Airport car rentals service takes flight

3:06AM | Wednesday, 27 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Are you sick of the ridiculous prices you have to pay for airport parking? If so, one company in the United States has found the perfect solution – as long as you don’t mind someone else using your car.

Planning  | Business ideas

Holy cow! Air freshener venture is dung and dusted

3:53PM | Tuesday, 26 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Eau de toilettes have long been part of the scented fragrance market. Now two Indonesian students have created a liquid air freshener – out of fermented cow dung.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Borrowing intentions rebound but micro firms still under the pump: Report

3:17PM | Monday, 25 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Business borrowing intentions have risen to the highest level since the global financial crisis, although one in four micro enterprises are still under significant “stress”, according to a new study.

 | Planning  | Financing a business  | Sole trader

“Light shower” promises to curb jetlag

3:53AM | Monday, 25 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

International travellers perennially complain about jetlag. Now one major US airline appears to have found an enlightening solution.

 | Business ideas

Tokii helps time-poor couples better manage their relationships

3:49PM | Friday, 22 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Are you struggling to find time to spend with your partner? A new app called can help you out.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Eight gaps that first-time start-ups need to plug

3:18PM | Thursday, 21 March 2013 | Marc Peskett

While reviewing submissions for the StartupSmart Awards, I noticed a few significant holes in some business plans. Here are eight common holes you need to look for and plug.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Mentor  | Marc Peskett

New Hungarian helmet a major turning point for cyclists

3:48PM | Thursday, 21 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

When you’re driving, it can be difficult to know the intentions of cyclists. So a new helmet with built-in indicator lights could be a very illuminating new invention.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Why we shut down Storyberg: Co-founder reveals all

3:37PM | Wednesday, 20 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Storyberg co-founder Michael Dijkstra has revealed why the start-up surprisingly folded, shortly after being accepted into the 2013 Startmate program, but insists it’s “definitely not the end” of his start-up adventures.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Technology

Edible spray paint the perfect Food Finish

3:07PM | Wednesday, 20 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Many harsh food critics have given their meals a spray for appearing colourless. Now, thanks to a new invention, chefs could be left carrying the can over bland-looking food.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Celebrate your wonderful achievement

3:00AM | Wednesday, 20 March 2013 | Taskmaster

Attendees of the StartupSmart Awards should keep an eye out for Old Taskmaster – appearing incognito.

 | Business planning  | Growth

Daydreamer Desk lets workers rest their weary heads

3:36PM | Tuesday, 19 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Ever felt lethargic by mid-afternoon? If so, one New York designer has developed the perfect desk for you.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Remember your goals

3:19PM | Tuesday, 19 March 2013 | Taskmaster

If you want your start-up to succeed, it’s time to set yourself some smart goals – along with a few prominent reminders.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Leadership

Fewer marketers using social networking: Report

3:59PM | Monday, 18 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A new survey shows marketing budgets will grow by 1% in 2013, following growth of 3.4% last year, while the growth of social networking and Web 2.0 is less pronounced than in 2011.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Sales and marketing  | Technology  | Social media  | Sole trader

Chocolate shoes a cheeky idea

3:53PM | Monday, 18 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Expensive tastes in food and fashion are notoriously difficult to satisfy. However, one chocolatier in Dallas believes chocolate high heels could satisfy both cravings.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Video: Welcome to the new StartupSmart

3:01AM | Monday, 18 March 2013 | Oliver Milman

As you may have noticed, StartupSmart has had something of a makeover. But beyond the cleaner, more striking design, there are plenty of fantastic new features for budding start-ups to get their teeth into. Here’s a look at what’s changed.

 | Planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Innovation

SpiderSense has superhuman powers to help cyclists

3:21PM | Friday, 15 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Accidents involving cyclists are a major problem on our roads. Now a new suit can alert riders to potential risks – Spider Man style.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Google to examine Australian start-up scene for StartupAUS project

3:47AM | Friday, 15 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Google has commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers to gather data on Australian tech start-ups, and has already released preliminary findings, after partnering with five well-known Australian tech entrepreneurs including Matt Barrie.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Sole trader

One Aussie entrepreneur to meet Richard Branson via LinkedIn comp

3:35PM | Thursday, 14 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australian entrepreneurs are being encouraged to write a 25-word submission for the chance to sit on a panel with Sir Richard Branson at a University of Queensland Business School event.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | How I did it

Uni students all abuzz over new app

3:01PM | Thursday, 14 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Since time immemorial, balancing coursework with nights out has been a challenge for uni students. Now a new app from the Co-op Bookshop can help them manage their tasks.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Pre-launch start-up TheBestDay scores $1.1 million in funding

3:33PM | Wednesday, 13 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Young entrepreneur Whitney Komor has scored $1.1 million from OneVentures and Sydney Angels for her social planning start-up TheBestDay, which is still months away from launching.

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