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Labor announces $500 million Smart Investment Fund policy, startups welcome move to ease funding crunch

5:55PM | Friday, 15 May 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

The startup community has welcomed Labor’s intention to increase the amount of capital available to startups, but some have questioned whether a proposed $500 million startup investment fund is the right mechanism to achieve that goal.

Planning  | Business planning  | Business Grants  | Government and Regulation

Intergenerational prosperity depends on supporting research

3:41PM | Monday, 16 March 2015 | Michael Withford

According to the Intergenerational Report (IGR) released earlier this month, Australia’s future productivity and prosperity depends on innovation and technology.

 | Planning  | Innovation  | Business Grants  | Government and Regulation

Government data hackathon smashes participation records with over 1000 participants nationwide

7:55PM | Friday, 11 July 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

A hackathon aimed at getting developers to make use of government data sets has attracted a record number of participants across 11 events nationwide.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Technology  | Business Grants  | Government and Regulation

Startup industry looks to budget for government investment in innovation

5:50PM | Friday, 9 May 2014 | Kye White

Funding and tax policy changes to support innovation are two outcomes a number of startup industry figures will be looking for on Tuesday night.

 | Planning  | Business Grants  | Government and Regulation

“Short-sighted”: Startup community blasts Commission of Audit’s funding findings

5:57PM | Friday, 2 May 2014 | Kye White

The National Commission of Audit report’s contention that government support of startups provides no real benefit to the community is flat-out wrong, according to a number of startup industry figures and two major reports into the industry.

 | Planning  | Business Grants  | Government and Regulation

Commercialisation Australia grants on hold: where the $200 million+ has gone

4:00AM | Tuesday, 1 April 2014 | Rose Powell

The federal government’s venture capital organisation is on hold, with the Department of Industry announcing applications will not be accepted or processed until after the May 2014 budget.

 | Planning  | Business Grants  | Government and Regulation

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.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Business Grants

Sydney calls on start-up savvy to give laneway culture a boost

6:19PM | Tuesday, 25 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Starting up in a restaurant or shop in Sydney’s notoriously competitive and expensive central business district has become a bit easier, thanks to a targeted funding initiative and an evolving laneway culture.

 | Retail  | Business Grants

Young entrepreneurs lobby Canberra for seed funding for job creators

6:22PM | Thursday, 6 June 2013 | Rose Powell

A group representing young entrepreneurs in Australia has called on the federal government to create a $20 million loan fund to encourage the creation of new businesses and jobs.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Business Grants  | Government and Regulation

Small business to be a cabinet role in Coalition government

5:03PM | Friday, 17 May 2013 | Rose Powell

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has announced in his budget reply that small business will be a cabinet position in his Coalition government, if elected.

 | Sole trader  | Business Grants  | Government and Regulation

Federal budget 2013: The start-up winners and losers

5:24AM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Oliver Milman

In a budget where there was very little to excite businesses of any size, let alone start-ups, it’s hard to see how any entrepreneur will be in tears of either joy or despair this morning.

 | Financing a business  | Tax  | Business Grants  | Government and Regulation

Federal budget 2013: Tech hub NICTA scrapped as new cash flows to NBN projects

5:54PM | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | Oliver Milman

The government has pledged $12.9 million in new funding to help small businesses take advantage of the National Broadband Network, although the ICT Centre of Excellence will be scrapped.

 | Financing a business  | Tax  | Business Grants  | Government and Regulation

Federal budget 2013: SMEs to get $29.4 million boost to aid bids for government contracts

5:54PM | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | Cara Waters

Small and medium businesses vying for government services and tenders will receive $29.4 million in assistance under the budget.

 | Business Grants  | Government and Regulation

Clean tech start-ups braced for savage funding cuts

5:55PM | Thursday, 9 May 2013 | Daniella White

Funding for clean technology and green start-ups may be on the chopping block, as the government deals with lower than expected revenue following the collapse of the European carbon price.

 | Business Grants

Seven reasons why surfing start-up Boardcave.com is riding high

4:59PM | Tuesday, 30 April 2013 | Michelle Hammond

As surfwear retail giant Billabong struggles to secure a solid bid for its ailing business, a two-year-old start-up named Boardcave.com is slowly but surely shaking up the industry.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Technology  | Business Grants

Could the federal budget hurt your business?

4:32PM | Monday, 29 April 2013 | Taskmaster

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has warned of a larger than expected $12 billion blowout in the federal budget. How will future budget cuts hurt your business?

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Business Grants  | Government and Regulation

New crowdfunding platform Dreamstarter aims for socially-minded start-ups

4:32PM | Wednesday, 17 April 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Entrepreneurs with a social mission are the target of a new crowdfunding platform called Dreamstarter, created by a partnership between ING Direct and StartSomeGood.

 | Financing a business  | Technology  | Business Grants

The five-step process to landing a start-up grant

4:31PM | Wednesday, 17 April 2013 | Marc Peskett

There are now more than 600 grants worth $50 billion available to businesses in Australia, making it a great way to raise capital. If you’re looking to apply for one, here are five steps you need to follow.

 | Mentor  | Marc Peskett  | Business Grants

ATP Innovations to host Australia’s first-ever ‘biohackathon’

4:46PM | Monday, 15 April 2013 | Michelle Hammond

ATP Innovations will host Australia’s first ‘biohackathon’ later this week, when 11 teams will compete for the chance to win a $3000 cash prize.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Technology  | Business Grants

Medical research grant revamp could hurt start-ups, industry body warns

4:55PM | Thursday, 11 April 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The federal government’s changes to medical research grants could have an adverse affect on start-ups, according to the president of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes.

 | Business Grants
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