Venture Capital



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.

Capital-raising tips from an investment lawyer

10:00AM | Tuesday, 22 October 2013 | Rose Powell

Knowing the key terms, who your competitors are and having solid customer acquisition and intellectual property plans are key to ensuring your investment round is as successful and stress-free as possible.

Tips for women entrepreneurs pitching for investment from a VC

10:00AM | Monday, 21 October 2013 | Gavin Lower

Women entrepreneurs tend to undersell themselves and the potential of their businesses when pitching for investment funding, says Anne-Marie Birkill, general partner at venture capital firm OneVentures.

Freelancer’s IPO is no exit for Matt Barrie

10:28PM | Tuesday, 15 October 2013 | Myriam Robin has ambitious expansion plans. Its CEO says the company, an online marketplace and auction house for freelance jobs, will be the ‘eBay of jobs’.