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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...

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...

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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.

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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.

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.

“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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin launched a blog and announced on it that he would create a fully formed business in seven days with only $500. Then he did it. The result was AutoCarLog. Yet, Sebastien doesn't even consider the one-business-in-seven-days caper his best buzz builder. No, that would be when he traveled to six countries in 12 days to launch a global brand, in a bid to be listed in the Guinness record book as the "smallest multinational."

Sebastien's plan was to present that model to the likes of Donald Trump and convince him to donate a portable shelter every time he builds a condo (for placement in areas struck by natural disasters). And convince Richard Branson to donate a flight to Doctors Without Borders every time a First Class ticket is sold. But like any entrepreneurial adventure, the universe had different ideas.

The motivation behind last month's 'casting-call' is now no longer quite so mysterious. It seems that Anthill blogger Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin has been chosen to take part in an online marketing campaign that will see him circuit the globe and follow his plans to create the world's smallest multi-national.

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