Judge reveals why iConnect Catering won Startup Weekend Perth

3:22PM | Wednesday, 13 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Pollenizer co-founder Phil Morle has revealed the reasons why iConnect Catering was named the winner of the latest Startup Weekend Perth, highlighting the growth of the Perth start-up scene.

Business planning  | Growth  | Technology

Fingerprint technology is spot on

3:00PM | Wednesday, 13 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Hollywood has long been fascinated with the idea of using severed fingers to fool fingerprint scanners. A new invention ensures such plots now firmly fall into the realms of fiction.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Retail Evolution Lab unveils five must-have technologies for stores

3:30PM | Tuesday, 12 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Local retail design firm Red Design Group has unveiled a range of new in-store technologies for retailers, after partnering with AOPEN to launch the Retail Evolution Lab in Melbourne.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology

Brisbane hotel shortage opens door for start-ups

3:21PM | Tuesday, 12 March 2013 | Oliver Milman

Start-up opportunities in the hotel market appear to be blossoming in Brisbane, with a new report showing that the Queensland capital loses around 87,000 visitors and $136 million in expenditure a year due to a chronic lack of hotel rooms in the city.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Here's a scoop: Baskin-Robbins and Ben & Jerry's opening 230 stores, melting rivals

3:01PM | Tuesday, 12 March 2013 | Cara Waters

Expansion plans for ice-cream franchises in Australia are heating up with Baskin-Robbins announcing plans for another 200 shops in Australia over the next 10 years, tripling the chain's presence in the country.

 | Planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisor  | Becoming a franchisee

Founder sings praises of Twitter-based ticket exchange

3:49PM | Tuesday, 12 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Music lovers have long search for an easy way to exchange unwanted concert tickets. Now a new Twitter-based service called Twickets appears to be hitting all the right notes.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

SXSW 2013 starts with rain, internet cats and e-textiles

3:39PM | Monday, 11 March 2013 | Oliver Milman

The South by Southwest festival, hailed as the launchpad for start-ups such as Twitter, is underway in Austin, Texas. Here is a wrap-up of the 2013 iteration’s rather drizzly opening.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Five start-up standouts from SXSW 2013

3:19PM | Monday, 11 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A ride-sharing service that uses oversized pink moustaches to distinguish itself has spoken of its success at South by Southwest 2013, having raised $7 million from a number of investors.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology

Sydney Founder Institute awards local ‘fellowships’

3:15PM | Monday, 11 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney Dev Camp founder Danila Davidson is hoping to inspire more women to enter the start-up scene, after being awarded the Female Founder Fellowship by the Sydney Founder Institute.

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

Google-backed “airwriter” lets the user write in mid-air

3:29PM | Monday, 11 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The keyboard and mouse could soon go the way of the dodo thanks to a new invention called the “airwriter”, which let you “type” letters by tracing them in the air.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

The seven marketing steps that landed us with 30,000 clients

3:07PM | Monday, 11 March 2013 | Mitchell Harper

Our eCommerce business, Bigcommerce, has grown to a 200-strong team supporting 30,000 clients. Here’s how we did it – and how you can do it too. BY MITCHELL HARPER.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Backpack Bed for homeless named an Edison Award finalist

3:04PM | Friday, 8 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A backpack bed designed by Melbourne social enterprise Swags for Homeless has been named a finalist in the social impact category of the 2013 Edison Awards, to be held in Chicago next month.

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

CommBank names first five businesswomen for Silicon Valley tour

3:58PM | Friday, 8 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Queensland businesswoman Yvette Adams will take part in a study tour in Silicon Valley along with nine other women, two years after appearing in the 2011 StartupSmart Awards Top 50.

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

New safety app for women offers another lifeline

3:25PM | Friday, 8 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Violent crimes and sexual predators are a growing concern in our community. Now a new app can help to keep you safe by instantly contacting your friends or family members if you’re ever attacked.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

REA Group boss invests in Sydney tech start-up Housl

3:54PM | Thursday, 7 March 2013 | Oliver Milman

Greg Ellis, the chief executive of owner REA Group, has invested in Sydney tech start-up Housl, ahead of an ambitious expansion plan for the new venture.

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

Start-ups the Target for new retail-based accelerator

3:46PM | Thursday, 7 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

US-based retail giant Target Corporation will launch its Target Retail Accelerator tomorrow to coincide with the 2013 South by Southwest festival, where developers will vie for cash prizes.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology

Sydney entrepreneur opens ‘ideas exchange’ centre

3:43PM | Thursday, 7 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A Sydney-based entrepreneur has launched a Small Business Ideas Exchange Centre in a bid to help other Sydney small business owners share information, host and attend events, and network.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sole trader

Five changes that would boost female-led start-ups

3:27PM | Thursday, 7 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

In several key sectors, including IT and finance, female entrepreneurs remain sorely underrepresented. Here are five changes that could reverse the situation. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Leadership

Meet the 25 start-ups selected for the Advance Innovation Program

3:50PM | Thursday, 7 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The co-founder of Perth-based start-up Floq is hoping to raise up to $1 million from US investors after being selected as one of 25 start-ups for this year’s Advance Innovation Program.

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

Mix tapes with a modern twist

3:38PM | Thursday, 7 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Have you ever wanted to send a mix tape to a loved one, but been unable to find a cassette deck that still works? If so, a new online service can help you record a tape with a modern twist.

 | Planning  | Business ideas