Business planning



Australia’s “overqualified” workforce could prompt start-up surge

9:42PM | Tuesday, 25 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s start-up sector could see a surge in numbers as disheartened employees quit their jobs in pursuit of a challenge, with a report revealing 45% of Australian workers feel overqualified for their job.

Sydney Uni’s student union launches start-up program Incubate

9:00AM | Tuesday, 25 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The University of Sydney Union has launched a development program in the hope of identifying high-potential start-ups on campus, securing entrepreneur Matt Barrie as a mentor.

Queensland Uni to join online course stampede

9:18PM | Monday, 24 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The University of Queensland has announced it will offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) in the next two years, following in the footsteps of the University of Melbourne.

2012 World Retail Awards – what you can learn from the winners

9:12PM | Monday, 24 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retail start-ups can learn from the winners of the 2012 World Retail Awards, including Turkish brand Teknosa, which was named Emerging Market Retailer of the Year.

Developers set to grapple with Apple’s iOS 6 update

9:06PM | Monday, 24 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-up developers look set for both opportunities and challenges due to Apple’s latest update to iOS 6, with a redesign of the App Store coming under fire.

Aussie start-ups on alert for 2014 green card lottery

9:58PM | Monday, 24 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A US-based Australian entrepreneur is encouraging local start-ups to apply for the United States’ Diversity Visa Program for 2014, also known as the green card lottery.

Start-up gathering TiECON Sydney launches “25 words or less” comp

9:51PM | Monday, 24 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Entrepreneurial convention TiECon Sydney has launched a “25 words or less” competition, offering the winner a two-hour timeslot at its conference, as Australian start-ups vie for prizes in increasingly unusual ways.

Top five tips to get into a US start-up accelerator

9:20PM | Monday, 24 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

While the number of Australian accelerators continues to grow, the US still remains the “major league” for start-ups. Here are five tips to help you get into an American accelerator. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Australia second only to US in start-up stakes: Report

9:00AM | Monday, 24 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australia has a higher start-up rate than any other developed country except the United States, new research shows, with one in ten of all Australians involved in an early stage enterprise.

Starfish Ventures takes out title at 2012 AVCAL Awards

9:13PM | Friday, 21 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Starfish Ventures won Best Early Stage Award at the 2012 Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Awards, recognised for its work with software company Quickcomm.

Optus announces 2012 Unleash Your App winners

9:08PM | Friday, 21 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The winner of the 2012 Unleash Your App competition will use the prize money to attend next year’s Google I/O conference, after building an Android app that tracks users’ carbon footprint.

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.