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Appee Ltd Announcement

04 March 2016

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"Appee Ltd has drawn international attention by signing its first USA customer - Automobile Club of Southern California (a member ...

50% month-on-month revenue growth, expanding team and China

29 February 2016

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"Squirel Ltd (“Squirel” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Fiona Hong a senior financial services professional ...

Australian Trading & Investment Corporation Ltd Announcement

23 February 2016

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"... Foundation ready for growth New Sales Manager appointed   ...Additional expenditure has been focused on expansion. We have secured premises in the CBD ...

Appee new 2016!

19 February 2016

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"2015 was a year of firsts for appee. From our first beta release of the appee product and website, to ...

Ocular Robotics Appoints US Based Leading Global Supplier of Autonomy Components as Distribution Partner

18 February 2016

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"AutonomouStuff the leading supplier of components to the rapidly growing autonomy sector has been appointed as an Ocular Robotics distributor ...

BioCube commissions machine in Congo for Palm Oil conversion to Biodiesel

30 January 2016

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"The BioCube Corporation (BC) has successfully commissioned a BioCube 250 for Feronia Inc at its Yaligimba Palm Oil plantation in the ...

2016 So Far, Not So Good

29 January 2016

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"... Whilst 2015 may have finished with a Santa rally in capital markets, 2016 has started horribly with losses across the ...

Gartner lists Opmantek in 2016 Market Guide for Network Automation

27 January 2016

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"Opmantek (ASSOB:OMK) a multi award winning provider of IT infrastructure management and Audit solutions, today announced that it has been ...

Australian Trading & Investment Corporation Ltd – Update

21 January 2016

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"To all interested parties, welcome to an exciting 2016! ...Since our last update we’re finding tremendous traction in setting the foundation ...

Equity Crowdfunding and Investment Opportunties

29 December 2015

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Looking to assist investors and private businesses in 2016 - from the team at Funding Strategies.   Funding Strategies provides Corporate ...

2015: An Inflection Point?

16 December 2015

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"As 2015 draws to a close the year we thought we’d recap the year and look at what’s on the ...

CRe8 Home & Finance Ltd – last chance to participate in this innovative company

14 December 2015

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"...CRe8 has had a stellar 2015, the highlights of which are listed below; Glenvill Homes (CRe8’s home builder partner) committed to ...

Opmantek Sales growth a new record

14 December 2015

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"Opmantek (ASSOB:OMK) has continued on its high growth trajectory signing significant customer agreements in November throughout the USA and Latin ...

Ocular Robotics RE05 3D Scanner to be used in European Space Agency Moon Exploration Project, Rovina Project Shows Off Digital Reconstruction of the ARIS Priscilla Catacombs

08 December 2015

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"Ocular Robotics RE05 3D Scanner to be used in European Space Agency Moon Exploration Project.   Aerospace company GMV have been awarded ...

Australian Trading and Investment Corporation Investor Update

07 December 2015

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"To all interested parties, Since our last update there have been some exciting updates, as listed below:   ..Our model portfolio increased by ...

BioCube Corporation: A Promising Year End for BioCube

04 December 2015

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"This has been a busy and exciting few weeks for the team at BioCube Corporation. Commencing with an Austrade mission ...

BioCube Raising $3 Million

13 November 2015

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The Eco Investor website published the following article about BioCube on November 13th, 2015:   "The developer of a portable and community-sized ...

Funding Strategies Connect - November 2015

12 November 2015

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Dear Readers, Today it is my pleasure to introduce you to BioCube, Appee and China Dairy. Ocular Robotics and Opmantek have both ...

Pre-Christmas Networking Event Invitation

11 November 2015

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We are delighted to invite you  to a pre-Christmas networking event over drinks and canapes with the Funding Strategies &  ...

CRe8 Home & Finance: Close of offer – 18th December 2015

10 November 2015

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To Whom It May Concern: CRe8 has received a positive response from its offer with the following highlights:   Round 1 closed within ...

Crowd-sourced equity funding bill to pass Senate

16 February 17

 Crowd-sourced equity funding bill to pass Senate

 

"Retail investors will soon be able to buy up to $10,000 of equity in their favourite business ideas, with "crowd-sourced funding" legislation set to pass the Senate with Greens support.

The legislation will allow unlisted public companies with annual turnover or gross assets of up to $25 million to advertise their business plans on licensed crowdfunding portals, and raise up to $5 million a year to carry them out. Investors can put up to $10,000 a year each into an unlimited number of ideas, with a 48-hour cooling off period applying.

"Crowd-sourced equity funding will offer a new funding option for small businesses," said Treasurer Scott Morrison while introducing the Bill to the Lower House.

"It complements other forms of crowdfunding already available, such as rewards-based crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending, to offer start-ups greater choice in how they fund and finance their operations.

"It will serve as both a complement and a source of competition to more traditional funding options for small businesses, including bank debt products."

However, entrepreneurs are divided over whether businesses will want to use the legislation, given it excludes proprietary companies, a structure used by around 99 per cent of Australian businesses, and would compel them to become unlisted public companies.

Crowdfunding portals like VentureCrowd and Equitise have previously been available only to "sophisticated investors" with more than $2.5 million of assets outside the family home or income above $250,000 a year.

Retail investors were restricted to opportunities from matching services like The Australian Small Scale Offerings Board (ASSOB), operating under Section 708 of the Corporations Act, which allowed up to 20 investors at any one time raise a maximum of $2 million a year.

"We just have to turn down the $5000-$10,000 investors in that environment," said ASSOB chief executive Will Leitch, who welcomed the new legislation as something that would "get the early-stage economy working".

Greens backing

The Greens' Treasury spokesperson, Peter Whish-Wilson, said his party would support the crowd-sourced funding bill, enough for it to pass the Senate without Labor Party support.

The Labor Party will put forward an amendment to extend the cooling-off period to five days, for which Opposition innovation spokesman Ed Husic claimed he had Greens and Nick Xenophon Team support. Mr Husic was also considering an amendment that "the compulsion to convert to an unlisted public company is dropped and the government...allow for a wider range of start-ups and small businesses to access the equity crowdfunding regime".

Mr Husic has previously said his feedback from businesses is that flipping to public status is a costly distraction, that few will undertake.

"Without liberalisation, this bill will be ScoMo's dodo," he said, referring to the Treasurer.

The bill does grant five-year holidays for newly converted public companies from continuous disclosure, holding annual general meetings, auditing accounts and providing paper annual reports.

That's not enough for Troy Douglas, co-founder of sugar-free soft drinks maker Nexba, which is raising $1 million from sophisticated investors through VentureCrowd. Mr Douglas said he would be unwilling to convert to public company status, even if it meant widening his pool of potential investors.

"It's just an unnecessary administrative burden," he said, pointing to the potential information his competitors could get from the quarterly updates required.

However ASSOB's Mr Leitch already compels businesses raising through his platform to be public, even though he doesn't have to under Section 708 of the Corporations Act.

"If you're raising $1 million, you should be willing to face your shareholders," he said.

It was "a myth" that converting to a public company was onerous, he added.

"It costs about $700, you need a quarterly disclosure statement saying you're spending the money the way you said you would and that you're not insolvent, and you need to appoint three directors - which should be a helpful thing anyway," he said.

The government has promised to include proprietary companies in crowd-sourced equity funding in future, but for now Mr Leitch said this bill was a "huge improvement" on the previous regime.

Small Business Minister and Nationals MP Michael McCormack said the bill would be a boon for regional businesses in particular, located as they are away from traditional angel investor networks in the cities. 

The Senate was delayed on Thursday debating parliamentary entitlements legislation, so the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Bill may not now be debated until Parliament returns on March 20, although with Greens support its passage is assured.

The Senate Economics Committee recommended on Monday that the Upper House pass the bill, with a review after two years. The laws will come into effect six months from royal assent."

Australian Financial Review, Michael Bailey, 16 February 2017

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