Weekly digest: Every story we published this week in one easy to check place

Another week is over and the Australian start-up community was busy as always. Here are all the stories we published in the one place.

 

A survey launched to capture much needed data about the growth of the Australian ecosystem to inform big companies, media and the government.

 

The employee share schemes review consultations have wrapped up, and we spoke to four insiders who were part of the process about how it went, what their concerns are and whether or not they’re feeling hopeful.

 

One of Australia’s oldest incubators turned six years old, and shared their story about how they’ve evolved alongside the start-up community.

 

The ecosystem continued to spread with a new co-working space launched in regional NSW, a university accelerator launched on the Gold Coast, and another intake graduated from Newcastle’s accelerator program. Sydney even hosted Australia’s first space start-up meet-up.

 

We also heard about a movement to boost the number of women entrepreneurs to give the ecosystem the diversity it needs.

 

In investment news, Westpac launched a $50 million fund, the early investors of 99designs have backed this customer service start-up and an investor shares why his fund has put $1.5 million behind a young bathroom manufacturing and e-commerce company. Kickstarter also passed $US1 billion raised.

 

Speaking of banks, we heard from an entrepreneur who codes for big banks during the day and is building video games at night to make his start-up dreams come true. We also heard from a founder who is using your passions to turn a profit.

 

But launching a start-up isn’t easy, and it gets harder the more responsibilities you have. We spoke to the founder of an accelerator for people over 30 about the three big risks entrepreneurs face and how to overcome them.

 

Our mentors shared the most common mistakes aspiring start-up employees make, tactics to keep your best staff beyond financial incentives and how overusing social media can hurt your business.

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