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2012 World Retail Awards – what you can learn from the winners

9:12PM | Monday, 24 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retail start-ups can learn from the winners of the 2012 World Retail Awards, including Turkish brand Teknosa, which was named Emerging Market Retailer of the Year.

Starfish Ventures takes out title at 2012 AVCAL Awards

9:13PM | Friday, 21 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Starfish Ventures won Best Early Stage Award at the 2012 Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Awards, recognised for its work with software company Quickcomm.

Optus announces 2012 Unleash Your App winners

9:08PM | Friday, 21 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The winner of the 2012 Unleash Your App competition will use the prize money to attend next year’s Google I/O conference, after building an Android app that tracks users’ carbon footprint.

TechCrunch Disrupt SF – seven start-ups to watch

9:46PM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Californian start-up YourMechanic took out the top title at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012, while other standouts included a self-balancing bicycle and a predictive database for app developers.

Sydney start-up Peeractive picked for US accelerator DreamIt Ventures

9:00AM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based tech start-up Peeractive is the first Australian company to be admitted into US accelerator program DreamIt Ventures, and is the only international team in this year’s program.

Melbourne mums take out top title in 2012 AusMumpreneur Awards

9:36PM | Wednesday, 12 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne-based businesswomen Toni Joel and Nikki Horovitz have taken out the title of 2012 AusMumpreneur of the Year for their lifestyle brand Tonic, which took them 20 years to build.

10-month-old fashion site The Iconic snags $19.2 million

9:23PM | Wednesday, 12 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based fashion retailer The Iconic has landed almost $20 million in funding from JP Morgan Asset Management, despite launching less than a year ago.

Aquarius Films offers on-set role in $200,000 Pozible fund raising

9:00PM | Tuesday, 11 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An Australian film production company is using crowdfunding platform Pozible in a bid to raise $200,000, rewarding pledgers with opportunities to be involved in the production of its latest film.

Melbourne firm partners with major telco to boost Mexican start-ups

9:55PM | Tuesday, 11 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne-based Business Planning HQ will host an event for start-ups in Mexico later this month, after signing an agreement with multinational telco provider Telefónica.

AOL “squatter” builds start-up on the back of his over-stay

9:00AM | Tuesday, 11 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A US entrepreneur who became known as the “AOL squatter” says the publicity he attracted has helped him build a team of talented staff and secure funding from high-profile investors.

Startup Chile to spice things up for Broccol-e-games

9:00AM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Melbourne gaming start-up says the Federal Government should offer something similar to Startup Chile, after being the only Australian start-up chosen to participate in the South American country's wide-ranging innovation program.

Adelaide start-up Happy Inspector snags funding from US tech hub

9:00AM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Property inspection start-up Happy Inspector has raised a seed funding round from investors including Dave McClure’s 500 Startups, after lamenting the struggles it faced in securing cash in Australia.

Twitter investor joins in $20 million funding round for Bigcommerce

9:28PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Early Twitter investor Mike Maples has joined US venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners in backing Sydney-based tech start-up Bigcommerce, which has secured $20 million in funding.

Twitter founder: Why scale is crucial for start-ups

9:49PM | Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The founder of Twitter has shared his views on what it takes to create successful new technologies, highlighting the importance for companies to allow room to scale on a global basis.

$50 million investment a major boon for Delivery Hero Australia

8:47PM | Wednesday, 29 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The parent company of Delivery Hero Australia has raised $50 million in an investment round led by Kite Ventures, less than a year after the global food delivery service launched locally.

IBM picks five start-ups for SmartCamp KickStart

8:00AM | Tuesday, 28 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech giant IBM has selected five start-ups to compete in its SmartCamp Kickstart event in Sydney, where they will receive mentoring before the winner is flown to Beijing for the finals.

Y Combinator warns of funding woes after unveiling latest start-up batch

8:26PM | Wednesday, 22 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The founder of Y Combinator says venture capitalists are becoming increasingly selective about the start-ups they fund, after revealing the latest batch of the accelerator’s start-ups.

Perth firm picks up $1 million grant to combat diabetic kidney disease

8:20PM | Wednesday, 22 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Perth specialist life science company will use a $1 million grant from Commercialisation Australia to develop biomarkers for diabetic kidney disease, which can kill up to 56 million people a year.

Controversy pays off for start-up’s “dreadful” pregnancy app

8:00AM | Tuesday, 21 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-up Appy Dudes has seen the controversy over a spoof pregnancy app, slammed as “absolutely dreadful” by a family planning group, pay off, with the app hitting the number one top paid entertainment download spot in Australia.

How Abby Larson built her Style Me Pretty empire from a $9.99 blog

8:52PM | Friday, 17 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A university lecturer once told Abby Larson that she would never make a living through blogging. Larson proved the naysayers wrong with online bridal site Style Me Pretty. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

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