SparkLabs Group partners with NSW Government to launch food and agtech accelerator Cultiv8

Asia accelerator network SparkLabs Groups has partnered with the NSW Government’s Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to launch Cultiv8, an accelerator targeting food and agtech startups across the state and regional areas. Based in the Global Agtech Ecosystem (GATE), a new agricultural global and research and development centre located in Orange’s Agricultural Institute, the accelerator … Read more

How Askable landed major clients and 5000 users within seven months of launching without any external funding

Brisbane market research startup Askable has only been around for seven months, but it’s already looking at taking a chunk of the “archaic” $2.2 billion Australian market research industry after landing some big-name clients. Since being founded in mid-February, the startup has already worked with the likes of Woolworths, CBS Interactive, Deloitte and Canstar; built … Read more

Bold : how to go big, achieve success, and impact the world (book)

Authors: Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler A radical, how-to guide for using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools, Bold unfolds in three parts. Part One focuses on the exponential technologies that are disrupting today’s Fortune 500 companies and enabling upstart entrepreneurs to go from “I’ve got an idea” to “I run a billion-dollar … Read more

STEVE BAXTER ANNOUNCED AS QUEENSLAND’S NEXT CHIEF ENTREPRENEUR

STEVE Baxter, experienced investor and judge on Shark Tank, has been announced as the new Queensland Chief Entrepreneur. Baxter will take over from Mark Sowerby in October, placing him at the helm of the $420 million Advance Queensland initiative. At the age of 23, in 1994, Baxter poured his life savings into creating internet service provider SE Net, … Read more

Why Dick Smith says Aussie SMEs could be forced to pay 27% interest on business loans

Australian businessman Dick Smith has alerted Australian business owners to the possibility of business loan interest rates returning to 27% in a newly released 60-page manifesto on housing affordability. In the document, called “Dick Smith: A Fair Go”, founder of once-dominant tech retailer Dick Smith Electronics also discussed how the credit given in housing loans since 1996 … Read more

ASX-listed wearable tech startup Nuheara raises $9 million for its intelligent earphones

Wearable tech startup Nuheara has raised $9 million from institutional investors, just five months after the ASX-listed startup began distributing its intelligent earphones. The patented Nuheara earphone technology allows users to alter sound levels, amplifying conversations and suppressing background noise. It was developed by co-founders Justin Miller, formerly chief executive of global communication company Sensear, … Read more

“Crowdfunding on steroids”: The new ‘initial coin offering’ craze explained

Today initial coin offerings are raising millions of dollars in the blink of an eye, but just 12 months ago, mentioning an ‘ICO’ would have gotten you nothing but blank stares and confused questions. The rise of this new form of crowdfunding can be traced alongside the increased adoption and acceptance of the blockchain and its … Read more