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Aquarius Films offers on-set role in $200,000 Pozible fund raising

9:00PM | Tuesday, 11 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An Australian film production company is using crowdfunding platform Pozible in a bid to raise $200,000, rewarding pledgers with opportunities to be involved in the production of its latest film.

Twitter co-founder urges start-ups to “pick a revolution” at TechCrunch Disrupt

9:45PM | Tuesday, 11 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has urged budding entrepreneurs to “pick a revolution and join it” at this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco.

Biotech start-ups warned of lengthening US approval process

9:40PM | Tuesday, 11 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Biotech start-ups looking to go stateside have been warned to prepare for a long, drawn-out process, following reports the US Food and Drug Administration has become more conservative with its approvals.

Five top pitches from the SydStart start-up jamboree

9:53PM | Tuesday, 11 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Watching other entrepreneurs deliver pitches is an important part of developing your own. Here are five of the best pitches from the Sydstart start-up jamboree. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

AOL “squatter” builds start-up on the back of his over-stay

9:00AM | Tuesday, 11 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A US entrepreneur who became known as the “AOL squatter” says the publicity he attracted has helped him build a team of talented staff and secure funding from high-profile investors.

Six industries set to be hit by “big bang” digital disruption

9:11PM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new report by Deloitte singles out six industries tipped to experience a “short fuse, big bang” in the way of digital disruption, highlighting opportunities for forward-thinking start-ups.

Non-retail franchisors lead the charge in revenue growth: Report

9:07PM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

First-time franchisees are being encouraged to consider non-retail franchises such as home and personal services, after a report revealed retail operations are lagging behind other sorts of franchises.

Start-ups urged to prioritise debt reduction with tax return cash

9:03PM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A tax expert has offered some advice on how start-ups can utilise their tax refunds, after a survey revealed more than a third of Australians intend to put their refunds into savings.

Five ways the GST threshold report recommends changing the postal sector

9:51PM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The postal sector could be revamped if recommendations for a new report are acted upon by the government.

Uncovering the Canberra start-up scene

9:43PM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

There are more than just pollies and bureaucrats in Canberra. The nation’s capital is also nurturing a healthy start-up scene. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Cardboard queen creates $19,000 bracelet

9:09PM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

How much would you be willing to pay for a bracelet made from salvaged industrial cardboard? Californian jewellery designer Keariene Muizz hopes your answer to that question is $19,000.

Single, 40-something men most likely to go bankrupt: Report

9:50PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Single men in their 40s are most likely to go bankrupt, new research shows, but a small business expert says this is due to men’s aversion to ask for help as much as their risk-taking nature.

The world’s top five most innovative businesses

9:14PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Are you hoping to reshape an industry with your start-up? If so, here are five innovative businesses you should pay attention to. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Adelaide start-up Happy Inspector snags funding from US tech hub

9:00AM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Property inspection start-up Happy Inspector has raised a seed funding round from investors including Dave McClure’s 500 Startups, after lamenting the struggles it faced in securing cash in Australia.

NSW Opposition outlines details for small business commissioner role

9:26PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

NSW shadow small business minister Adam Searle has delivered a second reading of his Small Business Commissioner Bill, outlining further details about the scope of the proposed role.

Three green trends from clean tech competition finalists

9:22PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Seven finalists have been announced for the 2012 Australian Clean Technologies Competition, with a range of ideas covering everything from green manufacturing to improving crop care.

Retail tenancy predictions prompt pop-up shop tips

9:13PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups have been urged to use pop-up shops as a way to test the market before making a larger investment, following predictions that “monolithic” large stores could be on the wane.

CSIRO identifies six megatrends and the business opportunities in them

9:05PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Cara Waters

A new CSIRO report identifies the six megatrends businesses need to know about.

Five top pieces of business tech from the IFA show

9:21PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

The annual IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin wrapped up yesterday. Here are five products from this year’s show your start-up might use in the near future. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

‘No-nonsense’ Web Directions South event to launch start-up workshop

9:00AM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Entrepreneurs can now register their interest in Web Directions South, a conference aimed at new tech companies, while Startup Weekend is to return to Adelaide for a second time.

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