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Looking to secure startup funding? Get more venture capital using these pitch deck tips

Getting venture capital and increasing the amount of investment for your startup is actually quite challenging at every stage. This needs a great pitch deck — pitch decks that are created well are one of the best ways to convey your story

Sydney Angels launches $10-20 million “Sidecar Fund 2” after success of first fund

We believe that Sidecar Fund 2 will similarly provide investors with opportunities to support promising Australian startups as they scale innovative ideas into businesses of great value.

This fintech start-up has raised $3 million to make cross-border payments much easier

Cross-border payments start-up Airwallex has strengthened its Melbourne and Chinese development teams and accelerated R&D of its international payments platform following a US$3 million pre-Series A investment round led by Shanghai-based VC Gobi Partners.

Sydney start-up Jayride is now at nearly 100 US airports thanks to a successful...

Sydney-based transportation booking platform, Jayride recently officially launched in the US, powered by a successful $1.5 million capital raise earlier this year in January. Backed by...

First it was tech talent, now Wellington is wooing Aussie start-ups across the Tasman

A new campaign targeting Australian start-ups, as the next stage in its efforts to put Wellington on the map for Aussie businesses looking to...

CloudPeeps has secured seed funding from both US and Australian angel investors

CloudPeeps, an invite-only marketplace that connects businesses with freelance social media and community professionals, co-founded by Melburnian and serial entrepreneur Kate Kendall, has secured...

Events start-up Venuemob has secured $530,000 from Sydney Angels in a second funding round

Aussie event-meets-tech start-up, Venuemob, recently announced additional funding from investment group Sydney Angels, raising $530,000 in this second round of raising capital. This comes after...

Sing glory for the angels are flying down to the Gold Coast! I mean...

At this 6th Australian National Conference on angel investment, we shall have representatives from Mumbai Angels, the largest angel investment group in the world, and New Zealand’s ICE Angels, the largest Angel Group in Australasia. These will join a number of other international speakers and guests from China, Singapore, the UK, Canada and the US.

Bubble Gum Interactive’s investment adventures (including a handwriting test that earned them $100k)

Any start-up that’s had to raise funds via Angels and VCs will tell you it’s a white-knuckle ride. Independent game development studio Bubble Gum Interactive (BGI) is no exception. The Australian start-up’s tales of capital raising include near-hypothermia, an encounter with Interpol, and a handwriting analysis test (that they passed and scored $100k.)

Where to go for capital? The options, the rules, the requirements for each

You’ve decided to offer equity in your company to investors in order to grow your business — but what’s the next step you need to take? In the third of this six-part series on raising capital, corporate advisor Dr Mark Rainbird discusses the avenues you have to distribute your offer to interested parties.

Registration now open for 2011 Angels Conference

"Angels without Borders" will be the theme for the upcoming conference, which will feature an international guestlist of speakers and participants. Early-bird registration includes choice of accommodation and closes 26 November.

Why won’t prospective investors sign my confidentiality agreement?

A sale is a process and the first step in that process is not to demand exclusivity. Exclusivity is either bought or earned and, in the case of raising capital, it is usually earned. An NDA implies exclusivity and that brings with it constraints on both parties. Would you ask a date to sign a pre-nuptial agreement before the first date?

Why won't prospective investors sign my confidentiality agreement?

A sale is a process and the first step in that process is not to demand exclusivity. Exclusivity is either bought or earned and, in the case of raising capital, it is usually earned. An NDA implies exclusivity and that brings with it constraints on both parties. Would you ask a date to sign a pre-nuptial agreement before the first date?

Investors back people, not products. Don’t forget it.

Recently, I have been reflecting on a saying I learned from VC friends when I was living and working in Silicon Valley: “Always invest in an A grade team with a B grade product rather than a B grade team with an A grade product”.

Investors back people, not products. Don't forget it.

Recently, I have been reflecting on a saying I learned from VC friends when I was living and working in Silicon Valley: “Always invest in an A grade team with a B grade product rather than a B grade team with an A grade product”.

So you have a great idea that could make a lot of money, but...

It’s one thing to have a great idea that could potentially make you a lot of money or serve a social purpose, but it’s another to get that idea off the ground. To transform your idea into reality, you will need determination and, just as importantly, you will need funding.

CAPITAL RAISING CONFERENCE 2010

Are you seeking venture capital? Do you have what it takes to raise private equity? Are you familiar with the value of angel finance? The CAPITAL RAISING CONFERENCE 2010 is for entrepreneurs, innovators and business builders wanting to learn and acquire skills and tools for raising capital.

How to raise capital: the most important points shared at Venture Capital By Design

Luke Faccini, Director of Creativity at Sydney-based agency The Sponge, was one of the hundred plus people to attend the Venture Capital by Design seminar co-hosted by Anthill Magazine and MitchelLake in Sydney last week. He thought the insights on offer were sufficiently meaty to warrant this write-up.

Angels descend on South Australia in February!

Anthill magazine is proud to support the forthcoming Australian Association of Angel Investors Ltd 2010 Conference, to be held at the Stamford Hotel, Glenelg, South Australia in Febraury.

Diary of an entrepreneur raising capital: The dark art of valuations

This week I've been attempting to work out the value of our company, which means I've been taking the business world's equivalent of a Dark Arts class at Hogwarts.

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