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“Major shift” as super funds begin to unlock venture capital

12:49PM | Wednesday, 2 December 2015 | Denham Sadler

Pressure from startups and both sides of federal politics is starting to pay off as super-funds look to invest more capitals into high-growth Australian businesses.

Data61 gets $20 million of federal funding back

11:10PM | Thursday, 12 November 2015 | Denham Sadler

The $42 million in funding was entirely cut by the Abbott government, and the group was swallowed up by the CSIRO earlier this year.

Around $200 million whole a good fit for Square Peg

11:52PM | Monday, 2 November 2015 | Denham Sadler

A new $200 million venture fund is set to be launched in Australia, with Square Peg Capital announcing plans to raise the money from its existing investors as well as some new faces.

With a $40 million kitty what Scout Ventures is looking for in an Aussie startup

10:30PM | Thursday, 29 October 2015 | Kye White

New York-based venture capital firm Scout Ventures is launching a $40 million Australian branch.

Drone funding continues to soar

10:57PM | Friday, 23 October 2015 | Denham Sadler

Funding for drone-based startups has hit an all-time high this quarter for the third time in a row and the lucrative market shows no signs of slowing down.

More than one unicorn created per week but seed stage funding down, report says

10:45PM | Friday, 16 October 2015 | Denham Sadler

This year has seen an average of 1.3 unicorn companies created each week, with 23 emerging in the last quarter alone, a new Venture Pulse report finds.

Anti-fuel theft startup Scancam gets $500,000 in the tank

6:30PM | Monday, 15 June 2015 | Broede Carmody

Anti-fuel theft startup Scancam has snapped up $500,000 in seed funding in order to roll out its technology across Australia.

Redflow welcomes Tesla to the battery market, as investors including Graeme Wood and Simon Hackett pour in another $16 million

5:20PM | Friday, 15 May 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Redflow has welcomed the entry of US electric car maker Tesla to the large-scale battery market, after investors poured an additional $16.1 million into the zinc-bromide module (ZBM) maker.

Online education startup Edrolo sets sights on expansion following $2.6 million raise

5:53AM | Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | Kye White

Online education startup Edrolo has raised $2.6 million that will be used to expand its content library to cover more subjects and year levels and increase the number of schools using its products.

Canva raises $7.7 million, prepares to launch Canva for Work

5:50PM | Monday, 4 May 2015 | Kye White

Design startup Canva has raised $US6 million ($A7.7 million) in funding from existing investors, which will be used to launch its enterprise product Canva for Work.

A decade of Nitro: Sam Chandler reflects on the dawn of Australia’s startup ecosystem

3:29PM | Friday, 20 March 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Sam Chandler says the growing Australian ecosystem has made a night and day difference to launching a tech company, nearly a decade after he founded Nitro in May 2005.

Equity crowdfunding platform Equitise makes its first acquisition

3:42PM | Friday, 20 March 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Equity crowdfunding platform Equitise has purchased a business directory called Rabble, founded by one of New Zealand’s most prominent tech investors, which it intends to roll out in Australia.

Health techs first up for industry-focused Innovyz accelerator programs

2:55PM | Friday, 27 February 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Adelaide-based international business accelerator Innovyz has opened applications to the first of its industry-focused nine-month Innovation programs, with applications now open for high growth businesses in the health tech sector.

Why crowdsourced equity funding may not be what Australia’s startup ecosystem really needs

2:43PM | Friday, 13 February 2015 | James McKinnon

CSEF might not work the way many advocates say it could in Australia's current startup ecosystem.

Smart strategies and good returns: how VC in Australia can reach ‘critical mass’

2:06PM | Wednesday, 11 February 2015 | Broede Carmody

Australians do not shy away from taking risks and government support is not necessarily the best way forward for the future of venture capital, according to local startup investors.

Equitise launches its crowdfunding platform in New Zealand

1:46PM | Friday, 30 January 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Equity crowdfunding platform Equitise launched in New Zealand on Friday, with one startup seeking to use the platform to raise $350,000.

How the gender gap in venture capital funding can be tackled in 2015

1:46PM | Wednesday, 7 January 2015 | Broede Carmody

A study by Harvard Business School has found venture capitalists prefer funding handsome men in comparison to female entrepreneurs – even when the content of their pitches is exactly the same.

More startup investments coming after Cisco invests in Blackbird Ventures

12:02PM | Friday, 12 December 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Cisco has become the first major corporate investor in Blackbird Ventures, with the move paving the way for more investments in promising Australian startups.

Fat Hen gets ready to lay a golden egg as government plays chicken on equity crowdfunding

12:39PM | Wednesday, 3 December 2014 | Kye White

Perth startup Fat Hen has launched a “crowd powered” venture capital firm that gives all investors the chance to invest in early stage startups.

Successful crowdfunding campaign speaks volumes about suitcase soundsystems

11:16PM | Friday, 28 November 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Forget about vinyl – the next big thing among audiophiles could be suitcases reinvented as speakers, with a Melbourne-based startup raising $17,370 for the devices (against a target of $16,000) in just days on Pozible.

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