Equity crowdfunding to be opened to retail investors as legislation passes Senate

“It may be hard to believe, but it’s true: the new equity crowdfunding regulations have officially passed the Senate, opening up equity crowdfunding to retail investors. The changes have been years in the making, with former Minister for Small Business Kelly O’Dwyer introducing the Government’s plans to change existing legislation in 2015 following recommendations made … Read more

Three home truths about “the entrepreneur’s life” from a mum of two

“It was the night of the SheStarts showcase where the 10 winners of $100k in pre-seed funding were being announced. Hundreds were assembled at the Dr Chau Chak Wing building in Sydney. Beautifully-groomed guests relaxed from a pre-ceremony drink (or two) while finalists tried to distract themselves from the nerves of the impending announcement by allowing themselves … Read more

Smart Partners : Building Successful Relationships in Business and Life (ebook)

Author: Bob Hayes Most people want partners in their personal lives, and many businesses start with some form of partnership structure. Yet so many personal and professional partnerships disintegrate, sometimes quickly. That’s one reason why our own partnership seems so amazing, even miraculous, to people who know us. “How do you do it?” they constantly … Read more

Qantas partners with Slingshot to launch AVRO Accelerator

“Australian airline Qantas has partnered with corporate accelerator Slingshot to launch the AVRO Accelerator, a program aimed at commercialising innovative ideas within the travel sector. Sourcing its name from Qantas’ first ever aircraft, the Avro 504K, in a tribute to supporting Qantas’ history of aviation industry “firsts”, the AVRO Accelerator will look to guide 10 … Read more

Federal government wants to spend $900 million of annual tech budget on small “entrepreneurial” players

“The federal government wants to allocate 10% of its $9 billion annual tech budget toward small “entrepreneurial” players in the market, says federal assistant minister for digital transformation Angus Taylor. Speaking at a media event in the Blue Mountains, in New South Wales, Taylor said he wants to shift $900 million of public sector tech work … Read more

Emerging fintech star Afterpay lands major contract with Myer

“Afterpay, the “take now, pay later” platform that’s quickly forming partnerships with some of Australia’s biggest retailers, has secured a two-year contract with Myer. The publicly-listed payment platform, which lets shoppers receive products immediately from participating retailers and then pay Afterpay for their purchases through a number of instalments, announced to the Australian Securities Exchange yesterday that … Read more