Nominations open for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year awards

2:31PM | Wednesday, 26 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

Ernst & Young has opened nominations for its annual Entrepreneur of the Year awards, with the Australian winner going on to represent the country at the global awards in Monte Carlo.


Granny Flat Finder launched amid record demand for bedsits

2:15PM | Wednesday, 26 February 2014 |  Jennifer Duke

Legislative changes, house price and rental demand increases, in conjunction with a housing affordability crisis, have apparently prompted the creation of Granny Flat Finder, a tech start-up that is filling the niche of granny flat developments.

 | Innovation

Banking start-up acquired for $US117 million: What's next for the Aussie co-founder

2:28AM | Wednesday, 26 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Simple, a US-based online retail bank start-up co-founded by Australian-born Joshua Reich, has been sold to large Spanish bank Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) for $US117 million ($A130m).

 | Growth  | Sell a business

Apple acquires Testflight: Meet a local start-up solving a similarly testing problem

2:58PM | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Managing beta testers for iOS apps can be challenging. Serial entrepreneur Jeff Boones has launched Installr, a software platform designed to make this critical step for start-ups easier.

 | Growth  | Buy a business

Gold Coast incubator off to Silicon Valley with a troop of start-ups

2:55PM | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Silicon Lakes, a Gold Coast incubator and co-working space has announced a trip to Silicon Valley with several local start-ups set to launch in the coming months.

 | Innovation  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow

Two-year-old fitness tracking app Sessions acquired by MyFitnessPal

2:34PM | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Blackbird Ventures-backed personal fitness app Sessions has been acquired by MyFitnessPal, an American fitness-focused company with hundreds of thousands of users.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Silicon Valley veteran and investor Susan Wu explains what matters most for start-ups

2:22AM | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Susan Wu is a start-up veteran and investor who has worked with some of the best founders in the business. She IPOed her first company at 24 and advised companies including Twitter, Square and Medium.

 | Business advice and education

App to manage crowdfunding supporters wins Startup Weekend Perth

2:48PM | Monday, 24 February 2014 | Rose Powell

A pledge management system that helps people coordinate their crowdfunding supporters after they’ve hit their financial target has taken out top honours at the Startup Weekend Perth hackathon over the weekend.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Weekly digest: All the stories we published this week in one easy to check place

2:39PM | Friday, 21 February 2014 | Rose Powell

This week was a busy one for Australian start-ups, with two crowdsourced equity platforms launching in Australia and a couple of big discussions taking place online.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Partnership gives locational app platform access to 250,000 developers

2:37PM | Friday, 21 February 2014 | Rose Powell

GeoMoby, a geo-location tech platform, has announced a partnership with US mobile app marketplace Buzztouch to give them access to more than 250,000 app developers.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Start-ups are Scary: Bigcommerce founders on overcoming their fear of raising capital

2:00AM | Friday, 21 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Bigcommerce has a team of 300 and has raised $75 million to fuel its ambitious growth plans. But to reach any of these goals, its founders had to overcome their fear of raising capital.

 | Growth  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Start-up Profiles

How getting the fundamentals right helped this start-up grow 200% last year

2:16PM | Thursday, 20 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Shift8 has set up its franchise point of sale system in 700 shops since signing its first customer in 2012. In 2014, the company plans to double customer numbers again by expanding to Singapore and New Zealand.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales

REA Group calls for new approaches to job creation in the age of ‘citizen-led’ economic development

2:08PM | Thursday, 20 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Early disrupters of the classifieds industry, the REA Group, is calling for Australia to embrace its digital future and for Australians to pull the government towards technology enabling policies.

 | Planning  | Growth Strategy

Three ways to power your business into the digital era

2:39AM | Wednesday, 19 February 2014 | Cara Waters

Global futurist and innovation strategist Anders Sorman-Nilsson says businesses need to adapt in order to succeed in today’s digital times.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology  | Sole trader

$100,000 prize awarded to Queensland start-up at the OzApp Awards

2:53AM | Wednesday, 19 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Ollo Mobile, a tech start-up aiming to help seniors, has taken out top honours at this year’s West Tech Fest OzApp Awards.

 | Growth

Start-ups unite to offer $2000 scholarship for entrepreneurial uni students

2:51AM | Wednesday, 19 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Two start-ups have combined forces to offer a scholarship worth $2000 for Australian university students to encourage them to start their own businesses.

 | Business advice and education

The Australian tech start-up brain drain: Why are our founders heading overseas?

2:15AM | Wednesday, 19 February 2014 | Rose Powell

It’s a conversation that regularly occupies the Australian start-up community. Despite several smash hit start-up successes, why do so many of our most successful and innovative start-up leaders take their talents overseas?

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Government and Regulation

Australia’s first all-female hackathons to launch in Sydney and Melbourne

2:25PM | Monday, 17 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Sydney and Melbourne are readying to host Australia’s first female-only hack-days as women’s coder groups combine forces to boost the number of female tech start-up founders.

 | Business advice and education

Melbourne’s only private accelerator program to open for new intake

2:11PM | Monday, 17 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Melbourne-based accelerator AngelCube is searching for up to 10 fast-growing companies for their fourth intake, with applications opening in early March.

 | Business advice and education

LabFriend takes on laboratory supplies heavyweights

2:07PM | Monday, 17 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

Disrupting a well-established industry like laboratory supplies has made LabFriend unpopular with its competitors.

 | Growth  | Start-up Profiles