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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.

Sydney University’s Incubate entrepreneurial program begins national rollout with Adelaide

12:35PM | Thursday, 12 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Incubate, a start-up accelerator program launched and piloted by Sydney University, has announced its first partnership with Adelaide University set to run an Incubate program from January 2014.

VentureCrowd launches to provide crowdfunding equity investment for start-ups

12:09PM | Wednesday, 11 December 2013 | Gavin Lower

Australia’s first online equity crowdfunding platform to channel investment into start-ups has been launched.

Social enterprise Code for Australia incubator to launch in 2014

12:29PM | Tuesday, 10 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Popular social enterprise coding start-up Code for America has launched an Australian branch in Melbourne, with the local co-founders beginning conversations with a couple of local councils.

How bootstrapped Vero grew revenue 1300% in 12 months using content marketing

12:00AM | Monday, 9 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Email marketing software firm Vero is heading into its second year of operation committed to continuing its 20% month-on-month revenue growth target, but co-founder Chris Hexton it gets harder for businesses to grow as they get bigger.

Asia-Pacific enterprise software accelerator to launch in 2014

12:30PM | Thursday, 5 December 2013 | Rose Powell

One of the first regional accelerator programs for tech entrepreneurs based in Australia and Asia, the Venture.tec accelerator, will launch in early 2014.

Beyond cash: Using your crowd funding campaign to sell units, gain exposure and identify target markets

12:10AM | Thursday, 5 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Jeremy Bogan is $20,000 into a $250,000 Kickstarter campaign to commercialise his prototype of the vtalk desk phone.