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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.

New York or Spain sound nice? Accelerators seeking Australian start-ups to launch

6:35PM | Thursday, 20 June 2013 | Rose Powell

Two international accelerators are seeking Australian applications for residential programs in New York and Valencia, Spain.

Parents share the kicks with new baby belt

6:27PM | Wednesday, 19 June 2013 | StartupSmart

Expectant parents want to get in touch with their babies. So a new baby belt from Huggies might be an idea they really get a kick out of.

Don’t whine about it! Come up with your own grape idea instead

6:30PM | Monday, 17 June 2013 | StartupSmart

No need for sour grapes when things don’t go your way. If your cup overflows with inspiration, harvest your idea like Georgia Beattie and her single-serve wine glasses.

Wake up and smell the bacon? Boca Java launches bacon-flavoured coffee

6:14PM | Friday, 14 June 2013 | StartupSmart

In an increasingly crowded breakfast food marketplace, how do you create a product that really stands out? The creators of Boca Java think they have found the answer with their bacon-flavoured coffee.

Helicopter sushi proves fun ideas can make a business fly

6:41PM | Thursday, 13 June 2013 | StartupSmart

A popular London sushi chain has begun using toy helicopters to deliver orders. The could take off in Australia too.

Use the force of marketing to stitch together two different markets

6:37PM | Wednesday, 12 June 2013 | StartupSmart

In a galaxy not so far, far away, a wise entrepreneur once fused together Star Wars and a pair of knitting needles into a product that taps two separate markets. There could be other opportunities that might be sewn up in a similar way.

Rethink old products with a little light and shade

6:13PM | Tuesday, 11 June 2013 | StartupSmart

A new Kickstarter Project called the Clyde lamp allows you to get the lighting just right, no matter what mood you’re after. It’s potentially an illuminating business idea.

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