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Australian delegation confirmed for young entrepreneurs summit

3:40PM | Friday, 15 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A raft of successful entrepreneurs will represent Australia at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Summit in Russia, including Jo Burston, Kim Heras and Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin.

One Aussie entrepreneur to meet Richard Branson via LinkedIn comp

3:35PM | Thursday, 14 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australian entrepreneurs are being encouraged to write a 25-word submission for the chance to sit on a panel with Sir Richard Branson at a University of Queensland Business School event.

Pre-launch start-up TheBestDay scores $1.1 million in funding

3:33PM | Wednesday, 13 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Young entrepreneur Whitney Komor has scored $1.1 million from OneVentures and Sydney Angels for her social planning start-up TheBestDay, which is still months away from launching.

US investor pitching competition – five top tips from finalists

3:26PM | Wednesday, 13 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The co-founders of two start-ups have offered their top tips on pitching, after their businesses were selected as finalists for General Assembly’s Pitch to a US Venture Capital Firm Competition

Sydney Founder Institute awards local ‘fellowships’

3:15PM | Monday, 11 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney Dev Camp founder Danila Davidson is hoping to inspire more women to enter the start-up scene, after being awarded the Female Founder Fellowship by the Sydney Founder Institute.

Backpack Bed for homeless named an Edison Award finalist

3:04PM | Friday, 8 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A backpack bed designed by Melbourne social enterprise Swags for Homeless has been named a finalist in the social impact category of the 2013 Edison Awards, to be held in Chicago next month.

CommBank names first five businesswomen for Silicon Valley tour

3:58PM | Friday, 8 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Queensland businesswoman Yvette Adams will take part in a study tour in Silicon Valley along with nine other women, two years after appearing in the 2011 StartupSmart Awards Top 50.

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

3:50PM | Thursday, 7 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

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.

Matchbox wins global innovation award – five things you can learn

3:28PM | Wednesday, 6 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

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

Six standouts from Forbes’ 2013 World’s Billionaires list

3:47PM | Tuesday, 5 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

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.

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

3:32PM | Monday, 4 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

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.

Revealed: Characteristics of $1 billion consumer tech companies

3:24PM | Monday, 4 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

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.

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

3:56PM | Monday, 4 March 2013 | Oliver Milman

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.

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

3:41PM | Friday, 1 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

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.

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

2:04PM | Thursday, 28 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

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.

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

2:00AM | Thursday, 28 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

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.

Nanotek to clean up in eastern Europe following further expansion

2:34PM | Wednesday, 27 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

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”.

Instagram hits 100 million users – three things you can learn

2:24PM | Wednesday, 27 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

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.

Homegrown cookie franchise bites into global market

2:53PM | Tuesday, 26 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

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.

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

2:00AM | Tuesday, 26 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

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.

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