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Start-ups to be paid interest on outstanding Government bills: Hockey

5:02PM | Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | Gavin Lower

Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey has announced a future Coalition government will commit to pay small business suppliers on time, or make them pay interest on outstanding bills.

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Small business to be a cabinet role in Coalition government

5:03PM | Friday, 17 May 2013 | Rose Powell

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has announced in his budget reply that small business will be a cabinet position in his Coalition government, if elected.

 | Sole trader  | Business Grants  | Government and Regulation

Stephen Conroy and the Streisand effect

5:49PM | Friday, 17 May 2013 | Taskmaster

In recent days, Old Taskmaster has intently followed the saga of Senator Stephen Conroy and the issue of federal funding for NICTA. The situation is an example of the Streisand effect in action.

 | Technology  | Business Grants  | Government and Regulation

Budget re-write: Govt amends papers over NICTA ‘phasing out’

5:00AM | Friday, 17 May 2013 | Oliver Milman

The federal government has been forced into a hasty rewrite of its own budget papers after initially stating that it will “phase out” National ICT Australia, following a recent article in StartupSmart.

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The 10 biggest issues facing start-ups in 2013: #7 political uncertainty

5:29PM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | Gunilla Haglundh

In the latest of a 10-part series looking at the challenges start-ups face in 2013, we examine political uncertainty. Debt, deficit and the long election campaign are damaging to business confidence.

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Labor under fire over modest innovation funding

5:55PM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | Rose Powell

The federal government is facing criticism from innovation-focused businesses for the modest increase in venture capital investment announced in the budget this week.

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What start-ups can expect from Abbott’s budget response

5:49PM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | Rose Powell

Tony Abbott will tonight deliver the Coalition’s response to the budget released earlier this week, with the Coalition leader expected to focus on the paperwork burden faced by small businesses.

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Federal budget 2013: The start-up winners and losers

5:24AM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Oliver Milman

In a budget where there was very little to excite businesses of any size, let alone start-ups, it’s hard to see how any entrepreneur will be in tears of either joy or despair this morning.

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Government denies NICTA is facing the axe

5:48AM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Oliver Milman

The federal government has denied that National ICT Australia, the nation’s flagship IT research and innovation program, is to be killed off despite referring to the “phasing out” of the scheme in last night’s budget.

 | Technology  | Business Grants  | Government and Regulation

Federal budget 2013: A sector-by-sector guide

5:36AM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Patrick Stafford

How did your sector do in the 2013 federal budget? It’s time to take a look.

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Federal budget 2013: Little to celebrate for start-ups in Swan’s farewell budget

5:53AM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Brad Callaughan

Last night Labor handed down its latest (and quite possibly last) federal budget. Here’s a look at some of the highlights and lowlights it contains for start-ups.

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Federal budget 2013: Tech hub NICTA scrapped as new cash flows to NBN projects

5:54PM | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | Oliver Milman

The government has pledged $12.9 million in new funding to help small businesses take advantage of the National Broadband Network, although the ICT Centre of Excellence will be scrapped.

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Federal budget 2013: Baby Bonus dumped

5:54PM | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | Cara Waters

The Baby Bonus has been thrown out with the bath water, as part of Treasurer Wayne Swan's sensible, calm and responsible cuts.

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Federal budget 2013: SMEs to get $29.4 million boost to aid bids for government contracts

5:54PM | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | Cara Waters

Small and medium businesses vying for government services and tenders will receive $29.4 million in assistance under the budget.

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Clean tech start-ups braced for savage funding cuts

5:55PM | Thursday, 9 May 2013 | Daniella White

Funding for clean technology and green start-ups may be on the chopping block, as the government deals with lower than expected revenue following the collapse of the European carbon price.

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Seven reasons why surfing start-up Boardcave.com is riding high

4:59PM | Tuesday, 30 April 2013 | Michelle Hammond

As surfwear retail giant Billabong struggles to secure a solid bid for its ailing business, a two-year-old start-up named Boardcave.com is slowly but surely shaking up the industry.

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Could the federal budget hurt your business?

4:32PM | Monday, 29 April 2013 | Taskmaster

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has warned of a larger than expected $12 billion blowout in the federal budget. How will future budget cuts hurt your business?

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New crowdfunding platform Dreamstarter aims for socially-minded start-ups

4:32PM | Wednesday, 17 April 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Entrepreneurs with a social mission are the target of a new crowdfunding platform called Dreamstarter, created by a partnership between ING Direct and StartSomeGood.

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The five-step process to landing a start-up grant

4:31PM | Wednesday, 17 April 2013 | Marc Peskett

There are now more than 600 grants worth $50 billion available to businesses in Australia, making it a great way to raise capital. If you’re looking to apply for one, here are five steps you need to follow.

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ATP Innovations to host Australia’s first-ever ‘biohackathon’

4:46PM | Monday, 15 April 2013 | Michelle Hammond

ATP Innovations will host Australia’s first ‘biohackathon’ later this week, when 11 teams will compete for the chance to win a $3000 cash prize.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Technology  | Business Grants
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