Growth Strategy



A smelly situation

11:43PM | Thursday, 8 November 2012 | Taskmaster

A case recently before Fair Work Australia has raised some critical questions about industrial relations in this country.

Aussie start-up Tiggly guns for $200,000 US fundraise

11:00AM | Thursday, 8 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tiggly, an iPad-inspired start-up, has launched a fundraising push in the US, including a listing on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, in a bid to secure $200,000.

Top 10 worries keeping Aussie start-ups awake at night

11:36PM | Wednesday, 7 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

Are cashflow concerns or marketing issues keeping you up at night? New research reveals you aren't alone. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Melbourne Cup: The overseas raiders hoping to storm the start-up business field

11:22PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Veteran racehorse trainer Bart Cummings accused the Victoria Racing Club of “pandering to the internationals” for tomorrow’s Melbourne Cup, but what of the overseas start-ups jostling for position with budding Australian business thoroughbreds?

SMEs set for incentive blitz amid yawning retail space vacancies

11:17PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retail start-ups are being encouraged to sniff out incentives from landlords who are desperate to fill space, as established brands begin to avoid shopping centres due to high rents.

The Pollenizer effect

11:04PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Since start-up incubator Pollenizer launched four-and-a-half years ago, Australia’s tech sector has grown dramatically. Here are five secrets to how Pollenizer assesses and works with start-ups. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Don’t do the call centre shuffle

11:01PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Taskmaster

Earlier today, Old Taskmaster called the power company to resolve what should have been, in theory, a reasonably simple question about a bill. The reality was completely different.

The Chocolate Room to open 200 Chinese stores

11:57PM | Friday, 2 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian café franchise The Chocolate Room has announced an ambitious plan to open 200 outlets in China, along with stores in Europe and the Middle East, despite having just seven stores here.

VC-backed companies up 9% amid “vibrant” start-up scene

11:50PM | Friday, 2 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The number of local companies that received venture capital in the 2012 financial year increased by 9% to 83 companies, reflecting the “vibrant, domestic start-up scene”, a new report claims.

Airbnb sinks its teeth into local market after opening Sydney office

11:45PM | Friday, 2 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based home rental service Airbnb has highlighted the growth of Australia’s tourism industry, after announcing plans to open an office in Sydney and recruit local talent to drive the brand.

New research reaffirms potential of China and India for retailers

11:09PM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

New research reaffirms the potential of the Chinese and Indian markets for retailers, but categories such as fashion are being outshone by more “necessary” categories such as health.

Retailers ignore executives' calls to abandon GST fight

11:53PM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Retailers are not willing to give up the fight on import GST, but some executives think it is a distraction from the real issues.

Startup Weekend to launch 10,000 start-ups via new partnership

11:00AM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Startup Weekend has teamed up with TechStars and Startup America to launch a new program dubbed Startup Weekend Next, which will aim to create 10,000 start-ups throughout the world.

The triple C bottom line: Getting back to basics

10:38PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Marc Peskett

It’s easy to get distracted by bright shiny ideas and other wonderful things, but running a business requires that you never lose focus of the basics. BY MARC PESKETT.

Three things I learnt from pitching in the US – 7pm anywhere’s Amir Nissen

10:00AM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Melbourne entrepreneur has outlined the key lessons he learnt while pitching to an accelerator in the United States, encouraging start-ups to “keep hustling” while they wait for funding news.

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.