Small business finance


Commercialisation Australia awards $1.2m to energy efficiency start-up

7:11PM | Friday, 29 July 2011 |  BuildingIQ, an Australian energy efficiency start-up that is looking to make a big impact in the US, has been handed $1.2 million in the latest Commercialisation Australia awards.

Google Ventures set to double its start-up investment

7:05PM | Thursday, 28 July 2011 |  Google is doubling its investment in new start-ups and is set to start looking for ventures outside the US to put money into.

Pollenizer launches new start-up pitching platform

7:00AM | Wednesday, 27 July 2011 |  Tech start-up networks Pollenizer and Innovation Bay have rolled out a new open-source platform that allows start-ups to pitch their concepts to a wide range of investors.

I’ve been told I need “proof of concept”. What is this exactly?

7:49PM | Monday, 25 July 2011 |  Most savvy investors will share the same concerns, so a well-constructed POC will be paramount to your fund-raising.

Getting strategic for a rough year ahead

7:34PM | Wednesday, 20 July 2011 |  The coming 12 months promise a lot of volatility for business; but the economic uncertainty will present opportunities as well as problems for businesses.

Standing out in the events crowd

7:44PM | Tuesday, 19 July 2011 |  A new breed of small business events is emerging and they can prove invaluable to anyone looking to launch, get funding or just merely plug their new business. Here’s how you can capitalise on an event.

Are there any areas that investors just won’t touch at the moment?

7:13PM | Tuesday, 19 July 2011 |  Investors in start-ups are wary of risk, uncertainty and slow growth. If your business plan does not answer or solve these issues, you may not attract funding.

Small firms missing out on bank loans: Report

7:11PM | Thursday, 14 July 2011 |  A new report reveals that business deposits far outweigh loans to businesses, particularly among small firms facing an ongoing struggle to access finance.

Green boom tipped as Enernoc snaps up Energy Response for $28m

7:00AM | Thursday, 14 July 2011 |  A leading investment fund has predicted a flurry of action among start-ups in the clean tech space following the $28 million acquisition of demand response company Energy Response by US-based Enernoc.

Finding your growth ally

7:09PM | Wednesday, 13 July 2011 |  Businesses looking to upscale should consider forming a business alliance as an alternative growth strategy.