Venture Capital



Creative start-up sector comes of age with new $1.2 million fund

7:05PM | Friday, 26 July 2013 | Rose Powell

A Queensland incubator is launching a $1.2 million investment fund next week to plug a funding gap for creative start-up businesses.

Global capital flow good news for Australian entrepreneurs

7:59PM | Monday, 22 July 2013 | Rose Powell

While the majority of global venture capital is going to the US, the Asia Pacific region had the highest average deal value in the three months to June 30, according to investment tracking group Internet DealBook.

Middle East leading the world in female tech entrepreneurs

7:03PM | Thursday, 18 July 2013 | Rose Powell

New findings reported in The Economist this week show the Middle East is leading the world in the percentage of tech entrepreneurs who are female.

Leading start-up accelerator PushStart to close investment and switch focus

7:26PM | Thursday, 18 July 2013 | Rose Powell

One of Australia’s earliest start-up accelerator programs is ending its investment and accelerator focus to concentrate on non-commercial activities.

Australian entrepreneur comes out of shell to pitch on world stage

7:26PM | Tuesday, 16 July 2013 | Rose Powell

Australian entrepreneur Neil Smith is nervous ahead of pitching his start-up in front of a panel of investors in the US this week.

Australian start-ups to benefit in long term as Obama lifts fundraising ad ban

7:22PM | Tuesday, 16 July 2013 | Rose Powell

Start-ups raising capital in the US will now be able to directly advertise their fundraising rounds to the general public, after the Securities and Exchange Commission lifted a ban last week.

$1000 grants available for small businesses keen to improve their online presence

7:51PM | Monday, 15 July 2013 | Rose Powell

Start-ups and small businesses looking to invest in their online presence and mobile technology have the chance to win a $1000 grant through accounting software provider Intuit.

Commercialisation Australia quarterly snapshot reveals $178.1 million going to 430 companies

7:42PM | Friday, 12 July 2013 | Rose Powell

The latest edition of Commercialisation Australia’s Value Proposition publication has revealed where government funds are going to support start-ups at the commercialisation stage.

New venture program launched: Develop and pitch your start-up in Hong Kong

7:46PM | Friday, 12 July 2013 | Rose Powell

Australian entrepreneurs have the chance to access international mentoring and investment in Hong Kong, with a new venture program launched this week.

New start-up incubator program launched by online retail juggernaut

7:56PM | Thursday, 11 July 2013 | Rose Powell

Sketchbook Ventures, a new incubator program for online business, has been launched this week by the Catch Group, the parent company behind Catch of the Day, Scoopon, GroceryRun, Mumgo and Eatnow.

Artesian Venture Partners joins with UniQuest to form investment fund

7:57AM | Tuesday, 9 July 2013 | Gavin Lower

The University of Queensland’s commercialisation company, UniQuest, has partnered with investor Artesian Venture Partners to build a $1.5 million investment fund to invest in graduates from the university’s ilab technology incubator.

Global venture capital financing hits $US10.4 billion in second quarter

7:57PM | Friday, 5 July 2013 | Gavin Lower

Global venture capital financing hit $US10.4 billion in the second quarter of 2013, up 14% on the previous quarter and returning to the level of financing seen in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to private equity research firm Preqin.

Six Australian companies have begun listing on international start-up stock exchange

7:39PM | Friday, 5 July 2013 | Rose Powell

The SSX is yet to release information about investors and available funds, but chief executive Ian Haet says they’re confident of developing a wide range of investors.

Oneflare secures funding in readiness for next local services evolution

7:18PM | Thursday, 4 July 2013 | Rose Powell

Online marketplace for home and local services OneFlare has received $500,000 from angel investors in Sydney to continue to develop its online platform for local small businesses.

New ideas and attitudes to supply what we can’t replicate from Silicon Valley

7:35PM | Wednesday, 3 July 2013 | Rose Powell

Australian entrepreneurs seeking to develop the start-up ecosystem have returned from a trip to the epicentre of innovation and flourishing start-ups, Silicon Valley, armed with fresh understanding and new ideas.

New female-focused angel investor network launched and looking for companies

7:43PM | Wednesday, 3 July 2013 | Rose Powell

Four high-powered businesswomen have come together to invest in women rising to the top of Australia’s start-up sector.

Kate Lundy promises renewed focus on start-ups

7:20PM | Tuesday, 2 July 2013 | Rose Powell

Senator Kate Lundy says she’s keen to see technology start-ups back in the policy spotlight, after being named as assisting minister for the digital economy in Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s cabinet reshuffle.

US investment takes Australian Small Scale Offerings Board international

7:06PM | Monday, 1 July 2013 | Gavin Lower

Equity-raising platform for small to medium businesses, the Australian Small Scale Offerings Board, is set to expand overseas by licensing its platform after US investors injected $786,000 and took a 20.6% stake in the firm.

The 10 biggest issues facing start-ups in 2013: #2 funding

6:34PM | Friday, 28 June 2013 | Gunilla Haglundh

Findings from the DFK start-up survey show the second hardest challenge for start-ups is – not surprisingly – funding.

Bigcolors to launch new “stock exchange” for start-ups

6:11PM | Friday, 28 June 2013 | Gavin Lower

Australian start-ups seeking funding will soon have a potential new source of capital as a Hong Kong-based angel investment firm prepares to launch a start-up “stock exchange”.