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10 Aussie start-ups gunning for Silicon Valley

5:28PM | Thursday, 31 May 2012 | Oliver Milman

This week, Flightfox joined a growing legion of Aussie businesses invading Silicon Valley. Here are 10 Aussie tech start-ups seeking success in the US. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Technology

Flightfox accepted into Y Combinator after snagging $800,000

5:00AM | Thursday, 31 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian travel start-up Flightfox has been accepted into US-based incubator Y Combinator and raised $800,000 in capital, just months after joining Startmate, the Sydney accelerator.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | How I did it

Victorian start-up secures $3.5 million for breakthrough Parkinson’s technology

5:35PM | Wednesday, 30 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Victoria-based company plans to commercialise breakthrough technology for patients with Parkinson’s disease, after securing $3.5 million in equity funding and government grants.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Sydney trumps Melbourne as most supportive city for start-ups: Study

5:00AM | Wednesday, 30 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney has narrowly beaten Melbourne as the most supportive city to start a business in, according to new data that illustrates Australia’s start-up ecosystem.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

UK launches StartUp Loans scheme – here’s how local schemes measure up

5:10PM | Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A loan scheme worth more than £80 million ($127 million) has been launched in the United Kingdom by Prime Minister David Cameron, designed to give young entrepreneurs a much-needed leg-up.

 | Growth  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Business advice and education

The Cheesecake Shop flags shift from shopping centres to reduce rents

5:50PM | Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Cheesecake Shop says its avoidance of major shopping centres is enabling it to improve rental agreements for franchisees, who typically operate in regional areas or on suburban strips.

 | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisee  | Financing a business  | Cashflow

Business Enterprise Centres grapple with a shifting SME landscape

5:51PM | Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | Oliver Milman

Entrepreneurs have long relied on Business Enterprise Centres for face-to-face help. However, faced with government funding cutbacks and advice available online, are they still relevant? BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

ANZ Innovyz START names inaugural start-ups for accelerator program

5:00AM | Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A marketplace for pre-loved baby items and a farm business management software provider are among the 10 companies selected to take part in the first three-month ANZ Innovyz START program.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Google tax bill prompts call for local IP development boost

5:00PM | Monday, 28 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Creating more R&D incentives and improving capital markets have been cited as potential drivers of intellectual property and tax revenue in Australia, in the wake of revelations of Google Australia’s modest tax bill.

 | Financing a business  | Tax  | Leadership  | Intellectual property

Federal Government shakes up visa system in bid to lure overseas investors

5:00AM | Monday, 28 May 2012 | Oliver Milman

The Federal Government has unveiled a new scheme that aims to attract overseas investors who will plough at least $5 million into Australian businesses.

 | Financing a business

What is a start-up incubator?

5:13PM | Friday, 25 May 2012 | Andrew Sadauskas

If you're new to the start-up scene, you may have heard about a start-up incubator but not know what the term means. Here's Jay to shed some light on the topic.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Australia Post price hikes set to prompt logistics partnerships

5:05PM | Friday, 25 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Partnering with a large logistics company could shield online retailers from parcel price increases, an expert says, after Australia Post revealed it is being forced to hike up its prices.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow

Federal Government in $20 million bid to boost SME energy efficiency

5:02PM | Friday, 25 May 2012 | Oliver Milman

The Federal Government has awarded more than $20 million to 28 business and community groups in a bid to improve energy efficiency among small businesses.

 | Financing a business

Five top Australian start-up pitching events

5:14PM | Thursday, 24 May 2012 | Oliver Milman

Finding funding is a perennial challenge for entrepreneurs. If you’re looking for a real life Dragon’s Den, here are five events you can't afford to miss. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

RBA first small business finance roundtable finds SMEs hit hardest by financial crisis

5:36PM | Thursday, 24 May 2012 | Cara Waters

The Reserve Bank hosted its first small business finance roundtable on Tuesday, with the aim of better understanding how the small business sector is financed.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Leadership

Government urged to bolster biotech start-up investment

5:35PM | Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Federal Government should introduce more incentives to boost investment in biotechnology, a major industry player has argued, despite some recent high-profile deals in the high-risk sector.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Tax  | Technology

NSW Government uses CeBIT to flag $1 million for mobile technology projects

5:26PM | Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The NSW Government will pour almost $1 million into seven mobile technology projects, it announced at CeBIT Australia 2012, in its latest bid to position the state as a technology hotspot.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Technology

Seven essential tax time housekeeping tips

5:30PM | Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | Greg Hayes

It’s just six weeks until the end of the financial year. Unless you want the taxman to clean your business out, you must start dealing with these seven areas right now. BY GREG HAYES.

 | Financing a business  | Tax  | Blogs  | Greg Hayes

We put Small Business Minister Brendan O’Connor under the start-up spotlight

5:14PM | Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | Oliver Milman

During a recent visit to Melbourne, Federal Small Business Minister Brendan O’Connor agreed to a chat with StartupSmart. This is what he had to say about the big issues facing your business. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Leadership

SMEs warned to invest during mining boom or miss out

5:00AM | Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian small businesses that fail to invest in their operations will struggle to capitalise on the expanded opportunities generated by the mining boom, according to a new report by PKF.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow
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