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One man’s trash is another man’s shelter

Twelve-year-old Max Wallack recently won Grand Prize at the recent Design Squad 'Trash or Treasure' competition for his "Home Dome" design - make-shift shelter for the homeless made out of trash.

More weird and wonderful business card designs

We're all for applying creativity with a dash of the absurd as a way to stand out from the crowd. And what better way to leave a lasting first impression on potential business contacts than handing them a business card that will makes them chuckle, gasp or drool with envy?

30under30 Awards – Now Open!

That's why we launched the 30under30 Awards in late 2007. And that's why we invite you to nominate yourself or a worthy young entrepreneur. The top 30 will be profiled in the Jul/Aug/Sep edition of Anthill Magazine. To nominate, click here.

Is this possibly the stupidest headline you've read all year?

We decided to ask you, our very innovative readers, to tell us how you have tweaked your own business models to build new revenue streams and make money in this destructively distracting economic climate (rather than 'save' it). And, of course, we'll publish the most interesting, innovative, inspiring and instructional in our Apr/May/Jun print edition.

Is this possibly the stupidest headline you’ve read all year?

We decided to ask you, our very innovative readers, to tell us how you have tweaked your own business models to build new revenue streams and make money in this destructively distracting economic climate (rather than 'save' it). And, of course, we'll publish the most interesting, innovative, inspiring and instructional in our Apr/May/Jun print edition.

Newcastle wins $20 million Clean Energy Innovation Centre

The Federal Government yesterday announced that a new $20 million Clean Energy Innovation Centre (CEIC) will be headquartered in Newcastle.

The national innovation review – what next?

We’ve all had time to chew on the Federal Government’s innovation review findings. What will it mean in real terms? For John Kapeleris, the...

Selling our IP to the Chinese

An Aussie swimming coach sells training secrets to the Chinese and it hits the front pages of the tabloids. Fair enough. But our precious...

The car polygraph

If it’s true that necessity is the mother of invention, I never want to get in a car with either Bernhard Mattes or Gottfried...

What I have learnt (the hard way): Christopher Witt

Chicago-bred Christopher Witt spends plenty of time on faculty at the University of New South Wales, but he's quick to point out that he's no academic. Having spent his early career at big corporations such as AT&T, Telstra and Motorola, Witt is now doing his bit to help bridge the commercialisation gap as Director of the Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Australian School of Business. He also puts his wisdom to good use at his investment practice, The Kalori Group.

Are you grant ready? Grant Writing

Grant Writing Grant writing is a specialist art. Writing from the heart or what you think an assessor wants to hear is not usually the...

Time to get serious

BI-GOODNESS is a bi-monthly column dedicated to the quirky, generally funny and often dangerously impractical inventions and business concepts that occasionally come our way....

Elevator Pitch: E Ball Games Pty Ltd

COMPANY NAME: E Ball Games Pty Ltd www.eballgames.com.au FOUNDER: Tony Course ORIGINS: Founded in 2004 MARKET: Large corporate sport sponsors. CAPITAL: Invested over $1m to date. Looking at staged investment of $1m+ to...

Innovation nation

In the distinct vernacular of fictional family-man Daryl Kerrigan, Australia is a nation of ‘ideas people’. We’re educated, we’re passionate and we love to...

Are you grant ready?

Finding the right grant There are literally hundreds of grant funding programs available supporting an enormous range of activities. The challenge is to find the...

Lighter-than-air furniture

It's probably fair to assume that when Lionel Richie sang "Dancing on the ceiling", he was on an altogether different trip to William A. Calderwood of Peoria, Arizona, author of US patent 4888836 (1989) - "Lighter-than-air furniture".

Elevator Pitch: Cool Mobility

< Check out Cool Mobility's the YouTube video MOVING AND GROOVING COMPANY NAME: COOL Mobility Pty Ltd FOUNDERS: Colin Johanson & Moira McEwan ORIGINS: Company set up 2007 after five...

Cane and able (to party!)

BI-GOODNESS is a bi-monthly column dedicated to the quirky, generally funny and often dangerously impractical inventions and business concepts that occasionally come our way....

Hi-tech beer mat

BI-GOODNESS is a bi-monthly column dedicated to the quirky, generally funny and often dangerously impractical inventions and business concepts that occasionally come our way....

Crazy inventions: Chindogu

It's time to reach beyond the wayward solitary invention of a wayward solitary inventor to embrace an entire conceptual school of wayward invention: the artful Japanese science of Chindogu.

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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