Startup Success Series : Investment and fundraising

The Startup Success Series is designed to provide insight and education on the topics that matter most to the founder community right now.

Each week Startup Victoria hosts a 1-hour webinar for the community, focusing on a specific topic. There’s only so much we can squeeze into 60 minutes, so we share resources from these webinars via these Startup Success Series articles.

The Startup Success Series is supported by LaunchVic.

LaunchVic is Victoria’s startup development agency. LaunchVic invests in organisations and projects that empower entrepreneurs to scale innovative companies and deliver new industry benefits to the Victorian economy.

Grants for Startups

Ever wondered what financial support is out there for Victorian based startups? From local grants, to state wide programs & federal level grants and incentives, it can be overwhelming wading through the different options & eligibility criteria. But don’t fret – Startup Vic is here to walk you through it with local expert Rachel van Ketwich, Head of R&D and Grants @ GrantReady.

In this Startup Success Series, founders will walk away with a clear understanding of their options when it comes to grants, whether you might be eligible, how to apply and what support might be available to help you achieve a successful outcome and minimise the risk of clawbacks. 

Virtual Event Recording

About: Watch the webinar recording below followed by an audience Q&A.

Timestamps

2: 06​ – Introductions

3:10 – Presentation Begins

40:21 – Audience Q&A

Resources

Here’s a list ofl the resources mentioned in this recording.

  • https://grantready.com.au
  • https://grantguru.com.au/grantwriter/grantready-rd/
  • https://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Research-and-development-tax-incentive/
  • https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/accelerating-commercialisation

The Startup Success Series is designed to provide insight and education on the topics that matter most to the founder community right now.

Each week Startup Victoria hosts a 1-hour webinar for the community, focusing on a specific topic. There’s only so much we can squeeze into 60 minutes, so we share resources from these webinars via these Startup Success Series articles.

The Startup Success Series is supported by LaunchVic.

LaunchVic is Victoria’s startup development agency. LaunchVic invests in organisations and projects that empower entrepreneurs to scale innovative companies and deliver new industry benefits to the Victorian economy.

It’s absolutely vital to have a strong cybersecurity-first approach for your startup. Data breaches can cripple a business, cause damage to your brand and result in significant loss of business for your startup. But where do you start and how much will it cost?

From keeping your passwords safe to making sure your servers are secure, there’s a huge amount to think about when it comes to your startup’s security. It can all feel a little overwhelming, especially if you’re new to the world of startups!

That’s why for this edition of the Startup Success Series, we’re speaking with cybersecurity expert Michelle Price, CEO @ AustCyber, to prepare you to keep your startup and data safe. We’ll cover:

  • Cybersecurity best practice
  • Useful tools, tips and tricks to keep your startup secure
  • How to store data and sensitive information
  • Much more!

Virtual Event Recording

About: Watch the webinar recording below followed by an audience Q&A.

Timestamps

2:45​ – Introductions
6:17 – Fireside chat begins
48:32 – Audience Q&A

Resources

Here’s a list of all the resources mentioned in this recording.

  • https://www.lastpass.com/
  • https://www.kasada.io/
  • https://detexian.com/
  • https://cynch.com.au/
  • https://www.cyrise.co/
  • https://www.oaic.gov.au/privacy/data-breaches/what-is-a-notifiable-data-breach/
  • https://www.ag.gov.au/integrity/foreign-influence-transparency-scheme
  • https://modernrisksolutions.com/
  • https://www.australiacloud.com.au/
  • https://www.nist.gov/cyberframework/risk-management-framework
  • https://www.austcyber.com/

This webinar was originally recorded on Friday 14th May 2021.

The Startup Success Series is designed to provide insight and education on the topics that matter most to the founder community right now.

Each week Startup Victoria hosts a 1-hour webinar for the community, focusing on a specific topic. There’s only so much we can squeeze into 60 minutes, so we share resources from these webinars via these Startup Success Series articles.

The Startup Success Series is supported by LaunchVic.

LaunchVic is Victoria’s startup development agency. LaunchVic invests in organisations and projects that empower entrepreneurs to scale innovative companies and deliver new industry benefits to the Victorian economy.

You’ve spent time and money building a great product- but who’s buying it? Sales are often deemed ‘scary’ but a having a commerical can make all the difference when it comes to getting your business off the ground.

Join us for this edition of the Startup Success Series, where we’ll be talking about go-to-market strategy and B2B sales with Keith Davison, Partner & CCO at Dovetail Studios.

We’ll be covering:

  • Building a sales lead mindset from day one
  • What is a go-to-market strategy? How do you build one?
  • What mistakes do founders make when selling B2B?
  • What’s the profile of a good sales person?
  • Debunking sales myths

Virtual Event Recording

About: Watch the webinar recording below followed by an audience Q&A.

Timestamps

2:20​ – Introductions
4:00 – Keith’s Presentation
41:38 – Q&A

Resources

This webinar was originally recorded on Friday 30th April 2021.

The Startup Success Series is designed to provide insight and education on the topics that matter most to the founder community right now.

Each week Startup Victoria hosts a 1-hour webinar for the community, focusing on a specific topic. There’s only so much we can squeeze into 60 minutes, so we share resources from these webinars via these Startup Success Series articles.

The Startup Success Series is supported by LaunchVic.

LaunchVic is Victoria’s startup development agency. LaunchVic invests in organisations and projects that empower entrepreneurs to scale innovative companies and deliver new industry benefits to the Victorian economy.

Crowdfunding is the ultimate alternative to investment and bootstrapping – you believe in your business, and believe others do too, so why not go directly to them to raise funds? There’s a little more to it than that. Anyone can set up a crowdfunding campaign, but how do you get the absolute most out of your offering and ensure you raise the necessary funds?

For this edition of the Startup Success Series, we spoke with crowdfunding experts Michael Nuciforo, CEO @ Thrive, Shannon Gilleland, Founder @ Pronto Bottle, Alan Crabbe, Co-founder @ Pozible & Birchal, and Claire Brown, Senior Campaign Manager @ Birchal. In this episode, we covered:

  • What is equity crowdfunding?
  • How does it work?
  • What are the pros and cons?
  • What are the common mistakes founders make?
  • What are the secrets to success from those that have done it before?

Tune in below and get your answers to these common crowdfunding questions.

Virtual Event Recording

About: Watch the webinar recording below followed by an audience Q&A.

Timestamps:

2:30​ – Introductions
4:08 – Claire’s Crowdfunding 101 Presentation
28:56 – Panellist Q&A
51:00 – Live Audience Q&A

Presentation Slides

  • Download your own copy of Claire’s slides below.

This webinar was originally recorded on Friday 23rd April 2021.

The Startup Success Series is designed to provide insight and education on the topics that matter most to the founder community right now.

Each week Startup Victoria hosts a 1-hour webinar for the community, focussing on a specific topic. There’s only so much we can squeeze into 60 minutes, so following each webinar you can access further resources in our Startup Success Series articles.

The Startup Success Series is supported by LaunchVic.

LaunchVic is Victoria’s startup development agency. LaunchVic invests in organisations and projects that empower entrepreneurs to scale innovative companies and deliver new industry benefits to the Victorian economy.

Lots of effort and time goes into nailing your pitch as a founder – it’s one of the most important skills you’ll need to ensure your startup is on the pathway to success.

Whether you’re applying for an accelerator, pitching to investors, prospective employees or taking the stage at one of Startup Vic’s marquee Pitch Nights, you need to be able to tell your audience about the virtues of your startup, your team and your product/service, usually within a rather short timeframe! So how do you do it well?

There’s a lot more to nailing your pitch than being able to speak about your startup (although this is pretty important!) – you need a well-produced pitch deck, strong talking points and to be ready to field hard questions after you finish. But how do you know what to focus on? How do you tailor your pitch to the people you’re pitching to?

In this edition of Startup Success Series, we talked to Hiranga Goonawardena, Co-Founder @ Earthli and Founder @ Atelier AHA, Marlo Grover, Founder @ G Pump, and Anthony Kwok, Co-Founder and CEO @ ZILIO to find out more about what makes a great pitch.

Virtual Event Recording

About: Watch the webinar recording below followed by an audience Q&A.

Timestamps:

2:51​ – Introductions
7:08​ – What makes a great pitch?
26:34​ – Demo Pitch 1: Earthli
32:04​ – Demo Pitch 2: G Pump
40:32​ – Demo Pitch 3: Zilio
47:11​ – Audience Q&A

The Startup Success Series is designed to provide insight and education on the topics that matter most to the founder community right now.

Each week Startup Victoria hosts a 1-hour webinar for the community, focussing on a specific topic. There’s only so much we can squeeze into 60 minutes, so we share resources from these webinars via these Startup Success Series articles.

The Startup Success Series is supported by LaunchVic.

LaunchVic is Victoria’s startup development agency. LaunchVic invests in organisations and projects that empower entrepreneurs to scale innovative companies and deliver new industry benefits to the Victorian economy.

A brand is more than a memorable logo and an interesting colour palette. A strong brand can convey your values, story and service to both current and potential customers. But where do you start when building a brand from scratch? Does it have to take hours (and lots of $) to get it right?

This time we were joined by Shane Duggan, Partner @ Ne-Lo. Shane works with brands to improve how customers and employees experience their products and services.

In this edition of the Startup Success Series, Shane covers:

  • What do we mean by brand?
  • How do you create one- where should you start?
  • How does it relate to things like your company values and purpose?
  • What’s the difference between internal and external brand?
  • What are the practical tips to make a brand live?
  • Should you iterate brand and if so, how often?

Tune in below and get your answers to these common branding questions.

Virtual Event Recording

About: Watch the webinar recording below followed by an audience Q&A.

Timestamps:

2:09​ – Introductions
4:20 – What is a brand?
12:51 – Purpose and Vision
20:51​ – How do you make a brand live?
27:49 – Q&A

Presentation Slides

  • Download your own copy of Shane’s slides below.

This webinar was originally recorded on Friday 16th April 2021.

 

Startup Success Series: Pre-Revenue Valuation

The Startup Success Series is designed to provide insight and education on the topics that matter most to the founder community right now. Each week Startup Victoria hosts a 1-hour webinar for the community, focussing on a specific topic. There’s only so much we can squeeze into 60 minutes, so following each webinar you can access...
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