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Optus to sponsor co-working hub Fishburners for two more years

9:19PM | Monday, 17 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Sydney co-working space Fishburners has extended its sponsorship deal with Optus, effectively ensuring that it remains viable for the next three years.

Three ways to encourage the banks to lend to start-ups

9:50PM | Monday, 17 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Since the global financial downturn, the big banks have been reluctant to lend to entrepreneurs. Here are three practical ways to get lending flowing to deserving start-ups again. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

US incubator 500 Startups to make it easier for Australian ventures to apply

9:00AM | Monday, 17 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Top US incubator 500 Startups has widened its application process, confirming it will take applications from any venture through AngelList, making it considerably easier for Australian start-ups to be accepted into the program.

IT Invention Test returns with $50,000 prize pot

9:34PM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An impressive lineup of speakers will take to the stage at the 2012 Technology Entrepreneurship Forum, including Jerry Engel and Leni Mayo, while start-ups will vie for $50,000 in prizes.

Reduce your wardrobe choices

9:51PM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Taskmaster

Can we cut the number of business decisions we have to make each day? To paraphrase an unlikely piece of business advice, “yes we can”.

Australian mumpreneurs, featuring Oliver Milman

9:20PM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Recently, Today Tonight did a story about the growing number of Australian mumpreneurs, featuring an interview with StartupSmart editor Oliver Milman.

Sydney start-up Peeractive picked for US accelerator DreamIt Ventures

9:00AM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based tech start-up Peeractive is the first Australian company to be admitted into US accelerator program DreamIt Ventures, and is the only international team in this year’s program.

Pie Face strikes deal to open more than 60 NZ stores

9:39PM | Thursday, 13 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian food franchise Pie Face plans to open more than 60 stores in New Zealand after granting an exclusive license to two local businessmen.

Pick up the key lesson from Australia’s fastest-growing SMEs

9:16PM | Thursday, 13 September 2012 | Taskmaster

The winners of the SmartCompany Smart50 awards have been announced for 2012. This year’s winner has some valuable tips for your business.

Meet the Smart50 2012: 10 key trends from a new generation

9:10AM | Thursday, 13 September 2012 | Cara Waters

The Smart50 of 2012 were born in the GFC and have never known anything other than the patchwork economic conditions we've seen in the last few years.

Three ways businesses can cash in on the Asian Century

9:45PM | Wednesday, 12 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new report identifies ways in which Australian businesses can take advantage of “Asian economic transformations”, including finance, infrastructure, manufacturing, tourism and food.

Six top tips to avoid an outsourcing disaster

9:38PM | Wednesday, 12 September 2012 | Lloyd Ernst

Outsourcing can help boost your efficiency, but it does come with risks for the unwary. By following these six essential tips, you can make sure you avoid an outsourcing disaster. BY LLOYD ERNST.

RefreshHQ goes from idea to $350,000 funding in five months

9:00AM | Wednesday, 12 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Melbourne start-up RefreshHQ.com has raised $350,000 in funding from a clutch of Australian investors, just five months after founder Phil Bosua came up with the idea for the business.

Aquarius Films offers on-set role in $200,000 Pozible fund raising

9:00PM | Tuesday, 11 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An Australian film production company is using crowdfunding platform Pozible in a bid to raise $200,000, rewarding pledgers with opportunities to be involved in the production of its latest film.

Melbourne firm partners with major telco to boost Mexican start-ups

9:55PM | Tuesday, 11 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne-based Business Planning HQ will host an event for start-ups in Mexico later this month, after signing an agreement with multinational telco provider Telefónica.

Five ways the GST threshold report recommends changing the postal sector

9:51PM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The postal sector could be revamped if recommendations for a new report are acted upon by the government.

Startup Chile to spice things up for Broccol-e-games

9:00AM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Melbourne gaming start-up says the Federal Government should offer something similar to Startup Chile, after being the only Australian start-up chosen to participate in the South American country's wide-ranging innovation program.

Another Mexican food franchise arrives – but this one’s aimed at uni students

9:58PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Another Mexican food franchise will attempt to carve a slice of an increasingly crowded market, but has created a point of difference for itself by opening some of its stores in universities.

Merchants tipped to benefit as eBay buys Svpply.com

9:47PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

eBay sellers are tipped to benefit from eBay’s acquisition of Pinterest-style shopping start-up Svpply.com, with the auction giant insisting the deal will allow it to offer more merchandising options.

The world’s top five most innovative businesses

9:14PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Are you hoping to reshape an industry with your start-up? If so, here are five innovative businesses you should pay attention to. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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