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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.

Starting up a global tech company from Australia and building bridges to Silicon Valley

10:37PM | Tuesday, 29 October 2013 | Gavin Lower

Australian technology entrepreneurs don’t need to move to Silicon Valley to start their businesses but can instead build bridges to the global start-up hot spot from home, says Blackbird Ventures co-founder Rick Baker.

Sydney Seed Fund reveals why only four of 68 applications were deemed eligible for further investigation

10:30AM | Tuesday, 29 October 2013 | Rose Powell

Only four of 68 start-up investment applications made to the Sydney Seed Fund, launched in June this year to back emerging technology companies, were deemed eligible for second round interviews.

Tiger Pistol raises $1 million in funding for expansion and promotion

10:10PM | Thursday, 24 October 2013 | Gavin Lower

Australian start-up Tiger Pistol, a social media marketing platform for small and medium businesses, has raised $1 million from Australian venture capital fund Rampersand and existing investors.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg makes first known investment in a start-up

10:06PM | Wednesday, 23 October 2013 | Myriam Robin

Billionaire Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg has made his first known investment in a start-up.

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