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Australian Trading & Investment Corporation - Free Trial Offer

08 September 2015

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"Greetings… My name is Daniel Hendry (CEO: Australian Trading & Investment Corporation), and below is a summarized update on the company ...

Private Equity - Size Matters

08 September 2015

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"One of the common differences of between public and private firms is size. More often than not, the investment opportunities ...

Mandala Announces Acquisition of Two Properties

03 September 2015

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"Mandala Asset Solutions Pty Limited as manager of the Trinity Accommodation Regional Hospitality Fund (TARHF) is delighted to announce the ...

Two key milestones for Your Digital File in August

31 August 2015

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"August included two key milestones for Your Digital File: The launch of Pilot programs in the legal and educational sectors Our new ...

Uchoose confirms 6th consecutive quarter of sales growth and welcomes leading industry authority to advisory role.

31 August 2015

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"Uchoose is pleased to announce its 6th consecutive quarter of growth in sales for April-June and to coincide with this ...

Private Funding

29 August 2015

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Looking for Private Funding to grow your business?  We can assist with your financing strategy whether it being to raise ...

Funding Strategies Connect - August 2015

28 August 2015

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Dear Readers, A busy month has flown by with great achievements by some of our clients. Our congratulations go to: * Opmantek ...

CRe8 Home & Finance: Private Equity Gateway engaged to broker initial $50M facility

28 August 2015

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CRe8 Home and Finance is very pleased to announce they have engaged Private Equity Gateway Group (PEGG) (introduced by and ...

Raise Capital for my Business

25 August 2015

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It is important to become "investor ready" in order to prepare the business to raise capital.  Generally we follow a ...

Mobicon: New Entity for Mobicon and great financials for 2014-15

21 August 2015

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Early July a new entity was formed. Both Mobicon Systems and Mobicon Rentals are now under the umbrella of Mobicon ...

Opmantek Software voted people's choice for systems management in 2015 American Business Awards

14 August 2015

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Opmantek Software has been voted America’s favourite systems management product in The 13th Annual American Business Awards. Opmantek’s newest accolade was ...

Opmantek voted America's favourite in US Business Awards

13 August 2015

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GOLD Coast IT success story Opmantek has snared the Oscars of the US business world. The Surfers Paradise-based software firm has ...

Opmantek proves Gold Coast can be a Global IT Leader

13 August 2015

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The Business News Australia website has published the following article written by Jenna Rathbone about Opmantek, on August 13th, 2015: "A ...

CRe8 Releases Supplementary Offer Document

12 August 2015

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CRe8 Home & Finance Ltd has experienced material changes to its offer since launching in March 2015. These material changes are: • ...

CRe8 Home & Finance closes Round 2

11 August 2015

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CRe8 Home & Finance Ltd is pleased to announce its Round 2 offer is now closed. Since launching on ASSOB in ...

Crowd Sourced Equity Funding

06 August 2015

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The Australian Government has released a consultation paper on facilitating crowd-sourced equity funding and submissions are due by Monday 31st ...

Networking Breakfast Events

06 August 2015

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Funding Strategies and BlueMount Capital's Networking Events in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne were an opportunity for both investors and issuers. ...

CRe8 Home & Finance: APRA ruling a benefit for CRe8

31 July 2015

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The Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) has applied pressure on lenders in regards to lending for investment properties. They have ...

Your Digital File launched its Reseller Program

30 July 2015

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It’s been a busy month for Your Digital File. On the back of strong market interest and sales, Your Digital File ...

Your Digital File launches Expansion Plans

29 July 2015

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Anyone can offer cloud document storage. Anyone can claim their service is secure. Yet the relentless increase in cyber- crime ...

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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