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Melbourne co-working space Electron Workshop partners with Flexicar

9:02PM | Friday, 21 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne will get another co-working space in the form of Electron Workshop, which plans to build a dedicated hacker area within the venue.

Five great online courses for start-ups

9:13PM | Friday, 21 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Time and cost used to be major barriers to people studying. Thankfully, many business courses are now available online for free. Here are five of the best. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Three key ways to make innovation a ‘way of life’

9:00AM | Friday, 21 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

There are three key steps companies can take to integrate innovation and make it a “way of life” during their everyday operations, according to a new report by Ernst & Young.

Melbourne Uni partners with Coursera to offer free online courses

9:49PM | Thursday, 20 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The University of Melbourne will offer seven free online courses after partnering with US company Coursera, with three of the courses covering topics in economics and technology.

Disgruntled Aussie consumers keen to spread the word: Report

9:35PM | Thursday, 20 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian consumers have some of the lowest customer service expectations in the world, new research shows.

Government pressed to appoint minister for family-owned businesses

9:00AM | Thursday, 20 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A peak lobby group has called for the appointment of a dedicated federal minister to represent the interests of family-owned businesses, following the first National Family Business Day.

Three quarters of SMEs set to ramp up recruitment: Report

9:11PM | Wednesday, 19 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost three quarters of Australian small businesses plan to recruit more staff in the coming 12 months, new research shows.

Consumer goods retailers set for tough year ahead: Report

9:58PM | Wednesday, 19 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Consumer goods retailers can expect revenue to decline by 0.6% in 2012-13, according to a new IBISWorld report.

Hong Kong’s first accelerator opens doors to mobile start-ups

9:43PM | Tuesday, 18 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech entrepreneurs are being encouraged to consider Asia as a viable alternative to Silicon Valley, following the launch of AcceleratorHK, the first accelerator program in Hong Kong.

Aussie light bulb start-up LIFX powers past Kickstarter funding goal

9:39PM | Tuesday, 18 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian start-up LIFX has smashed its $100,000 funding goal three days into its Kickstarter campaign, having already raised more than $500,000 for its smartphone-controlled light bulb.

How I assembled a star-studded board for my start-up

9:47PM | Tuesday, 18 September 2012 | Joanne Koh

There aren’t too many start-up boards that can match Jedo for heavy-hitters. Here’s how Anneliese Urquhart assembled a board most big businesses would be proud of. BY JOANNE KOH.

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia launches $150,000 start-up fund

9:00AM | Tuesday, 18 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Queensland University of Technology is offering entrepreneurs in the creative industries up to $150,000 to develop and launch their ideas through its commercial arm Creative Enterprise Australia.

Three ways to encourage the banks to lend to start-ups

9:50PM | Monday, 17 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Since the global financial downturn, the big banks have been reluctant to lend to entrepreneurs. Here are three practical ways to get lending flowing to deserving start-ups again. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

TechCrunch Disrupt SF – seven start-ups to watch

9:46PM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Californian start-up YourMechanic took out the top title at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012, while other standouts included a self-balancing bicycle and a predictive database for app developers.

Adelaide entrepreneur launches coder marketplace Codehire.com

9:38PM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian coders are being encouraged to use newly launched platform Codehire.com, where employers have to “prove themselves” to coders, rather than coders convincing employers.

IT Invention Test returns with $50,000 prize pot

9:34PM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An impressive lineup of speakers will take to the stage at the 2012 Technology Entrepreneurship Forum, including Jerry Engel and Leni Mayo, while start-ups will vie for $50,000 in prizes.

Aussie innovation: Four cultural changes to support ideas

9:22PM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Aussie innovation is not just being held back by the system. There are also deep cultural factors holding Aussie ideas back from the world stage. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Australian mumpreneurs, featuring Oliver Milman

9:20PM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Recently, Today Tonight did a story about the growing number of Australian mumpreneurs, featuring an interview with StartupSmart editor Oliver Milman.

Sydney start-up Peeractive picked for US accelerator DreamIt Ventures

9:00AM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based tech start-up Peeractive is the first Australian company to be admitted into US accelerator program DreamIt Ventures, and is the only international team in this year’s program.

Workplace stress costing Aussie economy $730 million a year: Report

9:44PM | Thursday, 13 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Employers are being encouraged to offer flexible working arrangements to reduce workplace stress, which is believed to be costing the Australian economy $730 million a year in lost productivity.

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