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Aussie duo launch Kickstarter-funded start-up from Argentina

12:21PM | Tuesday, 13 December 2011 |  Start-ups are being encouraged to consider South America as a place to do business, after two local entrepreneurs celebrated the launch of their luxury leather bag line in Argentina.

Y Combinator trumps TechStars in start-up funding stakes

12:25PM | Monday, 12 December 2011 |  Experts say you shouldn’t compare start-up incubators based on capital raising figures alone, after new data revealed US incubator Y Combinator has funded companies as its rival TechStars.

Obama announces $2bn package for US start-ups

12:44PM | Monday, 12 December 2011 |  Start-ups in the United States will gain increased access to capital and resources, after US President Barack Obama announced a $2 billion package to aid budding entrepreneurs.

Connect2Field

12:54PM | Monday, 12 December 2011 |  Connect2Field chief executive Steven Orenstein talks to StartupSmart about the company’s interest in mum-and-dad businesses, and its plans to go global.

$249m program to boost R&D partnerships

12:55PM | Friday, 9 December 2011 |  Up to 20 research hubs will be set up nationwide as part of a new $249 million research program, which will also see the establishment of up to 50 research training centres for PhD students.

Google acquires one “company per week”, chairman says

12:26PM | Thursday, 8 December 2011 |  Start-ups looking to be acquired by Google may already be on the company’s radar, with chairman Eric Schmidt saying the search engine giant acquires a company every week.

Facebook snaps up Gowalla’s team

12:08PM | Tuesday, 6 December 2011 |  Facebook has hired the co-founders and several team members of geo-social app Gowalla but will not acquire the service itself, which is due to be shut down in January.

FlexiGroup acquisition highlights eCommerce growth

12:04PM | Tuesday, 6 December 2011 |  Online payments business Paymate has been acquired by point-of-sale finance provider FlexiGroup, reportedly for less than $5 million, as the eCommerce sector continues to grow.

Fruit Ninja maker joins $3 million NSW Government scheme

12:10PM | Monday, 5 December 2011 |  The next edition of the highly popular Fruit Ninja app will be developed at Halfbrick Studio’s new Sydney office as part of the NSW Government’s new $3 million Interactive Media Fund.

Sydney incubator ATP Innovations scoops award

12:01PM | Monday, 5 December 2011 |  Sydney-based ATP Innovations has won the Best Science Based Incubator Award at an international conference for incubators at the weekend, having helped start-ups including Marathon Targets, ingogo and StageBitz.
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