Business ideas



All ale the weekend: this Brisbane startup delivers cold beers to your desk

6:37PM | Monday, 22 June 2015 | Broede Carmody

An Aussie startup is looking to capitalise on the tradition of cracking open a cold beer at work to kick off the weekend.

The five most popular Aussie startups on Product Hoist from May

6:51PM | Thursday, 11 June 2015 | Steven Speldewinde

Since launching in March 2015, more than 200 innovative Australian products and startups have been featured on Product Hoist – showcasing a flourishing Australian startup ecosystem.

Resilient, hardworking and quick to learn new skills: why veterans make perfect entrepreneurs

5:49PM | Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | Broede Carmody

Veterans make perfect entrepreneurs and startup employees because of their work ethic and ability to adapt.

How startups can scale customer service as they grow

4:01PM | Tuesday, 7 April 2015 | Daniel Scheltinga

For startups, one of the biggest challenges of customer service is that almost as soon as everything is set up, things seem to change.

Four US services that would go gangbusters in Australia

3:50PM | Wednesday, 11 March 2015 | Broede Carmody

StartupSmart has chosen four American startups or services that would hit it off in Australia should they launch Down Under.

Geospatial conference an opportunity to put Queensland startups on the map

3:19PM | Friday, 6 March 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

Brisbane is hosting a national conference for the geospatial industry, with the event presenting a valuable opportunity for startups developing or consuming mapping and geospatial services to network with leading industry, government and academic figures.

A new force in gaming? Controls combine virtual reality with exercise, motion tracking and resistance

2:16PM | Friday, 20 February 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

An Australian tech company called The Realm has created a new motion tracking control system with force feedback that co-founder Matt Long says will give gamers a more immersive experience – along with a calorie-burning workout.

Property inspection reports cheaper with a crowd

2:13PM | Tuesday, 17 February 2015 | Eisha Gupta

Melbourne-based startup Easy Inspect has developed a platform that allows property buyers to share the cost of inspection reports with other interested buyers.

Selling paintings online: Online art platform is redrawing the gallery landscape

1:20PM | Friday, 16 January 2015 | Andrew Sadauskas

For artists, especially those from rural and regional areas, getting paintings in a gallery for display has always been a challenge. Now an online platform, called Blue Thumb, is taking some of the headaches out of making a living as an artist.

Love is in the app: Sydney startup Pozee brings reality back to dating

12:51PM | Wednesday, 10 December 2014 | Dinushi Dias

Sibling co-founders Courtney and Joanna Hayes have launched a new app encouraging singles to put down their mobile devices and meet in real life.

Crowdsurfer promises you’ll never lose your friends again

11:21PM | Wednesday, 5 November 2014 | Kye White

At a concert last year, Matt Gerard was standing in a sea of people, struggling to find his friends. It was there he came up with the idea for Crowdsurfer, an app that lets you know where your friends are in real time.

Payhero plans to save the day for business billing services

10:13PM | Wednesday, 15 October 2014 | Broede Carmody

An Adelaide-based startup is looking to make it easier for businesses to turn regular customers into recurring revenue.

Forget physical property: It’s in the idea!

10:20PM | Friday, 10 October 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

It's important to take the time to protect your greatest assets.

Elance-oDesk aims to get the entrepreneurial pulse racing with city meet-ups

9:13PM | Wednesday, 24 September 2014 | Kye White

Elance-oDesk has launched The Pulse, a new initiative aimed at bringing entrepreneurs together in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Westpac and BlueChilli offer $40,000 for real estate disruption

9:38PM | Wednesday, 17 September 2014 | StartupSmart

Westpac Group, in conjunction with accelerator Blue Chilli, is offering $40,000 to the Australian startup that can create the most useful and disruptive business solution for its SME and commercial real estate customers.

Minimal meetings and managers: the tech companies shaking up the “big company” mentality

9:24PM | Wednesday, 17 September 2014 | Bronwen Clune

Vending machines full of free Apple products, fully catered meals, band rooms, huge cafeterias that look like any on-trend café; the offices of Yammer, Dropbox and Stripe leave a lasting impression.

AngelCube demo day reveals a diverse class of 2014

9:18PM | Wednesday, 3 September 2014 | Bronwen Clune

Kicking off a round of demo days that will be held in Sydney, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and New York, the latest round of AngelCube’s early stage startups did their best to impress a room full of investors and influencers in Melbourne, Tuesday night.

Entrepreneurs flock to Brisbane for Creative³ forum

8:23PM | Wednesday, 13 August 2014 | StartupSmart

Next month, a group of entrepreneurs from all over the world will gather in Brisbane for the Creative³ forum.

Alphatise gets ready to take on e-commerce giants by “putting the consumer in the driver’s seat”

8:00AM | Tuesday, 5 August 2014 | Kye White

After two years development and having already raised $3 million in funding, Sydney-based e-commerce startup Alphatise has launched.

Melbourne’s indie game scene gets a funding boost

7:11PM | Wednesday, 23 July 2014 | Kye White

When friends Jake Strasser, Stuart Gillespie-Cook, Michael McMaster and Nico Disseldorp decided to develop a game to kill time over summer, they never thought it would lead them to San Francisco.