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Aussie venture capital trumped by angels

The venture capital investment model is outdated and local firms are being forced into a narrower niche in response to increasing funding pressures, according to Accede Capital chairman and former Radiata co-founder Chris Beare. The start-up investment ecosystem has been disrupted by the new generation of application- and internet-based start-ups that can be launched with minimal investment, Beare said. The traditional venture mod...

Optus and SingTel have launched a seed funding program that will back up to 8 Australian s...

Optus and Singapore telco parent SingTel have launched a seed funding program that will back up to eight Australian start-ups with a potential $250,000 each. The initiative, called the Optus Innov8 Seed Program, will provide chosen tech start-ups with cash, mentoring, networking and co-working spaces. Optus refused to put a dollar figure on the overall fund that will back the program, nor an idea of the standard equity stake sough...

Australian tech startup ecosystem worth more than $100bn

Google and PricewaterhouseCoopers are predicting that Australian tech businesses will be worth $109 billion by 2023, employing 500,000 people and contributing as much to the Australian economy as the retail and education sectors. The new report, Startup Economy, examines the current state of Australia’s technology sector and looks at how this can be nourished to build a strong tech industry for the country, an area that's increasi...

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Business Plans & Pitching

When you know where your business is going, it is easier to reach your goals. Here is a bu...

When you know where your business is going, it's easier to reach your goals. By Drew Stevens, PhD When you began your chiropractic career, you probably never imagined that you would rationalize owning a business. The fact is that chiropractic is not only a science of healing but it is also business ownership. Chances are that even if you have been in the business for just a few short years, you have seen the good, the bad, and the...

9 Elements of a Successful Business Plan

A business plan is your road map to profitability and success. A well-conceived plan describes the vision you have for the business and the path you will take to achieve that vision. It also serves as a communication vehicle for employees, customers and potential financial resources. An effective business plan has nine key elements. 1. Executive summary. The executive summary outlines the plan's key sections such as the company's mis...

3 keys to a business plan in regards to funding

When most entrepreneurs need funding to start or grow their business, they quickly learn one key fact: they need a business plan. Note: This chart is based on no real research whatsoever. Which means, there are no guarantees to get financing, even if you have an awesome business plan. Like you need a resume to apply for a job, and a completed application to gain admittance to a university, business plans are required to apply for bu...

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Fund Raising

How To Tell If Your Startup Is Ready For Venture Financing

So you’ve got a great idea for a new startup. Congratulations! Before you begin, you might want to think twice about the scope of your great idea.

Put simply, the question is whether your great idea is a feature, a complete company, or something in between? The question may seem to be just a detail or completely unnecessary, but to potential investors, it will be top of mind as they first hear your pitch. And the answer th...

How to do seed fundraising right

Fundraising is one of the key components in getting a business started, but it can also be one of the most challenging, especially if you’re a first-timer. I raised a $3 million seed round from August Capital in August 2011 and learned a few things along the way: 1) The Investor Deck Put together a concise investor deck that is no longer than 15 slides. Don’t overstuff slides with small details. Just make sure to get the high-...

Sydney Seed Fund reveals why only four of 68 applications were deemed eligible for further...

Only four of 68 start-up investment applications made to the Sydney Seed Fund, launched in June this year to back emerging technology companies, were deemed eligible for second round interviews.

The Sydney Seed Fund has revealed to StartupSmart the reasons why the vast majority of applications failed.

Many of the ideas failed because they did not meet basic requirements set out in the application guidelines, s...

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Marketing & Social Media

Is Social Media Actually Helping Your Company’s Bottom Line?

When it comes to business, we talk too much about social media and expect too little. It’s like the old joke about sales people: one person says, “I made some valuable contacts today,” and the other responds, “I didn’t get any orders, either.” Companies measure the market results of their sales investments. But few have measures or even have accountable managers in place for their social media investments, and only 7% say th...

Business Branding: 4 Ways Set Your Social Media On Fire

Today, just about every brand has a social media presence, usually Facebook & Twitter. Most are boring, bland and self-fulfilling and built with advertising in mind. You have to ask yourself why would anyone want to subscribe, follow or have that feed coming up on their screen on a daily basis? It’s more important than ever to be interesting, entertaining, and most importantly real. Society has become pretty good at sniffing out fake...

4 Quick Steps to Creating Your Social Media Marketing Plan

With social media marketing gaining rapid speed in the world of business, both big and small, you want to be prepared to use it, and do so correctly. Social media marketing can make a significant difference within a small business that has minimal budget funds. Before signing up for every social network on the market, you should have a plan in place. You’ve written your business plan, now it’s time to create your social media mar...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

The top four tips from the Facebook Accelerator program

Twelve start-ups and small businesses have graduated from Facebook’s accelerator program last week, armed with in-depth knowledge about how to use the platform to promote their businesses.

Facebook announced their accelerator program for start-ups and small businesses in July, and announced 12 finalists in August.

According to the latest Facebook user metrics for Australia, there are almost 10 million daily ...

Here Are 5 Lessons An Australian Startup CEO Has Learnt Since Launching Canva

Melanie Perkins is Australia’s startup poster child – the person many cite as the inspiration and role model for a fledgling business that’s cracked the big time. She is the CEO of design startup Canva, which simplifies graphic design, and is often used as an example of an Australian company that has managed to break into the Silicon Valley scene. Launched just eight months ago, Canva has grown to 400,000 users, with more th...

Here Are 5 Ways One CEO Thinks Australia's Startup Scene Is Changing

Australia’s startup scene is still relatively small but over the past ten years it has done a lot of growing up. Living in Australia between 2005 and 2011 and again since 2013 after a two year stint back in Los Angeles, Atmail CEO Zach Johnson has seen the transformation of the country’s startup scene first hand. He says one of the biggest factors which has transformed the Australian startup space over that time is the growth ...

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