Business ideas



Snapsave aims to be piggy bank for the modern age

9:27PM | Tuesday, 1 September 2015 | Denham Sadler

A Sydney startup wants to bring the age-old piggy bank into the 21st century and help people digitally save their spare change.

Riding the fintech WAIV to a $100 million valuation

8:15PM | Monday, 31 August 2015 | Denham Sadler

It was a problem that used to keep John Fenga up at night: what if, one day, he needs to urgently transfer funds overseas to his daughter?

Round-up of the AngelCube Demo Day pitches

8:44PM | Thursday, 27 August 2015 | Kye White

AngelCube’s latest batch of startups showed their ideas to the world for the first time at the accelerator’s Melbourne community Demo Day on Tuesday night.

WeddingBuzz beginning to surf the bridal wave

8:42PM | Monday, 24 August 2015 | Denham Sadler

While planning his wedding, Phil Usher became increasingly frustrated at the archaic practices and lack of transparency in the industry.

Experts in the field: How a faulty lift could revolutionise crop forecasts

8:38PM | Friday, 21 August 2015 | Denham Sadler

A product that could revolutionise the agriculture industry wouldn’t have existed at all if two young Adelaide University students didn’t get stuck in an elevator together.

What’s the big idea?: The nine most startling startups from YC Demo Day

8:14PM | Thursday, 20 August 2015 | Denham Sadler

Over two days this week 104 startups pitched to a room filled with invitation-only investors as part of Y Combinator’s latest Demo Day held at Mountain View, California.

Talks the talk: Live chat startup boasts big sales results

8:55PM | Wednesday, 19 August 2015 | Denham Sadler

Gary Tramer had a hunch. By adding a little science along with some human-to-human interaction, he could substantially improve online sales conversion rates.

Agent of change: New startup helps young investors take first steps

8:02PM | Friday, 14 August 2015 | Denham Sadler

Tarang Patel has co-founded a new Australian startup hoping to help people get involved with investing at an early age, using just their loose change.

How’s it hanging?: Cloakr founder sees sugar-coated future

8:51PM | Wednesday, 12 August 2015 | Denham Sadler

Dominic Goldsworthy was sitting at the local pub, working on his laptop, when he came up with an idea.

Freight expectations: The next big area for startups

8:16PM | Monday, 10 August 2015 | Denham Sadler

Australian entrepreneurs are looking to capitalise on a growing international interest in startups that are bringing the freighting industry into the 21st digital century.

Travel Eggs cracks open local secrets

8:07PM | Friday, 7 August 2015 | Denham Sadler

A Perth-based startup wants to put a local tour guide in your pocket with a new digital travel guide app.

Five most popular Aussie startups on Product Hoist from July

8:00PM | Thursday, 6 August 2015 | Steven Speldewinde

It’s always interesting to look at some of the underlying themes behind the five most popular Aussie startups posted on Product Hoist each month.

Medical startup HotDoc gets a healthy cash injection

8:42PM | Thursday, 6 August 2015 | Denham Sadler

Melbourne-based medical management startup HotDoc has raised $2.2 million from a series A funding round, with AirTree Ventures being the lead investor.

Tuned Global a $5.1 million sound investment

8:08PM | Wednesday, 5 August 2015 | Denham Sadler

Australian business-to-business white label digital music provider Tuned Global has scored a $5.1 million investment from venture capital firm Exto Partners.

“Paperwork is shit”: Why construction managers are going ape over app

8:04PM | Tuesday, 4 August 2015 | Kye White

Perth-based startup APE Mobile has raised $2 million to develop and scale its paperless construction site management app.

Payment and instant feedback startup truRating makes Aussie debut

8:51PM | Tuesday, 4 August 2015 | Denham Sadler

UK-based point-of-payment ratings system truRating has launched in Australia, as CEO and founder Georgina Nelson says the sector is “ripe for disruption”.

Stripe co-founder John Collison on competition, startup ideas and Donald Trump

8:03PM | Monday, 3 August 2015 | Denham Sadler

Donald Trump is one of the few American presidential candidates not using Stripe, according to the startup’s co-founder John Collison.

Startup's tool helps entrepreneurs do business with bitcoin

7:22PM | Thursday, 30 July 2015 | Kye White

Smartbit is a platform-as-a-service which makes it easier for startups and businesses to build and scale products that integrate with bitcoin.

Package deal has startup dreaming globally

7:06PM | Thursday, 30 July 2015 | Denham Sadler

Australia parcel delivery startup Sendle has teamed up with Asia-Pacific transport and logistic provider Toll to help small businesses get things delivered quickly and cheaply.

Temptation and exercise: how apps can help you make commitments you can't refuse

7:36PM | Wednesday, 29 July 2015 | David Glance

Economists have long proposed that the solution to our inability to look after ourselves is to use commitment devices.