Business ideas



Tin Alley internship program is back, with newer companies and no pay for tech interns

3:21PM | Monday, 31 March 2014 | Rose Powell

Internship program Tin Alley has introduced a new winter program that places 10 interns in brand new companies, the significant difference to its summer program being that these interns aren’t paid.

Why job descriptions matter

3:15PM | Friday, 14 March 2014 | Taskmaster

Most entrepreneurs love their staff. Don't they?

Weekly digest: This week’s stories in one easy to check place

3:37PM | Friday, 14 March 2014 | Rose Powell

We tackled some big topics this week, from the worst red tape for start-ups to five myths about scaling a business to how Australia can overcome a fear of failure many believe is holding the start-up ecosystem back.

So You Think You Can Start-up pitching competition finalists out to impress

2:33PM | Wednesday, 5 February 2014 | StartupSmart

StartupSmart’s first ever pitching competition, So You Think You Can Start-up, is on tomorrow night. The 10 finalists are competing for a raft of great prizes, including a year’s office space anywhere in the world with sponsor Servcorp valued at $250,000.

Barking up the right tree

1:08PM | Friday, 31 January 2014 | StartupSmart

For the millions of dog owners out there, the ability to communicate more directly with your pet might be the most exciting news you read this week. That’s why this invention is such a dog-gone good idea.

A wheely good tent

1:43PM | Wednesday, 8 January 2014 | StartupSmart

For the bike tourer, space in their pannier bags is a valuable commodity, loaded up with tent, clothes and parts. Now along comes The Travel Tent concept.

All at sea with a desalinating water bottle

1:17PM | Monday, 6 January 2014 | StartupSmart

Do you have a thirst for innovation? One entrepreneur has distilled a crystal-clear vision into a desalinating water bottle.

Top five areas to start a business in 2014

1:00AM | Friday, 3 January 2014 | Gavin Lower

When it comes to starting your own business, it can be a challenge working out what sectors have the best potential.

The Weekly Digest: New partnerships, investment news and plenty of tips

12:03PM | Friday, 20 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Despite many corporates slowing down and packing up this week as we roll towards Christmas, the Australian start-up community has been powering along.

Can the crowd revolutionise roadside assistance? Meet the start-up with the NRMA and RACV in its sights

12:00AM | Wednesday, 18 December 2013 | Rose Powell

A roadside assistance start-up has recently built an app they believe will change how broken down drivers get help.

THE NEWS WRAP: Federal government ministers warned to expect deep budget cuts

12:24AM | Tuesday, 17 December 2013 | Gavin Lower

Federal government ministers have been warned to expect deep budget cuts early next year, with deficits likely to surpass $120 billion over the next four years.

Infographic: Getting over your fear on path to becoming an entrepreneur

12:25PM | Monday, 16 December 2013 | Gavin Lower

There are plenty of things to worry about if you’re an entrepreneur with an idea. Here's an infographic to ease some of those worries.

Insights from the San Francisco Lean Startup Conference: Lean is serious and here to stay

12:57PM | Monday, 16 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Angel investor Jeffrey Tobias has returned from the International Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco convinced about the durability of the lean start-up approach.

Who wants eggs?

12:42PM | Monday, 2 December 2013 | StartupSmart

Are you trying to branch out in your cooking? If so, this invention is a real hoot.

The yin and yang of taking a bath

11:52PM | Friday, 29 November 2013 | StartupSmart

Sharing a bath with your significant other is one way to inject intimacy into any relationship. Enter this German-designed yin and yang bath, which gives each person their own tub side by side.

Tent tackles festival trash

11:16PM | Monday, 25 November 2013 | StartupSmart

Anyone who’s been to a multi-day music festival is likely to have a horror story or two about the mess left behind by their fellow concert-goers. Enter the tent that doubles as a garbage bag.

Disposable plates and bowls too good for the bin

10:56PM | Monday, 28 October 2013 | StartupSmart

One design firm wants to improve the appearance of disposable paper plates.

Skol, Vikings: Horn glass has you drinking like a medieval Norse warrior

10:48PM | Wednesday, 23 October 2013 | StartupSmart

Have you ever felt like going medieval and carousing like a Viking? Thanks to this invention, you now can.

Cloudy with bright patches

10:40PM | Thursday, 17 October 2013 | StartupSmart

Ever wanted to bring the outdoors inside? Now you can with this zany new invention.

A house you’ll be happy to let your cat scratch apart

10:54PM | Monday, 14 October 2013 | StartupSmart

A feline scratching up a house is no longer a cat-astrophe, thanks to a product with a sharp new design your moggy will feel right at home using.