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Australian Government to invest $10M into IoT Thinxtra

Blog Post: 17th Aug 2017

SummaryThe Australian Government's statutory authority Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has today announced a A$10M investment into Thinxtra’s Series B capital raise. This cornerstone investment by CEFC will allow Thinxtra to complete its first nationwide network dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT).Investment opportunityCEFC’s A$10M commitment, via the Clean Energy Innovation Fund, is part of Thinxtra’s current Series B capital raising, which has already secured over read more

Doors to open on equity crowdfunding

Blog Post: 28th Jul 2017

But it's not all fun and games for retail investors, the new inviteesSummary: Australia's equity crowdfunding laws are changing for retail investors who from September 29 will be able to invest up to $10,000 per company per annum in an unlimited amount of unlisted public companies. This is viewed as a positive development, but there's still points of concern, from both the perspective of crowdfunding platforms and retail investors.Key take-out: Retail investors should be aware tha read more

Venturecrowd: Crowdfunding will be part of every startups capital raising stack

Blog Post: 12th Jul 2017

This article was published by Crowdfund Insider on 20 June 2017.VentureCrowd is a multi-asset crowdfunding platform providing early stage, property and “crowd credit” funding in Australia. Currently, VentureCrowd only caters to sophisticated or high net worth individuals.  Each early stage investment listed on its platform has already secured a professional lead investor thus allowing a smaller investor access into highly vetted deals. VentureCrowd is on the record indica read more

Alternative Credit

Blog Post: 19th Jan 2017

Alternative Credit There is much literature available on the benefits on Alternative Investments. Over the next few weeks, the VentureCrowd team will publish a series of notes to provide practical insights into the sometime opaque world of Alternative Investments. To start with, here is a brief teaser on a branch of Alternative Investments – Alternative Credit.Alternative Credit could be broadly defined as the extension of credit to a borrower or issuer, outside of the banking system. It read more

Venture Debt

Blog Post: 30th Aug 2016

Venture debt is financing for startups that complements equity. Venture debt is typically structured as a 3-5yr term loan or series of loans with warrants attached for company stock.Venture debt is senior and usually secured by a startup’s assets. It is a form of risk capital that when structured appropriately is flexible and less costly/dilutive than equity.When to consider venture debt? To extend the cash runway of your business.As an insurance policy to add a cash cushion to get to the read more

Periodic Table of the Australian Startup Ecosystem

Blog Post: 18th Aug 2016

To make sense of the fast growing startup ecosystem here in Australia, this Periodic Table of the Australian Startup Ecosystem – created by our friends at Artesian Venture Partners – tells you everything you need to know at a glance. read more

Startup Ecosystem by Sector

Blog Post: 18th Aug 2016

Here is a series of graphics that gives you a bird's eye view of the ecosystems that have built up around different startup sectors including Fintech, AgTech, EdTech, CleanTech, and the Internet of Things. The graphics are courtesy of Artesian Venture Partners. read more

5 answers to top questions on equity crowdfunding

Blog Post: 11th Aug 2016

Equity crowdfunding, and the ability to invest in early stage companies through an online platform like VentureCrowd, is still regarded as a novelty by many wholesale investors. That said, first hand experience from our platform shows that interest is growing at a steady clip. Though, whenever I meet up with potential investors, I’m typically greeted with a barrage of questions, so there’s obviously some confusion out there. Here are five questions I’m commonly asked, and my answ read more

It’s time for more liberal crowdfunding laws

Blog Post: 25th Jul 2016

I’m often asked about how an equity crowdfunding platform like VentureCrowd fits in with more conventional forms of venture capital. People often see crowdfunding as competing with traditional equity raising firms, when this couldn’t be further from the truth.Rather than vying with venture capital firms for the best opportunities, crowdfunding through VentureCrowd actually serves as an additional funding mechanism. It’s a complementary way of securing additional funding and attracting new read more

Regulatory sandbox for fintechs

Blog Post: 23rd Jun 2016

There are some interesting developments in the fintech regulation space.On the premise that our regulatory framework disadvantages Australian innovators, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has released a consultation paper on proposed further measures to facilitate innovation in financial services, including a regulatory sandbox licensing exemption.Lowering barriersThe creation of the sandbox will allow financial services startups to attract investment and get to market read more