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New investment fund, network set to boost sports start-ups

10:00AM | Wednesday, 10 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Innovators in the sports technology sector are being tipped to receive long-overdue commercialisation opportunities following the launch of an industry body and an upcoming multi-million dollar investment fund.

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

Business confidence improves but conditions still poor: NAB survey

10:31PM | Tuesday, 9 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The NAB Monthly Business Survey indicates business confidence is still very patchy.

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

Self-adjustable glasses have a clear direction

10:03PM | Tuesday, 9 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Distributing glasses in the developing world has historically been hampered by a lack of optometrists. A new invention might be able to overcome that challenge.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

The revamped R&D tax break: What your start-up needs to know

10:28PM | Tuesday, 9 October 2012 | Mahesh Sharma

If your start-up is developing a new invention, the Federal Government's R&D Tax Incentive can return up to 45 cents for every dollar spent on it. Here are some facts to be aware of before you apply. BY MAHESH SHARMA.

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Sydney start-up enLighten wins 2012 clean tech crown

10:00AM | Tuesday, 9 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Sydney start-up enLighten is to take part in a global innovation showcase in the US after winning the 2012 Australian Clean Technologies Competition.

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

Design it with the future in mind

10:05PM | Monday, 8 October 2012 | Taskmaster

Recent renovations at Taskmaster Towers have unearthed a valuable business lesson for anyone planning or building a major project.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership  | Managing people

Complaints mount as national Business Names Register struggles

10:25PM | Monday, 8 October 2012 | Cara Waters

The national business name register is continuing to give start-ups headaches.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Intellectual property

The dangers of being a part-time entrepreneur

10:09PM | Monday, 8 October 2012 | Alexandra Cain

A growing number of entrepreneurs launch start-ups while still in full-time work. However, if you’re thinking about building a business part-time, there are risks you must be aware of. BY ALEXANDRA CAIN.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Home based business  | Work/life balance  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership  | Managing people  | Running a business from home

Fowlty Towers a haven for hens

10:58PM | Monday, 8 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An eccentric hotelier has decided to open a luxury hotel for chickens. Fowlty Towers promises five-star accommodation for busy hens in need of a getaway.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Gillard urged to help create 'Silicon Beach' for Australian tech businesses

10:38AM | Monday, 8 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

The tech sector has told the Federal Government that regulations need to change if Australia wants to have its own Silicon Valley.

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New OzFounded platform maps out Australia’s start-up scene

10:00AM | Monday, 8 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Newly launched platform OzFounded is to put Australian start-ups on the map – quite literally – in a bid to facilitate networking among entrepreneurs and technology companies.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Bicycle rack doubles as a bookshelf

10:36PM | Friday, 5 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

For inner-city residents, bicycles have become as much a fashion accessory as a mode of transport. Now a new bookshelf allows proud owners to display their bikes like a work of art.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Social Startup 48 winner hunts $1 million via crowdfunding

10:06PM | Thursday, 4 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

A Melbourne entrepreneur has launched a campaign to raise $1 million in funding for a recycling project that won the recent Social Startup 48 event.

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

Women urged to think like entrepreneurs as Pipeline Fellowship gains pace

10:01PM | Thursday, 4 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A female entrepreneurship group says while it supports the idea of training women to become angel investors, as seen in the US, we first need to train women to think like entrepreneurs.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Five Aussie-led start-ups making their mark overseas

10:45PM | Thursday, 4 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

We live in an increasingly globalised world. If you want your start-up to make it big overseas, here are five Aussie-led businesses you should pay attention to. BY OLIVER MILMAN

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Female entrepreneurs struggle most with marketing: Survey

10:43PM | Thursday, 4 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Female entrepreneurs are being urged not to skimp on their marketing strategies after research revealed almost half of female business owners need help with their marketing and advertising.

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New device lets the blind read camera settings

10:30PM | Thursday, 4 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Until now, it has been difficult for visually impaired people to know when settings on their camera have changed. It's a problem solved by a new invention.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Topshop opens its doors in Sydney: Five secrets to the retailer's success in Australia

10:06PM | Thursday, 4 October 2012 | Cara Waters

Here are five tips from Topshop about what makes it top dog when it comes to fast fashion.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing  | Sales

Public service lay-offs fuel surge in franchise enquiries: Report

10:00AM | Thursday, 4 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retrenched Queensland public servants have contributed to a renewed interest in franchising, according to Retail Food Group, which saw a 64% spike in inquiries between June and August.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisee

Taking stock of your first quarter

10:21PM | Wednesday, 3 October 2012 | Marc Peskett

We’ve just come through the first quarter of the financial year. It’s a good opportunity to have a look at how your business is performing in these three key areas. BY MARC PESKETT.

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