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Hands up, who wants to learn more about starting a venture?

Are you among those who have mused about a new entrepreneurial idea of epic proportions only to dismiss it because you just don't know where to start? Perhaps you are looking to start a new business around something groundbreaking but you need a little – push. Starting a venture is exciting, but can be very arduous.

Why introverts make great entrepreneurs [VIDEO]

Well, why wouldn't they? There's nothing wrong with being an introvert. There has been recent research about mavericks, or extroverts, being more likely to be entrepreneurs. Yet, the introverted entrepreneur is not as rare as you might think.

Should we be encouraging teenagers to bootleg homebrew in their lunch breaks?

The only time I was ever grounded by my parents was in high school – my mother had discovered a wad of hundreds of dollars in cold hard cash in my top draw and had assumed what all mothers fear most: that I was developing an expensive heroin addiction in my spare time. Of course, my mother didn’t believe my excuse – that I was providing financial backing for my friend’s start-up ebay business; because everyone knows 15-year-old high-school students could not possibly start their own business. Right?

Want to learn Mandarin? A Melbourne startup shows off its ‘Mad’ language learning approach...

As a native English speaker, Matthew Ho was once frustrated by his attempts to learn Mandarin. This week, he's in Beijing showing off just how fun and addictive the language can be. Ho and his startup, Native Tongue, have been promoting Mandarin Madness, an educational gaming application, at TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing.

Innovation challenge launched by Telstra to equip Australia during natural disasters

Brilliant minds across the country are being summoned to stand up and make a difference. Telstra is challenging all Australian researchers and innovators to come...

Why we think this app from the Melbourne Symphony hits a high note

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has released an iPhone app aimed at classical music's most under-served demographic: kids. The app includes profiles of each of the instrument sections and Q&A's with some of its members. While the app makes for a solid educational tool, we also find it to be effective publicity for the often under-appreciated arts. What good is a symphony without an audience? And as those audiences grow ever older, who will replace them?

Could the Khan Academy’s video-based learning transform Australia’s schools?

Would Salman Khan's revolutionary approach to learning work in Australia's schools? The former hedge fund analyst's web-based Khan Academy wants to turn education inside out. At its heart, it bring the lectures home and moves the homework to the classroom.

Free online ‘starting a business course’ for those with an idea

Sponsored message: There’s a special place for those with a vision and the get-up-and-go to start something. www.thesbhub.com.au is an information resource and online community where you can learn a thing or two about starting a successful business! The course will help you assess the feasibility of your business idea and develop it further.

Free online 'starting a business course' for those with an idea

Sponsored message: There’s a special place for those with a vision and the get-up-and-go to start something. www.thesbhub.com.au is an information resource and online community where you can learn a thing or two about starting a successful business! The course will help you assess the feasibility of your business idea and develop it further.

Free online ’starting a business course’ for those ready to start

Sponsored message: There’s a special place for those with a vision and the get-up-and-go to start something. www.thesbhub.com.au is an information resource and online community where you can learn a thing or two about starting a successful business! The course guides you through the practicalities of opening a business and completing a business plan.

Alice In Wonderland on the iPad looks… enchanting

The iPad's lack of eye-friendly e-ink (found in specialised e-readers such as the Kindle or Sony Reader) has prompted many adult observers to conclude that it is not a serious reading device. But try telling your kids that it's unsuitable for reading once they've seen this clip of Alice In Wonderland on the iPad.

Entrepreneurship: Do you have what it takes? (A warts-and-all checklist)

Anything can be taught and learnt in our information-rich world, whether you want to become a mortician, an acrobat or an entrepreneur. The real question should not be, “Can it be taught?” but rather, “Do people have the stomach to do it?” Could you embalm a dead body? Could you be flung through the air? Could you fire your best friend?

How to help your clients raise capital

Learn how you can add capital raising to your portfolio of services. This event is only for people who would like to learn how to: Raise capital for clients, earning a retainer plus a success fee of funds raised; Facilitate a client's exit, earning a retainer plus a success fee of the exit price; Help clients de-risk their business and become investor ready; Facilitate a merger or acquisition on behalf of clients.

Make sure you're never too busy to read

Whether it’s audio books, eBook readers or actual real books (with paper, for Gen Ys reading this), books are still one of the best ways to really learn something new. The increasing trend towards shorter, smaller, briefer, 140 characters is great to a sense of what’s going on, but it’s insufficient to actually change the way you think.

Make sure you’re never too busy to read

Whether it’s audio books, eBook readers or actual real books (with paper, for Gen Ys reading this), books are still one of the best ways to really learn something new. The increasing trend towards shorter, smaller, briefer, 140 characters is great to a sense of what’s going on, but it’s insufficient to actually change the way you think.

Feature: Employer exploitation of foreign students in Australia is rife

With visiting foreigners comprising up to one-third of all higher education students in New South Wales and Victoria, it’s clear that educating international students is big business in Australia. However, as Matthew da Silva and Mingming Feng report, Australia’s educational institutions have far more appetite for international student tuition than local employers have for hiring these students as legitimate employees, causing young foreigners to reconsider Australia as their educational destination of choice.

Scandinavians push the envelope with latest wave of internet policies

Sure they might see just three hours of sunlight a day during the winter months and need to take out a mortgage in order to purchase a pint of beer at the local pub, but those Scandinavians have it all figured out when it comes to the World Wide Web.

Does education kill creativity?

Did you feel like your creativity was really nurtured at school? Chances are, it wasn't. In this great talk from the 2006 TED conference, British creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson argues that current education systems are geared to producing obedient worker drones rather than creative innovators. In contrast, he believes that educators should consider creativity as important as literacy when preparing young minds for a rapidly evolving future.

Karly Chan, 2009 Anthill 30under30 Winner

Karly Chan has a pathological fear of boredom. Though she's pretty sure she's never actually been bored in her life, she dived into the world of entrepreneurship to ensure that she never has to experience it at all.

New website aims to make engineering sexy for students

The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at the University of Sydney used the occasion of Engineering Week to launch www.engineeringicons.org.au. The site is designed to encourage more high school students to see engineering as an interesting and viable career path.

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