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TiECON Sydney to dole out $50,000 through start-up pitch contest

9:00AM | Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups have been given an 'open door' chance at the TiECON Sydney event to land $50,000 from angel investors, with organisers claiming that the initiative is an opportunity for new ventures to hone their pitches.

Attach a problem to each of your products

9:01PM | Tuesday, 6 September 2011 | Taskmaster

By attaching solutions to each product you have defined your ideal customers and created five little marketing campaigns.

From Finland to the Philippines: Overseas chains hitting Oz from all angles

9:52PM | Monday, 3 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Finnish fashion and homewares company Marimekko is preparing to open two stores in Sydney and Melbourne, while Filipino chain Max’s Restaurant is also eyeing the Australian market.

The outback innovators

9:01PM | Monday, 3 September 2012 | Matty Soccio

The major metropolitan areas are not the only places where new businesses are being launched. However, starting up in rural regional Australia can pose some unique challenges. BY MATTY SOCCIO.

DMG Radio’s Rebekah Horne relocates to run LA start-up GumHouse

8:21PM | Friday, 31 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US start-up GumHouse has a new chief executive in the form of Rebekah Horne, digital director of DMG Radio Australia and former senior vice president of MySpace International.

Dads, don't get too excited about Father's Day – spending is flat

8:53PM | Friday, 31 August 2012 | Cara Waters

Retail experts are predicting subdued spending for Father's Day, but cafes and restaurants might get a boost.

Need 2 know: How to get beyond start-up intensive care

8:25PM | Friday, 31 August 2012 | Jason Rose

The chaotic early days of a start-up should give way to a phase that concentrates on processes that stabilise and consolidate the business. BY JASON ROSE.

Perth crowned Australia’s top business ‘eTown’ by Google

8:44PM | Thursday, 30 August 2012 | Joanne Koh

Perth, despite its mining-centric reputation, is the top urban location and Byron Shire in NSW is the best regional area when it comes to Australia’s burgeoning ‘digital economy’, according to new rankings from Google.

Planet Chocolate sold as founders switch to mobile tech market

8:12PM | Thursday, 30 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The founders of chocolate retail chain Planet Chocolate have launched an ordering app aimed at small-scale food and retail franchises, after selling the business to an undisclosed buyer.

Need 2 know: Why older doesn’t mean safer for start-ups

8:53PM | Thursday, 30 August 2012 | Greg Hayes

You’ve survived the first couple of years, but the hard work doesn’t stop if you want to be a successful start-up. BY GREG HAYES.

$50 million investment a major boon for Delivery Hero Australia

8:47PM | Wednesday, 29 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The parent company of Delivery Hero Australia has raised $50 million in an investment round led by Kite Ventures, less than a year after the global food delivery service launched locally.

Five things that every home-based business needs

8:09PM | Wednesday, 29 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

Are you looking at going solo for your next venture? If so, here are five essential things you’ll need to get started. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Part-time businesses hit record high as uncertainty takes its toll

8:00AM | Wednesday, 29 August 2012 | Joanne Koh

Economic uncertainty has seen a sharp spike in businesses started on the side, with part-time enterprise numbers hitting a decade-long high and full-time ventures taking a dip, according to a new report.

Top 10 lies entrepreneurs tell potential investors

8:12PM | Tuesday, 28 August 2012 | David Brown

Investors are used to entrepreneurs stretching the truth while pitching for capital. Here are 10 common lies investors hear, and what entrepreneurs really mean. BY DAVID BROWN.

IBM picks five start-ups for SmartCamp KickStart

8:00AM | Tuesday, 28 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech giant IBM has selected five start-ups to compete in its SmartCamp Kickstart event in Sydney, where they will receive mentoring before the winner is flown to Beijing for the finals.

BuyReply set to go from idea to Silicon Valley within one year

8:49PM | Monday, 27 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

Sydney entrepreneur Brad Lindenberg is close to a multi-million dollar capital raising for a start-up that was conceived, attracted big name clients such as Ralph Lauren and Sportsgirl and launched all in less than a year.

“Crowdcoding” website lets developers trade code for equity

8:15PM | Monday, 27 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Cash-strapped developers and talent-starved tech start-ups are being encouraged to utilise a new “crowdcoding” website dubbed Late Labs, which allows developers to trade code for equity.

Retail Food Group franchisees to swap shopping centres for standalone stores

8:09PM | Monday, 27 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retail Food Group (RFG) is set to move its franchise brands out of major shopping centres and into standalone shopfronts and drive-through stores, in a bid to survive the tough retail climate.

The harsh franchise reality check

8:29PM | Monday, 27 August 2012 | Alexandra Cain

Entrepreneurs who invest in a franchise with unrealistic expectations can find themselves in for a nasty surprise. If you’re thinking about becoming a franchisee, here are some key points you must be aware of. BY ALEXANDRA CAIN.

Online fashion start-up Jasu gives its launch some Klout

8:13PM | Friday, 24 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A local online fashion start-up is taking the invitation-only concept to a new level for its launch, only accepting people who have a high “Klout score”, which is a measure of a person’s online social influence.

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