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New research has revealed that 78% of Australia’s small business owners (SBOs) don’t fully understand the $20K tax break, with 67% of them not making the most of the opportunity in the lead up to June 30.

Cyber-crimes have become a common sight in the modern age that in fact, a report from Experian states that e-commerce fraud attacks on 2016 have surpassed 2015 totals.

Interestingly, while majority of the population have some form of a computer security software, 43% of mobile users do not have a security password, pin or even a pattern lock on their mobile phone.

More than two dozen leading businesses including Westpac, Woolworths, Optus, Australia Post and Lendlease have joined Slingshot to launch a new platform designed to connect corporates with startups and scaleups.

Queensland’s chief entrepreneur Mark Sowerby said the seven-day mission was designed to take entrepreneurs out of their comfort zone and build on key characteristics that are a hallmark of all successful entrepreneurs.

The new marketplace is the result of an innovation partnership between the Australian leader in Indigenous supplier diversity, Supply Nation, and multi-award winning software start-up, VendorPanel.

GO1.com, the world’s largest onboarding, compliance and professional development platform, has sealed a deal with learning management systems provider Totara, expanding the edtech startup’s user base by more than 2,000 per cent to 10 million.

CropLogic, a Christchurch-based precision agricultural company, is pleased to announce that it has successfully closed its $2 million pre-IPO capital raising oversubscribed in preparation for the Company’s anticipated listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

The new site, Hub Hyde Park, chosen for its close proximity to Sydney’s CBD and size, will have a strong focus on catering for growing businesses with a variety of private, dedicated and flexible workspaces.

After 37 years, 704 franchises and operations in four international markets, joint-CEOs and founders of Bakers Delight – Roger and Lesley Gillespie – have announced they have stepped down from the top job.

Created by teachers, for teachers, the #MissMakesCode program is delivered through specialist teacher training bootcamps where primary school teachers, teacher librarians and parents of five to eight year old girls are provided with the framework to deliver these fun and engaging workshops.

Tech startup Mobito are releasing a new digital platform for the medical industry called CoverMe Medical - it has been coined the “Uber” of the industry.

Moët Hennessy, Selfridges and Burt’s Bees are the first brands to use the platform with launch campaigns already buying over 100 unique pieces of branded content from UK-based content creators.

The SproutX Accelerator will run regular workshops from its co-working space in Melbourne, however startup participants will be able to work from anywhere in Australia, ensuring they are close to their existing and potential customers.

With Facebook’s purchase of Oculus in 2014, people started to put two and two together and concluded that Facebook had some plans for VR – they were right!

A product or service which is attractive to Australian customers may not have anywhere near the same appeal elsewhere, so if you intend to break into foreign markets, you’ll need to have weighed up how likely it is to succeed internationally.

It doesn’t seem like all that long ago since VR was thought of as something that only existed in computer games. Now, it encompasses many facets of life, interior design chief among them.

Sail Business Loans is unveiling a new biometric security solution that uses a simple selfie to confirm user’s identities against official forms of ID, such as a passport or driver’s license.

Rent360, Australia’s first online marketplace for property investors and property managers, was created by serial entrepreneur Jared Keen. This is Keen’s second startup

The Sharing Hub will be helping to drive the sharing economy in Australia by showing its value financially alongside other value exchanges to the environment and community. The Hub’s vision is to grow collaborative consumption in Australia by 20X by 2025.

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