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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.

Gold Coast incubator Silicon Lakes aiming to make a splash among start-ups

10:00AM | Monday, 15 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

A new incubator for tech start-ups, dubbed Silicon Lakes, is launching on the Gold Coast, with a pitch competition for app developers acting as the curtain raiser to the scheme.

Death threats and tyre slashings: Delivery wars escalate as WantItNow launches

10:01PM | Friday, 12 October 2012 | Cara Waters

Companies in the the transport industry are scrambling to stake their claim in the internet shopping delivery bonanza.

Sparking up a smoking hot start-up idea

10:57PM | Friday, 12 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Queensland entrepreneur Jason Healy launched electronic cigarette maker blu eCigs in 2009, later selling it for $US135 million. Here’s how a true-blue Healey rounded up a fortune in Charlotte, North Carolina. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

App incubator AppVillage launches with $250,000 seed backing

10:00AM | Friday, 12 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

AppVillage, a new incubator for start-up app developers, has rolled out with plans to grab a slice of a growing global downloads market, after snaring $250,000 in seed funding.

Climate Friendly takes out top prize at Sydney Business Awards

10:29PM | Thursday, 11 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Climate Friendly, a business that helps households and companies reduce their contribution to climate change, has been named the City of Sydney Business of the Year 2012.

Entrepreneurs say now is the time to open a new business

10:02PM | Thursday, 11 October 2012 | Cara Waters

There's optimism among the ranks of Australia's most successful entrepreneurs about the business environment.

Five key steps to start exporting overseas

10:42PM | Thursday, 11 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Let’s face it, Australia is a tiny part of the world economy. If you’re ready to go global, here are five key steps to rapidly getting your export operation off the ground. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Queensland start-up Vaxxas heads to US after biotech giant deal

10:00AM | Thursday, 11 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Queensland start-up Vaxxas is relocating to Massachusetts after striking a major new deal with biotech giant Merck, one of the largest vaccine firms in the world.

New investment fund, network set to boost sports start-ups

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

Innovators in the sports technology sector are being tipped to receive long-overdue commercialisation opportunities following the launch of an industry body and an upcoming multi-million dollar investment fund.

US start-up Twice offers $1 million ‘acqui-hire’ bounty

10:36PM | Tuesday, 9 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

A US start-up called Twice is pushing the ‘acqui-hire’ trend to new levels by offering $1 million to acquire any “well-qualified” technical and design-savvy entrepreneurs who have failed with their own ventures.

Business confidence improves but conditions still poor: NAB survey

10:31PM | Tuesday, 9 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The NAB Monthly Business Survey indicates business confidence is still very patchy.

The revamped R&D tax break: What your start-up needs to know

10:28PM | Tuesday, 9 October 2012 | Mahesh Sharma

If your start-up is developing a new invention, the Federal Government's R&D Tax Incentive can return up to 45 cents for every dollar spent on it. Here are some facts to be aware of before you apply. BY MAHESH SHARMA.

Design it with the future in mind

10:05PM | Monday, 8 October 2012 | Taskmaster

Recent renovations at Taskmaster Towers have unearthed a valuable business lesson for anyone planning or building a major project.

Complaints mount as national Business Names Register struggles

10:25PM | Monday, 8 October 2012 | Cara Waters

The national business name register is continuing to give start-ups headaches.

The dangers of being a part-time entrepreneur

10:09PM | Monday, 8 October 2012 | Alexandra Cain

A growing number of entrepreneurs launch start-ups while still in full-time work. However, if you’re thinking about building a business part-time, there are risks you must be aware of. BY ALEXANDRA CAIN.

New OzFounded platform maps out Australia’s start-up scene

10:00AM | Monday, 8 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Newly launched platform OzFounded is to put Australian start-ups on the map – quite literally – in a bid to facilitate networking among entrepreneurs and technology companies.

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