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Australian SMEs are feeling optimistic going into 2017, says latest Westpac survey

The SME Index survey found the top three business goals for SMEs in 2017 are enhancing products and services, hiring new staff and improving accounting systems.

This customer service start-up from Melbourne is getting major buzz in the US

Testing and real-time monitoring might sound like basic things every organisation is already doing, but this is not the case, and our mission is to educate the market.

Meet the entrepreneur behind the world’s first barista standard reusable coffee cup

The outcome was a lightweight and thoroughly considered design that was BPA free and non-toxic; the world’s first barista standard reusable cup, KeepCup was born.

Reading about his future competitor in the paper inspired this entrepreneur’s idea

In July 2012, while managing a large Westpac branch, he came across an interview with the founder of a well-known personal budgeting company which claimed they had created a new category in personal finance.

This human resource tech start-up makes candidate referencing easier and faster

Xref, at its core, is an automated, cloud-based candidate referencing platform – that in itself is a major win for its clients in terms of the time and money they save on resources otherwise wasted on calling and chasing referees.

Who walked away with $40k from BlueChilli and Westpac’s 2016 Innovation Challenge?

Westpac’s annual Innovation Challenge is one way that we support Australian businesses with the drive and imagination to shape the future of Australia. I’d like to congratulate all of this year’s finalists and the winner, Surgical Partners, for the outstanding quality of their ideas

Westpac has announced the finalists for its Innovation Challenge, they want your vote

Westpac recently announced the five finalists for its Innovation Challenge, a platform for entrepreneurs to put forward innovative new solutions to further improve Australia’s healthcare sector.

From $10,000 in life savings to $10 million in turnover: How a law school...

Back in 2003 Emily McWaters decided at the age of 20 to drop out of law school and start an online gifting service with her 10,000 worth of life savings

Attracting lots of interest: Peer-to-peer lending is finally set to take off in Australia

Peer-to-peer lending has already grown significantly in the UK and the US, but remains in its early stages in Australia. However, it's now set to take off

Enough is enough: How to keep our politicians’ travel spend under control like businesses...

During the last few weeks we’ve seen the government go through what is most likely the worst politician travel scandal in the history of Australia. here is a list of five tools that could have prevented it.

Fintech start-up Stockspot raises an additional $1.25 million to manage more Australians’ money smarter...

Stockspot, Australia’s first ever online, automated investment adviser and fund manager, has raised an additional $1.25 million to help it reach more Australians and enhance its product.

Australian social media network Nabo has secured additional funding from its initial launch investors

Australia’s first hyper-local social media network, Nabo, recently successfully completed an additional round of funding from investors Seven West Media and Reinventure, an independent...

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...

Westpac CEO Brian Hartzer is not the only one looking to avoid ‘death by...

As you might have heard, Westpac CEO Brian Hartzer is looking to end the reign of PowerPoint within the company, stopping the ‘death by...

Pocketbook sets itself a Google Glass challenge

Banking on Google Glass? Pocketbook – which lets users aggregate your finances in one app – thinks innovation in banking will revolve around Glass, among other things. The start-up says it has begun working with cutting-edge technology around Glass.

Westpac’s CVC makes its first investment, less than a week after launch

Westpac’s new corporate venture capital (CVC) fund, Reinventure, is less than a week old and already has made an investment. SocietyOne raises $8.5 million SocietyOne is...

Over a third of Aussie voters in LinkedIn. More power to the network

LinkedIn or bust? That might explain the view of many Australians as get in on the world’s largest professional networking group at a furious...

Many startups are cashing in big time on apps, are you one of them?

In case you didn’t know, Australians are cutting a huge slice off the cake of the multi-billion dollar apps industry. From broadcast media to...

‘Australia Rising’ is the theme of the global brand equity game

Last year, Commonwealth Bank debuted on the BrandZ Top 100 ranking, becoming the first Australian brand to do so. This year, three more broke into the elite league – ANZ Bank, Westpac and Woolworths. Together, the four Aussie brands surged in value by a combined US$54.5 billion, reflecting Australian brands’ growing expansion into the rest of Asia.
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Brisbane’s back to work and ready to rebuild (with your commerce)

Brisbane is keen to spread the word: floods won’t dampen spirits or finances for long. Industry forecasters, IBISWorld, predict the city will receive a $10 billion economic boost due to rebuilding efforts, while Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Campbell Newman says it’s vital at this time to assure business and industry that Brisbane has resumed operations.

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