million in its third round of funding, with a third of the funds coming from new Australian investors including the founders of MYOB and Seek.

Kounta snares Reckon founder as investor as it hunts $1 million

5:10PM | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Point-of-sale start-up Kounta is aiming to raise up to $1 million from investors, having already secured Reckon founder Greg Wilkinson as an investor and board member.

Mathspace set for global growth after winning Echelon Ignite: Australia

5:19AM | Monday, 13 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Online maths training start-up Mathspace continues to go from strength to strength after winning the inaugural Echelon Ignite: Australia event, just one week after snagging $20,000 from Blackbird Ventures in Silicon Valley.

Is Asia the next Silicon Valley for Aussie start-ups?

5:15PM | Wednesday, 8 May 2013 | Tom Hall

While the increasing opportunities on offer for businesses seeking to expand into Asia isn’t news to most Australians, is Asia a savvy, cash-drenched rival to Silicon Valley?

Tapestry snags $400k government grant – but it’s not done yet

5:13AM | Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based start-up Tapestry is gearing up for a US launch after receiving a $400,000 federal government grant, adding to the $600,000 it raised last year, but is still talking to investors.

Incoming! $1.1 million funding boost for mobile video start-up

5:10PM | Monday, 6 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Mobile video start-up Incoming has highlighted the demand for mobile video content after securing $1.1 million from OneVentures, NICTA and the US-based Citrix Startup Accelerator.