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


Company directors will be issued with unique identification numbers as part of Federal Government reforms designed deter and penalise directors who engage in illegal phoenixing activity. The reforms were announced this week by Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, Kelly O’Dwyer, who said illegal phoenixing – the stripping and transfer of assets from one company … Read more

Queensland Government releases Drones Strategy Consultation Paper to gather public input on growing drone industry

The Queensland Government has announced the release of the Queensland Drones Strategy Consultation Paper, which looks to generate public input to help grow the state’s drone industry. Taking to the stage to announce the paper at the inaugural World of Drones Congress held in Brisbane, a drone expo sponsored by the Queensland Government and Advance … Read more

The fix : how nations survive and thrive in a world in decline (book)

Author: Jonathan Tepperman From immigration reform to energy resources, from political paralysis to inequality and extremism, we are beset by a raft of huge and seemingly insurmountable issues. The daily newspapers, the rolling 24-hour television news, portray a world in terminal decline: the rise of IS, the Syrian refugee crisis, Beijing’s financial fallibility and Putin’s … Read more

The hollow promise of construction-led jobs and growth

Any downturn in the construction industry could trigger job losses to a range of sectors that support the building industry, such as planning, project management, real estate and property services. This threat reveals the risk of relying on building and construction to sustain the economy. Since before the global financial crisis, urban economies across the world have … Read more

Climate change is a financial risk, according to a lawsuit against the CBA

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has been in the headlines lately for all the wrong reasons. Beyond money-laundering allegations and the announcement that CEO Ian Narev will retire early, the CBA is now also being sued in the Australian Federal Court for misleading shareholders over the risks climate change poses to their business interests. This case is the first … Read more


The Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE), which opened its doors today, is a partnership between all 11 NSW universities and TAFE NSW, with aim being to develop the next generation of entrepreneurs and build out the local startup ecosystem. Founded with a $25 million cornerstone investment by the NSW Government, the SSE campus is located in Ultimo … Read more

The Buy Queensland strategy breaks international trade deals

The Queensland government’s new controversial procurement strategy stacks the deck of public tenders against interstate and international suppliers, and is illegitimate under Australia’s free trade agreements. The strategy, Buy Queensland, is set to start next month. It will apply to all public agencies, statutory bodies and government-owned corporations that purchase goods and services, commission major projects and infrastructure, … Read more

Internet of Things startup Thinxtra receives $10 million investment to change the way we use data

Internet of things startup Thinxtra has raised $10 million from a government investment body, which will be used to extend the reach of its pioneering IoT network to 95% of Australia’s consumers with hopes of driving efficiency in the eHealth, smart cities, agriculture and consumer sectors. The funding comes from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), … Read more