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How to build an investable proposition

Startup and high growth ventures seeking to secure growth capital should ensure that their company and value proposition is investable before approaching potential funders. What does it mean to be investable? If your venture is looking to secure third-party investment, you first need to ask yourself which type of investment will be best for your [...]

2018-08-31T11:03:01+00:00August, 30th 2018|

Taking Your Startup to the Next Level

It’s an established statistic that well over 50% of all startups fail within their first four years. Additionally, a vast majority of startups are self-funded, at least initially, which can be extremely stressful for founders. Despite these factors, Australia is currently experiencing massive expansion in its startup scene, with 35% of startups based in Sydney. [...]

2018-07-13T10:00:18+00:00July, 12th 2018|

R&D Tax Incentive: the role of SMEs in progress and innovation

Australian startups are usually well aware of the Federal Government’s R&D tax incentive scheme, however, their SME counterparts utilise this incentive far less often. Overall, Australia is well below the OECD average in terms of R&D investment, with recent ABS estimates placing our expenditure at just 1.01% of GDP. In comparison, average business R&D expenditure among [...]

2018-06-05T01:29:00+00:00June, 5th 2018|

Is your business model getting enough attention?

One of the best things about being a consultant and advisor across multiple industries and organisations (e.g. private commercial, publicly listed, startups, NFP / NGO’s and Government) is that you gain a high level of visibility into different business models. This visibility provides the opportunity to see how business models have evolved over time and [...]

2018-06-01T10:33:48+00:00May, 31st 2018|

How active is your board in discussing culture?

What’s the connection between the Play School concert we went to on Saturday and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Essential Directors Update I went to at the fabulous Sydney International Convention Centre on Monday morning? I’m not sure there’s much in common between the well respected careers of Graham Bradley (main speaker for the [...]

2018-06-01T09:31:49+00:00October, 19th 2017|

Finding our way…aligning our ships

I have two young kids and they are obsessed with the movie Moana. I have seen this movie many times now and find myself singing the songs in my head frequently…they’re very catchy! Anyway...it’s a great Disney story of the strong willed Moana, daughter of the village chief of a Polynesian tribe (note - there [...]

2017-07-18T09:55:18+00:00July, 13th 2017|

You might not have certainty but you can have clarity…

With summer drawing to a close, I find myself wanting to make the most of the beautiful weather. The other morning as I walked along the beach watching the water draw out to the ocean and the waves come back in I noticed a lot of seaweed and 'stuff' in the ocean. I go for [...]

2017-04-18T16:05:26+00:00April, 18th 2017|