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Cloud solutions provider Maestrano targets US expansion with $1.5 million capital raise

8:09PM | Monday, 4 August 2014 | StartupSmart

Cloud-based business app provider Maestrano has raised $1.5 million in funding, which will be used to expand the business internationally, with a particular focus on the United States.

MAP cadets impress with entrepreneurial smarts

7:37PM | Thursday, 31 July 2014 | Kye White

CMB Capital and the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) have launched a new cadetship that’s giving entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to learn about how to run a startup, and how to pitch to investors.

Aussie startups shine at 500 Startups’ demo day

7:57PM | Thursday, 31 July 2014 | Kye White

Three Australian startups from the Sydney-based seed funding program Startmate stood out at 500 Startups’ demo day for its ninth batch.

INCUBATE announces its eight new startups

7:48PM | Tuesday, 29 July 2014 | StartupSmart

Jay Boolkin, founder of Promise or Pay, is on a mission to keep people true to their word and get them to deliver on a commitment they keep making and breaking – or pay up to charity.

Serial venture capitalists Daniel Petre and Craig Blair announce $60 million fund for tech businesses

7:20PM | Tuesday, 29 July 2014 | Eloise Keating

Former tech executives Daniel Petre and Craig Blair are planning to use the $60 million they’ve raised for their AirTree Ventures Fund to support the growth of 15 local technology startups.

Five reasons why your startup was rejected from an accelerator

7:15AM | Monday, 28 July 2014 | James Alexander

I’ve been running a startup accelerator program since 2012. Here are some of the common mistakes I've seen entrepreneurs make when pitching.

Startmate opens applications for 2015 intake

7:32PM | Friday, 25 July 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Sydney-based mentor-driven seed funding program Startmate has opened applications for its 2015 intake, with the iconic program now entering into its fifth year.

Attention tech startups! DVI wants to hear from you

7:18PM | Monday, 21 July 2014 | Kye White

Disruptive Investment Group (DVI) has almost $2 million in the bank and is actively looking for startups to invest in.

In wake of bumper US VC quarter, industry leaders say Australia is underperforming

7:13PM | Monday, 21 July 2014 | Kye White

Australia is underperforming when it comes to capitalising on increasing investment in software companies, two #StartupAUS board members say.

Australian startups need growth capital funding to thrive: FSI interim report

7:40PM | Tuesday, 15 July 2014 | Kye White

Medium and small businesses, including startups, need better access to growth capital funding, including venture capital and private equity, the Financial System Inquiry interim report has found.

Surf gets a new meaning on the Gold Coast

7:39PM | Tuesday, 15 July 2014 | Kye White

Gold Coast-based startup incubator Silicon Lakes is set to launch a new startup accelerator.

Emerging markets may be the future for cryptocurrencies

7:39PM | Thursday, 10 July 2014 | Kye White

Some of the world’s biggest emerging markets will skip traditional banking payment systems completely, experts say.

AWI Ventures announces four startups chosen to participate in its accelerator program

7:44PM | Tuesday, 8 July 2014 | Broede Carmody

A wealth management program and an app that helps newcomers make the right investment choices are among the startups selected by AWI Ventures to take part in its Fintech accelerator program.

New Australian equity crowdfunding platform set to launch as federal government considers reforms

7:24AM | Monday, 7 July 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

A new Australian equity crowdfunding platform called Equitise is gearing up for launch, as the federal government considers the recommendations handed down in the recent CAMAC report.

Stokes to join Packer and Murdoch in possible SocietyOne investment

7:53PM | Friday, 4 July 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Seven Group Holdings chairman Kerry Stokes is rumoured to have joined a consortium of high-profile business and media figures planning an investment in peer-to-peer lender SocietyOne.

Tapping the super pool: venture capital investments for self-managed funds

7:14PM | Wednesday, 2 July 2014 | Darren Withers

The self-managed super funds sector now has over a million members and controls the largest share of Australian superannuation at $495 billion.

The good news about bad debts

7:46PM | Tuesday, 1 July 2014 | Chris Ridd

There’s nothing worse than not getting paid for your hard work. But while it is disappointing, there is some consolation for small business owners: you can claim the bad debt as a tax deduction.

StartupAUS and AVCAL call government to task for funding shortfall

6:32PM | Monday, 30 June 2014 | Kye White

StartupAUS and the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCAL) have called on the federal government to ensure adequate funding is provided to the Commercialising Ideas stream of the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Program.

Canberra-based accelerator program announces 2014 program participants

6:46AM | Monday, 30 June 2014 | StartupSmart

Five Canberra-based businesses have been accepted into the inaugural 2014 GRIFFIN Accelerator program.

Nimble closes $10 million funding round, with big institutional investors on board

6:44PM | Wednesday, 25 June 2014 | Kye White

Short-term loan provider Nimble has closed a $10 million funding round which will be used for loan funding, improving its technology platform and customer experience, and marketing.

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