Growth Strategy



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.

The four-step plan to handle staff feedback

10:07PM | Friday, 5 October 2012 | Mark Capps

Staff feedback is important for any organisation, but being criticised can feel unpleasant. Here’s how to create an effective communication environment in your start-up. BY MARK CAPPS.

Startmate doubles investment to $50,000 for 2013 program

10:00AM | Friday, 5 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Incubator program Startmate will return with a vengeance in 2013, doubling its investment to $50,000 per start-up and extending the program to five months, two of which will be spent in Silicon Valley.

Women urged to think like entrepreneurs as Pipeline Fellowship gains pace

10:01PM | Thursday, 4 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A female entrepreneurship group says while it supports the idea of training women to become angel investors, as seen in the US, we first need to train women to think like entrepreneurs.

Five Aussie-led start-ups making their mark overseas

10:45PM | Thursday, 4 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

We live in an increasingly globalised world. If you want your start-up to make it big overseas, here are five Aussie-led businesses you should pay attention to. BY OLIVER MILMAN

Microsoft tipped to snap up music start-up Rdio

10:31PM | Thursday, 4 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Microsoft is in talks to acquire US-based digital music service Rdio, a start-up created by a co-founder of Skype, it’s been reported.

Topshop opens its doors in Sydney: Five secrets to the retailer's success in Australia

10:06PM | Thursday, 4 October 2012 | Cara Waters

Here are five tips from Topshop about what makes it top dog when it comes to fast fashion.

Calls mount for US start-up visa to spur immigrant-founded start-ups

10:46PM | Wednesday, 3 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost a quarter of US tech start-ups were founded by immigrants, according to a new report by the Kauffman Foundation, but this figure is currently in decline.

Sean Parker’s Airtime faces downtime amid “toxic” start-up climate

10:19PM | Wednesday, 3 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech entrepreneur Sean Parker has described the current climate in Silicon Valley as “the most toxic time ever” for his latest start-up Airtime, which is struggling to take off.

Bucking Bull the latest franchise to shun shopping centres

10:13PM | Wednesday, 3 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Roast and grill chain Bucking Bull is the latest franchise to shun major shopping centres, opening a store outside a local supermarket in Queensland in a bid to reduce operating costs.

Meet the Australian biometrics company working with Apple on ID technology

10:04PM | Wednesday, 3 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Australian company Microlatch is at the forefront of the smartphone and mobile payment systems security revolution.

Online retailers risking customer exodus over costly shipping: Report

10:00AM | Wednesday, 3 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian online retailers are being encouraged to “do more with the same budget” in order to retain customers, after a report revealed only a quarter of local businesses currently offer free delivery.

iPledg rolls out record $1.2 million crowdfunding campaign

10:00PM | Tuesday, 2 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An events management and marketing company has launched Australia’s largest ever crowdfunding campaign, attempting to raise $1.2 million on iPledg.