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Ignition Lane’s Weekly Wrap: Unicorns galore, online marketplaces put on notice, VC pyramid schemes

- July 26, 2021 6 MIN READ

Welcome to Ignition Lane’s Weekly Wrap, where they cut through the noise to bring you their favourite insights from the technology and startup world. Ignition Lane works with ambitious business leaders to apply the Startup Mindset to their technology, product and commercialisation problems.  This wrap goes out free to subscribers every Saturday. Don’t forget you can catch Gavin Appel discussing… Read more »

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The pros and cons of crowd-sourced funding to raise capital

- July 16, 2021 3 MIN READ

For the past three years in Australia, proprietary companies have been able to raise capital via Crowd-Sourced Funding (CSF), in return for equity in the business. This process has enabled budding entrepreneurs across a vast range of industries to realise their dreams and get their businesses off the ground. It has all been possible courtesy… Read more »

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Financial models for startups: more than just a spreadsheet

- March 9, 2021 3 MIN READ

When an investor asks a founder to reveal their financial model, they are looking for the best possible attempt to provide a consistent, financial representation of the expected performance of the startup. It consists of well thought out projections about the future of the business, and a properly structured, understandable, and dynamic spreadsheet with easy-to-read… Read more »

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Australian VCs raised more than $1bn in capital for startups, but the median funding for Indigenous ventures sits at $0

- December 16, 2020 2 MIN READ

The push for diversity in venture capital is long overdue but like a lot of diversity campaigns, First Nations people are being overlooked by investors in Australia. As founder of the world’s first Indigenous Accelerator, I reached out to venture capital firms operating in Australia to conduct research into how much or more accurately, “how… Read more »

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How VCs make sense of the hype in technology startups

- December 8, 2020 4 MIN READ

Nothing excites investors and markets more than an emerging technology predicted to transform the way we live and work. Cloud accounting, NFC payments, mobile phones and social networking have all been this transformational force. Others have been hailed as the next big thing, to then plateau abruptly, or even fade into obscurity. Amazon’s Kindle is… Read more »

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How to land your first capital raise: 10 lessons for founders from someone who’s just done it

- December 2, 2020 4 MIN READ

Inventory forecasting software StockTrim achieved international sales in the UK, Australia and US immediately after launching in 2017. It’s been growth ever since, and in 2020 the Kiwi company pitched for seed funding to scale up. StockTrim came out successful – oversubscribed, in fact. The fund raise required three in-person pitches, seven Zoom pitches and… Read more »

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8 funding options for startups seeking capital

- November 6, 2020 3 MIN READ

There is a myth about great ideas. It is the fallacy that a winning idea simply sells itself to investors and lenders without too much effort.  But what actually matters most is a founder’s ability to take an idea and mould it into a value proposition that is compelling to parties who have capital to… Read more »

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The Pitch Doctor diagnoses the Elevator pitch deck

- October 9, 2020 4 MIN READ

Welcome to our new, regular column, The Pitch Doctor, with Cheryl Mack, Head of Community at Stone & Chalk. When Mack appeared on the Startup Daily show recently on ausbiz, we asked her to name the best pitch deck she’d seen. She only half-jokingly replied “Fyre Festival”. You can read what she had to say about… Read more »