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School Places looks to disrupt private education with a $2 million investment

6:22PM | Thursday, 12 June 2014 | Bronwen Clune

School Places, an online marketplace that helps independent schools maximise student numbers and revenue by connecting them with families searching for discounted school vacancies, has received a $2 million investment.

NeedaJingle calls the tune on crowdsourcing music projects

6:11PM | Wednesday, 4 June 2014 | Kye White

An Australian startup is taking the crowdsourcing model to the music industry.

Spotlight Reporting raises $3 million for expansion as cloud market goes through the roof

6:00PM | Wednesday, 4 June 2014 | Kye White

Australia is the hottest market at the moment for cloud software, according to Spotlight Reporting chief executive officer Richard Francis.

Everything you need to know about building a startup in China

6:26PM | Monday, 2 June 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

China’s booming mobile market is creating lucrative new business opportunities for startups, according to Australian entrepreneur and Koombah cofounder Jason Lim, who recently returned from China.

Australian incubator ATP Innovations recognised as world’s best

5:51PM | Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | StartupSmart

Leading technology business incubator ATP Innovations took top honours at the National Business Incubation Association awards in New Orleans, winning the 2014 Randall M Whaley Incubator of the Year award.

Australia, the Valley of Robotics?

5:39PM | Monday, 19 May 2014 | Bronwen Clune

Marc Andreessen told The New York Times recently that “new valleys will eventually emerge. But they won’t be Silicon Valley copycats”. We asked some of Australia’s most forward-thinking startup leaders about what kind of “valley” Australia could be?

Major cities encouraged to embrace the share economy

4:37PM | Monday, 28 April 2014 | Kye White

Social Surplus managing director Darren Sharp says Australians are increasingly embracing the share economy, but our major cities should do more to further the trend.

Why Australian incubators are chasing the corporate dollar

4:10PM | Thursday, 17 April 2014 | Rose Powell

The nexus between established enterprises hungry for innovation and startup approaches, such as agile development, is potentially very lucrative.

Innovation could add $6 billion to the economy but we need look beyond startups: Microsoft report

4:00AM | Wednesday, 16 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Microsoft has today released a report to call for urgent review of how the Australian innovation ecosystem works in order to make the most of the burgeoning tech innovation movement.

Taskmaster versus the futurologists

4:00PM | Friday, 11 April 2014 | Taskmaster

From time to time, when journalists are doing a story on tech – be it in print, on TV or on the radio – they’ll wheel out a futurologist. The Taskmaster remains a sceptic.

Leading tech alliance calls for urgent action to unfreeze Commercialisation Australia

4:47AM | Thursday, 10 April 2014 | StartupSmart

The Australian Information Industry Association has written an open letter raising urgent concerns about the freezing of Commercialisation Australia to Minister for Industry Ian MacFarlane and Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Victorian state government to invest $40 million in mobile blackspots, free Wi-Fi on country trains

4:19PM | Tuesday, 8 April 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has announced a new policy that will see the state government fix mobile phone blackspots, while providing free Wi-Fi to passengers on several key V/Line train services.

Creatives + coders = massive startup opportunity? The emerging startup power industry

4:40PM | Monday, 7 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Innovation experts and incubators are tipping creative sector startups as the next big thing, and are calling for Australians and investors to back them.

Australia's first solar electric hybrid sports car released by Swinburne University

4:44PM | Thursday, 3 April 2014 | Rose Powell

An environmentally friendly sports car for the road has been launched by an alliance of Swinburne University, electric vehicle association Aurora and SolarX.

Startmate graduates hit the pitching treadmill: here’s what they’ve learnt so far

3:18PM | Monday, 31 March 2014 | Rose Powell

The latest intake in the Startmate accelerator is getting to the business end of the program: pitch days in Sydney, Melbourne and San Francisco.

From broken back to breakthrough global product: a local manufacturing startup’s story

3:44PM | Monday, 31 March 2014 | Rose Powell

When Alex John fractured his back on a home-made waterslide, he thought his life as he knew it could well be over.

Two things I’ve learned working in a rapidly scaling tech start-up in the US

3:01PM | Friday, 14 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Jack Aldridge has been working with US enterprise uShip since it was a start-up and says he’s learned a lot as the company has taken off.

Social media community for seniors takes off: Founder shares her business model plans

3:05PM | Friday, 14 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Traffic for Starts at 60 is growing almost 10% month-on-month and bringing together thousands of older people keen for connection and targeted content.

Taking their tech to the stars: Australia hosts first space start-up meet-up

3:43PM | Monday, 3 March 2014 | Rose Powell

A group of Australian space start-ups have boldly gone where no one has gone before, by hosting a meet-up event in Sydney.

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.

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