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.

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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.

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How do I break into a male-dominated industry?

3:00AM | Thursday, 7 March 2013 | Gillian Franklin

The keys to success are being proactive, communicating clearly and having the right attitude.

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Matchbox wins global innovation award – five things you can learn

3:28PM | Wednesday, 6 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Kitchenware and cookware retailer Matchbox has been named the Australian winner of the 2012 Global Innovation Award, recognised for its design and franchising model.

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UK fast fashion chain Miss Selfridge Australia-bound, report suggests

3:24PM | Wednesday, 6 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Small retailers have no choice but to emulate the fast turnaround times of the major chains, says an industry expert, amid rumours UK fast fashion chain Miss Selfridge is coming to Australia.

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So long, and tanks for all the jellyfish

3:23PM | Wednesday, 6 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Are you sick of cats and dogs? You'll wear a tank full expression on your face when you see this jellyfish aquarium appear at your local pet store.

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General Assembly to put Aussie start-ups in front of US VCs

3:00AM | Wednesday, 6 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

General Assembly Australia is encouraging start-ups to enter a competition that will see two winners pitch to a high-profile US-based venture capitalists.

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Six standouts from Forbes’ 2013 World’s Billionaires list

3:47PM | Tuesday, 5 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Forbes has welcomed a number of notable newcomers to its World’s Billionaires list, including the founders of fashion brands Diesel and Tory Burch, and China’s version of Steve Jobs.

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Reserve Bank keeps cash rate on hold despite low demand for credit

3:41PM | Tuesday, 5 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The cash rate has been left unchanged at 3%, in line with economists’ predictions, although the Reserve Bank said the exchange rate remains “higher than might have been expected” while demand for credit is low.

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Military-style weekends pick up pace

3:30PM | Tuesday, 5 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Why have a relaxing weekend when you could go to a military-style boot camp instead? Amid surging consumer demand for exciting getaways, extreme weekends are experiencing explosive growth.

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Three in four businesses have cashflow concerns: Report

3:45PM | Monday, 4 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Businesses are attempting to curb their expenses by delaying investments and the hiring of new staff, according to the latest Dun & Bradstreet survey, which shows 75% of businesses see cashflow as an issue during the months ahead.

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Pollenizer celebrates fifth birthday: Five lessons from the start-up pioneer

3:32PM | Monday, 4 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Mick Liubinskas has highlighted the trials and tribulations of Pollenizer, including how it turned Spreets into a $40 million company, as the online venture builder celebrates its fifth birthday.

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“How we raised funds pre-development”: SpotJobs co-founder tells

3:29PM | Monday, 4 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Another new niche job site, SpotJobs, is preparing for its national media launch next month, having already received seed funding and office space from residential builder Simonds Homes.

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Revealed: Characteristics of $1 billion consumer tech companies

3:24PM | Monday, 4 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The average age of companies that the owners sell at more than $1 billion is seven years, according to US venture capitalist Jacob Mullins, who has revealed the common characteristics of $1 billion consumer tech companies.

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Five start-ups that are tackling life’s annoying problems

3:56PM | Monday, 4 March 2013 | Oliver Milman

Everyday annoyances can be great places to find inspiration for a new business. Here are five great examples of start-ups that are cashing in by solving common problems. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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Bad date insurance not a bad idea

3:25PM | Monday, 4 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Horrible first dates aren’t just a waste of your time – they can be expensive as well. Now an online insurer is offering a policy that protects women against romantic evenings gone awry.

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Sydney’s east get its first co-working space

3:00AM | Monday, 4 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A former freelancer for Yelp has opened a co-working space in the Sydney suburb of Edgecliff, while Gold Coast-based incubator Silicon Lakes is opening its co-working space in Robina.

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Co-working space Hub spreads to Adelaide to add some “entrepreneurial bloom”

3:45PM | Friday, 1 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The South Australian government will provide $1 million to help establish Hub Adelaide, which joins Hub Melbourne and Hub Sydney, to try and capitalise on the city’s “entrepreneurial boom”.

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Lean start-up model is challenging but rewarding, says serial entrepreneur

3:41PM | Friday, 1 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Serial entrepreneur Ruwan Weerasooriya has highlighted the challenges of adopting a lean start-up model in his latest start-up Rewardle, after selling another start-up to oOh!media last year.

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2013 entries open for iAwards: Entry tips from a former winner

3:21PM | Friday, 1 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Tech start-ups are being encouraged to enter the 2013 iAwards, which showcases innovative ICT solutions, with a previous entrant describing its award win as a “good talking point”.

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