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Start-Up Investment: ATO Clarifies New Angel Investor Tax

July 20th, 2016

“Innovation” – the term has essentially become shorthand for all that encompasses future business in Australia since Turnbull’s rise to Prime Minister in September. From doubling investments in research and development (R&D) for clean energy to making coding compulsory in schools, Turnbull has vowed to put innovation at the heart of his Government’s agenda. Consequently, the  innovation statement was unveiled in December 2015 and provided a blueprint for a $1.1 billion plan to foster greater innovation with 24 new measures across 11 different Government […]

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InnovationCAFE 2016: Exploring the Transition From a Mining-Led Economy

July 19th, 2016

Immerse yourself in a full day of innovation with presentations from local experts at the 2016 innovationCAFE event. Taking place in four cities across Australia and covering business-related areas of innovation, Swanson Reed is pleased to once again be part of this event. Undeniably, the Australian economic and political environment has pivoted greatly over the last twelve months. In the transition from a mining-led economy to one which is increasingly driven by technology, Australia’s voyage to be more innovative has […]

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Clever Commercialisation: The Role of Collaboration

June 30th, 2016

A little-known fact is that Australians make up less than 0.3% of the world’s population but we account for over 3% of the world’s scientific research output. Certainly, as described in our previous post, Australia has contributed to several ‘world first’ innovations and has a dynamic invention ecosystem. In fact, Australia performs strongly on international measures of research excellence, an important driver of innovation. To elaborate, a recent Scientific American article ranked Australia 12th out of the world’s best 40 countries for […]

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Election Campaign Highlights Innovation Shortcomings

June 29th, 2016

Indeed, we are now entering a new era in which technology, research, and ideas will become our most valuable cargo. Successfully leveraging these changes will ultimately require a social focus on innovation, collaboration, and digital disruption. In regards to this, as Australia quickly approaches an election on July 2, major parties have been announcing excerpts of their policies as the month progresses. However, despite both major parties agreeing on the need for Australia to transition to an innovation-focused economy, are either parties making […]

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