Growth Strategy



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.

Getting trampled in the Silicon Valley gold rush

6:13PM | Monday, 25 June 2012 | Oliver Milman

You would think there’s a gold rush on in California’s Silicon Valley. But will Aussie entrepreneurs find golden opportunities, or just get trampled in the rush to a stockade? BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Property billionaire Andrew Roberts snaps up three online retailers

6:57PM | Monday, 25 June 2012 | Cara Waters

From construction to fashion: Andrew Roberts builds his eCommerce folio with three online retailers.

Census data: Shifting, diverse population set to spur business opportunities

6:55PM | Friday, 22 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The latest census data has highlighted several major business opportunities, namely the population explosion in resource-rich states, and Australia’s increasingly multicultural society.

Business Switch takes 5% equity stake in Asian start-up

6:52PM | Friday, 22 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based company Business Switch says small businesses should consider investments as a way to enter foreign markets, after the company took a 5% equity stake in a Hong Kong start-up.

Top five start-up tips from Spanx founder Sara Blakely

6:47PM | Friday, 22 June 2012 | Oliver Milman

In 2000, Sara Blakely started selling her pantyhose invention, Spanx, from her home. Against the odds, she became the world’s youngest female billionaire. Here are her top five tips for success.

UniQuest start-up TenasiTech scores $1.4 million for its polymer technology

6:29PM | Thursday, 21 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Materials science start-up TenasiTech will ramp up development of its polymer technology after securing $1.4 million in grants and equity capital from the Queensland Government and Uniseed.

How Nanotek took eight years to find a NZ master franchisee

6:24PM | Thursday, 21 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The founder of Nanotek has revealed what the company is looking for in a master franchisee, after admitting it took eight years to find the perfect candidate for the New Zealand market.

APN pours $36 million into brandsExclusive for hefty equity stake

6:24AM | Thursday, 21 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

APN News & Media Limited has pledged to not “smother” online shopping club brandsExclusive with a corporate culture after splashing out $36 million for an 82% equity stake in the three-year-old start-up. founder launches photography deals site SnapnDeals

6:00PM | Wednesday, 20 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Darren Rowse, founder of, has bucked the trend of recent group buying consolidation by launching SnapnDeals, a deals site aimed entirely at photography enthusiasts.

Retail Food Group searches for franchisees to fuel mining town strategy

6:53PM | Tuesday, 19 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retail Food Group is looking for franchisees prepared to relocate to mining towns in Queensland and WA, with earmarked stores in at least nine locations, as it seeks to carve a slice of the boom.

Group buying consolidation gathers pace as and Ouffer merge

6:06PM | Monday, 18 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s group buying market is in the midst of a consolidation period, according to analysts, after Melbourne-based site announced it will merge with Sydney-based site Ouffer.

A Q&A on what the Greek election means for small businesses

6:52PM | Monday, 18 June 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Greece looks like it has a new government, so what happens now?

Advance 50 for the Future 2012 – Silicon Valley

6:02AM | Friday, 15 June 2012 | Oliver Milman

Advance 50 for the future honours Australians building companies and giving back through mentorship, investment and advisory support.