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  • Blog Post: 9 Great Marketing Ideas For Startups

    Guest post from Damian Wolf, Brisbane area associate of Cubic Promote . Most entrepreneurs are convinced that all they need for a successful running of their startup is some blogging about special offers, a Twitter account and a flashy looking brochure. First, why would anyone care for your brand...
  • Blog Post: Keep up to date with Microsoft Virtual Academy

    Microsoft Virtual Academy has thousands of courses on various technologies, at various skill levels and in various different forms – Live Events, Videos, PowerPoints, PDFs, etc. Here’s a link to some of the most popular courses right now: Windows Azure Security Overview C# Fundamentals...
  • Blog Post: Nudge Moments: Should I set up my startup as a company?

    Every second month Emma from Nudge Accounting answers a finance question (via Vlog or Blog) asked by a member of the Microsoft Bizspark or the startup community. Question: I’m looking at setting up my startup as a company. Do you think that’s a good idea? Emma’s Response: Before...
  • Blog Post: Your Latest Idea - When to take the plunge

    Guest post from Simon Anquetil, CTO of AppHappening . If you, like me, were lucky (or unlucky) enough to have been born with that overly hyperactive part of your brain which causes symptoms such as “shiny object syndrome”, it is possible you are suffering from a condition known as Entrepreneurship...
  • Blog Post: Nudge Moments: When do I need to register different trading names for my startup?

    Every second month Emma from Nudge Accounting answers a finance question (via Vlog or Blog) asked by a member of the Microsoft Bizspark or the startup community. #Nudgemoments startup Question from Emily via the Bizspark Blog: Hi , I have a question for Emma; If you are a sole trader and have multiple...
  • Blog Post: Making an awesome website 101

    Your website is often the author of a customer's first impression of your startup - they're so important! The good news is that making an awesome website doesn't need to be as complicated and difficult as some make it out to be - Check out this blog post on 'Top Support Solutions for Windows Azure Web...
  • Blog Post: Are you ready to take your app to the next level?

    We want to work with you! Have you got a great idea for an app? Do you want to be featured in Microsoft marketing? Perhaps you’ve got an app or two in the store already. We want to help you take your app or app idea to the next level. Microsoft are running free, invitation-only, intensive 3-day...
  • Blog Post: Nudge Moments: When does my startup need to register for GST?

    Every second month Emma from Nudge Accounting answers a finance question (via Vlog or Blog) asked by a member of Microsoft Bizspark or the startup community. This month she answers the question of when does a start-up need to register for GST. #Nudgemoments Startup Question: I’ve been talking...
  • Blog Post: Check out Xtrood.com.au, an online data workflow system to better manage your customers

    A BizSpark Start-up that's delivering Software as a Service, Xtrood.com.au Why are you building this Startup? What does it do? The concept of Xtrood.com.au came from working in the credit industry for a number of years, working with automatic credit assessment. Time was spent designing web screens...
  • Blog Post: Need more online visibility?

    Hey everyone! I've had a few BizSpark Startups in Oz ask me how they can increase their online visibility, and yes I'm aware that it can be hard and daunting at times trying to compete online. So, if you're struggling with gaining traction online, please shoot me an email at esther.mosad@microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Master Design at our Prototyping Workshop

    Got an awesome app idea that utilises open data? Join us for a workshop as part of the Premier’s Awards for Open Data on how to map out a prototype of your application. Explore how to map out a user interface and key features for your application. This workshop will take place on October 17 th...
  • Blog Post: Nudge Moments: Help! How do I prepare a budget for my StartUp?

    Every second month Emma answers a finance question (via Vlog or Blog) asked by a member of Microsoft Bizspark or the startup community. This month, she answers the question of where to start when it comes to preparing a budget. #Nudgemoments StartUp Question: I’m applying for R&D grants...
  • Blog Post: How Startups Can Use Social Media to Grow with Mat Beeche & Friends

    This is your chance to find out how  Jane Lu of Show Pony Fashion, Catherine Eibner of Microsoft (yep that's me!) and Fiona Anson of Hire Me Up  are each using social media to grow their businesses and profiles and how startups can make best use of Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms....
  • Blog Post: The importance of Design Thinking : Interview with Doug Solomon of IDEO

    I was fortunate enough to attend the Global Entrepreneur Acceleration Program (GEAP) in Bilbao Spain a few months ago and one of the most amazing things that came out of the event was the calibre of the mentors that were brought in to talk to the participants. Doug Solomon gave a session on the importance...
  • Blog Post: Asia Pacific BizSpark Summit – Sydney July 10th 2012

    The first inaugural Microsoft BizSpark Asia Pacific (APAC) Summit is happening in Sydney on Tuesday, 10th July 2012 at Ballroom B, Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour. Registration and full details of the agenda and speakers a http://www.microsoft.com/BizSpark/NewsAndEvents/APACSummit2012.aspx...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark Networking Meetup Brisbane: with Colin Kinner

    After great feedback from our first Sydney BizSpark Networking Meetup , great response to nest Monday's Melbourne BizSpark Networking Meetup with Domenic Carosa , I am now excited to confirm the details for Brisbane’s first BizSpark Networking Meetup : On June 20 th 2012 we are kicking off our first...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to our newest BizSpark Network partner– Joe Seisdedos & his team of IP lawyers at Wrays

    I am always happy when I find a company that can offer additional help & support to the companies we have in our BizSpark program here in Australia – and that’s exactly what happened when I met with Joe Seisdedos of Wrays. "IT startups have great ideas and technologies but they commonly find...
  • Blog Post: Melbourne BizSpark Meetup featuring Capital Raising for your business by Domenic Carosa from Future Capital

    As Domenic gets ready to launch his new Incubator in Richmond, Melbourne we have decided to work together to have one of our First Melbourne BizSpark Meetup Events at the new space. Domenic Carosa is Executive Chairman of Internet investment firm Future Capital. In his session you will learn how to raise...
  • Blog Post: Australian BizSpark Networking Meetup

    Announcing the Australian BizSpark Networking Meetups ! These meetups are a way for BizSpark companies to come together to network, share stories and get to come together to hear advice from experts and specialists. We are going to be hosting these initially in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne – but if...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Tips from a new Independent Game Development Studio Convict Interactive

    What is Convict Interactive? Convict Interactive is an Independent Game Development Studio based in Wollongong, Australia. Each full-time member is either a current student or ex-student of the University of Wollongong (UoW). We are all very passionate about creating video games that concentrate on high...
  • Blog Post: Get into BizSpark Plus Partner Angel Cube’s new program - Applications Close TODAY!

      Applications close TODAY!. Here's a few last minute hints from the AngelCube team.     Thanks for your    interest in AngelCube, Melbourne's #1 startup accelerator. A big thank-you to all the teams that applied so far, and a friendly reminder to those still interested...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Innovation Centre Industry Forum

    Focus: How to make it as a Start-up in Queensland In the lead up to the launch of our Microsoft Innovation Centre in Queensland we are hosting an industry forum with some of the most influential members and leaders of the Start-Up community in Queensland. Come and spend a lunchtime session on March 28...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post by Geoff McQueen: Why Freemium Fails for Business Sales

    Geoff McQueen is an Aussie Entrepreneur who recently made the shift to San Francisco to base his Startup AffinityLive, a startup that solves the problem of managing work for service-based companies. Affinity Live just got featured in TechCrunch: http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/29/affinitylive-debuts-to...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: The Ups & Downs of Mixing Motherhood With the Start Up Life

    Today I am honoured to have a guest post that s a little bit different. It’s from a female non technical founder, who shares her experiences as a “Mumpreneur” as she worked towards launching her Business Art Buds. I met Anna when I presented at the Social Media Women event last year, and am particularly...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Inside a startup

    Jason Cartwright, the founder of BizSpark startup Contructiv has written this post (also listed on his blog ) about some of the lessons he has learnt with the first year of starting his business Contructiv. Thanks Jason for sharing the good the bad & the ugly of this first 12 months! The idea Just...
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