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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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Twitter investor joins in $20 million funding round for Bigcommerce

9:28PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Early Twitter investor Mike Maples has joined US venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners in backing Sydney-based tech start-up Bigcommerce, which has secured $20 million in funding.

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Cashback deals site founded by Adir Shiffman scores early investment from Aura Capital

9:58PM | Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Private equity group Aura Capital has backed cashback deals site StartHere.

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TiECON Sydney to dole out $50,000 through start-up pitch contest

9:00AM | Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups have been given an 'open door' chance at the TiECON Sydney event to land $50,000 from angel investors, with organisers claiming that the initiative is an opportunity for new ventures to hone their pitches.

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Interest rates left on hold for third straight month

9:42PM | Tuesday, 4 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Interest rates have remained on hold for the third consecutive month, with the Reserve Bank board attributing the decision to “quite firm” consumption growth and low unemployment.

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Access to finance the biggest sore point for small firms: Study

9:00PM | Tuesday, 4 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Access to finance remains one of the biggest problems faced by start-ups, according to an academic study, which finds small firms are also struggling to keep up with the growth of technology.

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Veteran fashion retailer Ojay collapses

9:33PM | Tuesday, 4 September 2012 | Cara Waters

Another fashion retailer bites the dust, this time it's women's apparel chain Ojay.

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Top 10 lies investors tell entrepreneurs

9:05PM | Tuesday, 4 September 2012 | David Brown

Last week, StartupSmart examined some of the lies entrepreneurs tell investors. However, as these 10 common examples show, investors aren’t above stretching the truth either. BY DAVID BROWN.

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Aussie no-go remains as UK plots state-backed small business bank

9:00AM | Tuesday, 4 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

UK Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled a plan to set up a state-backed small business bank, although both sides of Australia’s political divide remain opposed to introducing a similar model here.

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