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Digital and social media company makeovers are the right solution for Australian small business success - that’s the conclusion of a survey by American Express. The company has run a competition named “Take Off” for Australian businesses. The prize for the winning small business owner is a digital and social facelift.
The Australian Clean Technologies Competition is part of the government’s push to make Australia an economy that is big on efficiency, but small on carbon. It wants innovators who can help reduce resource and energy consumption in business as a way to get there.
When the economy gets tough, providing services over the Internet just gets better, according to a survey from Freelancer.com for the first quarter of 2012. The number of jobs listed rose from 140,000 to 170,000 in the first quarter of 2012. Some roles are star performers.
ilab is back. It's got shiny new offices in Indooroopilly in inner Brisbane, and a new menu of programs to start, grow and commercialise businesses. Queenslanders interested need to get their skates on. Applications are closing soon.
Barricade the doors! Nail some boards over the windows, and start running? Really? Is that all you've got? It doesn't have to be. Sensis is offering $2,500 in prize money to the designer of the best app to get us through a zombie apocalypse. Read on anti-zombie warriors!
Adelaide's Startup Weekend in March found some interesting and commercially viable new mobile apps.
So, who won the big prizes at the Sydney Hackathon? Apps that help everything from planning a great date, to organising the internet were awarded. Plus, Eric Bae shares his five point success plan that helped him score the major award and a $10,000 investment.
Big Richard Industries Pty Ltd has launched a monthly condom subscription to combat embarrassment about buying condoms. The company cites a recent NSW Health report that of people aged 20-29, only 40.51% of people admit they always use condoms during sex. Its deduction was that problems of availability and awkwardness of over the counter sales were to blame, and that it could offer another solution.
Australian software start-up company PlayUp offers sports and media personalities the opportunity to monetise their social networks, by linking them to premium “pay-per-play” content that already interweaves sport and social interactivity. The PlayUp app is now in the top five downloaded apps in 80 countries and number one in 30 countries.
Queensland businesses that are not online have been given an opportunity to leap into digital era, with a state-wide program to help train businesses. Skills Queensland is running a state-wide program called "Get Up to Speed" for the next 12 months that is designed to help businesses embrace online.