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Sydney start-up Pinion’s have-a-go spirit inspires backing from Microsoft’s Bing Fund

8:00AM | Monday, 13 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian gaming start-up Pinion has been selected as one of the first companies to participate in Microsoft’s new Bing Fund, after raising almost $2 million from Australian investors.

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Starbucks sinks $25 million into Square

8:39PM | Wednesday, 8 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based mobile payment app Square has partnered with coffee chain giant Starbucks, which will invest $25 million in the start-up as well as use its platform to process debit and credit card transactions in-store.

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Why it’s time to get serious about grants

8:52PM | Wednesday, 8 August 2012 | Marc Peskett

Are you searching for more capital or a new investor? If so, you should take a serious look at government grants for small businesses. BY MARC PESKETT.

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Travelling IT contractors warned over ATO scrutiny

8:00AM | Wednesday, 8 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A tax expert has issued a warning to “on call” home-based IT professionals, after the Australian Taxation Office confirmed it will place greater scrutiny on claims made by IT workers.

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RBA keeps rates on hold, says growth is "close to trend"

8:49PM | Tuesday, 7 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The official interest rate has remained unchanged at 3.5%, in line with economists’ expectations, with the Reserve Bank saying most indicators suggest growth is “close to trend overall”.

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Start-up investors give their top 10 pitching tips

8:43PM | Tuesday, 7 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The difference between an average pitch and a great one can be the difference between business success and failure. To make sure you get it right, here are 10 tips from the experts. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

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Start-ups urged to be wary of tax-free threshold “trap”

8:59PM | Monday, 6 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Entrepreneurs who operate a business part-time could be hit by changes to the tax-free threshold, with an expert warning anyone with more than one income source could be caught in a tax trap.

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Angry Birds developer Rovio sets its sights on 2013 IPO

8:56PM | Monday, 6 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Finnish gaming company behind much-loved mobile app Angry Birds is preparing for an initial public offering in 2013, but says it’s in no hurry in light of Facebook’s ill-fated stock market float.

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Major showcase Tech23 returns to Sydney with a $100,000 cash prize pool

8:00AM | Monday, 6 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Technology showcase Tech23 is returning to Sydney for its fourth year and is now accepting pitches from start-ups, to be perused by industry leaders including Bill Bartee, Steve Baxter and Doron Ben-Meir.

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$30,000 grants up for grabs for ICT start-ups – plus a trip to Azerbaijan!

8:21PM | Friday, 3 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups specialising in information and communications technology have until August 10 to apply for a $30,000 grant from the Information Society Innovation Fund.

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New “dream team” start-up fund Blackbird Ventures set to take flight

8:00AM | Friday, 3 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new venture capital fund is aiming to take the Australian start-up scene by storm, founded by a self-described “dream team” including Atlassian founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar.

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Early eCommerce adopters see results while others stumble: Report

8:00AM | Thursday, 2 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

New research commissioned by PayPal shows business growth increased by an average of 5% in the last year for those who sell online, while those who don’t sell online saw business decline.

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What’s your business worth?

8:10PM | Wednesday, 1 August 2012 | Greg Hayes

Keeping in mind the potential value of your business will help you stay on track to building a business that can be sold for a good price. BY GREG HAYES.

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Pets Paradise franchisees set to be shielded from chain’s collapse

8:25PM | Wednesday, 1 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Pets Paradise franchisees won’t be affected by the collapse of the pet store chain, it’s been confirmed, but the receivers say company-operated stores have been struggling for 18 months.

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ImageBrief sets sights on New York after raising $600,000

8:00AM | Wednesday, 1 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based start-up ImageBrief is in the process of setting up a New York office as it seeks to become the “99designs for photography”, after securing $600,000 from angel investors.

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Business credit demand slides as start-ups hunt funds elsewhere

7:14PM | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Overall growth in business credit applications eased to 4.5% over the year to the June quarter, a Veda report reveals, suggesting start-ups are bypassing business loans for other forms of credit.

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Commercialisation Australia showers cash on Brisbane energy efficiency start-up

7:00AM | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Brisbane start-up will develop an energy-efficient shower system using a $795,000 grant, courtesy of Commercialisation Australia, which has unveiled its latest round of recipients.

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University R&D grants dwindle as industrial research forges on

7:51PM | Monday, 30 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The scope of a competitive grants scheme has been questioned after it was revealed university research and development supporting grants totalled $22 million less in 2012 than in 2011, despite the government’s heavy focus on this area.

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Average household wealth up 20% but consumers still cautious

7:48PM | Monday, 30 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan has attributed new figures showing an increase in average household wealth to Labor’s response to the global financial crisis, although consumer spending remains very conservative.

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London Olympics venue to be transformed into start-up incubator

7:09PM | Friday, 27 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

The London Olympics are set to provide a direct spur to start-ups, with the press and broadcast centre for the Games set to become an incubator for new businesses once all of the medals have been awarded.

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