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New tool for innovators looking for grants

Design Victoria today launched Transform Your Design Business, an online guide that aims to equip designers with the know-how to successfully navigate the grants space and write strong grant applications.

Forget India. Silicon Valley tech firm outsources to Australia (thanks to vampire-programmers)

Australia’s IT industry received a shot in the arm this week when Silicon Valley firm GitHub spurned its selection of local providers - some of the world’s biggest hosting companies - in favour of Sydney web developers Anchor. Why? Anchor founder Andrew Rogers cites the vampiresque habits of programmers.

How to crack the US retail mass market

California-based Australian retail export advisor Chad Hetherington has met with hundreds of Aussie entrepreneurs all hoping to crack the lucrative US retail market. Of the products they offer, he says, less than one percent has a realistic shot at making it big in the Land of Opportunity. So what does it take to make it?

Dr Sam Prince, 2009 Anthill 30under30 winner

If you ever spot Dr Sam Prince in Canberra's John James Hospital, make sure you congratulate him for winning this year's 30under30 Award. The entrepreneur-in-disguise has founded two enterprises on national and international levels and won a string of awards to his name.

Climate change export opportunities for Australia

Climate change is already remaking the global economy. The changes that Australia has to make in order to become a responsible and competitive player in this greener global marketplace are comparable to the liberal economic reforms made in the 1980s, says Austrade’s chief economist, Tim Harcourt.

Preparing for US venture capital: Due diligence is a two-way street

In part five of our series on the capital raising cultures in Australia and the US, San Francisco-based Steve Anderson explores how Australian entrepreneurs can best prepare for securing US venture capital.

Glen Riverstone, 2009 Anthill 30under30 winner

Glen Riverstone is the embodiment of an inventor-turned-entrepreneur. Faced with a personal problem, he invented a device to solve it, commercialised the product and exported to 13 countries around the world - all within the space of eleven months.

How much does it really cost to protect your intellectual property rights?

Most people have a vague understanding of the various types of intellectual property rights, but few know exactly which rights relate to them and even fewer know how much this will cost. This new series takes readers through the ins and outs of intellectual property rights protection specifically for knowledge-economy businesses.

Australia desperately needs a virtuous cycle of innovation

It says much about the schismatic nature of Australia's economic strategy that the Federal Government invited public submissions on how to build a clever country in the same week that it signed a $50B gas export contract with China. Jordan Green outlines his vision for Australia's knowledge economy.

Five must-sees before Australian VCs will invest

In part three of our series on the capital raising cultures in Australia and the US, San Francisco-based Steve Anderson explores the five things Australian and US venture capitalist must see before they will invest in an early-stage company.

Unlock your global potential in Japan

China might have surpassed Japan as Australia’s number one trading partner, but the land of the rising sun still represents a large market opportunity for Australian companies who produce products in demand. Steve Dowling reports on the recent boom in organic food in Japan, and the opportunity that lies therein.

CSIRO-developed hybrid battery secures US$32.5M, but who profits?

So while this $US32.5 million US Government funding for UltraBattery is certainly a tremendous validation for the technology and the CSIRO researchers who developed it, the international licensing option pursued means that Australia will, in all likelihood, only receive couch change from what stands to be an extremely lucrative venture for the foreign companies (Furukawa Battery Company and East Penn) that are actually doing the commercialisation.

Chicago and the ‘O’ Factor

Chicago used to have a reputation for lawlessness and corruption. But, as Austrade’s chief economist Tim Harcourt reveals, it’s now a top-tier global business town and a place where Australian companies are shining.

Funding in the US – Holy Grail or Holy Hell

August is Venture Capital Month at Anthill and today we’re launching a new series written by San Francisco-based Steve Anderson focusing on the capital raising cultures in Australia and the US. Today, Anderson discusses the pros, cons, illusion and reality of raising capital in the US.

How to export like an expert

To maximise your export opportunity and increase your chances of success, it's important to focus your mind on what you want to achieve. That way, you'll have a clear vision to plan for and work towards. So, where to begin? Here are three steps to help you export like an expert.

Does anyone care about the Shanghai World Expo 2010?

The Chinese are buzzing about next year’s World Expo in Shanghai. But Aussie expat Andrew Collins thinks the locals are underwhelmed. Nevertheless, commercial opportunities abound for local and foreign businesses.

Doing business in the US: 13 smart tips to minimise risk

The United States is relentless in making its vast markets seem enticingly available, yet every mistake when doing business there can be costly and unforgiving. Here are the top 13 things you “must do” prior to taking the plunge and doing business in the US.

Exporters are solid as a rock in the labour market

The latest DHL Export Barometer reveals that, far from dropping like flies in the current environment, Australian companies that export are weathering the storm remarkably well. Why? Because of their commitment to education and human capital.

Now is the time to lay the foundations for export success

It is easy to feel intimidated at the moment. It takes strength of character to weather the critics and follow your dreams. There are many choices available to cancel out the prevailing business sentiment. For example, looking for a new market overseas to sell into.

IBISWorld identifies best, worst growth industries for 09/10

A report released this week by business analyst IBISWorld points to what it predicts will be the top 10 best and five worst growth industries for the coming year.


The Top 5 Most Insanely Dumb Mistakes made by Rookie and...

LinkedIn is a professional and commercial platform. What you do on LinkedIn matters: it really matters, and if you’re not careful, your actions can backfire and tarnish your brand and your integrity. We're going to throw out a wild guess and say that you don’t want to get burned by your mistakes. Fair enough. This FREE REPORT from David Hobson has the five most common LinkedIn mistakes and what you can do to avoid them.



New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...