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Why startups can’t afford to ignore design and branding when launching their product

Design is more than just a pretty font and it can’t be just an afterthought. Instead, it’s a quintessential element of product strategy, inextricably...

Skalata Ventures’ Seed Investment Program open for start-up applications

Skalata Ventures is seeking applications from early-stage businesses with proven traction to join its seed investment program. The six-month program, customised for each company,...

The riskiest hire in business – Hiring your first salesperson. What entrepreneurs must know to avoid millions of dollars of lost opportunity.

“How did you go hiring your National Sales Director, Paul?” “Terrible! That guy cost me $500,000!” I’d met Paul (not his real name) about two...

The NSW and Federal Governments have joined forces to slash red tape for small businesses

An inter-governmental partnership to help reduce red tape for new small businesses has been announced today. The announcement follows the test launch, in April 2017,...

Government urged to simplify small business registration

The Australian Small Business and Family Ombudsman is urging the Government to simplify small business registration. In a submission to the Government’s consultation on Modernising...

A step closer to tax breaks for investors; what can Australia learn from the UK experience?

Entrepreneurs, along with their start-ups and innovative ideas have certainly been discovered as the new ‘best friend’ of the Australian economy – or at...

Different distribution options for your start-up

Product distribution resides at the heart of getting your products into the hands of consumers. Any startup business, no matter where they operate from,...

Building Blocks: Creating a Strong Foundation for Your E-Commerce Startup

You’re tired of the daily grind. It’s time for something different. E-commerce seems like the right move. It’s easy to get set up, and...

7 Survival tips to avoid common business mistakes

Growing a business is a special talent, part science, part art and doing it well can be one of the most rewarding life experiences. It...

It all happened ‘on the side:’ Now selling 100,000 units per year, this stationery business is no stationary business

Research released by ecommerce platform, Selz has revealed that six out of ten working adults are either running a side business or thinking about...

When and why you should (or shouldn’t) find a co-founder

There is an old African proverb that goes, "If you want to go quickly, go alone, but if you want to go far, go...

Your company is the sum of your people

There are two kinds of startups – those who succeed and others who constantly try. In Britain, at least half the companies fail to...

5 Investment lessons from the TV show Shark Tank

While there are certain things that reality television shows have in common – the vast majority of them seem to keep us glued to...

Australia’s small businesses: optimistic or foolhardy?

One of the requirements for businesses to secure a bank loan is to have a formal business plan in place. According to the State...

Top tips for a winning pitch from Winning Group CEO and Founder of Appliances Online

Today I am proud to be throwing my support behind Australia's startup sector by getting involved in UberPITCH as part of the 2015 SydStart...

StartupAUS outlines Federal policy priorities to improve start-up scene and strengthen economy

Australia’s national peak advocacy group for technology entrepreneurship, StartupAUS, has outlined its Federal policy priorities to improve capital and talent for Australian startups and...

Marketing as a startup with a tight budget

“You must spend money to make money”, said Titus Plautus, a Roman playwright from the BC era. This quote that has stood the test...

SMEs prospering with Prospa as more turn to alternative lenders

From and early age, Greg Moshal has always been involved in small business. With his beginnings in a family venture to owning his own,...

Six tips to help start a business on a budget

Successful entrepreneurs have lots of things in spades - great ideas, the passion to bring them to life and the guts to turn them...

Delivering Australia an alternative to the supermarket: Marley Spoon’s unique approach to international expansion

Launching your brand internationally is a growth strategy that follows from success. But success in one market shouldn’t be construed as a right of...