Growth Strategy



Pollenizer Academy launch points to the rise of the start-up master class

7:38PM | Wednesday, 4 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech start-up incubator Pollenizer has established an educational program designed to help entrepreneurs build and operate lean start-ups, highlighting the growth of start-up master classes.

Exclusive networking group aims to boost Victorian SMEs

7:55PM | Tuesday, 3 July 2012 | Rachel Baxendale

NetWorking Australia, a new, invite-only business networking enterprise created by Victoria-based enterprise hub Workspace Australia, is set to launch next week.

Break a workplace habit

7:00AM | Tuesday, 3 July 2012 | Taskmaster

Your challenge today is to look at something in your business that you just know you can improve on, but you’ve resisted doing so for fear of rocking the boat.

Take stock of the market

7:55PM | Monday, 2 July 2012 | Taskmaster

Do you want to know what’s in store for your business this financial year? If so, you must take the pulse of the market.

Founder Institute Sydney graduates picked for start-up accelerator

7:00AM | Monday, 2 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Cloud provider Ninefold has accepted nine budding entrepreneurs into its accelerator program, after they became the inaugural graduates of The Founder Institute Sydney.

Attack the new financial year

6:04PM | Friday, 29 June 2012 | Taskmaster

The new financial year is here, and the Taskmaster is ready to rumble!

Commercialisation Australia partners with TiE Sydney

6:55PM | Friday, 29 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Commercialisation Australia has struck a partnership deal with not-for-profit entrepreneur network TiE Sydney with the aim of backing innovative Australian start-ups.

Seven in ten SMEs would happily start up again: Survey

6:48PM | Friday, 29 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

It seems start-ups are the envy of their larger counterparts, with a new report revealing more than 70% of SMEs would be happy to start up a business again, partly for the sense of pride.

SmartCompany editor James Thomson on The Project

6:46PM | Friday, 29 June 2012 | James Thomson

James Thomson, editor of StartupSmart’s sister site SmartCompany, recently appeared on Channel Ten’s The Project to discuss the situation at troubled surfwear retailer Billabong. In case you missed his appearance, here it is.

New wine company Naked Wines turns customers into angel investors

6:19PM | Thursday, 28 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new business model for wine is turning customers into angel investors, encouraging them to invest in a $1.5 million trust fund designed to help independent winemakers crack the market.

Five ways to start the new financial year with a bang

6:46PM | Thursday, 28 June 2012 | Oliver Milman

Did you feel the financial pressure build through the 2011-12 financial year? Recharge your business with these five tips and get off to a flying start in new financial year. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

How to muscle up your new business

6:20PM | Wednesday, 27 June 2012 | Marc Peskett

If you want to strengthen and grow your start-up, there are exercises that must become part of your business routine. Here are the five major managerial muscles you must flex. BY MARC PESKETT.

Bubble Gum bucks gaming industry gloom with $2.5 million funding round

6:00AM | Wednesday, 27 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based games studio Bubble Gum Interactive has bucked the trend of local gaming companies going under, after raising $2.5 million in a second round of funding.

Cafe2U unveils 10-year franchisee hiring spree

6:48PM | Tuesday, 26 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Mobile coffee franchise Cafe2U has highlighted opportunities in the US market, after announcing plans to appoint more than 1,000 additional US franchisees within the next 10 years.

Pie Face eats up $15 million investment from casino mogul Steven Wynn

6:44PM | Tuesday, 26 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Food franchise Pie Face has secured a $15 million investment from casino mogul Steven Wynn in return for a 43% stake in the company.

Daily deals site RedLipDeals launches, targets adult market niche

6:37PM | Monday, 25 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new daily deals site focused solely on adult services has launched in Sydney, suggesting there are still untapped niches within the rapidly consolidating sector for start-ups. joins list of UK retailers competing Down Under

6:54PM | Monday, 25 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Online fashion retailer Boohoo has set its sights on New Zealand after launching in Australia, but it could have some stiff competition as other popular UK retailers establish a local presence.

Telstra’s VC arm makes first local investment in Dimmi

6:49PM | Monday, 25 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The venture capital arm of telco giant Telstra has made its first investment in an Australian company, entering into a deal with three-year-old online restaurant reservations start-up Dimmi.

Edible Blooms founder launches green gift delivery service

6:46PM | Monday, 25 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The founder of South Australia-based start-up success story Edible Blooms has launched her second business, Green Thumb Gifts, in a bid to provide a sustainable alternative to cut flowers.

Leave a gaping hole

6:23PM | Monday, 25 June 2012 | Taskmaster

Leadership expert Jim Collins, author of the book Good to Great, has given his definition of what makes a company “great”. It’s a definition all entrepreneurs should think about.