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Optus to sponsor co-working hub Fishburners for two more years

9:19PM | Monday, 17 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Sydney co-working space Fishburners has extended its sponsorship deal with Optus, effectively ensuring that it remains viable for the next three years.

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Three ways to encourage the banks to lend to start-ups

9:50PM | Monday, 17 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Since the global financial downturn, the big banks have been reluctant to lend to entrepreneurs. Here are three practical ways to get lending flowing to deserving start-ups again. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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US incubator 500 Startups to make it easier for Australian ventures to apply

9:00AM | Monday, 17 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Top US incubator 500 Startups has widened its application process, confirming it will take applications from any venture through AngelList, making it considerably easier for Australian start-ups to be accepted into the program.

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Aussie innovation: Four cultural changes to support ideas

9:22PM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Aussie innovation is not just being held back by the system. There are also deep cultural factors holding Aussie ideas back from the world stage. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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Start-ups tipped to benefit as R&D tax credits switch to quarterly basis

9:48PM | Thursday, 13 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The introduction of a quarterly credits system for the R&D Tax Incentive will “vastly enhance” start-ups’ ability to fund their research and development activities, according to a specialist advisory service.

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Aussie innovation: Six ideas to fix a broken system

9:59PM | Thursday, 13 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

By freezing Commercialisation Australia grants, the Federal Government exposed systemic flaws in Australia’s innovation infrastructure. Here's how to fix the system. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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Seven ways to keep your late-paying customers in check

9:18PM | Wednesday, 12 September 2012 | Greg Hayes

They are the bane of every entrepreneur’s existence: The customers who don’t pay their bills, or are months overdue. Thankfully, there are effective ways to deal with them. BY GREG HAYES.

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Six WA social enterprises to share $239,000 start-up funding

9:51PM | Wednesday, 12 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Six social enterprises in WA are the first recipients of the Western Australian Government’s $10 million Social Enterprise Fund, receiving a total of $239,000 in start-up funding for a broad range of causes.

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10-month-old fashion site The Iconic snags $19.2 million

9:23PM | Wednesday, 12 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based fashion retailer The Iconic has landed almost $20 million in funding from JP Morgan Asset Management, despite launching less than a year ago.

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RefreshHQ goes from idea to $350,000 funding in five months

9:00AM | Wednesday, 12 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Melbourne start-up RefreshHQ.com has raised $350,000 in funding from a clutch of Australian investors, just five months after founder Phil Bosua came up with the idea for the business.

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Aquarius Films offers on-set role in $200,000 Pozible fund raising

9:00PM | Tuesday, 11 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An Australian film production company is using crowdfunding platform Pozible in a bid to raise $200,000, rewarding pledgers with opportunities to be involved in the production of its latest film.

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Commercialisation Australia chief confirms new grants on hold

9:29PM | Tuesday, 11 September 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The Federal Government has put new grants on hold, surprising many in the R&D and grants community.

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Five top pitches from the SydStart start-up jamboree

9:53PM | Tuesday, 11 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Watching other entrepreneurs deliver pitches is an important part of developing your own. Here are five of the best pitches from the Sydstart start-up jamboree. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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Start-ups urged to prioritise debt reduction with tax return cash

9:03PM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A tax expert has offered some advice on how start-ups can utilise their tax refunds, after a survey revealed more than a third of Australians intend to put their refunds into savings.

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Five ways the GST threshold report recommends changing the postal sector

9:51PM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The postal sector could be revamped if recommendations for a new report are acted upon by the government.

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Uncovering the Canberra start-up scene

9:43PM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

There are more than just pollies and bureaucrats in Canberra. The nation’s capital is also nurturing a healthy start-up scene. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

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Startup Chile to spice things up for Broccol-e-games

9:00AM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Melbourne gaming start-up says the Federal Government should offer something similar to Startup Chile, after being the only Australian start-up chosen to participate in the South American country's wide-ranging innovation program.

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Retailers call for government to act on parcel-processing findings

9:52PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A major retail body is calling for action based on the findings of a report into parcel processing procedures, but the Federal Government and the Coalition continue to distance themselves from the issue.

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Single, 40-something men most likely to go bankrupt: Report

9:50PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Single men in their 40s are most likely to go bankrupt, new research shows, but a small business expert says this is due to men’s aversion to ask for help as much as their risk-taking nature.

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Adelaide start-up Happy Inspector snags funding from US tech hub

9:00AM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Property inspection start-up Happy Inspector has raised a seed funding round from investors including Dave McClure’s 500 Startups, after lamenting the struggles it faced in securing cash in Australia.

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