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Commercialisation Australia freeze has negative impacts beyond limiting available capital

4:07PM | Thursday, 10 April 2014 | Rose Powell

The freezing of the federal government-backed venture capital grants has been met with widespread concern in the startup and ICT community.

SA Angels arranges special presentation from Swisscom Ventures and Acumen Ventures

4:29PM | Thursday, 3 April 2014 | Craig Yeung

Last month, Piper Alderman hosted angel investment group SA Angels for a special invitation only event featuring Stefan Kuentz of Swisscom Ventures and Shane Cheek from Acumen Ventures.

Global venture capital hits a high not seen since before the global financial crisis

4:26PM | Thursday, 3 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Global venture capital financing totals in the first quarter of 2014 have reached levels not seen since 2008, according to alternative assets data analysis group Preqin.

30,000 extra businesses could benefit from private equity and VC with a few changes to the system

4:55AM | Wednesday, 2 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Australia needs to reform the venture capital system to enable more companies to access local private equity, according to a submission by capital peak body Australian Venture Capital Association Limited (AVCAL).

Not so super for startups

3:35PM | Tuesday, 25 March 2014 | Rick Baker

Yet another well-meaning government initiative is going to have negative side effects for the Aussie startup and venture capital community. I want to make sure the right people in the government know about it.

“Don’t leave us”: Mark Carnegie launches second pitching comp to keep Australian startups here

3:00AM | Monday, 24 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Venture capitalist Mark Carnegie will host a second live pitching event for 10 startups and a host of investors in early May in a bid to connect local startup talent to the capital they need to stay in the country.

Blackbird Ventures turns one and closes first $25 million fundraising

3:11PM | Friday, 21 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Blackbird Ventures has finished raising its first $25 million, which it will use to back early stage technology start-ups with up to $500,000 each.

Financial system inquiry head calls for more dynamic VC market

3:49PM | Thursday, 20 March 2014 | Bronwen Clune

The head of the Abbott government’s financial system inquiry, David Murray, has called for a more dynamic venture capital market.

World Cup Tech Challenge seeking startups to come pitch to VCs in Silicon Valley

3:05PM | Thursday, 20 March 2014 | Rose Powell

The World Cup Tech Challenge is seeking 30 startups from around the world to pitch to hundreds of venture capital investors and product experts at their Silicon Valley conference in May.

Phone startup rethinking keys off to Brazil for accelerator program

3:25PM | Tuesday, 18 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Dextr, an Australian startup offering an alphabetically-ordered keyboard for mobile phone, has been accepted from over 1400 applications to join an accelerator program in Brazil.

Australian game developer picks up $150,000 at Samsung app challenge in the US

3:26PM | Friday, 14 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Mark White’s Tasty Tadpole game took two years to build as he crammed in the coding around a full-time job in advertising.

Accelerator program for financial tech start-ups launches in Sydney

3:53PM | Friday, 14 March 2014 | Rose Powell

An accelerator with $1 million to invest in 10 financial tech start-ups has been launched in Sydney this week by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

10 start-ups graduate from Queensland’s iLab incubator

3:03PM | Thursday, 13 March 2014 | Rose Powell

The start-up founders who graduated last night from Queensland’s ilab technology incubator Germinate program have had an intense three months of planning and pivots.

Newcastle accelerator Slingshot graduates: How they’ve grown and what’s next

3:16PM | Tuesday, 4 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Seven founders will pitch their start-ups tonight at the demo event of Newcastle accelerator program Slingshot.

Infra-red tech company takes out top honours at angel investors’ pitching event

2:46PM | Wednesday, 26 February 2014 | Rose Powell

MP High Tech Solutions, a start-up developing thermal imaging sensors for smart buildings and electronics, was celebrated as the most promising start-up at an angel investors’ dinner run by incubator Innovation Bay last night.

Gold Coast incubator off to Silicon Valley with a troop of start-ups

2:55PM | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Silicon Lakes, a Gold Coast incubator and co-working space has announced a trip to Silicon Valley with several local start-ups set to launch in the coming months.

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.

Google launches $300 million investment fund for growing start-ups

2:31PM | Friday, 21 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Google has this week launched an investment fund targeting established start-ups seeking money to grow.

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.

Australian equity crowdfunding platform VentureCrowd launches with 36 start-ups and 200 investors

2:28PM | Thursday, 20 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Artesian Ventures has launched its VentureCrowd platform with over 200 registered investors and 36 start-ups.

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