How I did it



$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.

Sydney start-up Pinion’s have-a-go spirit inspires backing from Microsoft’s Bing Fund

8:00AM | Monday, 13 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian gaming start-up Pinion has been selected as one of the first companies to participate in Microsoft’s new Bing Fund, after raising almost $2 million from Australian investors.

Sandwich “innovators” get their fill of awards – three things you can learn

8:53PM | Friday, 10 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A handful of sandwich stores have been recognised by the Australian Sandwich Association at an inaugural ceremony, suggesting there are things you can learn from the humble sandwich.

Starbucks sinks $25 million into Square

8:39PM | Wednesday, 8 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based mobile payment app Square has partnered with coffee chain giant Starbucks, which will invest $25 million in the start-up as well as use its platform to process debit and credit card transactions in-store.

99designs ramps up European plans with purchase of German rival 12designer

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

Australian start-up 99designs has opened the doors of its Berlin office after making its first acquisition in German design marketplace 12designer, one year after raising $35 million.

Sydney retailer Top3 by Design flies the Aussie flag in World Retail Awards

8:52PM | Tuesday, 7 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based retailer Top3 by Design is hoping to take out the concept innovation category in the 2012 World Retail Awards, after being named the only Australian finalist in the awards.

Angry Birds developer Rovio sets its sights on 2013 IPO

8:56PM | Monday, 6 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Finnish gaming company behind much-loved mobile app Angry Birds is preparing for an initial public offering in 2013, but says it’s in no hurry in light of Facebook’s ill-fated stock market float.

Meet Australia’s first “B Corporation”: Investment firm Small Giants

8:29PM | Wednesday, 1 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne-based investment firm Small Giants has become the first Australian company to be certified as a “B Corporation”, which uses business to solve social and environmental problems.

ImageBrief sets sights on New York after raising $600,000

8:00AM | Wednesday, 1 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based start-up ImageBrief is in the process of setting up a New York office as it seeks to become the “99designs for photography”, after securing $600,000 from angel investors.

R&D tax software start-up Incite Systems partners with UK firm

7:54PM | Monday, 30 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian start-up Incite Systems has signed a deal with a UK firm to take its technology to the British market, after developing software to help businesses understand their eligibility for R&D tax incentives.

Sydney entrepreneur’s start-up smashes Kickstarter funding target

7:00AM | Friday, 27 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-born entrepreneur John van den Nieuwenhuizen has big plans for his Apple-inspired start-up Hidden, which is on the cusp of raising $1 million on crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

How we raised $1.2 million from Peter Thiel: ScriptRock

7:23PM | Wednesday, 25 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Honesty is a virtue often underrated by start-ups seeking investment, according to local start-up ScriptRock, after it raised $1.2 million in a round led by vaunted US serial entrepreneur Peter Thiel.

Sydney tech start-up OrionVM sniffs out Series A funding in US

7:00AM | Tuesday, 24 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based tech start-up OrionVM is preparing to close a Series A round in the United States, with plans to open an office in San Francisco and a datacentre in Silicon Valley.

“We know the next 10 countries we’re going into”: Milan Direct’s Dean Ramler wins tech award

7:09PM | Friday, 20 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Young online entrepreneur Dean Ramler has flagged an ambitious global growth target after being recognised at the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards, taking out the technology category for the southern region.

Social enterprise Barefoot Power raises $5.8 million Series B round

7:18PM | Wednesday, 18 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Social enterprise Barefoot Power has raised $5.8 million from investors, as it seeks to bring affordable renewable energy and efficient lighting to five million people by next year.