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

Bill Shorten’s STEM policy wins startup support: “The best thing we’ve heard from either party in 20 years”

5:05PM | Friday, 15 May 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Labor’s Futuresmart policy aims to have coding taught in every Australian every primary and secondary school by 2020.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Business advice and education  | Government and Regulation

Ten smart tips for startups

5:30PM | Friday, 15 May 2015 | Allan McKeown

Here are 10 tips to help you create a startup that investors will want to fund.

 | Planning

Startups, it’s time to talk about copying each other

5:29PM | Thursday, 14 May 2015 | Broede Carmody

Entrepreneurs aren’t shy when it comes to chasing similar business ideas, with a string of on-demand storage companies springing up recently after German startup SpaceWays launched in Australia.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Resilient, hardworking and quick to learn new skills: why veterans make perfect entrepreneurs

5:49PM | Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | Broede Carmody

Veterans make perfect entrepreneurs and startup employees because of their work ethic and ability to adapt.

 | Business ideas

Startups and VCs welcome budget measures but concerned about government’s “overall strategy” for startups

5:33PM | Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | Broede Carmody

Startups and venture capitalists have welcomed the Abbott government’s push to reform employee share schemes and implement a crowdfunding equity scheme.

 | Business planning

Not all corporate tax avoiders will be snared by new rules

5:55PM | Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | Kerrie Sadiq

Hockey’s budget announcement of two major tax integrity measures was flagged before the budget was handed down, but even that came as no surprise.

 | Planning

Fringe Benefits Tax on portable devices used for work abolished

5:43PM | Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | Kye White

Startups that supply their employees with portable devices like laptop and tablets will no longer need to pay Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) on either device.

 | Planning

Budget outlines minor changes to proposed Employee Share Scheme

5:42PM | Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | Kye White

The federal budget has revealed a few minor changes to the Employe Share Scheme reform scheduled to come into effect on July 1.

 | Planning

Budget suggests crowdsourced equity funding scheme coming soon

5:41PM | Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | Kye White

Australia will likely have a crowdsourced equity funding scheme in place before the end of the 2015-16 financial year.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Entrepreneurs Infrastructure Program’s funding cut by $27 million

5:40PM | Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | Kye White

The Entrepreneurs Infrastructure Program, implemented in last year’s budget as a replacement for Innovation Investment Fund and Commercialisation Australia, was a target for savings in the latest federal budget.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Budget 2015: “Our economic plan is working” Hockey says as he reveals $41 billion deficit

5:37PM | Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | Cara Waters

Treasurer Joe Hockey says the government is sticking to its plan to strengthen Australia’s economy as he revealed a budget deficit of $41.1 billion for 2014-15.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Budget 2015: tax cuts to support startups, but few measures to encourage or educate potential entrepreneurs

5:07PM | Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | Kye White

A reduction in the company tax rate, help with costs of starting a business, and the ability to write off every asset that costs less than $20,000, are among the positives for startups in the 2015 Federal Budget.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Move over Melbourne Cup – let’s start betting on Australian unicorns

5:36PM | Friday, 8 May 2015 | Tom Karemacher

Australians gamble more on the Melbourne Cup than the entire venture capital industry invests in startups in a year. It's time we backed unicorns rather than horses.

 | Planning

Australia needs to create a media and entertainment accelerator – or risk falling behind

5:26PM | Friday, 8 May 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Australian entertainment and media companies risk falling behind the rest of the world unless they organise startup accelerator programs focused on their industry, the author of an award-winning thesis examining US media giant Time Warner’s accelerator programs has warned.

 | Planning  | Innovation  | Technology

Measuring success in startup land: Demo Night for muru-D’s Class#2

5:03PM | Friday, 8 May 2015 | Annie Parker

There are plenty of ways to measure startup success across customers, investors, partnerships or distribution agreements. So which one should you aim for?

 | Planning

Budget 2015: Bruce Billson reveals details of “most substantial small business package this country has seen”

5:29PM | Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | Eloise Keating

The federal government will make it easier and cheaper for entrepreneurs to start a new business in next week’s budget.

 | Planning

Lack of contacts and knowledge major hurdles for refugee entrepreneurs in Australia

5:30PM | Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | Broede Carmody

The Australian startup ecosystem should embrace refugees if it is to achieve greater cultural diversity, according to the coordinator of an entrepreneurs program at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

 | Business planning

Melbourne’s startup ecosystem: where to from here?

5:37PM | Monday, 4 May 2015 | Amir Nissen

Melbourne is one of the most liveable cities in the world, we need to make it one of the most entrepreneurial too.

 | Planning

Three essential metrics for startups

5:52PM | Sunday, 3 May 2015 | Michal Ugor

You can’t change what you don’t measure.

 | Planning