Business ideas



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.

Young entrepreneur to launch a startup that helps you get tasks done in less than four hours

7:01PM | Wednesday, 23 July 2014 | Broede Carmody

Speedlancer is a new platform that will allow users to outsource miscellaneous tasks to experienced freelancers. But there’s a catch – projects will be finished within four hours.

Meet the startup behind The Australian’s 50th birthday celebrations

7:21PM | Wednesday, 16 July 2014 | Broede Carmody

A Sydney-based startup was behind a website that formed part of The Australian’s 50th birthday celebrations.

Lessons learnt at the Founder Institute in Melbourne

7:59PM | Wednesday, 16 July 2014 | Jo Sayer

Jo Sayer shares her story of what she learnt at the Founder Institute and why she landed up leaving.

Hospitality recruitment site in safe pair of hands

7:51PM | Monday, 14 July 2014 | Kye White

Like football fans around the world, Melbourne Victory goalkeeper Nathan Coe has had a busy couple of weeks following the World Cup, but he’s also got another reason to be bleary eyed.

Aussie startup aims to wrestle back its users’ personal data

7:18PM | Monday, 14 July 2014 | Broede Carmody

An Australian startup wants to help people control their personal information and understand their online identity.

NSW startup collaborates with Google, Game of Thrones and plans to rapidly expand overseas

7:37PM | Wednesday, 9 July 2014 | Broede Carmody

An Australian startup leading the way in contactless communications has big plans for the future, including a rapid overseas expansion and further collaborations with some of the world’s biggest companies.

$US100,000 up for grabs at PayPal and Braintree Sydney Hackathon

7:57PM | Wednesday, 2 July 2014 | StartupSmart

PayPal and Braintree will be hosting a 24-hour hackathon where developers compete for the chance to win a trip to Silicon Valley and $US100,000.

Guy Kawasaki tells StartupSmart why MVP should go beyond just viable

7:31PM | Wednesday, 2 July 2014 | Kye White

Minimum viable product, or MVP, is missing two ‘V’s according to current Canva and former Apple chief evangelist Guy Kawasaki.