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PayPal founder launches $40 million fund for NZ start-ups

3:10PM | Friday, 23 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Peter Thiel has set up a $40 million venture capital fund in partnership with the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund, which could be open to Australian start-ups prepared to relocate.

PushStart unveils eight start-ups for $20k accelerator program

3:19PM | Thursday, 22 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-up mentor network PushStart has revealed the eight successful start-ups for its first-ever PushStart Accelerator program, with each one set to receive $20,000 in addition to mentoring.

Brisbane start-up Bilexys wins award in global start-up comp

3:37PM | Thursday, 22 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Brisbane start-up Bilexys has won the Pre-Revenue Track award in the $US200,000 Imagine H20 prize for water start-ups, held in San Francisco, receiving cash and in-kind services.

App studio is Hungry for Subway deal

3:09PM | Wednesday, 21 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The team behind Brisbane start-up Hungry Apps is heading to the United States to promote their products, including an app for Subway, after receiving funds from tech entrepreneur Stephen Baxter.

Three lessons from the world’s most admired companies

3:14PM | Tuesday, 20 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Apple, Coca-Cola and Singapore Airlines have been named among the world’s most admired companies, according to Fortune Magazine and Hay Group.

Three standout AIMIA award winners

3:46PM | Monday, 19 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Freelancer.com, Dr. Cotton and 5X Mutant Gum are among the winners of this year’s Australian Interactive Media Industry Association awards, suggesting start-ups can learn from their success.

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.

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