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Niche focus helps eyeclarity take out Independent Retailer of the Year award

11:56PM | Thursday, 22 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A host of retailers have claimed titles at the 2012 Australian Retail Awards including Oroton, Pandora, Lenard’s Chicken and eyeclarity, which was named Independent Retailer of the Year.

IT innovator among Telstra Business Women’s Award winners

11:53PM | Thursday, 22 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The founder of an IT consultancy and an accountant turned psychologist are among the winners of the 2012 Telstra Business Women’s Awards, which saw muesli queen Carolyn Creswell take out the top prize.

WA company smashes $20,000 crowdfunding target for folding boat

11:00AM | Wednesday, 21 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Western Australian company Quickboats has smashed its target on crowdfunding website Indiegogo.com, having already raised more than $1 million this year, as it seeks to go global with its high-tech folding boat.

Start-ups often underestimate fundraising process: Starfish Ventures boss

11:30PM | Tuesday, 20 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups often underestimate the time required to raise capital, says the co-founder of Starfish Ventures, following a $2 million investment in an email and web communication company.

Sydney start-up Tapestry pockets $600,000 investment

11:00AM | Friday, 16 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based tech start-up Tapestry, which has created a social media platform suitable for older people, has snagged $600,000 in a funding round led by Sydney Angels, having already won two grants from Commercialisation Australia and a national iAward.

Naked Wines Australia raises $1 million via “angel” network

11:00AM | Thursday, 15 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Wine retailer Naked Wines has recruited more than 2,000 “angels”, who have raised $1 million to fund wine made by up-and-coming independent winemakers.

Optus Innov8 Seed Program sinks $700,000 into first Aussie start-ups

11:00AM | Wednesday, 14 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Venuemob and 121cast are the first Australian tech start-ups to receive funding from the Optus Innov8 Seed Program, pocketing $450,000 and $250,000 respectively for their innovations.

Global Entrepreneurship Week kicks off in Australia

11:58PM | Tuesday, 13 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Global Entrepreneurship Week has kicked off with a bang in Australia, with a lengthy list of events tipped to provide plenty of inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Boost Juice opens 200th Aussie store – three tips from founder Janine Allis

11:49PM | Wednesday, 7 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Boost Juice Bars has opened its 200th store in Australia as it continues to grow its network nationally and internationally, highlighting some key tips for start-ups to take note of.

Melbourne Cup: The overseas raiders hoping to storm the start-up business field

11:22PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Veteran racehorse trainer Bart Cummings accused the Victoria Racing Club of “pandering to the internationals” for tomorrow’s Melbourne Cup, but what of the overseas start-ups jostling for position with budding Australian business thoroughbreds?

Airbnb sinks its teeth into local market after opening Sydney office

11:45PM | Friday, 2 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based home rental service Airbnb has highlighted the growth of Australia’s tourism industry, after announcing plans to open an office in Sydney and recruit local talent to drive the brand.

How we hustled our way into 500 Startups: Kickfolio

11:00AM | Friday, 2 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

AngelCube alumni Kickfolio has highlighted the “hustle” it went through in order to be accepted into US accelerator 500 Startups, which recently announced its newest batch of companies.

Media darling Mia Freedman features on new video platform Eventer

11:01PM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne-based software development company Cogent has launched a new video platform to share events online, which has already featured big-name speakers including Mia Freedman.

Crowdsourcing venture DesignCrowd makes first foray into Asia

10:25PM | Friday, 26 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian crowdsourcing marketplace DesignCrowd has made its first foray into Asia, after launching its service in Singapore, India and the Philippines as part of a global expansion plan.

Four Tech23 start-up winners share in $100,000

10:00AM | Friday, 26 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Ninja Blocks and ScriptRock are among this year’s winners of technology innovation event Tech23, which saw four start-ups share in $100,000.

Aussie chocolatier Theobroma expands to UK, Singapore and Saudi Arabia

10:39PM | Tuesday, 23 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Chocolatier Theobroma is expanding to the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Singapore, having already launched in five other markets, bucking the trend of struggling chocolate chains.

Meet the Aussie start-up set to make $10 million in its first year

10:48PM | Friday, 19 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Start-up NuGreen Solutions is set to make $10 million in its first year, with its big name clients including including all of Victoria’s major universities, Caltex and Metro. Here are the secrets to their success. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Is group buying turning into a graveyard for start-ups?

10:25PM | Monday, 15 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Australian group buying industry is displaying all the symptoms of an unsustainable bubble. So is the industry just an empty “fad” or simply experiencing growing pains? BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Sparking up a smoking hot start-up idea

10:57PM | Friday, 12 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Queensland entrepreneur Jason Healy launched electronic cigarette maker blu eCigs in 2009, later selling it for $US135 million. Here’s how a true-blue Healey rounded up a fortune in Charlotte, North Carolina. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Online retailers risking customer exodus over costly shipping: Report

10:00AM | Wednesday, 3 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian online retailers are being encouraged to “do more with the same budget” in order to retain customers, after a report revealed only a quarter of local businesses currently offer free delivery.

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