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Advance to offer five-day US stint in 2013 start-up program

10:00AM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Advance, the government-funded network for Australian expatriates, is encouraging start-ups to apply for its 2013 program, which includes a visit to Silicon Valley and the Innovation Summit.

Crowdsourcing venture DesignCrowd makes first foray into Asia

10:25PM | Friday, 26 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian crowdsourcing marketplace DesignCrowd has made its first foray into Asia, after launching its service in Singapore, India and the Philippines as part of a global expansion plan.

Organic retailers tipped to shine as industry value hits $1.27 billion

10:06PM | Friday, 26 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

More than one in 20 Australians purchase organic products on a regular basis, according to a new report, which predicts the $1.27 billion industry is set for 15% annual growth.

Yahoo! acquires celebrity-backed app start-up Stamped

10:02PM | Friday, 26 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Yahoo! has made its first acquisition under the direction of chief executive Marissa Mayer, snapping up celebrity-backed mobile recommendations app Stamped for an undisclosed sum.

Get away from the “bubble” of your industry

10:14PM | Thursday, 25 October 2012 | Taskmaster

When you’re in “the bubble” of an industry, it can be surprisingly easy to lose your focus on the big picture. However, there are important reasons to look for sources of outside inspiration.

DealsDirect scraps its unprofitable daily deal site DealMe

10:24PM | Thursday, 25 October 2012 | Cara Waters

The DealsDirect Group has shut down DealMe, the group's daily deal site which has been running since 2011.

Five basic PR blunders every start-up needs to avoid

10:44PM | Thursday, 25 October 2012 | Jules Brooke

Last week, Google issued an uncompleted media release with the line “Pending Larry Quote” at the top. Here are five steps to avoid a similar PR blunder at your start-up. BY JULES BROOKE.

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.

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