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  • May 10 2018 Five learnings from early-stage growth

    To lay the foundations for future success, the are some key boxes all startups need to tick in the early growth stages, regardless of the nature of their business.  Having participated in Y Combinator’s seed accelerator program, my co-founders and I gained some fantastic insights that helped put our edtech startup GO1 the right track right from Read More…

  • May 9 2018 Athena raises $15m in Series A funding to disrupt the $1.7 trillion home loan market

    Fintech startup Athena Home Loans has raised $15 million in Series A funding from Macquarie Bank, Square Peg Capital and Apex Capital for its cloud-native digital mortgage platform.  Athena, which previously raised $3 million in seed funding from Macquarie, Apex and Rice Warner, was launched in June 2017 by ex-bankers Nathan Walsh (CEO) and Michael Read More…

  • May 8 2018 Federal Budget: startup wish list, part three

    Ahead of tonight’s Federal Budget announcement, startups have urged the Turnbull Government to facilitate better access to finance for small businesses, extend the instant asset tax write-off scheme, better support startups with global ambitions, implement sharing economy regulations, expand the R&D tax incentive and incentivise early stage investments. Beau Bertoli (Prospa), Tim Bos (ShareRing), Mike Read More…

  • May 7 2018 Would my startup benefit from having an advisory board and what is involved?

    Thoughtful, committed and brave… startup founders have a problem to solve, solutions to test and a vision of what they seek to achieve. Launching and running a business requires a suite of skills to succeed. With limited time, and the need to spend carefully, how can founders access strategic guidance, high-quality expertise and a sounding board? Read More…

  • May 4 2018 Federal Budget: startup wish list, part one

    Ahead of the release of the 2018-19 Federal Budget on Tuesday (8 May), Dynamic Business spoke to a cohort of startup advocates about the measures they hope to see from the Turnbull Government. In this article, the first in a two-part series, Sarah Moran (Girl Geek Academy), Beau Leese (Intersective), Mick Spencer (ONTHEGO), Bridget Loudon Read More…

  • May 4 2018 Bookwell secures funding from Catch Group to scale beauty and wellness booking platform

    Beauty and wellness booking platform Bookwell has completed a $1.25 million funding round led by Gabby and Hezi Leibovich, founders of homegrown ecommerce pioneer Catch Group, with a contribution from Jeremy Same and Adam Schwab, founders of Luxury Escapes. [Related: EatNow founders have raised $2.6m to launch “Menulog for beauty and wellness” Bookwell] The brainchild of Read More…

  • May 3 2018 The break small businesses deserve

    Obtaining finance can be challenging for any business but it is an acute difficulty for micro and small businesses in their start-up phase. Having the Best Business Idea in the World won’t necessarily be enough to convince sceptical, risk-averse banks to approve a loan, especially if the business owner doesn’t have a proven track record Read More…

  • May 2 2018 Four pitfalls new business starters must avoid

    In the ten years since I started my technology consultancy WebVine, I have made mistakes and learned a lot of lessons. There are still challenges as we have grown and flourished, but hopefully today’s new entrepreneurs can benefit from my experience with these potential pitfalls: Proliferation, not Perfection A common mistake I see startups make Read More…

  • May 1 2018 Rapidly growing digital marketing agency named IT king by small business community  

    Melbourne-based digital marketing agency King Kong has been named Australia’s Best IT Small Business at the 2018 Small Business Champions Awards, besting 16 other finalists.   King Kong founder and CEO Sabri Suby described the award as another huge win for his four year-old company, which just six months ago was crowned Australia’s fastest-growing digital Read More…

  • May 1 2018 Why founders who claim their ideas are unique worry the showrunners of Techstars Adelaide

    Geographical isolation sharpens Australia’s tech entrepreneurs, giving them an advantage over their counterparts in Silicon Valley, according to Terry Gold, Managing Director of Techstars Adelaide. He and fellow US-expat Chris Chang, Program Manager with Techstars Adelaide, spoke with Dynamic Business about the global entrepreneur network, why “unique ideas” raise a red flag for them and Read More…

  • April 30 2018 Three things an entrepreneur should know once they’ve decided to pursue the startup life

    You have a great idea, and you know you can turn it into a profitable one. But taking the step into startup land is a big deal, and there is a lot that separates the initial seed of your idea and your first sale. With that in mind, here are three tips for entrepreneurs looking to Read More…

  • April 27 2018 Holographics startup amongst participants selected for CEA’s creative tech accelerator

    Ten creative tech companies spanning verticals including robotics, fashion tech, AR, VR and music tech have been selected by Queensland University of Technology’s startup hub Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) to participate in its 2018 Collider Accelerator.   [Related: Winning Creative3 Pitch helped Darren Tonkin’s photo sharing app ‘cut through all the noise’, How Virgin StartUp’s UK accelerator Read More…

  • April 24 2018 “An innovator amongst incubators”: Cicada Innovations named world’s top incubator

    Sydney deep tech incubator, Cicada Innovations, has been named ‘Top Incubator in the World’ by global peak industry association for entrepreneurship programs, the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA). [Related: Now that more capital is available to deep tech startups, they need better access to makerspace: Cicada Innovations’ CEO] Finalists were selected from over 2,200 InBIA Read More…

  • April 23 2018 BenchOn raises $650k to tackle staff underuse; CEO reveals how the military shaped his startup

    B2B Talent mobility platform BenchOn has raised $650,000 in seed capital to meet market demand for its software solution to employee underutilisation, estimated to cost the Australian economy $305 billion each year in lost productivity. [Related: Can ‘For-Profit’ businesses still have a Social Impact? BenchOn’s founder provides answers and Why the startup ecosystem needs more non-technical Read More…

  • April 19 2018 “There is nothing more transformational”: Melissa Richardson on the value of mentors

    Employers who equate mentor-mentee relationships with a quick coffee catch-up risk missing out on the huge financial gains of having a structured mentoring program, according to Melissa Richardson, the Managing Director of Art of Mentoring. The mentoring program design and implementation business was spun out of Horizons Unlimited, a mentoring consultancy where Richardson is a Read More…

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