McDonald’s unveils Australia Day campaign – here are three more standouts

1:17PM | Tuesday, 8 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

McDonald’s is attempting to add an Australian flavour to its image in the lead-up to Australia Day, as big brands continue to capitalise on the festivities, suggesting start-ups can do the same.

Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing  | How I did it

Sid keeps a lid on it

1:37PM | Tuesday, 8 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Are you tired of the dull, pressure cooker environment of your kitchen? If so, the Lid Sid is a bubbly new utensil you might want to poach.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

GeoNext Startup Showcase to reward location-based innovations

1:50PM | Monday, 7 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups looking to make their mark with location-based technology are being urged to submit their pitch for the GeoNext Startup Showcase, with prizes including a two-hour strategy session on capital raising.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology

Entrepreneurs offered a SeaChange with coastal start-up camp

1:46PM | Monday, 7 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The second annual SeaChange StartUp Camp will return to the NSW town of Merimbula in March, when participants will develop online business ideas and pitch for funding.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth

Burrito Bomber drops in on Mexican food lovers

1:32PM | Monday, 7 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Mexican food has a reputation for sometimes being explosively hot. So it is fitting that a group of inventors have developed a way to use drone aircraft to deliver burritos.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Tapit Media looks to global stage after raising $2.3 million

12:00AM | Monday, 24 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based tech start-up Tapit Media plans to take its near field communications technology (NFC) to the global stage, after completing a $2.3 million Series A round led by MPC Ventures.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | How I did it

The best and worst start-up ideas of 2012

12:09PM | Friday, 21 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

During the past year, StartupSmart has looked at some really innovative new products – and some real head-scratchers. Here is our best and worst for 2012. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

 | Planning  | Business ideas  | Business planning  | Growth

Get around to it in 2013

12:53PM | Friday, 21 December 2012 | Taskmaster

Well, here we are, knocking down the door of 2013. But before the fireworks, there's one final thing you need to prepare.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Pintrips lets deal hounds “pin” flights

12:48PM | Friday, 21 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Comparing deals when you’re planning a trip can be frustrating. Now a new application called Pintrips helps you to compare deals by allowing you to “pin” flights to a virtual dashboard.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Your guide to Christmas and New Year public holidays and trading hours

12:37PM | Friday, 21 December 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Here is Startupsmart’s annual guide to the Christmas and New Year public holidays.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Female start-up founders more likely to be driven by need than opportunity: Report

12:25PM | Friday, 21 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The majority of Australian start-ups are motivated by opportunity rather than need, new research suggests, although the instance of necessity-driven motivation is slightly higher for female founders.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Businesses unfazed by surplus pledge backflip

12:31PM | Friday, 21 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business groups have downplayed the Federal Government’s concession the budget is unlikely to return to surplus in 2012-13, with one group describing the move as “neither here nor there”.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Tax

Five key things that fast-growth businesses do well

12:57PM | Thursday, 20 December 2012 | Oliver Milman

When it comes to fast-growing businesses, there are five key points most of them have in common. Is your business emulating their example? BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

The Project Factory offers Christmas promo tips after launching Santa Panic!

12:37PM | Thursday, 20 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Sydney-based digital production company has highlighted the importance of creating a narrative for time-sensitive games, after launching Christmas-inspired iPhone game Santa Panic!

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology  | Social media  | IT

“Chair alarm” idea goes off – literally

12:56PM | Thursday, 20 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

While health experts stress the importance of stretching at work, knowing when to get up can be a pain in the neck. Thankfully, a new invention can let you know when you need to get up.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Carbon tax has damaged eight in 10 retailers, industry body claims

12:00AM | Thursday, 20 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The carbon tax has been dragged into the spotlight once again, with a new survey by the peak retail body showing 80% of businesses say they have been negatively impacted by the tax.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow

A Taskmaster Christmas carol

12:01PM | Wednesday, 19 December 2012 | Taskmaster

Old Taskmaster can’t stand the crass commercialisation of Charles Dickens’ novels. So it came as quite a shock when three ghosts came bearing start-up lessons.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

How Australia’s top start-up incubators performed in 2012

12:48PM | Wednesday, 19 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The past year has seen Australia’s start-up scene surge. Here’s a wrap-up of how our leading incubators and accelerators have performed this year – and what lays in store for 2013. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

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

Clothing retailers set for new year slowdown: Report

12:27PM | Wednesday, 19 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

There will be no relief for Australian clothing retailers in the new year, according to a new IBISWorld report, which shows industry revenue is expected to contract by 1.4% in 2012-13.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow

Kiwi franchise SnorePro to roll out Australia-wide

12:22PM | Wednesday, 19 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

New Zealand-based franchise SnorePro has included Australia in its international expansion strategy, revealing plans to roll out up to 55 Australian franchises over the next 12 months.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisee