Licensing: An attractive model but can startups afford the risk?

- March 19, 2014 3 MIN READ

Sometimes, to the outside world, it may seem as though landing a major business deal is a success that happens overnight. DKM Blue’s Co-Founder, Dorry Kordahi says that early stage businesses should be prepared for the hard slog that can be involved with getting a major customer on board. Their recent licensing deal with Australian stalwart brand Akubra was three years in the making, with the first conversations dating back to late-2011.


Startup Weekend returns to Brisbane

- July 24, 2013 < 1 MIN READ

Startup Weekend is returning to Brisbane! Running from 18th to the 20th of October. The weekend long event will be the first for Brisbane, held over 54 hours at River City Labs in the heart of Fortitude Valley.


Tapestry secures $400K from Commercialisation Australia

- May 8, 2013 2 MIN READ, the startup enabling more seniors to connect online, has secured $400,000 in funding from Commercialisation Australia. The grant will be used to extend the product to multiple platforms including the iPad and iPhone, add community-based features and accelerate the company’s international growth.


eStore Review aim to lead the way in online shopping safety!

- April 22, 2013 2 MIN READ

If you are anything like me , you are probably sick of buying online with ‘next day shipping’ then waiting a week for an item to arrive. But one startup is aiming to change that with ‘eStoreReview’ a new website set up by two Melbourne based entrepreneurs with a passion for online shopping.


CommBank Women in Focus & their Silicon Valley Trip

- March 12, 2013 2 MIN READ

Multi-award winning business woman Yvette Adams, has been selected as one of ten women across Australia to go on the ‘trip of a lifetime’ to the tech capital of the world – Silicon Valley in California, USA. Her company, The Creative Collective, which is based out of Maroochydore, is a leading digital media and training agency servicing clients around Australia which she founded in 2007 from home after the birth of her second child.


Q&A with MyNappies Cofounder Toby Shulz

- March 12, 2013 4 MIN READ

The question of the day is: Can a childless nineteen year old run a successful baby supply store? Toby Schulz, the co-founder of MyNappies says yes and his customers from around Australia are voting with their feet as well.


Improving user experience of your online business

- February 7, 2013 3 MIN READ

Launching a business website shouldn’t be the end of your involvement with your online audience. Offering prospective customers a website to learn more about your business and your offerings can be a great way to boost sales and generate leads, but you also need to think about creating a good user experience for those visitors.


Q&A with Roger Qui from Polycademy

- February 5, 2013 4 MIN READ

First session has started in Canberra’s Polycademy and Roger Qiu is envisioning a graduate class of accomplished coders and designers in 11 weeks time. We catch up with the founder of Polycademy and find out where the idea came from and what it takes to run a budding development school in Canberra.


Melbourne Startup aims to cut the middle man from Advertising

- February 5, 2013 2 MIN READ

Melbourne based startup Find Media, aims to use self service and technology to tackle the advertising industry head on, effectively knocking out the need for agencies and allowing businesses to interact directly with publishers. On the surface everything looks promising, it’s a nice straight forward disruptive model [something we like] but what are the challenges that lay ahead for founder Lenny Manor? If there is one thing I have learnt since starting up in the media space it’s that these guys have been doing the same things for years and years and have no intention of changing – therefore change must be forced upon them. There will however be much kicking, screaming and potential sabotage though.


New Book: Learn Small Business, Startup in 7 Days

- February 4, 2013 < 1 MIN READ

Learn Small Business Start-Up in 7 Days is the essential step-by-step handbook for getting a new business up and running within a week on a lean budget! Author Heather Smith is Australia’s go-to expert on all things small business and her popular ‘business booster’ tweets have made her a powerful voice within the start-up community. Heather was even approached to write this book as a result of her useful small business tweets!


App Developers. The Honeymoon is over.

- January 23, 2013 4 MIN READ

We’re still very much in the middle of the mobile revolution. Every day there are a staggering 1.5 million mobile devices activated, and the number of apps available to users on all platforms continues to grow. But for app developers hoping to cash in on mobile uptake, things are harder than they’ve ever been.