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  • October 10 2017 Airtasker raises $33m to launch into the UK

    Australia’s largest online jobs marketplace, Airtasker, has completed a $33 million funding round to bankroll the company’s first overseas foray, with an expansion into the UK. Airtasker had already been enjoying a milestone year, with the formation of strategic partnerships with IKEA and eBay plus the introduction of income protection insurance for its workers. The Read More…

  • September 15 2017 “Game-changer”: Fintech Australia welcomes changes to draft crowdfunding legislation

    Changes made to the draft crowdfunding legislation, which will allow private companies to crowdfund equity, will protect investors while reducing costs and red tape for companies, according to advocacy group FinTech Australia The draft crowdfunding legislation was introduced into the Australian Parliament by Treasurer Scott Morrison, yesterday. FinTech Australia expects the legislation to provide a new fund-raising Read More…

  • September 15 2017 Let’s Talk: Raising Capital (Part 2 of 2)

    This week, we launched our exciting, new initiative ‘Let’s Talk…’, which provides the entrepreneurial community with a forum to share rapid-fire views with you, our readers, every Wednesday. Our very first ‘Let’s Talk…’ theme, Raising Capital, saw us pose the question “What’s a sure-fire way to make an investor sit up and listen?” We received Read More…

  • September 13 2017 Let’s Talk: Raising Capital (Part 1 of 2)

    Dynamic Business is proud to present ‘Let’s Talk…’. This exciting new, weekly initiative provides entrepreneurs and industry experts with a forum to share rapid-fire views on a range of issues that matter to start-ups and small to medium businesses. So, what’s the 411 with ‘Let’s Talk…’? Every Wednesday, we’ll pose a themed question to a Read More…

  • August 31 2017 Five avoidable mistakes startup founders make

    We’ve all seen the grim statistics: more than 90 percent of startups fail. It’s widely acknowledged that many of these failures are caused by “rookie mistakes”. Yet, having worked with hundreds of startup founders as a mentor and investor I continue to see the same mistakes made again and again. At the same time I Read More…

  • July 21 2017 Brauz’s CEO discusses raising $2.25m and why Amazon’s arrival will be a catalyst for growth

    Ahead of travelling to the US in September to kick off its Series A funding round, Melbourne-based startup Brauz has closed its second seed round with $1m to get its personalised retail app to market. Founder and CEO Lee Hardham gave Dynamic Business a progress report on the Brauz app, which had its beta launch Read More…

  • July 18 2017 ‘Smart Money’: VC firm Our Innovation Fund backs two tech startups to the tune of $5m

    Sydney-based startups EFTsure and Assignar have secured a combined $5 million in Series A capital, this month, from Our Innovation Fund (OIF), a new VC firm building a $50m portfolio of early-stage tech businesses. Founded in late 2016 by investors Geoff Levy, David Shein and Jerry Stesel, OIF is – Levy told Dynamic Business – a Read More…

  • June 28 2017 Can you pitch your business idea in under 25 words? If so, you could win a $100k kickstart

    If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur who can express their business idea in 25 words or less, HubSpot is giving you a shot at winning $100,000 to put towards launching your dream venture.   As part of their #SummerStartup contest, the inbound marketing and sales software company is inviting business hopefuls from the US, UK, Ireland, Read More…

  • June 2 2017 Car Next Door seeking to double funding to accelerate roll-out of its sharing platform

    Peer-to-peer car sharing platform Car Next Door is seeking to raise $5 million from investors to capitalise on rapid growth over the last 18 months, during which it expanded from Sydney and Melbourne into Brisbane.   Co-founder and CEO Will Davies told Dynamic Business that his start-up, which enables car owners to rent out their vehicles when they’re Read More…

  • March 13 2017 Lessons from Silicon Valley for start-ups

    On recent business trips to Silicon Valley, we’ve met with a number of investors, lawyers and other advisers who are active in the start-up community. These meetings have yielded some very interesting lessons for Australian start-ups, particularly those seeking to expand into the US market or take on US investors. Here are the key highlights: 1. Read More…

  • February 2 2017 Sydney tech start-up receives $525k in seed funds to enhance its event sales platform

    Sydney-based tech start-up Audience Republic, which helps event organisers boost ticket sales, today closed a $525,000 seed investment round. Co-founders Jared Kristensen, a former promoter, and Jason MacLulich, ex CTO of GoCatch, raised capital from Artesian Capital and QUT Creative Enterprise Australia. Funding also came from angel investors Radinck van Vollenhoven (Stocard’s MD, formerly with Spotify and Read More…

  • January 11 2017 The CEO of fintech lender Sail discusses what he learnt from the start-up ecosystem in Tel Aviv

    Buoyed by $8 million in seed funding, Yanir Yakutiel launched a fintech start-up in November, last year, to assist small businesses under-serviced by banks and other traditional lenders. The former finance and shipping expert spoke to Dynamic Business about Sail, including the process of raising capital and its participation in the Tel Aviv Landing Pad Read More…

  • December 12 2016 New start-up fund affords investors tax breaks

    With the launch of its second co-investment fund, this month, Sydney Angels is seeking to raise between $10 and 20 million to invest in high-growth potential early-stage ventures. Sidecar Fund 2 follows the first Sidecar Fund, which Sydney Angels launched in 2012. Sidecar Fund 1 attracted $10 million in capital from outside investors, to invest Read More…

  • December 9 2016 Augmented and Virtual Reality — fads? angel and other early-stage investors don’t think so

    If there’s one thing the start-up world is full of, its buzzwords. In an industry where speed of disruption and change are the only two constants, many tech trends are here today and sadly, gone tomorrow. So the industry and even the wider community can be forgiven for thinking that Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Read More…

  • December 7 2016 Deal or no deal: how to negotiate like a pro

    Powered by an entrepreneurial engine, start-ups pursue rapid growth off the back of a product or service with a large potential customer base. While a start-up’s offering may be innovative, disruptive even, plans for growth could be derailed if inexperience at negotiation prevents them from, say, locking in those first crucial investors or clients.  Here’s how your start-up can negotiate like a pro: Know Read More…