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4 common mistakes Australian exporters make which hold them back on Alibaba.com

Just as you would not treat a traditional B2B transaction like this, you should not expect this from Alibaba. You need to spend time negotiating with interested buyers, building their trust and coming to an agreement.

How Aussie SMBs can use government grants to crack into the tough Asian market

If Austrade has specifically designed a special category under this grant for marketing consultants, it shows that they understand the limitations and the challenges around breaking into an overseas market like Asia.

This start-up has announced 400% growth one year on from its $2 million capital...

So just over a year on from its $2 million capital raise led by AirTree Ventures, premium designer furniture and e-commerce retailer Brosa has announced YoY growth of more than 400 per cent.

Booming Aussie start-up Mathspace takes its maths e-learning solution to millions of college students...

Mathspace is being rolled out for use across thousands of colleges in the United States as part of an integration with MyMathLab, Pearson’s leading online homework, tutorial and assessment product.

Wanna sell across the ocean? 4 things to do if you want to launch...

Given the wealth of innovation here, it’s no surprise that that 38 percent of cash-generating Australian startups already have export revenue. But for that other 62 percent to really thrive, they’re going to need sell across the Indian Ocean.

Hot Aussie start-up Unlockd is looking to raise a $30 million Series B after...

Unlockd closed a $AU15 million Series A Round in early 2016 from some of the biggest names in the business community, and has recently appointed an advisor to assist with their Series B raise of up to $US30 million

Aussie tech start-up mPort expands into US market via the world’s largest fitness chain

mPort’s expansion into the US represents its first international market, and the technology company has received interest from every major market around the world. A three-month pilot with LA Fitness led to mPort signing an agreement with the fitness chain that will see mPods in LA Fitness centres nationally in the US, starting with California.

Starting up is the easy part – here are the 3 key things to...

The difficulty lies in scaling. As an entrepreneur, it wasn’t starting up that I found difficult, but making the right calls that would allow my business to grow without losing the fundamental nature of what I wanted it to be.

How these two friends have turned pasta into a $3 million business in just...

For long-time friends, Sylvan Spatarel (34) and Ben Thompson (30), it was a love of business, rather than pasta, which first inspired them to turn their backs on the corporate world and invest their savings in an idea for a new hospitality offering serving fresh pasta, pan cooked to-order.

Australia’s leading team behind cinema-on-demand is set for global expansion

The team that brought cinema on demand to Australia have launched a new, globally scalable platform that will enable independent filmmakers to negotiate a...

Australia’s $90 billion creative industries have been identified as a key growth sector

In Australia, creative industries currently contribute $90 billion annually to the economy – with CEA arguing that Federal Government support could drive that contribution much higher as it has in the UK and other international economies.

A state-of-the art virtual and augmented reality complex is being set up in Wellington

A feasibility study for ProjectR has begun, which will include developing designs for the state-of-the-art complex, and has been funded by some Wellington-based IT and technology businesses, who are collaborating on the project.

This Australian online marketplace has ballooned out to Europe, based in Berlin

Redbubble, the online creative marketplace powered by more than 400,000 independent artists, announced recently that it will be opening its first European office in Berlin in early 2017, signalling a period of rapid international growth for the company.

Efic’s export loan opens up international markets for Australian small businesses

Queensland cruise operator Frankland Islands Cruises, and New South Wales technology company Intersective are among the first Australian small businesses to benefit from export funding through the Small Business Export Loan, the latest finance offering for small businesses from Efic, Australia’s export finance agency.

This revolutionary medtech start-up has locked a major deal with a top US hospital

Cedars-Sinai has received a grant award of US $600,000 from the United States National Institutes of Health for the purchase of 4Dx’s new preclinical lung scanner, making Cedars-Sinai the first institution scheduled to purchase this advanced instrument, which can help detect lung diseases in their early stages.

10 things you need to keep in mind when targeting the Chinese online customer

It is clear from these growth figures that there is a huge untapped market for Australian companies to sell goods and services to Chinese consumers through online channels. However, this market can be notoriously difficult to do business in.

Australia’s first home loan marketplace has hit the $1 billion mark in under a...

Australia’s first marketplace for home loans, HashChing recently announced its $1 billion of home loans milestone as momentum builds for the Sydney based fintech company.

Do you have happy staff? 5 ways to improve performance [FREE DOWNLOAD]

When you run your own business, one of the most consistent and common causes of sleepless nights is the people you employ. But it...

Seven simple strategies to cut costs and boost cashflow [INFOGRAPHIC]

When you started your business, you probably had certain ideas about how things were going to play out. The goal was a humming, streamlined...

7 reasons why most small business owners never get paid what they’re worth. (Please,...

Okay, tell me if this sounds familiar? You’re a small business operator, or maybe the CFO of a small company. It’s your job to stay on...

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