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Sequoia's $12M Funding For Aussie Startup Sets Stage For More

Financing for Australian startups has lagged behind other developed markets but progress is being made. One example of this positive trend for emerging companies from Down Under is the recent $12 million in venture funding from Sand Hill Road player Sequoia Capital for an innovative lighting startup LIFX Labs. Founder Phil Bosua didn’t even pitch Sequoia. Instead, the venture firm contacted him after discovering LIFX from a Kick...

New $10M Seed Fund for Aussie Start-Ups

The University of Wollongong is hoping to turn the Illawarra region into a hotbed of commercial innovation with a $10 million seed fund available to new start-ups in its business acceleration program. The University of Wollongong has joined hands with Artesian Venture Partners to create a $10 million seed fund for new Australian businesses as part of its iAccelerate program. The seed fund is a joint venture between the two groups,...

Australian startups need growth capital funding to thrive according to FSI interim report

Medium and small businesses, including startups, need better access to growth capital funding, including venture capital and private equity, the Financial System Inquiry interim report has found. The report, which was released Tuesday morning, says Australian venture capital funds have not provided investors with adequate compensation for associated risks. Australian venture capital funds formed between 1985 and 2007 had a poole...

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Business Plans & Pitching

The Power of a Business Plan

Half of business owners believe preparing a long-term business plan is a waste of time, according to a recent poll conducted by Moore and Smalley Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers.

However, one in five companies taking part in the survey said they had prepared a five year plan, including an exit strategy, while the same number had a three year plan in place.

The online poll also revealed that 13 per cen...

Start-up investors give their top 10 pitching tips

Delivering the perfect pitch might sound like an impossible task, but the harsh reality is that the difference between an average pitch and an outstanding one could decide the future of your start-up. The angel investors at Innovation Bay know what they’re looking for in a pitch, but they also know what they’re not looking for. The question is, do you? Based in Sydney, Innovation Bay was founded in 2003 by Phaedon Stough and...

How I perfected my pitch to win $12 million in funding. An interview with the founder of ...

Hugh Evans came up with the idea for Moneytech back in 2003, but the company – which provides short-term finance for businesses – didn’t get off the ground straight away. He needed millions in funding to get started. Evans pitched to dozens of investors and ended up winning that $12 million. But it took him multiple tries to get the presentation down pat – and he says it’s a skill more entrepreneurs need to perfect. So h...

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Fund Raising

Three secrets to how Sydney start-up Canva raised $3 million

For our start-up Canva, raising funds was like being a hitchhiker on the side of the road; knowing where we wanted to go and being prepared to jump in any vehicle that would take us in the right direction. It meant learning to kite surf in the freezing cold San Francisco Bay area, preparing a speech for a roomful of the most influential people we had ever met in just a few hours, and sleeping on the floor of my brother’s San Franc...

The Secrets of Angel Money - Revealed!

If you're thinking of starting a company, chances are you're going to find yourself pitching angel investors. And while all angels aren't the same, they share some characteristics and motivations that allow you to think of them as a class of investor. Understanding how they think, what gets them excited, and what scares them away can be the difference between getting your company funded and ending up without the capital to build your bu...

Searching for Angels: The 10 Best Ways to Attract Investors

As an entrepreneur, the biggest challenge you face right out of the gate is raising money for the first time. My business partner, Brent Gleeson, and I have raised money from multiple angel investors for two different companies. It’s not easy to get investors to put their money and their faith in you, but it’s definitely possible. Here are some tips we learned along the way: Network, network, network. You can never meet enough ...

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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...

A Blueprint for a Killer Product Launch

Seventy-two percent of all new products fail to meet revenue targets, according to a global pricing study released in September by Simon-Kutcher & Partners and the Independent Professional Pricing Society. When your business is counting on a shiny new product offering to kick-start the New Year’s revenue, marketing support is imperative. For launches to have the best chance at success -- including getting the new product in fr...

LinkedIn Tips: 10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Network

Ten years ago, entrepreneur Reid Hoffman had a vision for a website that could help create and foster important business connections among professionals. He co-founded a site called LinkedIn with the tag line "Relationships matter." The social media giant, with 225 million members in 200 countries, celebrated its 10th anniversary yesterday. "Our vision at LinkedIn is to create economic opportunity for every professional in the world,...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

Top five tips for standing out as a start-up from the ANZ Innovyz Start launch

Venture capital investors joined world-recognised thought-leader Dr Jana Matthews last night to launch the third iteration of the ANZ Innovyz Start program, and discuss what makes start-ups survive and stand out. ANZ Innovyz Start is an Adelaide accelerator program based on the intensive 13-week, 10-company techstars model. It is coordinated by Matthews. It is full-time and fully funded. “It’s not an incubator, it’s an acc...

Key Techniques From Startup Leaders Who Get-It-Done

The universal challenge of every startup founder is to get everything done that needs to get done, and still have a life. Even outside of business, everyone wants to accomplish more, while working less. I’ve been a student of these techniques for some time, but some time ago I saw a great summary that seems to pull all the key principles together. Stever Robbins, known on the Internet as the Get-It-Done Guy, outlines his strategies...

3 Ways to Find Your Perfect Board of Advisors

Most entrepreneurs use the “Me, Myself and I” approach to corporate governance: I am the sole shareholder. I vote myself to be the sole board member and as a board member, I hire myself to be the CEO. This certainly provides the ultimate in control, but entrepreneurs taking this approach are missing out on the benefits that Fortune 500 counterparts with their own boards are using to their advantage. A board of directors serves...

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