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Sydney start-up Pinion’s have-a-go spirit inspires backing from Microsoft’s Bing Fund

8:00AM | Monday, 13 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian gaming start-up Pinion has been selected as one of the first companies to participate in Microsoft’s new Bing Fund, after raising almost $2 million from Australian investors.

Trampoline Gelato on the Moove with mobile venues

8:47PM | Friday, 10 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retail food franchise Trampoline Gelato is hoping to attract new franchisees with its Trampoline on the Moove concept, set to be rolled out later this year in the form of mobile food vendors.

Four brilliant uses of video by start-ups

8:00PM | Friday, 10 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

A YouTube video can be a low-cost way to promote your start-up. But how do you make a video that will go viral? It’s time to learn from four of the best. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Confident exporters predict New Zealand market will keep growing

8:15AM | Friday, 10 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

New Zealand has replaced the United Kingdom as the predicted third biggest export destination for Australian exporters in five years’ time, according to the 2012 DHL Export Barometer.

Five rising stars of the start-up co-working scene

8:52PM | Thursday, 9 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

Co-working spaces allow entrepreneurs to share an office instead of working alone. Here are five lesser-known spaces that are worth checking out. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Starbucks sinks $25 million into Square

8:39PM | Wednesday, 8 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based mobile payment app Square has partnered with coffee chain giant Starbucks, which will invest $25 million in the start-up as well as use its platform to process debit and credit card transactions in-store.

99designs ramps up European plans with purchase of German rival 12designer

8:20PM | Wednesday, 8 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian start-up 99designs has opened the doors of its Berlin office after making its first acquisition in German design marketplace 12designer, one year after raising $35 million.

Mexican entrée for 500 Startups' Latin American main dish

8:12PM | Wednesday, 8 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-up accelerator 500 Startups will expand its reach after acquiring Latin American accelerator Mexican.VC, but a local expert says it could be a while before something similar happens in Australia.

Vodafone “hackathon” looks to develop mobile innovation, all for a good cause

8:28PM | Tuesday, 7 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Want to hone your coding skills and help a great cause? Vodafone want you to build an app for that.

Start-up investors give their top 10 pitching tips

8:43PM | Tuesday, 7 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The difference between an average pitch and a great one can be the difference between business success and failure. To make sure you get it right, here are 10 tips from the experts. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Startup Weekend heads to Perth for first time

8:00AM | Tuesday, 7 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Perth will host its first Startup Weekend next month – following in the footsteps of Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide – but places are already filling up for the 54-hour event.

Angry Birds developer Rovio sets its sights on 2013 IPO

8:56PM | Monday, 6 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Finnish gaming company behind much-loved mobile app Angry Birds is preparing for an initial public offering in 2013, but says it’s in no hurry in light of Facebook’s ill-fated stock market float.

Five leading entrepreneurs’ worst stuff-ups

8:23PM | Monday, 6 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

Even the world’s best businesspeople make mistakes. As these five entrepreneurs showed, the real measure of success is how well you recover afterwards. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

New “dream team” start-up fund Blackbird Ventures set to take flight

8:00AM | Friday, 3 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new venture capital fund is aiming to take the Australian start-up scene by storm, founded by a self-described “dream team” including Atlassian founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar.

Small business commissioners call for national red tape purge

8:00AM | Thursday, 2 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

State-based small business commissioners have urged the Federal Government to give its new small business commissioner genuine powers to slash red tape.

Meet Australia’s first “B Corporation”: Investment firm Small Giants

8:29PM | Wednesday, 1 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne-based investment firm Small Giants has become the first Australian company to be certified as a “B Corporation”, which uses business to solve social and environmental problems.

ImageBrief sets sights on New York after raising $600,000

8:00AM | Wednesday, 1 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based start-up ImageBrief is in the process of setting up a New York office as it seeks to become the “99designs for photography”, after securing $600,000 from angel investors.

Online start-up Tarazz strikes exclusive Australia Post deal

7:28PM | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Online retail start-up Tarazz.com.au says it will increase its offering to as many as three million items within the next year, after teaming up with Australia Post in an exclusive deal.

The start-up dilemma: Sell up or remain solo?

7:57PM | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 | Leon Gettler

What are your options when a big company comes knocking with a nice set of numbers and a contract to sign? It’s a dream for some and a tricky proposition for others. BY LEON GETTLER.

Commercialisation Australia showers cash on Brisbane energy efficiency start-up

7:00AM | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Brisbane start-up will develop an energy-efficient shower system using a $795,000 grant, courtesy of Commercialisation Australia, which has unveiled its latest round of recipients.

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