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From student to startup: how educators and industry need to collaborate today

With that said, a mandatory mentorship program between the universities and startups would be a valuable concept to instill these “real world’ insights into the students.

Here’s how to innovate and manage R&D for a tech company on a modest...

Our R&D has allowed us to produce and maintain our competitive advantage. We’ve been able to do this by making the most of our comparatively modest R&D budget. This is what we’ve learnt from 13 years of constant innovation.

This fintech start-up has raised $3 million to make cross-border payments much easier

Cross-border payments start-up Airwallex has strengthened its Melbourne and Chinese development teams and accelerated R&D of its international payments platform following a US$3 million pre-Series A investment round led by Shanghai-based VC Gobi Partners.

First it was tech talent, now Wellington is wooing Aussie start-ups across the Tasman

A new campaign targeting Australian start-ups, as the next stage in its efforts to put Wellington on the map for Aussie businesses looking to...

Governments world over are finally walking the talk when it comes to supporting start-ups

Start-ups and SMEs in general have many enviable characteristics, among them being passion, ambition, risk taking and forward thinking. Unfortunately, healthy cash flow has never...

Australian Grants for Business [How to get R&D, travel and other grants]

Finding and accessing funding often seems a complicated and difficult process. It shouldn't be! What is Business GrantGuru? It is the most comprehensive business grants database...

Omega-3 oils from algae? Yes, we are closer than ever.

UniQuest is to grant Qponics an exclusive worldwide license to commercially produce and sell omega-3 oil and high-protein biomass from the algae developed by the University of Queensland

Global R&D spending expected to surpass $1.4 trillion in 2012. How will Australia rank?

In 2012, global R&D spending is expected to grow by 5.2% reaching $1.4 trillion, says the latest Battelle – R&D Magazine annual Global R&D Funding Forecast. In Australia, R&D investment is expected to reach $21.8 billion.

It’s coming to Sydney! Acquisitions, Capital Raising & Exits Masterclass (with Domenic Carosa)

On 25 March, Anthill is hosting a full-day Capital Raising, Acquisitions & Exit Masterclass, facilitated by Domenic Carosa. Learn the benefits of growing a business using acquisitions as a strategy, and the processes involved in approaching, negotiating, closing and integrating acquisitions or mergers.

Flood impact to be evaluated by CSIRO’s robotic glider

CSIRO will deploy a robotic glider to evaluate and monitor the impact of flood activity in Moreton Bay, on the eastern coast of Queensland. Its objective is to assess the damage done in the region's marine ecosystems.

Spreets sold to Yahoo!7 for $40 million: What does this mean for online retail...

This morning, it was confirmed that Yahoo!7 has acquired Australian group-buying business Spreets for $40 million. The deal is the first of what is expected to become a consolidation of the Australian group-buying market. However, what's truly remarkable about this announcement is the short time-frame between Spreets' launch and its sale, after only 10 months on the Australian market.

Eat your heart out, iPad. Lenovo laptop screen detaches to become a tablet.

Lenovo has the tablet market all a-flutter with its new IdeaPad U1 hybrid. Is it a laptop? Is it an iPad inspired tablet? The IdeaPad is both, boasting a detachable resistive multi-touch display, an Intel CULV processor and a 128GB SSD.

EU tells member states not to cut on research and development

On the presentation of the first Annual Growth Survey the European Commission advised the member states not to cut on research and develpment nor education. It also set priorities and proposed ten actions to encourage economic growth.

Six added to council that advises Australian government on R&D investment

Six people with academic specialties ranging from chemistry to the creative arts have been added to the Australian Research Council, which advises the Gillard government on investment in research and development.

Barefoot Power named Coolest Company of the Year at Anthill’s 2010 Cool Company Awards

Start with one person. Give them some light. Show them the way. That's what Barefoot Power is doing in developing communities in Africa and elsewhere. By replacing kerosene-fed lamps with its highly innovative and practical solar-powered LEDs, it provides the poor with access to electricity and one very necessary tool for economic development… light. For their tireless efforts toward raising up their fellow humans (while cleaning up the environment), Barefoot Power is king of the hill, top of the heap — the Coolest Company in Anthill’s 2010 Cool Company Awards!

Optalert named Innovation Award winner at Anthill’s 2010 Cool Company Awards

Melbourne-based Optalert markets a product designed to detect the early onset of a long-haul driver's drowsiness by measuring his or her level of alertness, quantifying to both driver and company the "Fatigue Risk Profile." Optalert is this year’s Innovation Award winner in the Anthill Cool Company Awards.

Flipsters named Micro Business Award winner at Anthill’s 2010 Cool Company Awards

Law school graduate Ben Lipschitz was out for a night on the town in Sydney when he noticed many women were walking barefoot. Obviously, they were taking a break from their high heels. But the sight struck the young man as wrong -- these young ladies should have backup protection for their soles. Hmmm. A set of portable, fold-up shoes would do the trick, he thought. Cue light bulb. Flipsters is this year’s Micro Business Award winner in the Anthill Cool Company Awards.

Meet Vulture Street, Anthill 2010 Cool Company Award Finalist [Micro Business Award Category]

Vulture Street combines a virtual. web-based conference room with smart, energetic consulting and a lean, mean company profile to help business develop innovative ideas in a short time. Its signature tool is the jam session, an web-based event that gathers online all the key players a client needs to hammer out new ideas and directions.

Australian telescope tunes in to black hole radio… only 13 light-years away!

With help from an Australian telescope, an international team of scientists extracted data from a quirky little quasar and concluded that cosmic dinosaurs called radio galaxies were far more powerful than originally thought. These mega-black holes sent out radio-emitting jets that transmitted energy to gas that formed the raw material for the creation of stars. Freakin' cool, yeah?

$43 million earth sciences collaboration gets under Australia’s skin

The government has pumped $43 million into an initiative designed to really get under our skin -- from a geological standpoint. The money is going into AuScope, a nonprofit company designed to help governments, universities, and research and science agencies collaborate in their efforts to better understand Australia's natural resources.

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