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Doing business in China: How to crack the market

9:59PM | Friday, 27 September 2013 | Gavin Lower

A teahouse in the middle of the night in the middle of China was the setting for Aaron Zamykal’s first sale of the meal-replacement drink powders made by his company Slim Nation.

Juggling family life: How one entrepreneur did it

8:52PM | Friday, 30 August 2013 | Gavin Lower

With four children to raise, entrepreneur Dr Elaine Saunders and husband John made a decision that wasn’t common at the time.

How health.com.au became the only new private health insurer in 30 years

8:56PM | Monday, 26 August 2013 | Rose Powell

Private health insurer health.com.au took out the Start-up Award at the national Telstra Australian Business Awards last week.

Discgo Charger solves mobile phone charging dilemma

5:09PM | Thursday, 30 May 2013 | Gavin Lower

It was while watching a cricket Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground that actor and former events director Sean Brandtman came up with an idea for a portable battery charger for mobile phones.

How Flippa hit $100 million in turnover in its first four years

5:41PM | Thursday, 2 May 2013 | Oliver Milman

Many businesses complain about the high Australian dollar. However, website marketplace Flippa has grown to over $100 million in turnover with just 5% of its customers in Australia.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Star-studded event series helps entrepreneurs face the Startup Grind

2:53PM | Monday, 25 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

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.

Lust Have It outlines sCommerce models following record year

2:21PM | Wednesday, 20 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

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.

McDonald’s unveils Australia Day campaign – here are three more standouts

1:17PM | Tuesday, 8 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

McDonald’s is attempting to add an Australian flavour to its image in the lead-up to Australia Day, as big brands continue to capitalise on the festivities, suggesting start-ups can do the same.

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