Tag Archives: start-up

What do rocket engines and contraceptives have in common? Frank Lab starts with a bang

A crowdfunding platform for the agriculture and energy sectors, a social enterprise connecting busy parents with ‘moncierges’, an online bank, sugar-free ice-cream, a digital finance assistant, rocket engines, cutting-edge contraceptive technology and an online wine retailer that donates half its profit to charities are some of the innovative start-up projects that have won a spot in Frank Lab, Hall & Wilcox’s accelerator program for emerging businesses.

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Start-up founders: why your mental health can make or break your business

When people think of a stereotypical start-up founder, they likely imagine a happy Richard Branson sipping champagne and taking his superyacht out for a spin around his private island in the Caribbean. But the reality is that, for your everyday founder, this image couldn’t be further from the truth.

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Hall & Wilcox partners with fintech hub Stone & Chalk

Leading independent business law firm, Hall & Wilcox, has entered a corporate partnership with Asia’s leading independent fintech innovation hub, Stone & Chalk.

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Crowd-sourced funding regime comes into operation

The long awaited crowd-sourced funding (CSF) regime officially came into effect for unlisted public companies late last month. Although it will be some time before CSF offers are regularly being made on crowd funding platforms, as ASIC did not commence processing intermediary licence applications until after the official commencement of the regime, start-ups finally have the green light to start raising money from retail investors without many of the limitations imposed by the Chapter 6D regime.

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Creating the Workplace of Tomorrow – Culture and Shared Values at the Core

Growing a company from the ground-up can be immensely rewarding but also challenging.  With the proliferation of start-up companies in this Digital Age, the question is often asked how a business can grow from a handful of like-minded individuals with a common goal while maintaining its culture and staying in compliance with a myriad of laws that impact its operations and workplace.  On May 17, 2017, Epstein Becker Green’s TMT service team was delighted to co-host with WeWork Dumbo Heights (Prospect): When Jeans Meet Suits: Keeping Your Startup Culture & Staying Compliant with Workplace Laws.  Panelists Jonathan Truppman (Casper), Adam Greenberg (Warby Parker) and AJ Pires (Alloy Development) shared with us their insights as to what builds a best-in-class workplace.  My takeaways from the discussion are as follows:

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Crowd-funding extended to proprietary companies

In March this year, after a number of false starts, the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Act 2017 proceeded to Royal Assent and is set to become law in late September this year. The Act, while a major breakthrough for crowd- sourced funding (CSF) in Australia, has been criticised for its limitations. You can find our update on this topic here.

Just two months later, as part of the 2017-18 Budget, the Federal Government has released for circulation draft legislation aimed at overcoming some of those criticisms.

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A Founder’s Decision to Sell: Considerations for Obtaining Sustained Value for a Life’s Work

Many of the most successful businesses are the product of the investment of its founder’s time, energy and money. Often, this investment may be the most significant source of their retirement income or personal wealth.  Yet at some point, whether due to political or market conditions, or more personal reasons, it may become time to sell the business and unlock the value of this investment.

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New equity crowdfunding legislation passed

New legislation passed last month will allow start-ups better access to crowd-sourced funding (CSF) by reducing compliance and disclosure burdens for a five year period.  No date has yet been set for the operative provisions of the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Act 2017 (CSF Act) to commence, but having proceeded to Royal Assent on 28 March 2017, it will be no later than 28 September 2017.

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Thinx Again: Another Start-Up In Trouble After Prioritizing Culture Over HR

In the latest HR headline from the start-up world, the offending executive doesn’t fit the typical mold, but the lesson remains the same: don’t ignore human resources.

Miki Agrawal, the self-proclaimed “SHE-eo” of THINX, and her “boundary pushing” workplace demeanor are the focus of a New York City Commission on Human Rights complaint by the former head of public relations, Chelsea Leibow. Leibow alleges that Agrawal created a hostile work environment through her constant discussion of sex, nudity around employees, and inappropriate touching of employees’ breasts.

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New DHS Rule Seeks to Attract Foreign Entrepreneurs to the U.S.

On August 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a proposed rule which, if adopted in its present form, would ease the ability of foreign national (FN) entrepreneurs to temporarily enter the United States to invest in and grow start-up businesses.  At the present time, there is no temporary visa classification that permits FNs to make significant investments in new or growing businesses and then remain here to manage them.  In announcing this proposed rule, DHS indicated that it was intended to spur business growth and job creation at a time when the U.S. economy is posed to attract this type of capital.

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