What are your options when a big company comes knocking with a nice set of numbers and a contract to sign? It’s a dream for some and a tricky proposition for others. BY LEON GETTLER.
A Brisbane start-up will develop an energy-efficient shower system using a $795,000 grant, courtesy of Commercialisation Australia, which has unveiled its latest round of recipients.
Australian start-up Incite Systems has signed a deal with a UK firm to take its technology to the British market, after developing software to help businesses understand their eligibility for R&D tax incentives.
A new co-working space is set to open its doors in Adelaide, understood to be the city’s first business-collaboration space, modelled on the likes of Fishburners and the York Butter Factory.
The world’s biggest sporting event will also generate some incredible opportunities for start-ups – if you’re clever. Here are five legal ways to cash in on the Olympics. BY OLIVER MILMAN.
Telecommunications giant Optus is ramping up its involvement in the start-up sector after acquiring Sydney-based food site Eatability for $6 million.
Sydney-based company Cafe2U is the latest franchise to launch in New Zealand, one month after announcing plans to appoint more than 1,000 additional franchisees in the United States.
Sydney-born entrepreneur John van den Nieuwenhuizen has big plans for his Apple-inspired start-up Hidden, which is on the cusp of raising $1 million on crowdfunding website Kickstarter.
Business groups have welcomed the Victorian Government’s $6 million Streetlife program, launched yesterday, which is designed to inject new life into small retail businesses.
Entertainment giant Electronic Arts is merging Melbourne-based games studios Firemint and IronMonkey to form Firemonkeys, one year after EA acquired Firemint for an undisclosed sum.
US-based accommodation website Airbnb has “acqui-hired” Y Combinator start-up DailyBooth for an undisclosed sum, in what is believed to be Airbnb’s first acquisition.
PayPal co-founder and Facebook backer Peter Thiel has made his first investment in an Australian company, leading a $1.2 million round for a stake in Sydney tech start-up ScriptRock.
Sydney-based tech start-up OrionVM is preparing to close a Series A round in the United States, with plans to open an office in San Francisco and a datacentre in Silicon Valley.
Start-ups looking to leverage the growth of the mining industry are being encouraged to act fast, with a report by Deloitte Access Economics insisting the boom will be over in less than two years.
Tech giant Google appears increasingly willing to tweak its software to run on arch rival Apple’s hardware, after acquiring a start-up that develops email applications for Apple devices.
Local online shoe retailer StyleTread is remaining tight-lipped about its clash with Westfield, after the start-up’s kiosk was closed at Parramatta following a conflict with existing tenants.
Setting prices can be tricky: Too low and you go broke, too high and you scare off potential consumers. Thankfully, there are ways to make sure your price is always right. BY NINA HENDY.
Just Do It. Life's Good. Think Different. You may not be able to afford an ad agency, but you can still come up with a decent tagline.
Almost one-fifth of entrepreneurs start their business as an investment strategy for the future, according to the latest MYOB research, while 18% start up because they want a seachange.
The group deal sector is in flux but big deals and investments are still being made.