Growth Strategy



Universities’ business models need radical overhaul: Report

10:01PM | Wednesday, 24 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Traditional business models within universities will be obsolete by 2025, according to a new Ernst & Young report, which highlights opportunities for the private sector as changes occur.

Regional tourism operators receive $48.5 million boost

10:33PM | Wednesday, 24 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Regional tourism operators have been given until mid-December to apply for a grant of up to $250,000 through the Federal Government’s new $48.5 million Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund.

Don’t clutter your office with useless furniture

10:17PM | Tuesday, 23 October 2012 | Taskmaster

When it comes to a productive office, you need nothing more than the basics. That means a desk, a chair, a computer, a telephone and a door that can slam shut.

Aussie chocolatier Theobroma expands to UK, Singapore and Saudi Arabia

10:39PM | Tuesday, 23 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Chocolatier Theobroma is expanding to the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Singapore, having already launched in five other markets, bucking the trend of struggling chocolate chains.

Start-ups tipped to cash in amid second-hand goods boom

10:44PM | Monday, 22 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

New research suggests the resale value of unused goods in Australian households could equate to more than $40 billion, highlighting opportunities for start-ups in the growing second-hand market.

LEAP through a customer service complaint

10:34PM | Monday, 22 October 2012 | Taskmaster

Having trouble dealing with an angry customer? This is how we solve the problem at Taskmaster Enterprises.

WA leads the nation in economic activity: CommSec

10:36PM | Monday, 22 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Mining-rich Western Australia is still dominating the rest of the country when it comes to state-by-state economic health, but the Northern Territory is gaining ground quickly, according to new research from CommSec.

Meet the Aussie start-up set to make $10 million in its first year

10:48PM | Friday, 19 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Start-up NuGreen Solutions is set to make $10 million in its first year, with its big name clients including including all of Victoria’s major universities, Caltex and Metro. Here are the secrets to their success. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

The Onion savages TED entrepreneur talks

10:51PM | Friday, 19 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

What if a car could run on compost? This kind of TED Talk blue sky innovative thinking gets skewered by satirical US website The Onion.

Four NSW digital ventures share $291,000 in funding round

10:00AM | Friday, 19 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Four NSW digital ventures have been backed with a total of $291,000 in state government funding, including, unusually, backing for a start-up to further develop its business plan.

Catch of the Day grows with new online restaurant site

10:21PM | Thursday, 18 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Catch of the Day keeps rolling out new ventures, with its newest looking to become a game-changer in the restaurants sector.

The empty office, postmodern-style

10:00PM | Thursday, 18 October 2012 | Taskmaster

Taskmaster Enterprises has just invested in a broken John Deere combine harvester. However, in an empty office, there are good reasons why it’s an important business investment.

Melbourne Uni start-up MetaCDN snags $2.3 million investment

10:00AM | Thursday, 18 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

MetaCDN, a web start-up born out of the University of Melbourne, has secured $US2.3 million in an investment round led by Australian venture capital firm Starfish Ventures.

Crowdsourcing your design: The arguments for and against

10:34PM | Wednesday, 17 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

For busy soloists, crowdsourcing your design work can look appealing. But before you take the plunge, here are the arguments for and against crowdsourcing your work. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Sydney doctor named among world’s 50 best new start-ups

10:00AM | Wednesday, 17 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

A start-up launched by a Sydney doctor to aid paediatric care in remote Aboriginal communities has been named among the world’s 50 most innovative new businesses by Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Aussie exec Rebekah Horne to head Google Ventures-backed US start-up

10:29PM | Tuesday, 16 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Rebekah Horne, digital director of DMG Radio Australia, has been installed as CEO of US start-up TopFloor, which has been backed by Google’s venture capital arm.

IKEA drops prices by up to 50% as online competition grows

10:15PM | Tuesday, 16 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Furniture retailer IKEA is cutting its prices by up to 50% and expanding its store footprint as online players continue to put more pressure on supply chain costs.

Cautious Aussie consumers set for a thrifty Christmas: Report

10:06PM | Monday, 15 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Australians are set to deliver disappointment to retailers in the lead up to Christmas by significantly cutting back on their spending and willingness to use credit for non-essential items, according to new research.

Grout Pro saved after liquidation as 11 franchisees sign on

10:43PM | Monday, 15 October 2012 | Cara Waters

The new owners of the Grout Pro Australia business have signed contracts with 11 existing franchisees after taking over the business in June 2012 following its liquidation.

Is group buying turning into a graveyard for start-ups?

10:25PM | Monday, 15 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Australian group buying industry is displaying all the symptoms of an unsustainable bubble. So is the industry just an empty “fad” or simply experiencing growing pains? BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.