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Australian film start-up wins SXSW award

3:22PM | Friday, 16 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian film project Big Stories, Small Towns has won an interactive award at the South by Southwest festival, with co-director Nick Crowther singing the praises of the SXSW experience.

Start-ups jostle for attention at packed SXSW

3:00AM | Wednesday, 14 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups attempting to stand out at the increasingly crowded South by Southwest Festival in the US have been advised to use tactics such as interactive platforms, appealing to early adopters, and having people on the ground.

Look beyond Aussie novelty factor, franchisors told

3:30PM | Monday, 12 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Local franchises can use their “Australianism” as a novelty factor when entering new markets, a franchising expert says, but must evolve their brand in order to be successful in the long-term.

Ita Buttrose scooped by tablet publishing start-up Reddo

3:17PM | Monday, 12 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tablet publishing start-up Reddo Media Services has secured magazine industry pioneer Ita Buttrose as its chairman, with the Cleo founding editor also investing in the business.

Pinterest – a guide for small businesses

3:34PM | Monday, 12 March 2012 | Nina Hendy

Pinterest is fast becoming the new frontier of social media marketing for businesses. But is it really worth the effort for Aussie start-ups? BY NINA HENDY.

QUT students win global business competition in California

3:00AM | Friday, 9 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Four business students from Queensland University of Technology have won an international case competition for a business strategy and solution aimed at major entertainment companies.

Ben & Jerry’s looks to lick US franchise failure trend

3:11PM | Thursday, 8 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s has aimed to reverse the trend of failed US franchises in Australia, with plans to open up to 30 “scoop shops”.

From rags to VC riches: young entrepreneur set for US funding tour

3:45PM | Wednesday, 7 March 2012 | Oliver Milman

Nathan Murphy, a young entrepreneur who was homeless on the streets of Darwin just a few years ago, is set to embark upon a month-long trip of the US after setting up meetings with investors to pitch his start-up EyeCrowd.

10 top gender barrier-breaking female entrepreneurs

3:48PM | Wednesday, 7 March 2012 | Oliver Milman and Michelle Hammond

To mark International Women’s Day, here are 10 of the best Aussie entrepreneurs who have overcome the gender hurdle. BY OLIVER MILMAN AND MICHELLE HAMMOND.

User review start-up Yelp valued at $US1.3 billion in IPO

3:50PM | Monday, 5 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech start-up Yelp saw its shares surge as much as 60% on its public listing debut on the Nasdaq stock exchange, valuing it at $US1.3 billion.

Roamz wins Digital Australia Shootout at G’Day USA

3:57PM | Friday, 2 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The founder of location-based app Roamz has urged start-ups to exploit the opportunity provided by G’Day USA, after winning the Digital Australia Shootout at this year’s event, taking home a bevy of prizes.

Customer service secrets of three prize-winning retailers

3:34PM | Friday, 2 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups in retail and hospitality can take inspiration from the likes of Katies and Michel’s Patisserie, which are among the winners of Roy Morgan’s Customer Satisfaction Awards.

Shifting to a leadership mindset

3:03AM | Friday, 2 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Taking on any new role in business is daunting, let alone taking over from a company founder. But as Dave Dane found out, once you’ve made that leap, there’s no turning back. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Aussie entrepreneurs win big in Shopify competition

3:30PM | Thursday, 1 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian iPhone entrepreneurs Rob Ward and Chris Peters are among the winners of Shopify’s Build-A-Business competition, receiving $25,000 in cash and a VIP business trip to New York.

Harbouring a new start-up scene

2:58PM | Tuesday, 28 February 2012 | Oliver Milman

Sydney may have suffered from a series of setbacks in recent years, but the hometown of Startmate and PushStart remains a heavy hitter in the start-up world. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Queensland start-up Opmantek snares Mexican telco giant

2:20PM | Monday, 27 February 2012 | Oliver Milman

Gold Coast-based start-up Opmantek has secured a major contract with Mexico’s largest telecommunications firm, despite having virtually no sales or revenue history.

AngelCube graduate start-up Goodfil.ms raises $150k

2:16AM | Wednesday, 22 February 2012 | Michelle Hammond

AngelCube graduate Goodfil.ms has raised $150,000 from a host of investors sourced through Aurelius Digital and AngelCube itself, but hasn’t ruled out looking overseas for further funding.

Striking it rich

2:50PM | Tuesday, 21 February 2012 | Michelle Hammond

In 2002, Michael Schreiber opened the first Strike Bowling Bar. Since then, Strike has grown into a $30 million revenue business employing more than 300 staff. This is how Schreiber bowled his competition over. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

The dangers of committing to a big partnership

2:37PM | Friday, 17 February 2012 | Michelle Hammond

John Kelly from Atomo Diagnostics thought he had a financial backer, until they were taken over. This is how he saved his business. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Four entrepreneurial couples that have the Valentine’s Day spirit

2:43PM | Monday, 13 February 2012 | Michelle Hammond

With Valentine’s Day just one day away, many retailers are relying on the temporary spending splurge to boost sales, despite consumers’ cynical views on the commercial nature of the event.

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