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Newly launched Crowd Valley offers DIY crowdfunding platforms

3:43AM | Monday, 11 March

A new initiative called Crowd Valley says it wants to increase the level of democracy in the crowdfunding market, potentially offering a new path to funding for Australian start-ups.

Australia second easiest place in world to start-up – but it’s downhill from there

3:29AM | Tuesday, 12 March

Australia is the second easiest place in the world to start a business, according to a new report by the World Bank, but drops back to 10th place when it comes to the ease of doing business.

THE NEWS WRAP: ACTU calls for tax on “super profitable” businesses

3:53AM | Tuesday, 12 March

The ACTU is calling for the Federal Government to introduce a new ‘super profits’ tax on Australia’s booming businesses, according to a report.

Singapore and NZ outshine Australia as business-friendly nations: Report

9:11AM | Thursday, 27 September

Singapore is the world’s most business-friendly nation, according to a study by the World Bank, which shows New Zealand ranks third while Australia doesn’t even make the top 10.

THE NEWS WRAP: World leaders gather at G20 summit amid GFC warnings

6:23PM | Sunday, 17 June

The world’s leaders have gathered at the G20 conference in Mexico amid warnings that the world’s economy could be set for a second financial crisis.

Gaming boom fuelling $3 billion global virtual economy: Report

3:12AM | Tuesday, 20 March

A World Bank report has shed new light on the world’s multibillion dollar virtual economy, which is being driven by a new breed of entrepreneur that makes a living playing video games.

Five reasons to start-up in 2012 – and five reasons to think twice

3:51AM | Friday, 15 March

Figures released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics illustrate what many budding entrepreneurs have long suspected – conditions aren’t all rosy for new businesses.

Australia second easiest place in world to start-up: Report

10:29AM | Friday, 21 October

Australia remains one of the easiest places in the world to start a business, although conditions have worsened in the past two years, according to a new World Bank report.

THE NEWS WRAP: Ponzi scheme operator jailed for 13 years

3:43PM | Wednesday, 23 March

Woolworths has denied that it is set to wage a beer price war on Coles, dismissing suggestions that it is planning to sell alcohol for $28 a slab.

10 great start-up schemes from around the world

2:52PM | Sunday, 6 February

It’s official: Australia is the second easiest place in the world to start a business, according to the World Bank.

Australia ranked second in the world for start-ups

12:53PM | Sunday, 5 December

Australia is the second easiest place in the world to start up a business, according to a major international study.