Sockless woollen running shoe wins start-up place in UK Sirius Programme

12:33PM | Friday, 20 December 2013 | Gavin Lower

A sockless running shoe made from a wool fabric has won its team one of the first places awarded in a United Kingdom-based start-up program.

Top mentor lessons to take into 2014

1:00AM | Thursday, 2 January 2014 | Gavin Lower

One of the most common pieces of advice for people setting out on the road to starting their own business is how important it is to find a mentor.

How a start-up tweaked its investment pitch and brought in $1.2 million via a round planned to raise $500,000

12:06PM | Wednesday, 18 December 2013 | Rose Powell

A tech start-up for emergency radio broadcasts has raised just over $1.2 million in an oversubscribed round launched to raise $500,000.

The Weekly Digest: Don’t give up this Global Entrepreneurship Week (or ever)

11:00AM | Monday, 25 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Happy Global Entrepreneurship Week! Here’s the wrap of the stories we covered last week.

Government flies consultation flag for quarterly R&D rebates

11:46PM | Friday, 8 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Treasurer Joe Hockey this week announced how the new government intends to deal with the lapsed tax legislation initiatives introduced before the election, including changing the research and development rebate from an annual to quarterly option.

Six new technologies set to lift-off in 2014

11:23PM | Friday, 8 November 2013 | Andrew Sadauskas

The tech sector has always been in a never-ending race towards the next big thing. Here’s a look at six technologies set to lift-off in 2014.

R&D grants need to move with the times: International report

10:19AM | Friday, 11 October 2013 | Rose Powell

Most developed countries are using R&D grants to encourage economic growth, but companies need reforms to include knowledge-based capital development, according to a new OECD report.

Army of apps for good including asylum seeker myth-busting app launched at Sydney hackathon

9:46PM | Monday, 30 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Over 80 developers, designers, marketers and entrepreneurs gathered in Sydney for a 48-hour hackathon last weekend to launch apps for charities and care organisations.

How to speak designer: 99designs executive shares his tips for getting the best out of designers

9:19PM | Thursday, 12 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Jason Sew Hoy, the chief operations officer for 99designs, reveals the best way to encourage designers to create the kind of results you’re after.

Android app development dominates over Apple iOS

8:52PM | Thursday, 22 August 2013 | Myriam Robin

Android app development continues to power ahead of Apple’s iOS, according to figures released by

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop: Pipe dreams are better than tunnel vision

8:51PM | Monday, 19 August 2013 | Taskmaster

Remember how, in the 1970s, state governments and planners promised us that freeways were the solution to traffic jams? Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk says he has a new solution to our traffic woes.

Use the right promotional tool to reach your target market

8:18PM | Tuesday, 13 August 2013 | Taskmaster

There might be some novelty value in using NFC on a marketing display, but is it effective? In one particular case, the answer is no.

Business is war: Jack Tramiel’s secret to conquering Silicon Valley

8:15PM | Tuesday, 6 August 2013 | Taskmaster

Jack Tramiel was a Holocaust survivor, refugee and – later – a US Army engineer. Here is the secret to how a pioneering tech entrepreneur managed to grow a typewriter repair shop into the world’s largest desktop computer company.

Best of the web reads: How to harness the power of fast innovation

8:02PM | Friday, 2 August 2013 | Gavin Lower

Here are five unconventional ways to spark innovation fast. Plus the murky world of computer crime and the lasting appeal of barber shops.

Work-life balance now extends to connectible and customised key rings

7:42PM | Wednesday, 3 July 2013 | StartupSmart

The key to a great creative idea? Well, Lego can often be a good starting point to unlock potential.

Entrepreneurs call on Carr to “make things” happen as new innovation minister

7:36PM | Monday, 1 July 2013 | Rose Powell

Senator Kim Carr has been returned to his old industry and innovation portfolios in Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s cabinet reshuffle, as entrepreneurs ask for firm commitments from the government to the start-up sector.

Rudd redux tipped to put innovation policy back on the road

6:18PM | Friday, 28 June 2013 | Andrew Crook

Kevin Rudd’s new cabinet, to be sworn in on Monday, could return innovation to the centre of government and form a key election pitch as loyal supporters of the new prime minister return to the frontbench.

Designer gumboots that will have you singing in the rain

6:55PM | Monday, 24 June 2013 | StartupSmart

Stay dry and keep groovin' in these loud and funky gumboots.

New start-up set to solve the struggle to process and upload products online

6:20PM | Thursday, 20 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Software-as-a-service start-up Productify is set to move into public beta next week, after lining up major retailers and suppliers in the pharmaceutical, homewares and hospitality apparel industries.

Helping the poor on Capitalism Appreciation Day

5:22PM | Friday, 3 May 2013 | Taskmaster

As loyal Taskmaster readers will know by now, Friday, May 3, is Capitalism Appreciation Day. Old Taskmaster says it’s the ideal occasion to help the poor.