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Unlocking Revolutionary Startups: Empowering Australian Investors for Unprecedented Opportunities

Australian investors may soon face more limitations on their ability to invest in startups and ventures, due to proposed changes by the Federal Government. Currently, sophisticated investors are defined as individuals with more than $2.5 million in assets or earning more than $250,000 in two consecutive years. The new proposal would raise these thresholds to $4.5 million in assets or earning more than $450,000 for two consecutive years, limiting sophisticated investor status to only the top 1% of Australians. Critics argue that these changes will restrict access to early-stage investments and hinder innovation in the startup ecosystem. They also note that the proposed changes would put Australia out of sync with other jurisdictions such as the US, UK, and Singapore, where income thresholds are lower. Additionally, there is concern that these changes could lead to a brain drain, with talented entrepreneurs and startups seeking opportunities in more investor-friendly ecosystems abroad. While it is important to protect investors, critics argue that a balance must be struck to ensure that the regulatory framework fosters innovation and investment in the startup sector.

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