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  • December 2 2016 Latest Crossroads report includes policy options for a world-class start-up ecosystem

    Australia’s tech start-up sector continues to face barriers to achieving world-class status, according to peak advocacy group StartupAUS, which yesterday launched a report recommending 14 actions to unlock the sector’s full potential. Speaking at the launch of the third annual Crossroads report, held at International Towers in Barangaroo, StartupAUS CEO Alex McCauley highlighted the importance of fostering the Read More…

  • November 15 2016 HR start-up Employment Hero lands third Series A investor and sees funding balloon to $4.5m

    Cloud-based HR automation platform Employment Hero has added AirTree Ventures to team of Series A investors, bringing its total funding to $4.5 million. The Series A round was already over-subscribed after the freemium Service attracted $3 million from OneVentures and AMP New Ventures in June to finance growth, including an expansion into the UK market. Read More…

  • November 1 2016 Five Things the Melbourne Cup Can Teach Us about investing in early stage businesses

    Securing early-stage venture capital is easy for quality start-ups. What’s often neglected, however, is the other side of the equation – the difficulty for angel investors to find and determine between a company worth investing in from one that’s unlikely to succeed. It’s a feeling that any punter who has lost big on the Melbourne Read More…

  • October 25 2016 Smart capital: the case for seeking start-up funding from investors who lend their smarts

    By seeking out ‘smart capital’, as distinct from seed funding, early stage SMEs can enhance their business acumen, avoid unnecessary start-up mistakes and increase their appeal to prospective investors, according to Kylie Hammond, founder and CEO of Director Institute. “Smart capital is money from an individual or group of individuals who can, by sitting on an Read More…

  • October 4 2016 Solar energy start-up Redback technologies draws $9.3m investment from EnergyAustralia

    EnergyAustralia has invested $9.3 million in Brisbane-based solar energy start-up Redback Technologies, establishing a partnership aimed at increasing the uptake of reliable, affordable and cleaner energy solutions among homeowners. Under the partnership, Redback’s integrated hardware and software technologies, which capture, store and manage solar energy, will be promoted to EnergyAustralia’s 1.7 million customers in Victoria, Read More…

  • September 19 2016 Investible co-founder Trevor Folsom on the value created by astute start-up investors

    By supporting the local start-up ecosystem, angel investors not only stem brain drain but keep IP in Australia. According to Trevor Folsom, co-founder of Sydney-based start-up generator Investible, problems arise when investors are seduced by opportunities that see them invest ‘too heavily and too early”. This month, Investible launched First Angel, a 12-month educational program Read More…

  • September 16 2016 Westpac invests $16.5 in fintech start-up uno

    Westpac has invested $16.5 million in uno Home Loans, a Sydney-based digital mortgage service that has attracted a number of investors since launching in May. According to uno CEO and founder, Vincent Turner, the platform (pronounced ‘you know’) was established to give people “greater control over the home loan process and the confidence to achieve Read More…

  • September 14 2016 Influencer marketing start-up TRIBE to expand into new regions with $5.35m Series A funding

    Marketing tech company TRIBE has closed its Series A funding round, having raised $5.35 million from investors led by Sydney-based VC fund Exto Partners. Founded in Melbourne by TV and radio host, Jules Lund, TRIBE connects brands with influencers who create social media content to share with their community of followers. Named Mumbrella’s ‘Marketing Technology Company of Read More…

  • September 14 2016 Aged care start-up Curo attracts $1m from HCF

    Not-for-profit health fund HCF has invested $1 million into aged care tech start-up Curo Technologies. Founded by brothers Matt and Tim McDougall, the Melbourne-based company uses sensor technology to monitor the wellbeing of elderly residents in their own home or in an assisted living environment. Activity data is collected, analysed and reported on mobile devices to Read More…

  • September 5 2016 Overcoming the barriers to tech start-up ecosystems flourishing across Australia

    Innovation and sport are two fundamental pillars in the makeup of the Australian psyche. Whether it is pioneering in medicine or dominating our national sports on the global stage we’ve done it with a sense of community and a touch of inventiveness. Our success in the Olympics over many generations is a testament to our Read More…

  • August 3 2016 How to get your business off the ground: What are investors looking for in a start-up?

    The first few years are crucial for any new business. This is the make or break time that so many start-ups fail to make it through as they look to find their feet. In fact, the Australian Bureau of Statistics says that more than 60 per cent of small businesses shut within three years of Read More…

  • July 18 2016 Google Tax: an incubator fund for start-ups

    Taxes are high in Australia. But when it comes to taxation policies, our government is too lenient on some large businesses and too hard on small business. Some large multi-national companies have been able to utilise tax structures that allow them to avoid paying their required tax in Australia, which has enabled them to lower their Read More…

  • June 8 2016 Turnbull’s $15m startup pledge is ‘modest’: peak body

    The Prime Minister’s recent pledge to pump $15 million into his government’s Incubator Support Program for startups, if re-elected next month,  is a good start but far from sufficient, according to Australia’s peak startup body, StartupAUS. CEO of StartupAUS, Alex McCauley said the additional funding for accelerators and incubators will genuinely help startups. “Funding for incubators and accelerators is important and Read More…

  • May 24 2016 Investment basics for business owners

    Turning your business into a success is only half the battle. Failing to make the most of the value and wealth your business generates, completely undermines the blood, sweat and tears required to extract value from your business. Business owners/managers spend so much time providing value to customers, that they often overlook the importance of Read More…

  • May 12 2016 Startup struggles: Top tips for your first year in business

    Many successful business owners look back on their first year of trading and often wonder how they got through those early days and created an established business out of the chaos and confusion that can sometimes engulf you during this embryonic time. From juggling your cashflow to maybe even dealing with TAC claims, there are Read More…