Local payment service provider ocash has received a majority investment from Southeast Asian internet giant MOL Global, which will use ocash as a foray into Australia and New Zealand.
Franchises appear to be spearheading growth in the food industry, according to a new report, which shows café chains grew by 5.2% in 2011 while independent cafés declined.
Many web start-ups are opening temporary physical stores to boost their profile and sales. While traditional retail is in decline, pop-up shops are bucking the trend. BY OLIVER MILMAN.
A new start-up organisation is marketing itself as a genuine alternative to its tech-heavy competitors, running events whereby entrepreneurs build start-ups with a positive social impact.
At Taskmaster Enterprises, we've just reduced the size of our flagship product. Here’s why your business should do the same.
Billionaire speculator Warren Buffett has given away $13,000 worth of highly-prized shares in his company, Berkshire Hathaway, to a group of budding entrepreneurs aged under 16.
Increasingly, investors keen for a return are using competitons to determine which start-ups should receive funding. If you’re hunting for funding, here are the 10 big competitions you must be familiar with. BY OLIVER MILMAN.
Adelaide-based exercise franchise Ready Steady Go Kids is planning to enter the New Zealand market and expand further into Asia, after selling its first international franchise in Singapore.
Australian consumers are willing to spend an average 12% more for excellent service, according to an American Express report, but 40% of consumers say Australian businesses miss the mark.
It’s been just two months since the Spotify music service launched in Australia. Its Australian managing director, Kate Vale, shares the secrets of this start-up’s success. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.
The carbon tax is here, along with the opportunity to slash your tax bill by becoming more energy efficient. Here are five great ways to slash your energy bills, along with your carbon footprint. BY OLIVER MILMAN.
Daily deals business Catch Of The Day Group has revealed it is to target the mothering niche with a new site, called Mumgo.com.au, after investing in the two founders of Ladybub, which was launched just a few months ago.
Shopify has launched its annual Build-A-Business competition, offering $200,000 to winners, with Australian entrepreneurs expected to fare well following last year’s stellar performance.
An IBISWorld analyst says there are still opportunities in the chocolate industry, despite the collapse of Darrell Lea, but new entrants must determine their market position from the outset.
Sometimes improving on an existing idea or product – by refining it, adding to it or merging it with other complementary products – can be just as powerful and profitable as a new idea.
Taxi location app goCatch has been named winner of Microsoft’s APAC Startup 2012 Award, after pitching its ambitious international plans to a panel of judges.
Australian start-up success story Freelancer.com has added another company to its portfolio, acquiring Canadian freelance marketplace Scriptlance, as it seeks to enhance its global presence.
Queensland has historically been known for its beaches, theme parks and State of Origin dominance. In more recent times, the Sunshine State has also become known as a major technology start-up hub. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.
The trend towards high-end chocolatiers and chocolate cafés has finally got the better of industry stalwart Darrell Lea, which has been placed in voluntary administration after nearly 85 years.
If you’re about to launch a business, it’s essential to know how your sector is expected to perform this financial year. Here are five sectors you should start-up in, and five that you should think twice about. BY KAREN DOBIE.