Growth Strategy



Samsung and Toblerone among this year’s Shonkys

10:37PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups can learn from the mistakes of this year’s Shonky award winners, which include Toblerone for its “ridiculous” serving sizes, and waterproofing technology that doesn’t work.

StageBitz snags $890,000 from multiple investors

10:31PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech23 alumni StageBitz has raised $890,000 in funding from investors including ANU Connect Ventures and the Sydney Angels Sidecard Fund, as it seeks to revolutionise the arts industry.

Drive-thru chain Muzz Buzz couples coffee with car washing

10:20PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The founder of drive-through coffee franchise Muzz Buzz insists there’s no difference between coffee and car washing, after announcing plans to grow the brand by way of a car wash service.

Co-founder of German start-up Jimdo visits Oz – here are his five top tips

10:00AM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian start-ups should look beyond the United States and make careful considerations before accepting funding offers, says the co-founder of successful German start-up Jimdo.

Going local for your start-up funding

10:45PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Alexandra Cain

A small but growing number of local councils now offer grants to early stage ventures. Here are some key tips to help your business secure local government funding. BY ALEXANDRA CAIN.

Govt highlights role of innovation in Asian Century white paper

10:32PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business groups have praised the Federal Government for the goals outlined in the Australia in the Asian Century white paper, including a vision to transform Australia’s innovation system.

Toll to challenge Australia Post in parcel deliveries

10:09PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Cara Waters

Transport and logistics firm Toll is squaring up for a fight with Australia Post to take a greater share of the parcel delivery business.

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.