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Success stories

Get inspiration from these entrepreneurs that have had success in business, read their success stories and their advice for startup entrepreneurs.

News Meet the 25 start-ups selected for the Advance Innovation Program

The co-founder of Perth-based start-up Floq is hoping to raise up to $1 million from US investors after being selected as one of 25 start-ups for this year’s Advance Innovation Program.

News Matchbox wins global innovation award – five things you can learn

Kitchenware and cookware retailer Matchbox has been named the Australian winner of the 2012 Global Innovation Award, recognised for its design and franchising model.

News Six standouts from Forbes’ 2013 World’s Billionaires list

Forbes has welcomed a number of notable newcomers to its World’s Billionaires list, including the founders of fashion brands Diesel and Tory Burch, and China’s version of Steve Jobs.

News Pollenizer celebrates fifth birthday: Five lessons from the start-up pioneer

Mick Liubinskas has highlighted the trials and tribulations of Pollenizer, including how it turned Spreets into a $40 million company, as the online venture builder celebrates its fifth birthday.

News Revealed: Characteristics of $1 billion consumer tech companies

The average age of companies that the owners sell at more than $1 billion is seven years, according to US venture capitalist Jacob Mullins, who has revealed the common characteristics of $1 billion consumer tech companies.

Features Five start-ups that are tackling life’s annoying problems

Everyday annoyances can be great places to find inspiration for a new business. Here are five great examples of start-ups that are cashing in by solving common problems. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

News Lean start-up model is challenging but rewarding, says serial entrepreneur

Serial entrepreneur Ruwan Weerasooriya has highlighted the challenges of adopting a lean start-up model in his latest start-up Rewardle, after selling another start-up to oOh!media last year.

News PayPal co-founder launches Affirm, aims for one-click mobile payments

PayPal co-founder Max Levchin is launching a new mobile payments start-up called Affirm, the first project to come out of Levchin’s San Francisco tech incubator.

News $1.9 million grant generates global distribution deal for ultrasound device maker

A South Australian manufacturer of ultrasound devices has announced a global distribution partnership with a Japanese company, two years after receiving a $1.9 million government grant.

News Nanotek to clean up in eastern Europe following further expansion

Australian car-cleaning franchise Nanotek is expanding into the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria, with founder Jim Cornish attributing the move to the region’s “entrepreneurial spirit”.

News Instagram hits 100 million users – three things you can learn

The co-founder of Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram has outlined key reasons for the company’s success, after hitting 100 million users since its launch in October 2010.

News Homegrown cookie franchise bites into global market

Gourmet biscuit producer Byron Bay Cookies intends to go global with its franchising model, after establishing six Australian stores, and is looking for franchisees to fuel its expansion.

News Two Aussie start-ups among 15 finalists for Amsterdam boot camp

Australian start-ups 7Write and Revirda will be put through their paces when they arrive in Amsterdam this week, after being chosen as two of 15 finalists for Startupbootcamp Amsterdam.

News Star-studded event series helps entrepreneurs face the Startup Grind

The US-founded Startup Grind event series continues to grow in Australia, with the Sydney and Melbourne chapters set to host the founders of Atlassian and Zendesk respectively.

News Young entrepreneurs to cut their teeth in Subway’s virtual shop challenge

Young entrepreneurs are being encouraged to enter a Subway competition in which they build, operate and promote a virtual restaurant for the chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to the US.

News Airbnb prompts wave of like-minded start-ups

A number of new start-ups have likened themselves to US-based company Airbnb, the leader in travel rentals, which has booked more than 10 million nights of accommodation worldwide.

News Lust Have It outlines sCommerce models following record year

Online beauty retailer Lust Have It has outlined three distinct models of subscription commerce after revealing its subscriptions have grown more than 1000% over the past year.

News Etsy country director visits Oz – five insights from the crafty company

The country director of US-based eCommerce website Etsy has offered some insight into the company, and has outlined some key tips for online start-ups, as part of her Australian visit.

News Anything’s Pozible for musician Clare Bowditch following funding success

Australian musician Clare Bowditch will accelerate the development of her side project Big Hearted Business after smashing her $26,450 target on local crowdfunding platform Pozible.

News Forbes’ Australian rich list pits innovators with miners

Forbes Asia’s annual list of the richest Australians is littered with mining magnates, including Gina Rinehart in the top spot, but it also features a strong contingent of entrepreneurs who have made their fortunes in other fields.

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