Startup Games launches: Why only 28 of 80 aspiring entrepreneurs made it through the selection process

3:44PM | Monday, 10 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Only 28 applicants to the University of New South Wales’s New South Innovations Startup Games started the program this week, after a rigorous application process.

Planning  | Business planning

Thinking of setting up a start-up business? Here’s what you need to do first

3:17PM | Friday, 7 March 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Did you know there's a legal difference between a company and a business? Before you start-up, here are a few things you should consider.

 | Planning  | Legal matters  | Mentor  | Vanessa Emilio

Tech Girl Movement launches to boost the number of women in tech

3:05PM | Tuesday, 4 March 2014 | Rose Powell

An IT academic is calling for a coordinated strategy to boost the number of women in the technology industries, starting with girls in primary school.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Will 2014 be the year of the entrepreneur?

2:18PM | Friday, 28 February 2014 | StartupSmart

Sir Richard Branson has predicted 2014 will be the year of the entrepreneur. In this video, Professor Alan Brown, from Surry University, explores what the year of the entrepreneur could mean.

 | Planning

The importance of having a coach in business and life

2:22PM | Thursday, 27 February 2014 | Jonathan Weinstock

Remember those piano or guitar lessons you loved (or hated) as a kid? Perhaps you were forced to go to tennis lessons? Now you’re in business, it’s time to hire another coach.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Mentor  | Business advice and education  | Jonathan Weinstock

Small business index shows the sector is feeling positive about the future

2:53PM | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 | Gavin Lower

Australian small businesses are feeling positive about their current and future performance, according to the first Westpac-Melbourne Institute Small Business Index.

 | Planning  | Sole trader

The three big challenges that stop start-ups getting going: Noah Kagan

2:21PM | Friday, 21 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Noah Kagan is the founder of AppSumo and a world-renowned growth hacker. After working with hundreds of start-ups, he’s identified the three common issues holding aspiring entrepreneurs back.

 | Planning  | Business planning

REA Group calls for new approaches to job creation in the age of ‘citizen-led’ economic development

2:08PM | Thursday, 20 February 2014 | Rose Powell

Early disrupters of the classifieds industry, the REA Group, is calling for Australia to embrace its digital future and for Australians to pull the government towards technology enabling policies.

 | Planning  | Growth Strategy

Personal perfection and “lightning gratification” among top future trends for SMEs

2:54PM | Monday, 17 February 2014 | Melinda Oliver

Most trend forecasts for SMEs focus on expectations of business confidence, financial status, use of technology and new online marketing habits, but futurist Ross Dawson has other ideas.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Sole trader

Enable people’s laziness – and profit!

2:56PM | Friday, 14 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Today, like so many other days, your humble correspondent arrived at Taskmaster Towers. On the desk was a post-it note.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Leadership  | Management  | Managing people

How to determine whether you qualify for the R&D Tax Incentive

2:56PM | Monday, 10 February 2014 | Robert Krigsman

The Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentive program was developed to assist businesses recover some of the costs of undertaking R&D. Here are the key details you need to know.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Mentor  | Robert Krigsman  | Government and Regulation

Is fear holding you back from chasing your dream?

2:13PM | Friday, 7 February 2014 | Marina Go

I recently attended StartupSmart's inaugural pitching event, So You Think You Can Start Up at the glamorous office of sponsor Servcorp in Sydney's Chifley Tower.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth

Don’t create a doberhuahua!

2:39PM | Thursday, 6 February 2014 | Taskmaster

So are you toying with the idea of combining two different products into one? Be careful you don’t create a doberhuahua!

 | Planning  | Business planning

So You Think You Can Start-up pitching competition finalists out to impress

2:33PM | Wednesday, 5 February 2014 | StartupSmart

StartupSmart’s first ever pitching competition, So You Think You Can Start-up, is on tomorrow night. The 10 finalists are competing for a raft of great prizes, including a year’s office space anywhere in the world with sponsor Servcorp valued at $250,000.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

A roaring trade or a dog of an idea?

2:00AM | Wednesday, 5 February 2014 | Taskmaster

A zoo in China was recently busted for short-changing its customers after a “lion” began barking like a dog. It’s time for the Taskmaster to get to the bottom of this hairy business dilemma.

 | Business planning

Ask an outsider

2:00AM | Tuesday, 4 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Most of the rest of the world cares far less about your industry than you do. It’s time to tap into what they really think of your business.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing

The Super Bowl: Start-ups versus the establishment

2:26PM | Monday, 3 February 2014 | Taskmaster

The first Super Bowl was the product of that most American of traditions: A disruptive start-up business taking on the corporate establishment.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership  | Management

Barking up the right tree

1:08PM | Friday, 31 January 2014 | StartupSmart

For the millions of dog owners out there, the ability to communicate more directly with your pet might be the most exciting news you read this week. That’s why this invention is such a dog-gone good idea.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

A start-up intern shares an inside look at 99designs

1:22PM | Wednesday, 29 January 2014 | Rose Powell

Dan Williams wasn’t sure about the Melbourne University start-up internship program. But, after scoring a place at 99Designs, he’s caught the start-up bug.

 | Planning  | Business planning