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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.

LIFX closes Series A funding round - $12m

6:09AM | Tuesday, 24 June 2014 | StartupSmart

LIFX, the innovations company behind the award-winning Wi-Fi enabled, multi-color LED light bulbs, today announced that it has partnered with Sequoia and raised $12m in Series A funding.

Zippy app raises funds to grow market awareness and develop beacon technology

6:02PM | Monday, 23 June 2014 | Kye White

Brisbane startup BDS.com.au has raised $500,000 in angel investment to increase market awareness and uptake of the company’s Zippy app and accelerate the development of its Bluetooth Low Energy beacon technology.

Google partners with Fishburners to roll out its entrepreneurs program

6:52AM | Tuesday, 17 June 2014 | Bronwen Clune

Google has partnered with incubator Fishburners, in a six figure deal, to implement its startup outreach program Google for Entrepreneurs to help facilitate the growth of the startup community.

Bitcoin miners will self-regulate – and that’s a good thing

6:17PM | Monday, 16 June 2014 | Kye White

Bitcoin miners will self-regulate to ensure no single entity will control more than half of the computational power required to mine new digital coins, according to Sam Lee, co-founder and chief executive officer of the world’s first arbitrage investment fund, Bitcoins Reserve.

Big Pitch or big stitch? It remains to be seen tomorrow night

6:57PM | Monday, 16 June 2014 | Kye White

It’s been billed as one of the startup events of the year, but on Tuesday night it will become apparent whether or not Oxygen Ventures’ $5 million Big Pitch event is as lucrative as advertised, or a funding equivalent of vaporware.

Crowdfunding on the agenda for small investors and startups: CAMAC report

6:27PM | Thursday, 5 June 2014 | Eloise Keating and Kye White

The Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee (CAMAC) has called for the government to make it easier for Australian businesses to raise capital through online crowdfunding platforms.

Aussie startup ImageBrief funding kitty hits $3.4 million with US investment

6:42PM | Thursday, 5 June 2014 | Kye White

New York-based Great Oaks Venture Capital has invested $US750,000 ($A807,000) in Australian startup ImageBrief, bringing the company’s total funding to date to around $A3.44 million.

SocietyOne steals the march on competitors with lowest rate for personal loans

6:00AM | Thursday, 5 June 2014 | Kye White

Peer-to-peer lender SocietyOne will launch one of Australia’s lowest interest rates for personal loans.

Spreets and StyleTread co-founders take a shine to jewellery startup Gemjoli

5:45PM | Friday, 30 May 2014 | Kye White

Spreets co-founder Justus Hammer and StyleTread co-founder Bjorn Behrendt have joined Australian online jewellery startup Gemjoli as advisory board members.

Disruptive Investment Group taps into bathroom startup’s potential

5:25PM | Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | Kye White

Disruptive Investment Group (DVI) has negotiated an option to increase its stake in bathroom component manufacturer and e-commerce startup Allure Bathrooms to 50%, in exchange for $2 million of growth capital.

Kung fu novels and billion dollar floats: Five things you didn’t know about Alibaba founder Jack Ma

5:09PM | Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | Eloise Keating

Jack Ma likes kung fu novels and singing karaoke. He's also about to float the company he founded on Wall St for billions of dollars.

Tradie platform hipages tools up with $6 million investment from big names

5:52PM | Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | Kye White

After operating for 10 years, Australia’s largest platform for finding tradespeople, hipages.com.au has secured $6 million of investment.

Superannuation disclosure pushed back until next year

5:34PM | Tuesday, 6 May 2014 | Kye White

AVCAL supports the federal government’s decision to extend the consultation period for proposed changes to super fund rules that, if implemented, could have a negative impact on startups.

$30 million bitcoin and crypto-currency fund launched

5:26PM | Monday, 5 May 2014 | StartupSmart

Future Capital Bitcoin Fund has launched a $US30 million fund which will invest in companies that are leveraging services based on bitcoin and other crypto-currencies.

Incubator partnerships boost quality of Carnegie’s Den applicants

4:47PM | Tuesday, 29 April 2014 | Kye White

The quality of applicants involved in the first Carnegie’s Den event of the year is a significant improvement on those in the past, thanks to partnerships with startup incubators, according to event organisers.

Free to fail: Why corporates are learning to love venture capital

4:12PM | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | Marco Navone

Opening a venture capital branch seems to be the new “thing” in the corporate world. But why are so many companies, across a range of sectors, now running to open their own VC funds?

Cybercrime on the increase with companies failing to keep up

4:54AM | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | StartupSmart

Cyber-espionage is up again in the 2014 report, representing a more than three-fold increase compared with the 2013 report, with 511 incidents partially due to a bigger dataset.

TechCrunch calls out Australia’s venture capital issues, but get a key fact wrong

4:16AM | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Nitro cofounder Sam Chandler’s mission to keep the issue of Australia’s capital crunch on the agenda has reached its zenith, with a piece published today in major tech publication TechCrunch where he claims there is negligible latter stage funding available.

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