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Entrepreneur concern over NSW Government cutbacks prompts workshop series

8:31PM | Friday, 17 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Two entrepreneurs have launched a series of Sydney small business workshops amid concerns over cut-backs in SME event programs by both the NSW and Queensland state governments.

ANZ Innovyz START gets a second year as this year’s class graduates

8:00AM | Friday, 17 August 2012 | Cara Waters

The ANZ Innovyz START accelerator program, the Adelaide-based start-up program that's based on the US incubator TechStars, was confirmed for another year at the graduation of the program’s inaugural class.

Google chief Schmidt takes stake in Sydney start-up BiNu

8:00AM | Thursday, 16 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

A Sydney start-up has secured a landmark investment from Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt, amid a growth push in developing countries around the world.

Meet Australia’s next clean tech superstars – Part one

8:34PM | Tuesday, 14 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

The introduction of the carbon tax has created new business opportunities for start-ups by making clean technologies more attractive for consumers. Here are the pioneers of the clean tech revolution. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Pizza Hut to battle gourmet market with ambitious franchise plans

8:26PM | Monday, 13 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Pizza Hut has announced a plan to open 11 new stores before Christmas, having already opened 11 this year, as mass-market pizza franchises fight back against the rise of gourmet pizza bars.

Business app pitfalls to avoid

8:42PM | Monday, 13 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

Mobile app development is now a $US 20.5 billion business, but there are also many pitfalls for the unwary in an increasingly crowded marketplace. Here are five keys to making sure your apps stand out from the crowd. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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.