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12 startups are getting a chance to build their ideas into a global business...

The intensive 6-month program, powered by Australia’s largest tech start-up accelerator, BlueChilli, gives early-stage entrepreneurs the opportunity of a lifetime to quit their day job and have their innovative idea become a global reality.

StartupAUS launches new report on how we can boost innovation in Australia

StartupAUS, Australia's peak advocacy group for start-ups, recently released its report on the outcomes of the Federal Government's innovation Policy Hack.

Meet the fast growing Aussie start-up that is distributing weed in the US

Melbourne delivery software start-up Swift has seen fast growth in the US, taking on loads of clients including a couple of medical marijuana distributors

Westpac is looking for start-ups to help Australia move from the mining boom to...

Westpac is calling on start-ups and agribusiness entrepreneurs to develop new ideas to revolutionise Australia’s agricultural sector as part of a competition called the...

BlueChilli will host the Australian leg of AngelHack’s world tour at their offices in...

Australian tech start-up BlueChilli will host the Australian leg of the global AngelHack world tour at their Sydney offices on the weekend of May...

Larry Kestelman’s Oxygen Ventures is looking for a start-up to breathe $5 million into...

Oxygen Ventures, the venture capital firm founded by successful serial entrepreneur Larry Kestelman, is putting up $5 million for The Big Pitch, a start-up...

BlueChilli takes the acqui-hire path to growth, picks up The New Agency

BlueChilli CEO Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin conceded ‘it’s rare to be able to recruit this depth of talent in Australia,’ as he snapped up the three-year-old company that was, oddly enough, a rival as much as a partner.

BlueChilli’s TokenOne, Geepers get angel funding of $650,000

BlueChilli has won funding for two of its portfolio companies – TokenOne and Geepers, early-stage startups with no revenue. Both secured over $650,000 in...

Want to raise your profile and attract opportunities? Just ask, “What would a masterchef...

If you've ever lost a big contract or project to a competitor, you'll know the true meaning of commercial frustration. Sure, we all deal with...

Paperless rental firm Housl finds new backer in REA Group’s Greg Ellis

The Sydney incubator founded by Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin said Greg Ellis, the CEO of REA Group (ASX:REA) has invested in Housl, adding to strategic partnerships with Deloitte Digital's GreenID platform and the cloud computing firm Ninefold.

Five things the government can do to help Australian startups

We're not asking for a revolution, but there are some really simple things that the government could do to rock the world of startups and entrepreneurs. These five simple things would make a world of difference.

Incubator Blue Chilli gets in on (rich) mobile apps

“We recognised that Blue Chilli could take our value proposition, extend it to other vertical sectors and cement it as a loyalty and marketing platform through the team’s technology expertise,” said Vividways founder Paul Williams, who will continue to work with Blue Chilli. “We look forward to the journey ahead.”

Domenic Carosa invests in BlueChilli to launch two new Australian incubators

Incubator options for Australian startups will expand next month, with the announcement on Friday that "venture technology company" BlueChilli has acquired growth funding from early stage venture capital fund FCDF. If the names BlueChilli and FCDF sound familiar it's because BlueChilli is the venture of serial entrepreneur (and 30under30 veteran) Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin. FCDF is the product of another well-heeled player in the Australian startup scene, Domenic Carosa.

“To the cloud”: Microsoft hosts weekend startup camp to promote Azure

Ten teams participated in the Azure training camp, and a clan of high-profile investors and entrepreneurs oversaw the teams' development and pitching of their Azure applications, said Microsoft's Catherine Eibner. Participants also acknowledged learning a series of helpful business lessons for inside or outside the cloud.

Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin, 2011 Anthill 30under30 Winner

He has a track record of show-stopping entrepreneurial feats. He is a relentless supporter and cheerleader for the business-venture spirit in Australians young and old. And every time Anthill rolls out its 30under30 list, there he is again. This time, Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin wowed us with Blue Chilli, a support company for budding online ventures.

Why investors want your business to have three distinct types of customer. Do you...

Since making the transition from service provider to start-up investor, I've developed several criteria that allow me to quickly identify if a business idea is worth taking on. One requirement is that I believe a business must have three customers. Obviously I don't mean three individuals – rather, three distinct groups of customers that play an important role in a business' lifecycle.

How a group of 10 year-old entrepreneurs schooled me about business

I help out with an initiative called Club Kidpreneur. It's a fantastic organisation that teaches basic business skills to school kids aged eight to 10. The amazing thing about workshopping business ideas with children is their out-of-the-box thinking. When I became involved in Kidpreneur, I naturally expected that I would be sharing my wisdom. I never expected to be schooled by 10 year-olds.

Entrepreneur’s Night Out… It’s back! And Sydney, you’re first!

Building a business at any age can be a lonely undertaking. But entrepreneurs have it tougher than most. Friends and family often don’t understand the complexities of running a business… or the personal sacrifices that come with the job. This is a chance for Entrepreneurs to meet and learn from other business builders. Share a drink. Have a laugh. Gain insights from a panel of business builders.

Entrepreneur’s Night Out Sydney. It’s next Tuesday!

Meet and learn from other business builders. Share a drink. Have a laugh. Gain insights from a panel of business builders who have 'been there, done that' and created successful ventures. Benefit from the experiences of other attendees.

Sebastien International goes to Paris

In this episode, Eckersley-Maslin spends a day in Paris, encounters his first setbacks and can be seen completing his Anthill 30under30 application while on the Eurostar! (He also scored himself lunch at Le Jules Verne on the Eiffel Tower and a potential distribution partner, demonstrating the truth in his sentiment that luck is self-made.)

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