Will Smoking Joe’s Horror Budget stifle or stimulate crowdfunding in Australia?

By Crowdfund Vibe Editor

The Australian Government has just handed down a tough, ideologically-driven budget that axes many government programmes, reduces benefits and abolishes dozens of government agencies.

Amongst a staggering range of headline cuts it has slashed funding for health and education, cut funding for film and the arts, and is proposing a six month waiting period for unemployment benefits for those under 30. The tenor of the government’s budget is similar to that of the 2008 Budget of the UK Conservative-Liberal Coalition albeit without the underlying Global Economic crisis that drove financial austerity there. Political opponents have attacked it as one that looks after the big end of town at the expense of the young, the aged, the unemployed and women. Commentators say it will undermine core values and the social fabric of the country.

A number of the 2014 Budget announcements will have an impact on crowdfunding in Australia.

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A tale of two platforms: Equity crowdfunding in Australia & New Zealand

By Kat Jenkins
from Multitude

The last 12 months has seen a steady stream of equity crowdfunding laws and platforms released globally. The UK and Europe are already home to CrowdCube and Seedrs. And the JOBS Act in America is opening the floodgates there as well. In New Zealand, equity crowdfunding will become possible due to a law change coming into effect on April 1, 2014. Australia has also recently begun work on their crowdfunding legislation.

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With all this activity going on, I sent through some questions to two new players: Fundakiwi, from New Zealand, and Squareknot, from Australia to see what they were up to, and what they thought the future looked like.

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Is equity crowdfunding preventing startups from raising more capital?

By Clive Fernandes
Originally posted on the Crowdfunding NZ website

CrowdFund Capital Advisors recently released a report which is an interesting read on deal-flow as a result of Equity Crowdfunding. What really got my attention in this report were the following stats.

Within three months of a crowdfunding campaign:

– 28 percent of the companies had closed an angel investor or venture capital round.
– An additional 43 percent were in discussions with institutional investors.

This finding refutes the assumption that Equity Crowdfunding dissuades follow up investment, which could be one of the major negative perceptions that entrepreneurs and startup companies would have had with Equity Crowdfunding. The theory is that a potential Venture Capital firm would be put off from investing in an Equity Crowdfunded startup because of the thousands of existing shareholders it already has. The CCA report has shown this to be untrue and in my opinion the reasons are as follows.

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