Growth Strategy



Major setback for innovation: Federal government abandons plans for start-up enabling tax reforms

12:34PM | Monday, 16 December 2013 | Rose Powell

The Abbott government has announced it will abandon two policies that would have had a significant positive impact on local start-up activity.

Post-Holden redundancy: Founder takes out Best Start-up Pivot at Startup Adelaide Awards

12:32PM | Monday, 9 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Jo Shanahan, founder of Animal Therapeutics Online, overhauled her business model in 2011 and was recognised for her successful execution of this transformation last week.

A spectacular inspiration for a productivity boost

12:48PM | Monday, 9 December 2013 | Taskmaster

Over the weekend, there was a traffic jam near the local oval in a sleepy hollow known as Parts Unknown.

The week that was: Accelerator activity, tips, tricks and apps galore

12:54PM | Friday, 6 December 2013 | Rose Powell

The corporate world may be winding down in time for Christmas, but start-up land continues to power along. Here’s what happened this week.

Best of the web reads: How to launder money

12:14AM | Friday, 6 December 2013 | Melinda Oliver

Money laundering is tricky business, as the goal is to hide your tracks but make things look legitimate.

Bodyslam: How getting soundly beaten can be a blessing in disguise

12:39PM | Thursday, 5 December 2013 | Jason Rose

I learnt a great lesson about business and life on the weekend. The weird part was that I was upside down at the time.

Group gifting app wins Startup Weekend Adelaide

12:35PM | Wednesday, 4 December 2013 | Rose Powell

An app to make gathering a group’s money for presents won the recent Startup Weekend Adelaide, beating 21 ideas and 10 teams to take out the top prize.

A franchisee’s biggest business regret

12:00AM | Tuesday, 3 December 2013 | Taskmaster

Old Taskmaster is back at the local shopping centre for another sales meeting. During the meeting, a franchisee confesses their biggest regret in business.

How can I reward my regular customers?

12:00AM | Tuesday, 3 December 2013 | Debra Templar

Small businesses rely on word-of-mouth to bring customers through their doors. But once the word has reached their ears, it's keeping them listening that truly counts.

Diversity is good, except as a business model

12:00AM | Monday, 2 December 2013 | Taskmaster

From Christopher Skase's Qintex to Bond Corporation and from Mayne Nickless to Pacific Dunlop, diversified companies have been a disaster. Your grandfather was wrong to warn you not to put all your eggs in one basket!

The Weekly Digest: Start-up tips, latest news and opportunities

11:42PM | Friday, 29 November 2013 | Gavin Lower

It’s been another busy and inspiring week in Australia’s start-up world. Here’s a catch-up of what you might have missed.

Best of the web reads: What not to do as your business grows

11:45AM | Friday, 29 November 2013 | Gavin Lower

Seeing a business grow is an exciting time for small business owners. But before getting carried away by success, Fast Company has gathered here a list of what not to do from a CEO who’s been there.

Surviving the pre-Christmas rush

11:50PM | Thursday, 28 November 2013 | Michael Hansen

The weeks leading up to Christmas are always frenzied. Here are six things you need to do to thrive through a late-year rush.

Social enterprise gets ready for growth, announces partnership with Australia Post

11:30PM | Wednesday, 27 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Social enterprise start-up GiveEasy is set for a boom after partnering with Australia Post, a move that will put them in front of millions of Australians over the Christmas period.

Be strategic about how you discount

11:00AM | Tuesday, 26 November 2013 | Taskmaster

Are you thinking of doing a promotion? It’s time to think through your discount strategy.

The Weekly Digest: Don’t give up this Global Entrepreneurship Week (or ever)

11:00AM | Monday, 25 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Happy Global Entrepreneurship Week! Here’s the wrap of the stories we covered last week.

Seek and Blue Chilli entrepreneurs take out top honours in annual EY awards

11:48AM | Friday, 22 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Seek co-founder and entrepreneur Andrew Bassat was announced the 2013 Australian EY Entrepreneur of the Year, beating 27 finalists in an awards ceremony last night.

Ideas don’t fail, teams do: Startmate’s founder on what they’ve learned from a 50% failure rate

11:09PM | Wednesday, 20 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Most start-ups fail, even those carefully selected and backed with cash and mentors to have the best shot at success.

'Tis the season to be busy: Four tips to boost downtime profits

11:15AM | Tuesday, 19 November 2013 | Amanda Jesnoewski

Are you worried about a festive season sales slowdown? Here are four key tips to help you ensure your business has a Merry Christmas and a profitable New Year.

The Weekly Digest: All of this week’s start-up tips, latest news and opportunities

11:18PM | Friday, 15 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Here is StartupSmart’s weekly roundup of the big news and events in the Australian start-up community.