Venture Capital



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.

Australian angel networks need to go slow, warns investment expert

12:14PM | Wednesday, 18 December 2013 | Rose Powell

The Australian investment ecosystem is maturing to a point where it needs to start asking itself serious questions, says serial entrepreneur and investor Brian Dorricott.

Entrepreneurialism for kids app plans to go international after receiving $50,000 Commercialisation Australia grant

12:00AM | Tuesday, 17 December 2013 | Rose Powell

An online app-based learning program that teaches primary school students business skills and financial literacy has received a $50,000 skills and knowledge grant from Commercialisation Australia.

Major setback for innovation: Federal government abandons plans for start-up enabling tax reforms

12:34PM | Monday, 16 December 2013 | Rose Powell

The Abbott government has announced it will abandon two policies that would have had a significant positive impact on local start-up activity.

Canberra launches first commercially-focused hackathon

12:53PM | Friday, 13 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Canberra co-working space Entry29 hosted the city’s first commercially-focused hackathon recently, with over 50 entrepreneurs gathering for 32 hours to code and launch new online products or services.

Why only a third of accelerator participants made it through the Sydney Founder Institute

12:51PM | Thursday, 12 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Seven entrepreneurs have this week graduated from the Sydney chapter of international accelerator Founder Institute, barely a third of those that started the program.