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Today the Australian Government released its much anticipated innovation statement.  In the next few days different opinions will be expressed on what this means for the start-up sector and venture capital funds.   We thought we’d offer our thoughts in terms of what this could mean for Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnerships (ESVCLPs). On our...
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The federal government has just announced $1bn of initiatives to support an innovation culture in Australia and to drive ideas – under the hashtag #ideasboom.  Over 20 ideas designed to support entrepreneurship, ideas, investments and startups have been released.  Here are my thoughts on the good, the bad and the ugly. Firstly however, it’s important...
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Introductions that go badly are a great way to burn the friendships I have with hard-working, brilliant people who don’t get any closer to building a billion dollar company by meeting you for a coffee. So if I don’t already know you well, even if you’re awesome, I’m not interested in helping you meet people...
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Collaborate Corporation Limited (Collaborate or the Company) (ASX: CL8) is pleased to announce it has expanded its reach into the rapidly expanding fintech industry through an initial investment in peer-to-peer SME lending platform FundX (www.FundX.com.au). FundX will also license Collaborate’s PeerPass platform as part of its funding assessment process Collaborate has made an initial investment of $150,000 in...
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At a time when every penny counts, it is worth knowing about the programs in place designed to help support startups and small companies pushing the boundaries of innovation. Startup founders often get so caught up in the long list of things that need to get done that they forget to take advantage of some of...
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The common complaint of a “lack of suitable funding” for Australia’s tech startup ecosystem is very real. It is the biggest inhibitor to Australia being on a level playing field in the global startup industry. However the solution is more complex than simply adding additional capital resources and the ecosystem needs to address the supply of suitably developed early...
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We’re delighted to report that BlueChilli portfolio startup GiggedIn has closed a seed funding round of AUD500,000 to prepare for global growth and service the growing demand from brand marketers seeking a youth audience. Investors include the BlueChilli Venture Fund, Blacksheep Capital, QUT Creative Enterprise Australia, Dominet Digital, Social Family Group and a number of individual angel...
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If you want to be a successful angel investor, only invest in startups which: Are solving problems you understand; For customers you care about; and Headed by founders you think could become good friends. Here’s why. As an angel investor your primary responsibilities to your startup investments are to be available to answer their questions,...
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Last night’s Federal Budget has generally been received as an “election-preparation budget” rather than another attempt at significant structural change. We don’t disagree. We’ve gone through the budget papers and initial expert analysis and here’s our perspective on how the changes announced will influence the tech startup industry in Australia. Who are you calling “Small Business”? Although...
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One of BlueChilli’s first companies, TokenOne, has secured a third round of funding lead by Singtel Innov8. TokenOne is the Identity Assurance Platform provider that simplifies multi-factor authentication by replacing passwords and other security technologies with a single, simple software-based solution to access multiple services. The investment, lead by one of the world’s largest telcos,...
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