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Commercialisation Australia and the Valley of Death

Firstly, let's clear up some confusion. Commercialisation Australia is not going to pay for your marketing campaign, help you with advertising or fund you to break into your desired market. CA will help you up to the point that you are ready to go commercial. That is, it will help with pre-commercialisation.

Untangling the Red Tape – Standard Business Reporting starts July 2010

The tangle of red tape is shortly about to be made much simpler and more seamless as a result of an initiative led by the Australian Treasury called 'Standard Business Reporting', which will be available from 1 July, 2010.

$394m awarded for innovative Australian research

The Rudd Government yesterday awarded total funding of over $394 million for 1,145 Australian research projects.

Who really benefits from the Rudd Government's new Commercialisation Australia program?

The news yesterday that the Federal Government has unveiled details of its $196 million Commercialisation Australia (CA) initiative has been welcomed by many entrepreneurs and innovation consultants. These same intended beneficiaries might also be forgiven for wondering whether it is an improvement on the $1 billion Commercial Ready Scheme it is designed to replace.

Who really benefits from the Rudd Government’s new Commercialisation Australia program?

The news yesterday that the Federal Government has unveiled details of its $196 million Commercialisation Australia (CA) initiative has been welcomed by many entrepreneurs and innovation consultants. These same intended beneficiaries might also be forgiven for wondering whether it is an improvement on the $1 billion Commercial Ready Scheme it is designed to replace.

Federal R&D Tax Credit Bill passes, more changes to come

The passage last Thursday of the Tax Laws Amendment Bill (2009 Measures no 4) represents the Rudd Government's first significant milestone on the road to delivering a more streamlined R&D Tax Credit for innovative Australian businesses.

Federal R&D Tax Credit Bill passes, more changes to come

The passage last Thursday of the Tax Laws Amendment Bill (2009 Measures no 4) represents the Rudd Government's first significant milestone on the road to delivering a more streamlined R&D Tax Credit for innovative Australian businesses.

New website helps Australian small businesses understand new employment laws

This week the Australian Federal Government launched Fair Work for Small Business, a free resources website that helps small businesses understand the new Fair Work Act and how it affects their rights when it comes to employing staff.

Small Business Support Line workers trained by beyondblue?

Today, the Australian Federal Minister for Small Business, Dr Craig Emerson, officially launched a free phone service that will provide advice and support for people running and working in small businesses.

Playford Capital raises $12M in crisis year

In further evidence that there is investment capital available for innovative Australian companies in this bear economy, Adelaide-based seed investor Playford Capital succeeded in generating more than $12 million in innovation investment during the 2008-09 financial year.

Grants: The advantage of another view

The place of interaction between government and industry is often clouded with confusion, perplexity and frustration, where it seems as though no one is...

Applications open for $83m Federal Investment Follow-On Fund

The Federal Government's $83 million Innovation Investment Follow-On Fund (IIFF) opened for applications last Friday.

Federal Government announces $71.3M for 238 research projects

Senator Kim Carr, Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, today announced that 238 projects will share in funding of over $71.3 million under Round 2 of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme.

Grant funding: the winners and losers from Federal Budget ’09

Today, our Government Grants specialist, Adrian Spencer, considers the post-Budget winners and losers. Looking for a Government Grant? Here's your cheat sheet.

12 months on from Commercial Ready axing, Australian companies are hurting

Nearly 12 months after the Federal Government's surprise decision to axe the popular Commercial Ready Grant Scheme, Nick McNaughton embarked on a mission - to plot the impact of its closure on Australian innovation. In his first report, McNaughton heads to the coal-face, seeking feedback from those most affected by the cut - technology developers and members of the early-stage investment community.

Newcastle wins $20 million Clean Energy Innovation Centre

The Federal Government yesterday announced that a new $20 million Clean Energy Innovation Centre (CEIC) will be headquartered in Newcastle.

Swan urges businesses denied credit to come forward

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan has warned the big four banks that they have an obligation to extend credit to viable Australian businesses.

Anthill Activism Part #4: Tanner gets a ringing over budget cuts

I think that the next step in this fun form of activism should be for Anthill to send the nice receptionist in Minister Tanner's...

Commercial Ready scrapped. Time for a 'flash' protest?

Have you ever heard of a 'flash protest'? It's similar to a 'flash mob,' where a group engages in seemingly spontaneous but actually synchronised...

Commercial Ready scrapped. Time for a ‘flash’ protest?

Have you ever heard of a 'flash protest'? It's similar to a 'flash mob,' where a group engages in seemingly spontaneous but actually synchronised...

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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