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Diary of an entrepreneur raising capital: Money for nothing

I can never figure out if that Dire Straits song goes “money for nothing and your chicks for free” or “money for nothing and your cheques for free”. Let’s stick with cheques for this post, because everyone knows you don’t get chicks for free unless you play the guitar on the MTV. Plus, getting cheques for free is in context with what I want to talk about.

Hitler launches Australia's Innovation Policy

We've all seen the "Hitler loses it" mashups, where aspiring Spielbergs have taken the now famous bunker scene from Downfall and replaced the sub-titles. In fact, it's fast becoming a new benchmark for popular culture. If your 'issue' hasn't been expropriated by Hitler yet it can't be that big a deal. That's why we were pleased to discover this clip by YouTuber BleakIsolationist. Okay, it's not as funny as Hitler's Alan Didak eruption or [insert favourite here] but in the context of Anthill it is topical.

Hitler launches Australia’s Innovation Policy

We've all seen the "Hitler loses it" mashups, where aspiring Spielbergs have taken the now famous bunker scene from Downfall and replaced the sub-titles. In fact, it's fast becoming a new benchmark for popular culture. If your 'issue' hasn't been expropriated by Hitler yet it can't be that big a deal. That's why we were pleased to discover this clip by YouTuber BleakIsolationist. Okay, it's not as funny as Hitler's Alan Didak eruption or [insert favourite here] but in the context of Anthill it is topical.

NSW launches scheme to help SMEs with funding and research access

Of note to NSW SMEs and public sector research organisations (PSRO) is the launch last week of the NSW government's TechVouchers scheme, a pilot...

Would your business benefit from a government grant?

During this evening networking event, attendees will learn from successful Australian business builders who have "been there, done that" and employed grant assistance as an instrumental part of their ongoing commercial success.

A splash of cash welcomes in the New Year as Commercialisation Australia officially launches

In a pre-Christmas treat, the Rudd Government uncorked $196 million of funding, to be delivered through Commercialisation Australia (CA).While most of us were busy opening presents and welcoming in the New Year, this one gift remained for many to discover after returning to work! So how does it work?

Federal Government COMET grants to end on 1 Jan, 2010

The launch of Commercialisation Australia will coincide with the closure on 1 January 2010 of the Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) program to new applications. Prior applications and ongoing COMET grants will continue to be serviced.

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.

Diary of an entrepreneur raising capital: Love and money

Oodles.com founder Steve Sherlock has set himself the goal of raising a multimillion dollar Series A funding round by the end of January 2010. He plans to document his trials and tribulations and seek feedback from readers on AnthillOnline.com. This is his first post in the series.

New tool for innovators looking for grants

Design Victoria today launched Transform Your Design Business, an online guide that aims to equip designers with the know-how to successfully navigate the grants space and write strong grant applications.

Business expenditure on R&D has jumped by 15 per cent

Business expenditure on research and development (BERD) has jumped by 15 per cent, reaching $14,380 million in 2007-08, according to statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Friday.

Business expenditure on R&D has jumped by 15 per cent

Business expenditure on research and development (BERD) has jumped by 15 per cent, reaching $14,380 million in 2007-08, according to statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Friday.

Is raising capital from your customers a smart move?

While most new technology developers will spend months chasing down angel investors and cold calling VCs, often with the randomness of a headless chook, without too much planning or forethought (much to the potential investor's frustration), sometimes the safest money is already right under their noses. It's called 'strategic capital' or 'smart money' (or a mix of the two).

You have 90 seconds to pitch. GO!

If you were given the opportunity to stand up for 90 seconds and pitch your company to a panel of angel investors and a raucous, how would you fare?

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