How I did it



Market intelligence app wins $10,000 prize in SAPI-Pollenizer Hackathon

4:47PM | Tuesday, 3 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The developer of a market intelligence app has received $10,000 after winning the SAPI-Pollenizer Hackathon, and will also be enrolled in Pollenizer’s four-month incubation program.

Kondoot calls on KPMG in $10 million capital raising

4:00AM | Tuesday, 3 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Brisbane start-up Kondoot has secured KPMG as a corporate advisor for its $10 million capital raising.

Making waves in mature Melbourne

4:05PM | Monday, 2 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne has the population, infrastructure and markets to become a global hotbed for start-up activity. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Three start-ups to watch in Y Combinator’s latest batch

3:07PM | Thursday, 29 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-up incubator Y Combinator has held its 14th demo day for 65 start-ups, with many start-ups fielding investment offers following their presentations.

10 trends from the 2012 StartupSmart Top 50

3:35PM | Wednesday, 28 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The businesses on this year’s StartupSmart Awards Top 50 are innovating in everything from social enterprise and start-up services to eco-friendly nappies. Here are ten of the major trends. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

StyleTread snags Starfish Ventures in $12 million funding round

3:18PM | Wednesday, 28 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based online shoe store StyleTread has raised $12 million in a Series C funding round, with Starfish Ventures joining the likes of Lakestar and Nine Entertainment Co as an investor.

Five start-ups to watch in the Digital 100

3:54PM | Tuesday, 27 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Dropbox, LivingSocial and Craigslist are among the world’s most valuable start-ups, according to Business Insider’s Digital 100 of 2011, which also identifies new additions to the list.

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, 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”.