Venture Capital



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’.

Three ways money can kill your start-up

10:18PM | Wednesday, 9 October 2013 | Marc Peskett

Most entrepreneurs spend a good portion of their time securing finance. However, if you’re unwary, there are three ways money can destroy your business.

Venture capital deals down but private equity investments up: global trends report

10:00PM | Wednesday, 2 October 2013 | Rose Powell

Two reports released this week reveal July to September 2013 was a mixed quarter for investment worldwide, with a 20% increase in private equity deals since the same quarter in 2012, but the lowest quarter for venture capital deals since Q4 2011.

Singaporean government to invest $39 million in early-stage start-up investment ecosystem

9:39PM | Thursday, 26 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Singapore plans to strengthen its early-stage start-up ecosystem, with $39 million invested into an early-stage venture fund scheme launched in 2008.

Asian private equity market growing, opening up and trying new strategies

9:34PM | Thursday, 26 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Private equity investors in Asia are pumping more funds into the sector and increasingly trying new strategies beyond standard growth funding, according to new research by investment tracking data group Preqin.

Leading incubators and accelerators announce partnership program with oDesk

9:42PM | Wednesday, 18 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Start-up accelerator programs Startmate, Pollenizer and AngelCube have partnered with international outsourcing platform oDesk in a new support program, oDesk Upstarts.

Mark Carnegie to launch equity fund of over $250 million

9:20PM | Tuesday, 17 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Venture capital investor Mark Carnegie plans to launch a second private equity fund of between $250 million to $300 million.

Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association CEO resigns

9:08PM | Friday, 13 September 2013 | Gavin Lower

After seven years as chief executive of the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, Katherine Woodthorpe has resigned to focus on other projects, including chairing the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre.

Government calls for input on crowdfunding and equity review

9:06PM | Wednesday, 11 September 2013 | Rose Powell

The government has begun industry consultation around a review to reduce the regulative hassle associated with crowdsourced equity funding for start-ups.

Top US investor Jonathan Teo to visit Melbourne

9:08PM | Monday, 9 September 2013 | Gavin Lower

Leading US investor Jonathan Teo will visit Melbourne next month to meet local start-ups and entrepreneurs and speak at an event hosted by investor group Investors’ Org.

Canberra start-up sector set for a boom with the Coalition set to cut 12,000 public service jobs

9:19AM | Monday, 9 September 2013 | Rose Powell

The fledgling Canberra start-up scene is set for a boost with the city’s largest employer, the federal government, set to shed 12,000 public service jobs in line with Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott’s election cost-reducing promise.

Bugcrowd raises $1.6 million by mastering the cultural differences between Australian and US investors

9:59AM | Thursday, 5 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Bugcrowd, a marketplace for security testing websites via crowdsourced “bug bounties”, has raised $1.6 million in its series A funding round, set to close in a few weeks.

Fashion photography platform launches seed funding round

9:23PM | Tuesday, 3 September 2013 | Rose Powell

An online platform for sharing, shopping and downloading high-res photos, a staple of the magazine industry and growing content marketing industry, is about to start raising its first round of capital.

$10 million fund seeks start-ups to back as the Australian venture capital sector evolves

9:16PM | Tuesday, 3 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Australian investors are increasingly prepared to take on more risk and consider putting their money into early stage companies that need capital to grow, Blue Sky Alternative Investments investment director Elaine Stead says.

Curtin University’s Ignition program signs up sponsors

9:12PM | Monday, 2 September 2013 | Gavin Lower

Curtin University’s Ignition entrepreneur and innovation program has received sponsorship backing from the West Australian Department of Commerce.

App tackling taxi industry monopoly secures $1 million in new funding

8:59PM | Thursday, 29 August 2013 | Rose Powell

Australian taxi booking and payment mobile app ingogo has secured another $1 million in funding to drive national expansion and appointed a new director.