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Business Studio lunch box forum: How State Library can help you get ahead [EVENT]

Date: Wednesday 28 February 2018 Time: 12.30pm–1.15pm Where:  Business Studio, level 1, State Library of Queensland Did you know you can gather competitive intelligence and market research data using SLQ’s resources? In this session learn tips and inside information to help grow your business. This lunchbox forum will be presented by librarians Will Wood and … Read more

Multibillion-dollar cosmetics brand Avon is exiting Australia: Did it fail to shake the “housewife” vibe?

Global cosmetics selling giant Avon will exit the Australia and New Zealand markets by the end of 2018, with the $5.7 billion company highlighting in its fourth-quarter sales report yesterday that there is no “long term path to profitability” Down Under. The direct-selling makeup company, which has long relied on representatives to facilitate orders for … Read more


Australia’s first hardware incubator launches in Brisbane, next week, with the entrepreneur at its helm promising resource-intensive startups efficient and affordable access to equipment that will streamline the development and commercialisation of ground-breaking products. Arc Hardware Incubator is being delivered by Vektor Innovation whose CEO, Victor Vicario, told Dynamic Business that early-stage hardware ventures can get derailed at … Read more

Soft skills: The vacuum that exists within many Australian startups

From my participation on a number of startup boards and constant interaction with founders in our investment fund’s portfolio, I have observed that many founders are struggling with the soft skills required to effectively run and build their business. And this is not just my own observation. According to Noam Wasserman, author of The Founder’s Dilemma, … Read more

AI-fuelled online beauty platform Honee raises $1.8 million in seed round led by Blackbird Ventures

  For Matt Jones, the key things that led to his startup Honee’s capital raising success were persistence, perseverance, and boots on the ground. The Melbourne-based startup offers beauty and wellness salons an online end-to-end booking service and online shopfront, and was born from the realisation that the majority of Australian salons don’t currently take … Read more

“We’re going to be the next Australian unicorn”: Real estate startup ActivePipe raises $5.9 million from NAB

Three-year-old startup and Smart50 finalist ActivePipe is confident it will be one of Australia’s next unicorns after closing a $5.9 million Series A round led by NAB Ventures. This ends a long search for “strategic” money by the startup, which offers real estate agencies a predictive analytics and data-focused communication platform to help them identify and convert … Read more

For Better Teamwork, Let People Choose Whom They Work With

Next time a project requires your colleagues to divide into teams, consider letting them choose for themselves who their collaborators are. Researchers from Ohio State University, the University of Michigan and the University of South Carolina recently set out to determine what makes people cooperate well — especially because evolution pits beings against each other and … Read more