Weekly digest: All of our stories from this week in one easy-to-check place

Australia’s shortage of startup capital emerged as a major discussion this week, with Malcolm Turnbull wading into the discussions about funding and contributing his blog post on how Australia can become a startup nation.

 

In other funding news, a finance leader has called for a more dynamic approach, a new $50 million fund may launch soon, mining investors are increasingly scoping out tech opportunities and a $24 million fund is open for applications again for Geelong startups.

 

While funding was the catalyst for this startup’s pivot, we also heard from two founders about the benefits of bootstrapping.

 

We heard from startup people who were in Austin for South by Southwest and about who got involved in data-seeking initiative Startup Muster.

 

New opportunities are emerging for startups as Pollenizer moves into a coworking space, the World Cup Tech Challenge seeks new products to promote and not-for-profit ecosystem development group Startup Victoria reopens applications for their founding chief executive.

 

We explored the rise of hardware startups and the future of bitcoin, and discovered that female founders pay themselves less and re-discovered our first tweets.

 

Also this week, four Australian Founder Institute graduates were named as the stand outs, a phone startup is off to a Brazilian accelerator and UTS announced a partnership with Blue Chilli X.

 

We heard how to not send a potential tech co-founder running in the opposite direction to you, why heading to the US too early can kill your startup and how to create a culture that can scale as you grow.

 

We also shared lots of advice, from how to get started on your business today, to five tips from the founders of Eventbrite, why collaborating with other business can boost your bottom line and why entrepreneurship can be taught, provided it’s to the right people.

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