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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.

Australian Angel Investors co-found World Business Angels Association

It wasn't so long ago that Angel investing in Australia was considered to be disorganised and largely anonymous. Last week, the Australian Angel investor movement...

6 tips for raising private capital in Australia

Although there is much investment capital available in Australia, raising it can be a tough road for entrepreneurs, particularly for early-stage or start-up companies....

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.

How to launch your own venture capital fund (with Domenic Carosa)

Late last year, destra founder Domenic Carosa launched the Future Capital Development Fund Limited (FCDFL), a new investment fund focused on internet ventures. Here, Carosa chats with Anthill publisher James Tuckerman about the process of starting a new investment fund in Australia.

Got an idea? Need capital?

Pitch Club is a fast and furious networking event. The objective is simple. Bring together a focused group of entrepreneurs, investors and advisers and provide...

Show me the money

Unless you have deep pockets, your new venture is not going to get very far without a capital injection. Of course, different investment opportunities...

What I have learnt (the hard way): Christopher Witt

Chicago-bred Christopher Witt spends plenty of time on faculty at the University of New South Wales, but he's quick to point out that he's no academic. Having spent his early career at big corporations such as AT&T, Telstra and Motorola, Witt is now doing his bit to help bridge the commercialisation gap as Director of the Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Australian School of Business. He also puts his wisdom to good use at his investment practice, The Kalori Group.

Meet the angel investors

It has been noted, somewhat dryly, that to accurately gauge business angel investment dealflow one would have to frequent every café and backstreet bar...

The Entrepreneur vs. Venture Capitalist

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, just one-tenth of one percent of business pitches secure venture capital investment. Yet despite the odds, many...

Dr Bill Miller – Silicon Valley legend

At the age of 81, Dr Bill Miller has spent much of his career inside the ever-evolving success story that is Silicon Valley. He...

Built to flip

Some companies are built to be sold. The intellectual property and business processes are bedded down and bundled into a transferable package. Find a market gap, identify potential buyers, build it, drive home the value and make the trade sale. And then, if you enjoyed the ride, do it again.

The buck starts here

Early stage venture capitalists are entrepreneurs, too! They’re switched on, chased up and brimming with ideas on how to breathe life into commercial opportunities....

‘The Buck Starts Here’ podcast

In the final days of September 2005, Anthill editor Paul Ryan caught up with five of Australia's leading early-stage venture capitalists. The meeting turned into a feature story. The feature story turned into a networking event, which we offered as a fly-on-the-wall audio CD. Now you can download/listen to it as a full podcast, which includes the previously unreleased Q&A session.

'The Buck Starts Here' podcast

In the final days of September 2005, Anthill editor Paul Ryan caught up with five of Australia's leading early-stage venture capitalists. The meeting turned into a feature story. The feature story turned into a networking event, which we offered as a fly-on-the-wall audio CD. Now you can download/listen to it as a full podcast, which includes the previously unreleased Q&A session.

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...

Lend me your wings

Is there anywhere angels fear to tread? To be an angel investor, you need personal wealth, a sense of adventure, a pretty strong stomach,...

Strategy: Attracting capital – are you ready?

The statistics are disturbing. A typical venture capital (VC) firm receives around 1,000 business plans a year, and quickly rejects 90% without a detailed...

The Entrepreneur vs. Venture Capitalist

A meeting of minds or clash of heads? It is little wonder that only a small proportion of investment proposals ever successfully attract venture capital....

Memoirs of a tech wreck insider

It's now four years since the 'tech-wreck' of April 2000. Four years!!! Can you believe it? Yet, it's so hard to move on. We continue...
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