STEMMING THE BRAIN DRAIN: MEET THE DUO BEHIND THE NEW START-UP HUB FOR INTERNATIONAL TALENT

To stop a leakage of bright, entrepreneurial minds from Australia, chartered accountants Domenic Saporito and Gerard Holland have partnered on a venture that makes it easier for international students and graduates to break into the local start-up ecosystem. Holland has previously worked with middle-market and early-stage companies as a business advisor, while Saporito has a … Read more

BRUTAL HONESTY ON EARNING THE ‘GIFT OF INVESTMENT’: STEVE BAXTER EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 2

In the first part of Business News Australia’s exclusive interview with Shark Tank’s Steve Baxter, the tech guru told our readers the hard truth about what it takes to become a true entrepreneur. Now, the man behind Brisbane incubator River City Labs dishes out another dose of tough love when it comes to securing and … Read more

STARTUPS ARE ‘NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED’: STEVE BAXTER EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 1

To put it bluntly, Brisbane’s River City Labs startup guru and Shark Tank entrepreneur Steve Baxter isn’t interested in funding ‘crap’. Not in the least. Of the 130 startups which applied for a spot at River City Labs through its recent accelerator program, only six made the cut after going through a rigorous boot-camp process … Read more

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia launches dedicated creative industries accelerator

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) has launched Collider, an accelerator program designed for the creative industries. Though, as the name suggests, CEA is focused on helping creative businesses through its coworking spaces, investment fund, expert assistance, and Creative3 creative tech conference, its only dedicated accelerator program to this date has centered on the fashion niche. … Read more

Sydney fintech Nod helps consumers get one-off financial advice on-demand

“A rangeĀ of Australian startups have emerged over the last few years aiming to solve problems for consumers in the financial services space, with one of the particularly hot niches being money management. From personal budgeting apps to robo-investment platforms, it seems there is almost a solution for every need. Coming at money management from a … Read more

Applications open for $4 million grants program to grow creative-tech maker spaces across Australia

“Applications for a $4 million federal government grants program to instill creative, tech and entrepreneurial skills in young students around Australia have opened. The four-year Maker Projects grants scheme opened applications on Thursday to help schools and community groups establish dedicated maker spaces for students to gain practical skills in design, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. … Read more