Business advice and education



How getting the right domain name grew my business overnight

7:57PM | Monday, 14 July 2014 | Shaun McGowan

One night at a domain name conference I bought a domain name for $2000. It changed the direction my business was heading – in a good way.

Can entrepreneurship really be taught in the classroom?

7:44PM | Tuesday, 8 July 2014 | Joshua Flannery

The fact is there are clear benefits to teaching entrepreneurship in a classroom setting. Students learn the fundamental theory behind why, how and where to start up a business.

Guy Kawasaki tells StartupSmart why MVP should go beyond just viable

7:31PM | Wednesday, 2 July 2014 | Kye White

Minimum viable product, or MVP, is missing two ‘V’s according to current Canva and former Apple chief evangelist Guy Kawasaki.

It’s time to put ethics on the startup industry agenda

7:16AM | Wednesday, 2 July 2014 | Broede Carmody

The recent scandal involving Facebook’s manipulation of users’ emotions, without their consent, has raised serious questions around ethical conduct of technology companies, as well as our complacency.

Can universities justify investment in startups?

6:29PM | Tuesday, 24 June 2014 | Joshua Flannery

In 2014, one thing is certain when looking at the way universities in Australia are beginning to support their students in the area of entrepreneurship: No one really knows if they are doing the right thing.

Pollenizer launches an online community to help entrepreneurs connect

6:02PM | Friday, 20 June 2014 | Kye White and Andrew Sadauskas

Pollenizer has officially launched a new online community, called the Pollenizer Guild, which is designed to help startup entrepreneurs connect with one another.

Web Directions celebrates 10 years with a star line-up

6:17PM | Thursday, 19 June 2014 | Bronwen Clune

The internet ain’t what it was in 2004 and on the tenth anniversary of Web Directions, the conference organisers are taking the time to remember just how far it’s come.

Are sponsored schools the future of digital education in Australia?

6:39PM | Friday, 13 June 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

IT giant IBM has entered into talks with key stakeholders to begin sponsoring Australian school education programs.

Kounta takes on MYOB investment

6:25AM | Friday, 13 June 2014 | Bronwen Clune

Point-of-sale start-up Kounta has secured investment from accounting software giant MYOB in a partnership that will see an integrated accounting and point-of-service offering for MYOB clients.

Entrepreneurs group launched in Geelong, aims to grow startup culture

5:55PM | Monday, 26 May 2014 | Kye White

A team of businesspeople and entrepreneurs are launching a group in Geelong that hopes to create a startup economy to help fill the void created by a declining manufacturing industry.

Startup Weekend gets the female treatment

5:59PM | Monday, 12 May 2014 | Kye White

When Startup Weekend Melbourne Women gets underway this weekend, it will be the first time a startup weekend event has catered specially to Australian women.

CeBIT StartUp 2014 – the rundown from a startup’s perspective

5:41PM | Thursday, 8 May 2014 | Sarah Moran

So what exactly did CeBIT StartUp 2014 offer the budding startup entrepreneur? Sarah Moran gives us the lowdown.

Geek Girls are doing it for themselves

5:56PM | Thursday, 1 May 2014 | Bronwen Clune

The success of Girl Geek Dinner workshops in Melbourne has encouraged the organisers to launch Girl Geek Academy, dedicated to providing training and workshops for women wanting to enter the tech industry.

What two years have taught me about pitching for investment

4:45PM | Wednesday, 30 April 2014 | Rebekah Campbell

Rethinking how you approach presentations can make a big difference to investment outcomes.

Seek founder Paul Bassat backs startup to lower private education costs

4:58AM | Tuesday, 29 April 2014 | Kye White

School Places, a startup which aims to lower prices for private education in Australia, while helping schools fill places, is the product of a genuine “light bulb moment”, according to chief executive Natalie Mactier.

A Queensland initiative seeks to incubate young entrepreneurial minds

4:08PM | Monday, 28 April 2014 | Kye White

Queensland-based startup incubator Silicon Lakes is not just helping young businesses grow, but also young minds.

National INCUBATE university accelerator program to pitch at Google Demo Day

4:34AM | Friday, 11 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Fifteen early-stage startups manned by students from four universities will pitch at the National Demo Day for the INCUBATE program during a Google for Entrepreneurs event today.

15-week MOOC for global entrepreneurship training launches

4:16PM | Tuesday, 8 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Taylor’s University has launched a 15-week massive open online course (MOOC) to equip students to build and fund their own companies.

Bad lecturers drove this entrepreneur to launch his own online learning business

4:10AM | Friday, 4 April 2014 | Rose Powell

Dan Brand graduated from uni 12 weeks ago, but not before the poor quality of some of his lecturers drove him to launch a rapidly growing business for which he has just locked in an angel investor.

Startmate graduates hit the pitching treadmill: here’s what they’ve learnt so far

3:18PM | Monday, 31 March 2014 | Rose Powell

The latest intake in the Startmate accelerator is getting to the business end of the program: pitch days in Sydney, Melbourne and San Francisco.