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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.

Aussie innovation: Six ideas to fix a broken system

9:59PM | Thursday, 13 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

By freezing Commercialisation Australia grants, the Federal Government exposed systemic flaws in Australia’s innovation infrastructure. Here's how to fix the system. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Meet the Smart50 2012: 10 key trends from a new generation

9:10AM | Thursday, 13 September 2012 | Cara Waters

The Smart50 of 2012 were born in the GFC and have never known anything other than the patchwork economic conditions we've seen in the last few years.

Victorian Government launches $6 million tech innovation lab

9:00AM | Thursday, 13 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech start-ups are set to benefit from the launch of a new $6 million “innovation laboratory”, opened by the Victorian Government, as the state seeks to rival NSW in the ICT innovation stakes.

Melbourne mums take out top title in 2012 AusMumpreneur Awards

9:36PM | Wednesday, 12 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne-based businesswomen Toni Joel and Nikki Horovitz have taken out the title of 2012 AusMumpreneur of the Year for their lifestyle brand Tonic, which took them 20 years to build.

Six WA social enterprises to share $239,000 start-up funding

9:51PM | Wednesday, 12 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Six social enterprises in WA are the first recipients of the Western Australian Government’s $10 million Social Enterprise Fund, receiving a total of $239,000 in start-up funding for a broad range of causes.

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