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Pitch Club returns to Melbourne

Pitch Club is partnering with the Melbourne Angels group, affiliate and founding members of AAAI (Australian Association of Angel's Investors) for its next...

Investing in private companies: risk management tips for the minority investor

In today’s information highway, there is no shortage of advice on how to invest in the stock market, but very limited information on how to invest in private companies. The only way you can really get out of a private investment is when there is a liquidity event, such as a trade sale or IPO. This may take years, if it happens at all, so there are certain steps you should take prior to investing in your neighbour’s ‘exciting new venture that’s sure to go global’.

Australia's Master Innovators speak their minds

Last week, we posted the first in a series of video excerpts from a panel discussion at the 2009 Anthill Smart 100 Awards, held in April at Digital Harbour in Melbourne's docklands. We received lots of positive feedback about Liesl Capper's insights on innovation and commercialisation in Australia, but it turns out you are an impatient bunch. So here we're posting the introductory insights of all five members of our master innovator panel - Ryan Trainor, Campbell Rose, Janine Kirk, Liesl Capper and Tim Pethick. We'll post part two – a more free form discussion – next week.

Australia’s Master Innovators speak their minds

Last week, we posted the first in a series of video excerpts from a panel discussion at the 2009 Anthill Smart 100 Awards, held in April at Digital Harbour in Melbourne's docklands. We received lots of positive feedback about Liesl Capper's insights on innovation and commercialisation in Australia, but it turns out you are an impatient bunch. So here we're posting the introductory insights of all five members of our master innovator panel - Ryan Trainor, Campbell Rose, Janine Kirk, Liesl Capper and Tim Pethick. We'll post part two – a more free form discussion – next week.

Liesl Capper on What (and Who) Drives Innovation in Australia

A highlight of the 2009 Smart 100 Awards was a panel discussion focused on What and Who Drives Innovation in Australia. In this video excerpt, Liesl Capper, founder of MyCyberTwin.com, shares her thoughts on the current market, investors and customers.

Top 5 new small business opportunities during the credit crunch

It's a time of debt, liquidation and even bankruptcy for small businesses. Hopes that the credit crunch might prove more hype than hurt have long since faded. However, when the economy is leaning towards a recession, there are still opportunities for businesses to not only survive, but thrive.

Anti-climax: Finance and venture capital news

Forget recession. There’s money out there. Just ask Aconex. By Paul Ryan “We feel like the little ray of sunshine. The last thing to fly from...

Forget recession. There's money out there. Just ask Aconex.

"We feel like the little ray of sunshine. The last thing to fly from Pandora's Box," jokes Aconex Chairman Martin Hosking by phone. He's...

Forget recession. There’s money out there. Just ask Aconex.

"We feel like the little ray of sunshine. The last thing to fly from Pandora's Box," jokes Aconex Chairman Martin Hosking by phone. He's...

Raising capital: Catching an investor’s eye

For small-to-medium sized enterprises, it takes more than just a well-rehearsed sales pitch to catch and keep the eye of a cashed-up suitor.

Raising capital: Catching an investor's eye

For small-to-medium sized enterprises, it takes more than just a well-rehearsed sales pitch to catch and keep the eye of a cashed-up suitor.

Business valuation… a black art?

Value, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. While experienced investors use a range of tools to calculate the worth of a start-up or early stage company, some also believe that valuation is more art than science. So what is this 'black art' and how do experienced investors make their decisions?

Innovation and globalisation: perfect bedfellows

Globalisation is really about direct international investment. Investment will flow to where the innovators are, so innovation must be focused on global impact.

China: Exploiting the VC glut (part III)

Over $500 million in venture capital was earmarked for China in the first half of 2005 alone. With a shortage of deals and management talent, opportunities abound for both investors and investee companies from abroad. In the third instalment of this four-part series, Paul Waide pulls back the curtain to reveal the complex machinations of China's vibrant private equity market.

Ahoy! Finance for growth

For ambitious businesses seeking investment dollars for expansion, the high seas of capital raising are as turbulent as they are vast. With so many...

Let’s get smart about technology investment

It will soon be 20 years since the Federal Government launched its MIC Program to kick-start the Australian venture capital industry. So why is...

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