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Transform tools by making them in new materials to access a whole new market

7:56PM | Tuesday, 16 July 2013 | StartupSmart

Since time immemorial, toddlers have wanted to help their parents cook in the kitchen, but have lacked the skills necessary to handle the tools. Now a new product called the Chewp can let them in on the action safely.

The lighter side of your pet’s favourite hiding spot

7:12PM | Monday, 15 July 2013 | StartupSmart

If your dog or cat likes hiding in the bushes, bringing them back inside can be frustrating – especially at night. But before you go barking mad, a new invention provides an illuminating solution.

Plant a pen and grow a field of start-up dreams

7:02PM | Thursday, 11 July 2013 | StartupSmart

Plant a pot of pens and watch your creativity flourish with this clever remake of the commonplace writing implement.

Forget the house elf – this is how you get the kids to put the washing out

7:03PM | Wednesday, 10 July 2013 | StartupSmart

The humble peg holder has received a stylish makeover. Could you find a mundane product that you can make fabulous?

Do the chicken tea towel twist!

7:17PM | Tuesday, 9 July 2013 | StartupSmart

These ingenious tea towels by designer Zoe Ikin take the token tourist gift and basic budget product to a new level.

Keep your hands clean by sinking your fingers into this business idea

7:14PM | Monday, 8 July 2013 | StartupSmart

Have you ever wanted to pick up that last tandoori drumstuck, but been worried about having greasy or sticky fingertips afterwards? If so, you need a pair of Trongs.

Coffee-infused socks filter out odours

7:09PM | Friday, 5 July 2013 | StartupSmart

Could coffee be the key to clean smelling feet? Boston-based start-up Atlas Sock is willing to bet on it.

Work-life balance now extends to connectible and customised key rings

7:42PM | Wednesday, 3 July 2013 | StartupSmart

The key to a great creative idea? Well, Lego can often be a good starting point to unlock potential.

Body heat leads to a bright idea

7:32PM | Tuesday, 2 July 2013 | StartupSmart

In the age of entertainment dominated by zombie apocalypses and an ongoing retreat from energy wasting technology, this new torch is a bright idea.

Quirky aesthetics and clean tech light up the streets

7:11PM | Monday, 1 July 2013 | StartupSmart

Here's a bright idea that really lights up the streets.

Pop-ups set to bloom as insurance scheme rolls out

7:46PM | Monday, 1 July 2013 | Rose Powell

It just got a whole lot easier for companies dreaming of opening up a pop-up store, with Sydney-based start-up Pop-up Brands about to launch a range of short-term public liability insurance policies.

Entrepreneurs welcome Gonski reforms, but call for innovation in education

7:00AM | Monday, 1 July 2013 | Rose Powell

Start-ups are calling for more innovation in Australia’s education sector following the passage of the Gonski school funding reforms into law.

Sushi donut leaves them wanting more in Japan

6:49PM | Friday, 28 June 2013 | StartupSmart

Creative renderings of our favourite foods have provided some entrepreneurs with plenty of food for thought.

Bigcolors to launch new “stock exchange” for start-ups

6:11PM | Friday, 28 June 2013 | Gavin Lower

Australian start-ups seeking funding will soon have a potential new source of capital as a Hong Kong-based angel investment firm prepares to launch a start-up “stock exchange”.

Change the desktop on OS X

6:03PM | Thursday, 27 June 2013 | Patrick Stafford

While Apple has made a good name for OS X being easy to use, sometimes configuring the desktop picture isn't exactly straightforward.

PayPal’s galactic commerce plan gives product launch a new meaning

6:28PM | Thursday, 27 June 2013 | StartupSmart

Space is the place for commerce if PayPal succeeds in getting its new initiative off the ground.

Get nerdy with your coffee mug

6:55PM | Wednesday, 26 June 2013 | StartupSmart

Don't be a mug when it comes to your coffee mug. Get creative instead.

High-tech spray-on makes sure you’re never wet

6:10PM | Tuesday, 25 June 2013 | StartupSmart

Millions of tech junkies will be hitting up Google to find out how to keep their smartphones dry with this product.

Designer gumboots that will have you singing in the rain

6:55PM | Monday, 24 June 2013 | StartupSmart

Stay dry and keep groovin' in these loud and funky gumboots.

Rolling two products together for an efficient and effective business

6:51PM | Friday, 21 June 2013 | StartupSmart

A new invention combines a skateboard and a stroller to help busy parents on the move. If you have a similar idea, it might be time to get your skates on.

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