Venture Capital



Funding flow slows to Australian venture capital and private equity

2:52PM | Friday, 14 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

New capital committed to Australian venture capital and later stage private equity funds slumped by $2.4 billion in fiscal 2013, down 77% on the previous financial year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed.

Raising $1 million after just three months: Maestrano sets itself up for growth

2:17PM | Thursday, 13 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

Stephane Ibos says he and Arnaud Lachaume, co-founders of cloud-based business app provider Maestrano, weren’t really looking for investment when they launched late last year.

Start-ups named to join ANZ Innovyz START summer 2014 program

2:12PM | Wednesday, 12 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

Leading Australian accelerator ANZ Innovyz START has announced its latest intake of seven start-ups for summer this year, with director Dr Jana Matthews saying it’s one of the strongest groups to enter the program so far.

So you think you can pitch? Lessons from a disaster!

2:00PM | Wednesday, 12 February 2014 | David Whitfield

At StartupSmart’s ‘So You Think You Can Start-up’ pitching competition, I was unable to deliver my presentation. Here are my five key lessons of pitching a start-up.

The Founder Institute considering starting a chapter in Melbourne

2:00AM | Tuesday, 11 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

The world’s largest start-up accelerator, The Founder Institute, is considering establishing a new chapter in Melbourne later this year.

Pozible going strong despite Kickstarter’s arrival, launches residency program

2:35PM | Wednesday, 5 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Australian crowdfunding platform Pozible has launched a residency program in its Collingwood offices for start-ups planning campaigns.

Eight women-led start-ups selected for global ‘venture catalyst’ accelerator

2:40PM | Tuesday, 4 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Eight start-ups have been announced as the 2014 intake for Springboard Enterprises accelerator, a program connecting women entrepreneurs to growth experts and venture capital networks.

Venture capital calls on Abbott to commit $350 million to support start-up investment

2:00AM | Monday, 3 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

The group representing Australia’s venture capital and private equity industry has urged the federal government to commit to a new $350 million investment in venture capital funding this year through the Innovation Investment Fund (IIF).

Small is beautiful when it comes to investors for e-commerce venture Alphatise

1:33PM | Friday, 24 January 2014 | Gavin Lower

When Paul Pearson was seeking investment for his new e-commerce venture Alphatise, he found he wasted three months trying to raise money from wealthy investors.

Who entered the So You Think You Can Start-up pitching competition?

1:43PM | Tuesday, 21 January 2014 | StartupSmart

Entries have now closed for our So You Think You Can Start-up pitching competition. The 10 finalists will be announced shortly.

Seed funding available for media start-ups from Walkley Foundation

1:33PM | Monday, 20 January 2014 | Rose Powell

The Walkley Foundation for Excellence in Journalism, a leading media industry body, is offering $40,000 in seed capital for up to six media start-ups.

International accelerator program based in Brazil launches for 2014

1:22PM | Wednesday, 15 January 2014 | Rose Powell

Applications are now open for Brazil’s SEED accelerator program, which is seeking 40 start-ups from all over the world for a six month acceleration program in Belo Horizonte.

US venture capital fund invests $US30 million in Australian hotel bookings company

1:19AM | Wednesday, 15 January 2014 | Rose Powell

Online hotel distribution company SiteMinder has received $US30 million from Technology Crossover Ventures, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has also invested in Facebook, Expedia and Netflix.

Consultant sourcing online marketplace Expert360 raises $1 million for rapid expansion

1:17PM | Tuesday, 14 January 2014 | Rose Powell

Emily Yue and Bridget Loudon, the co-founders of Australian-based online expert consultant marketplace Expert360, reveal how they raised $1 million in funding to expand their business overseas.

Trading places: Investors pitch to entrepreneurs at reverse pitch event

1:04PM | Monday, 13 January 2014 | Rose Powell

A Melbourne club for entrepreneurs is hosting its first “reverse pitching” night, where six start-up investors will pitch to a room of entrepreneurs.

Australia needs to get better at angel investment: Spreets founder

1:57PM | Thursday, 9 January 2014 | Rose Powell

Spreets founder Dean McEvoy has called for local angel investors to get better and faster at investing in start-ups at a recent angel investor education program.

International platform launches to connect start-ups to growth capital

1:46PM | Tuesday, 7 January 2014 | Rose Powell

A New York-based private equity deal platform to connect private companies seeking more than $US10 million in growth capital with investors has launched this week.

Funds, financing and venture capital: the key stories from 2013

12:00AM | Tuesday, 24 December 2013 | Rose Powell

This year was a good one for start-up investment. Globally, early stage seed funding rose by 375% and the local industry welcomed some new funds, along with the emerging rise of crowd funding and the coming wave of crowdsourced equity.

What does an Australian start-up need to get investment? NICTA new ventures director crunches the numbers

12:38PM | Thursday, 19 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Andrew Stead, the director of new ventures at NICTA, has researched the factors behind the most successful investment-backed Australian start-ups.

How a start-up tweaked its investment pitch and brought in $1.2 million via a round planned to raise $500,000

12:06PM | Wednesday, 18 December 2013 | Rose Powell

A tech start-up for emergency radio broadcasts has raised just over $1.2 million in an oversubscribed round launched to raise $500,000.