Business ideas



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.

ACT startup gives coffee subscription a shot

7:06PM | Tuesday, 28 July 2015 | Denham Sadler

Two young entrepreneurs are launching an unlimited coffee subscription service in Canberra, as a similar startup in Melbourne shuts down operations.

Online apartment energy audit gives power to people

7:35PM | Monday, 27 July 2015 | Denham Sadler

Energy efficiency startup WattBlock has launched a new project in partnership with the City of Sydney which aims to drive down carbon emissions and reduce costs in the city’s residential apartment buildings.

Brisbane startup gives venue hire industry peer-to-peer makeover

7:38PM | Friday, 24 July 2015 | Denham Sadler

Use Our Place is a community marketplace connecting owners of unique spaces and people who are looking to put on an event.

Adelaide-based entrepreneurs create an app to say thanks for small kindnesses

7:36PM | Wednesday, 22 July 2015 | Denham Sadler

A $1 lemonade icy pole led two young entrepreneurs to create an app that allows users to send people a “thanks” along with a small donation to their charity of choice.

Social networking site Gamurs launch attracts 6000 gaming enthusiasts

7:27PM | Tuesday, 21 July 2015 | Denham Sadler

After launching two weeks ago, social networking site Gamurs has attracted more than 6000 users.

Mum’s birthday inspires startup to come up with the perfect Giftoid

7:18PM | Tuesday, 21 July 2015 | Denham Sadler

After struggling to find the perfect present for his mother’s birthday, Michael Goudas came up with an idea to help others faced with the same predicament.

Four tips to help startup founders develop a high performance remote team

7:55PM | Monday, 20 July 2015 | Kyri Theos

Flexible work options have become an important tool for startups wishing to attract high quality candidates, and retain them over the long term.

Private gig booking app Parlour sweet music to musicians’ ears

7:45PM | Monday, 20 July 2015 | Denham Sadler

A Melbourne-based artist has created a startup he thinks can ensure musicians are paid properly for their performances, and punters get a different gig experience.

Smartphone app retrains naughty pets in a nice way

7:10PM | Monday, 20 July 2015 | Denham Sadler

A Sydney startup has come up with a way to use technology to stop your pet from barking up the wrong tree once and for all.

Melbourne startup Dryz aims to give dirty washing the on-demand treatment

7:31PM | Friday, 17 July 2015 | Denham Sadler

A Melbourne startup is offering to take care of an annoying but necessary task so you can focus on the more important things.

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.