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Employee share schemes aren’t just for start-ups: Why this 30-year-old company is giving it a try

12:34PM | Monday, 2 December 2013 | Myriam Robin

If you lack the cash to pay the talent you need, shares in your company may be one of the few assets you have.

Bring Your Own Code hackathon competition offers $13,500 in prize money

11:17PM | Wednesday, 27 November 2013 | Gavin Lower

Australian mobile engagement company Mnet is offering $13,500 in prizes at its Bring Your Own Code hackathon competition in Sydney next week.

Global angel and seed investment deals up by 375% in the last five years

11:57PM | Tuesday, 26 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Early stage venture capital investment has boomed globally over the past five years, according to investment tracking group Preqin, but follow-up series A funding has dropped slightly.

Airtasker raises a further $2 million: Co-founder on the trend towards hyper-local tech offerings

11:13PM | Tuesday, 26 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Airtasker, an online marketplace for outsourcing short-term jobs, has closed a $2 million funding round with Exto Partners, BridgeLane Capital and a range of private equity investors.

Top five tips for seeking venture capital and how to prepare for it

11:57PM | Thursday, 21 November 2013 | Rose Powell

As the Australian start-up scene takes off, entrepreneurial-friendly capital markets are evolving with strategic entrepreneurs best positioned to take advantage of the rapidly blossoming opportunities.

How new accelerator Muru D is making its relationship with investor Telstra work

11:09PM | Thursday, 21 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Managing investors, especially major corporate ones can be a challenge for emerging businesses, but start-up veteran Mick Liubinskas says any concerns he may have had about Telstra reaching out to start-ups have been assuaged.

Leading accelerator program to open in Sydney next month

11:57PM | Wednesday, 20 November 2013 | Rose Powell

The ANZ Innovyz Start program will launch its first accelerator program in Sydney for three to five start-ups, in tandem with the fourth intake of the Adelaide program.

IntelligenceBank closes over-subscribed round of $2 million to fund online expansion

11:16PM | Tuesday, 19 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Melbourne-based software start-up IntelligenceBank has today announced it has closed its second seed funding round with an initial investment of $1.1 million with an option for up to $2 million.

Bitcoin hits record high: Its biggest users aren’t who you think they are

11:34PM | Monday, 18 November 2013 | Myriam Robin

Decentralised virtual currency bitcoin hit a record high overnight, breaking through the $US500 barrier. At 9.20 AEST, it had climbed to $US520.

Crowdfunding: Raising money and awareness in the cloud

11:20PM | Thursday, 14 November 2013 | John Russell

Crowdfunding is a great way to raise funds. But as I recently discovered, it’s also useful for raising awareness.

Leading Sydney incubator announces ResMed veteran as new director of business development

11:00PM | Wednesday, 13 November 2013 | Rose Powell

ATP Innovations has announced the appointment of Malcolm Hebblewhite as their new director of business development.

Australian start-ups increasingly experimenting with dynamic equity splits

11:29AM | Wednesday, 13 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Australian entrepreneurs are increasingly exploring dynamic equity splits – an emerging flexible approach to equity management for the founders of pre-investment start-ups.

Why I'm running a Kickstarter campaign rather than approaching angel investors for seed capital

11:35PM | Monday, 11 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Swatchmate, a hardware device that perfectly captures and matches colours, was born after co-founder Paul Peng had to hack out a piece of the wall he was trying to repaint with exactly the same colour, and realised there had to a better way.

Ford reaches out to start-ups and developers with new hackathon

11:10PM | Monday, 11 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Melbourne co-working space York Butter Factory has announced a hackathon in partnership with Ford Motors to provide developers and entrepreneurs the opportunity to experiment with Ford’s incoming in-car SYNC AppLink technology.

Experts agree Australian investment opportunities and tech industry to continue to grow

11:13PM | Friday, 8 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Venture capital, the blossoming start-up ecosystem and Australian entrepreneurial inferiority complexes were the key topics at a Silicon Dragon networking and panel event last Thursday in Sydney.

Blackbird Venture Capital update and tips: 500 start-up applications and nine deals later

11:44PM | Thursday, 7 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Eight months, over 500 applications and nine investments later, Blackbird Venture Capital has published a detailed update about the deal-flow on their blog.

Crowdfunding tips: Hitting the emotional notes to get beyond your network

11:00AM | Wednesday, 6 November 2013 | Rose Powell

As crowdfunding continues to develop, so too does the information about how to run a successful campaign.

Did Gonski get it wrong? Australian early stage investment is alive and growing, experts say

11:00AM | Tuesday, 5 November 2013 | Rose Powell

David Gonski’s comments that Australian entrepreneurs are being driven overseas due to a lack of available funds has sparked a debate about the early stage venture capital community.

The top four tips from the Facebook Accelerator program

11:13AM | Monday, 4 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Twelve start-ups and small businesses have graduated from Facebook’s accelerator program last week, armed with in-depth knowledge about how to use the platform to promote their businesses.

Mobile payment platform Tappr raises a further $2 million in seed capital

11:25PM | Friday, 1 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Mobile payment platform Tappr has announced it has closed two funding deals for $1 million in a large seed capital round to ensure it rapidly develops its hardware and software and meets regulation and compliance before its projected launch early next year.

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