Venture Capital



KPMG launches new Perth accelerator to tap energy and natural resources sector

2:21PM | Thursday, 5 February 2015 | StartupSmart

KPMG Australia has launched a new accelerator in Perth that aims to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship within the energy and natural resources sector.

ASX listing the way to growth for startups, says tech investor Brendan O’Kane

2:55PM | Thursday, 5 February 2015 | Kye White

More Australian startups should consider the Australian Stock Exchange when looking to raise capital, according to OtherLevels founder and Startmate investor Brendan O’Kane.

Tech entrepreneur Clive Mayhew pumps $1 million into OpenLearning, as the MOOC provider raises $1.7 million

2:24PM | Thursday, 5 February 2015 | Kye White

OpenLearning has raised $1.7 million that will be used to help meet its goal of increasing the number of students using its platform from 125,000 to a million by the end of the year.

Three tips from BlueChilli’s growth hacker Alan Jones on how to hack your seed round

2:32PM | Thursday, 5 February 2015 | Broede Carmody

Getting a critical seed-round investment all comes down to proper preparation, according to BlueChilli’s chief growth hacker.

Bruce Billson: Equity crowdfunding framework will be on the table by spring

2:55PM | Tuesday, 3 February 2015 | Kirsten Robb

The federal government has put a timeline on its new legislative framework for equity crowdfunding, which will make it easier for small businesses and startups to raise capital through online crowdfunding platforms.

Equitise launches its crowdfunding platform in New Zealand

1:46PM | Friday, 30 January 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Equity crowdfunding platform Equitise launched in New Zealand on Friday, with one startup seeking to use the platform to raise $350,000.

PayPal’s John Lunn on how digital currencies will disrupt the way “inefficient 30-year-old banking services move money”

1:55PM | Thursday, 29 January 2015 | Kye White

The potential for digital currency to move money around the world more efficiently is huge, according to PayPal developer network global director John Lunn.

How much equity should an accelerator take? BlueChilli defends its Disrupt@Scale program

1:16PM | Tuesday, 27 January 2015 | Broede Carmody

Some Australian entrepreneurs have raised concerns over the amount of equity BlueChilli's Disrupt@Scale program is asking for.

Startups to receive jumpstart from NRMA’s first accelerator program

1:32PM | Tuesday, 20 January 2015 | Broede Carmody

The National Roads and Motorists’ Association (NRMA) has announced the startups taking part in the company’s first accelerator program.

Optus-Innov8 startups get access to new co-working space in San Francisco

1:29PM | Thursday, 15 January 2015 | Kye White

Block 71, a new co-working space in the South of Market District in San Francisco, will help ease the transition for Asia-Pacific startups heading to the United States.

Crowdsourcing startup Handkrafted secures $100,000 from Sydney Seed Fund

1:03PM | Tuesday, 13 January 2015 | Broede Carmody

Bespoke crowdsourcing platform Handkrafted has secured $100,000 from Sydney Seed Fund in order to accelerate platform development and market expansion.

Private investors get on the Dog and Bone – smartphone tech startup raises $2.46 million

1:49PM | Tuesday, 13 January 2015 | Kye White

Mobile technology startup Dog and Bone has raised $US2 million ($A2.46 million) from private investors which will be used to accelerate the roll out of patent-pending technologies.

How the gender gap in venture capital funding can be tackled in 2015

1:46PM | Wednesday, 7 January 2015 | Broede Carmody

A study by Harvard Business School has found venture capitalists prefer funding handsome men in comparison to female entrepreneurs – even when the content of their pitches is exactly the same.

Victorian sports startups to get a head start with new accelerator program

1:02PM | Monday, 5 January 2015 | Broede Carmody

The Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) has announced an accelerator program to help Victorian startups tap into the $300 billion global sports products market.

More startup investments coming after Cisco invests in Blackbird Ventures

12:02PM | Friday, 12 December 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Cisco has become the first major corporate investor in Blackbird Ventures, with the move paving the way for more investments in promising Australian startups.

Scale makes third investment in startup connecting businesses with social media professionals

12:37PM | Thursday, 11 December 2014 | Broede Carmody

An invite-only marketplace that connects businesses with freelance social media and community professionals is the latest startup to secure seed funding from Scale Investors, the angel investor network focusing on funding startups with female executives.

Melbourne-based startup closes $500,000 seed funding round, backed by Bevan Clark and Guy King

12:26PM | Monday, 8 December 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Melbourne-based grocery delivery startup YourGrocer has just closed out a $500,000 seed funding round, led by Bevan Clarke, Guy King and other private investors.

Stellar focused on making the financial system more inclusive

12:52PM | Thursday, 4 December 2014 | Kye White

A new digital currency protocol called Stellar is taking the principle of “participatory democracy” and applying it to financial systems.

Peer-to-peer lender SocietyOne closes new funding round with backing from Murdoch and Packer

12:55PM | Thursday, 4 December 2014 | Broede Carmody

Sydney-based Peer-to-peer lender SocietyOne has closed a new funding round reportedly worth more than $10 million, led by Consolidated Press Holdings, News Corp Australia and Australian Capital Equity.

Fat Hen gets ready to lay a golden egg as government plays chicken on equity crowdfunding

12:39PM | Wednesday, 3 December 2014 | Kye White

Perth startup Fat Hen has launched a “crowd powered” venture capital firm that gives all investors the chance to invest in early stage startups.