Melbourne Cup: The overseas raiders hoping to storm the start-up business field

11:22PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Veteran racehorse trainer Bart Cummings accused the Victoria Racing Club of “pandering to the internationals” for tomorrow’s Melbourne Cup, but what of the overseas start-ups jostling for position with budding Australian business thoroughbreds?

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SMEs set for incentive blitz amid yawning retail space vacancies

11:17PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retail start-ups are being encouraged to sniff out incentives from landlords who are desperate to fill space, as established brands begin to avoid shopping centres due to high rents.

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The Pollenizer effect

11:04PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Since start-up incubator Pollenizer launched four-and-a-half years ago, Australia’s tech sector has grown dramatically. Here are five secrets to how Pollenizer assesses and works with start-ups. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

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Ratings system for gym junkies

11:57PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Ever wanted to know how effective a particular fitness class is at burning fat or building muscle? A new review website called RateYourBurn can help you to find out.

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Be ready for December 23 email blitz, retailers warned

11:00AM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

December 23 will be the biggest day of December for retailers receiving traffic from email campaigns, according to an Experian analyst, who has outlined some key Christmas findings.

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New “Hop” suitcase follows its user

11:11PM | Friday, 2 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new suitcase, called the Hop, looks for signals sent from a users’ mobile phone and automatically follows them like a lost puppy.

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How we hustled our way into 500 Startups: Kickfolio

11:00AM | Friday, 2 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

AngelCube alumni Kickfolio has highlighted the “hustle” it went through in order to be accepted into US accelerator 500 Startups, which recently announced its newest batch of companies.

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New research reaffirms potential of China and India for retailers

11:09PM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

New research reaffirms the potential of the Chinese and Indian markets for retailers, but categories such as fashion are being outshone by more “necessary” categories such as health.

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Media darling Mia Freedman features on new video platform Eventer

11:01PM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne-based software development company Cogent has launched a new video platform to share events online, which has already featured big-name speakers including Mia Freedman.

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Smartphone app sends video messages

11:19PM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

When it comes to SMS, the revolution will be televised. A new iPhone app makes it as easy to record a video message as it is to send a text.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Startup Weekend to launch 10,000 start-ups via new partnership

11:00AM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Startup Weekend has teamed up with TechStars and Startup America to launch a new program dubbed Startup Weekend Next, which will aim to create 10,000 start-ups throughout the world.

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The triple C bottom line: Getting back to basics

10:38PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Marc Peskett

It’s easy to get distracted by bright shiny ideas and other wonderful things, but running a business requires that you never lose focus of the basics. BY MARC PESKETT.

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Corporate spending on Melbourne Cup spurs business opportunities: IBISWorld

10:50PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

This year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival will see spending increase by 4.1% on 2011, according to IBISWorld, which has highlighted oppportunities for retailers and regional tourism operators.

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Commercialisation Australia confirms grants pipeline flowing again

10:42PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Grants are back on the table, it seems, with Commercialisation Australia now confirming the organisation is handing out new grants to small businesses after a temporary freeze.

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Consumers still spending on clothes and technology: Nielsen

10:27PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Consumers are prioritising spending on new clothes, entertainment and technology, according to a Nielsen survey, which shows consumer confidence rose by eight points in the third quarter.

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Garden-in-a-bottle appeals to wannabe green thumbs

10:17PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Do you struggle to find the time to look after your plants? Now you can buy an instant garden in a bottle – just add water.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Capture moments with a new lifelogging camera

10:20PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Have you ever witnessed something amazing that passed before you had a chance to take a photo? A new postage stamp-sized camera, called the Memoto, automatically takes two pictures every minute.

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Samsung and Toblerone among this year’s Shonkys

10:37PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups can learn from the mistakes of this year’s Shonky award winners, which include Toblerone for its “ridiculous” serving sizes, and waterproofing technology that doesn’t work.

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StageBitz snags $890,000 from multiple investors

10:31PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech23 alumni StageBitz has raised $890,000 in funding from investors including ANU Connect Ventures and the Sydney Angels Sidecard Fund, as it seeks to revolutionise the arts industry.

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Refunds remain consumers’ biggest irk as group buying gripes soar

10:24PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Refunds continue to be the main cause of consumer complaints across all product categories, according to figures from NSW Fair Trading, as group buying and discount deals gripes escalate.

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