Venture Capital



Newcastle accelerator Slingshot graduates: How they’ve grown and what’s next

3:16PM | Tuesday, 4 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Seven founders will pitch their start-ups tonight at the demo event of Newcastle accelerator program Slingshot.

Infra-red tech company takes out top honours at angel investors’ pitching event

2:46PM | Wednesday, 26 February 2014 | Rose Powell

MP High Tech Solutions, a start-up developing thermal imaging sensors for smart buildings and electronics, was celebrated as the most promising start-up at an angel investors’ dinner run by incubator Innovation Bay last night.

Gold Coast incubator off to Silicon Valley with a troop of start-ups

2:55PM | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Silicon Lakes, a Gold Coast incubator and co-working space has announced a trip to Silicon Valley with several local start-ups set to launch in the coming months.

MYOB co-founder Craig Winkler among early investors, as Practice Ignition raises $650,000 seed funding

2:04PM | Friday, 21 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

Practice Ignition, an Australian firm that helps accountants to streamline their interaction with clients, has raised $650,000 in seed funding from investors including MYOB co-founder and early Xero investor Craig Winkler.

Google launches $300 million investment fund for growing start-ups

2:31PM | Friday, 21 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Google has this week launched an investment fund targeting established start-ups seeking money to grow.

Start-ups are Scary: Bigcommerce founders on overcoming their fear of raising capital

2:00AM | Friday, 21 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Bigcommerce has a team of 300 and has raised $75 million to fuel its ambitious growth plans. But to reach any of these goals, its founders had to overcome their fear of raising capital.

Australian equity crowdfunding platform VentureCrowd launches with 36 start-ups and 200 investors

2:28PM | Thursday, 20 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Artesian Ventures has launched its VentureCrowd platform with over 200 registered investors and 36 start-ups.

Consider setting up a crowdfunding site – inside your company

2:00AM | Wednesday, 19 February 2014 | Taskmaster

IBM management recently introduced a crowdfunding site for projects within their company. It’s an idea you might be able to replicate on a smaller scale within your business.

Rushing your investment round can have devastating consequences: Veteran angel investor

2:00AM | Tuesday, 18 February 2014 | Rose Powell

A leading angel investor has called for a reality check for start-ups, advising against rushing into deals and prioritising speedy decisions over building sustainable relationships.

Funding flow slows to Australian venture capital and private equity

2:52PM | Friday, 14 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

New capital committed to Australian venture capital and later stage private equity funds slumped by $2.4 billion in fiscal 2013, down 77% on the previous financial year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed.

Raising $1 million after just three months: Maestrano sets itself up for growth

2:17PM | Thursday, 13 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

Stephane Ibos says he and Arnaud Lachaume, co-founders of cloud-based business app provider Maestrano, weren’t really looking for investment when they launched late last year.

Start-ups named to join ANZ Innovyz START summer 2014 program

2:12PM | Wednesday, 12 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

Leading Australian accelerator ANZ Innovyz START has announced its latest intake of seven start-ups for summer this year, with director Dr Jana Matthews saying it’s one of the strongest groups to enter the program so far.

So you think you can pitch? Lessons from a disaster!

2:00PM | Wednesday, 12 February 2014 | David Whitfield

At StartupSmart’s ‘So You Think You Can Start-up’ pitching competition, I was unable to deliver my presentation. Here are my five key lessons of pitching a start-up.

The Founder Institute considering starting a chapter in Melbourne

2:00AM | Tuesday, 11 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

The world’s largest start-up accelerator, The Founder Institute, is considering establishing a new chapter in Melbourne later this year.

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.