Liquid metal marbles a solid idea

1:59PM | Monday, 21 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

RMIT University researchers have created liquid metal marbles. The nanoparticle-coated liquid metal droplets withstand high impacts or temperatures, can form semiconductors, yet behave like a fluid.

Planning  | Business ideas

Startup Weekend winner among latest Innovyz START participants

1:12PM | Friday, 18 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A former winner of Startup Weekend is among the 10 ventures selected to take part in the second ANZ Innovyz START program, which is once again dominated by Adelaide-based start-ups.

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

Eyewear start-up unfazed by sombre industry forecast

1:00PM | Friday, 18 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s optometry and optical dispensing industry is expected to grow just 0.4% in 2012-13, according to an IBISWorld report, but online eyewear retailer Sneaking Duck says it isn’t worried.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow

River City Labs founder backs new Brisbane games accelerator

1:53PM | Friday, 18 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A new mobile games accelerator has launched in Brisbane and is now open for applications, with successful teams set to receive up to $50,000 each in addition to office space and mentorship.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Opportunities abound in New Year’s resolutions

1:14AM | Friday, 18 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Across Australia, consumers are trying to get fit or shed some pounds as part of their New Year’s resolutions. This can lead to new business opportunities for savvy entrepreneurs.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Optus Innov8 start-up program opens applications for second season

1:51PM | Thursday, 17 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The Optus Innov8 Seed Program has opened applications for its second season following the success of the inaugural round in 2012, which saw two start-ups secure a total of $700,000.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Start-ups warned of top five digital threats set to strike in 2013

1:21PM | Thursday, 17 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Internet security company AVG has identified five digital threats facing businesses and consumers in 2013, prompting an expert to highlight how start-ups can respond to the trends.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology  | Websites  | IT  | Sole trader

2013 iAward winners to showcase in Hong Kong

1:13PM | Thursday, 17 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Winners of the 2013 iAwards, now open for entries, will have the opportunity to compete with businesses from across the Asia-Pacific at the 2013 Asia Pacific ICT Awards in Hong Kong.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology  | Websites

That’s not how we do things around here!

1:38PM | Thursday, 17 January 2013 | Taskmaster

Two phrases have wiped out more innovation than any others in history. Now Old Taskmaster is on a mission to stamp them out for good.

 | Business planning  | Growth

Are Aussie start-ups set for an export boom?

1:07PM | Thursday, 17 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

The high Aussie dollar can make some entrepreneurs reluctant to export. However, a recent study shows there are strong growth opportunities for Australian exporters at the premium end of Asian markets. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Planning  | Business ideas  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing  | Advertising  | Sales

Want to know how something smells? Use your phone

1:19PM | Thursday, 17 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Want to know the scent of that fragrance you’re looking at online? According to recent predictions by IBM, in 2018 the aroma could be just a smellophone call away.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

4Cabling founder Nicole Kersh launches second start-up

1:42PM | Wednesday, 16 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Young Australian entrepreneur Nicole Kersh has launched a new website called,following the success of her first start-up 4Cabling.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology  | Websites  | IT  | How I did it

Gold Coast looks to boost innovation credentials with angel conference

1:37PM | Wednesday, 16 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Representatives from the world’s largest angel investor groups will attend a conference on the Gold Coast next month, as the Queensland city attempts to reposition itself as an innovation hub.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Smartphone-controlled toilet flushes away concerns

1:03PM | Wednesday, 16 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Controlling household appliances through smartphone apps is a growing trend. The latest example is a toilet that can be flushed remotely using an Android app.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

How to find an informal mentor for your business

1:11PM | Wednesday, 16 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Especially if you’re a soloist, advice from friends and family can be invaluable. StartupSmart spoke to three experts to help you get the most out of your mentor. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Leadership  | Managing people  | How to hire staff  | Sole trader

Unpromising job prospects tipped to spark new start-ups

1:25PM | Tuesday, 15 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Almost a quarter of Australians are planning a career change this year, while hiring intentions are mixed among employers, according to separate pieces of new research, suggesting many people could be looking to go it alone in 2013.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Leadership  | How to hire staff  | Sole trader

Leap in tourist numbers highlights potential of Asian Century

1:21PM | Tuesday, 15 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Recent bushfires may have hampered parts of the Australian tourism industry, but new figures show foreign tourists are flocking to Australia in droves, suggesting start-ups can cash in.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Woolworths to sell local produce from SMEs in new campaign

1:07PM | Tuesday, 15 January 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Supermarket giant Woolworths says it will deliver some relief for food businesses with the announcement of a new plan to start sourcing products from SMEs to emphasise local produce.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Seven top tips to boosting your business in 2013

1:46PM | Tuesday, 15 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

MYOB has outlined seven steps start-ups should take to boost their business in 2013, after revealing more than half of small businesses hope to improve systems and processes this year.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow

Five Aussie start-ups to watch in 2013

1:59PM | Tuesday, 15 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

Across a number of sectors, innovative Australian start-ups are challenging the status quo. Here are five start-ups set to shake up their industries in 2013. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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