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  • Blog Post: 6 Employment tips for Startups

    Guest post by Alex Tanglao, Legal Analyst, LawPath As a startup, hiring your first employees in an exciting milestone for any founder. It is the cornerstone to growth and development. Taking on new employees is a very stressful and tentative time for any founder. After all, the first few employees...
  • Blog Post: Discounted tickets to Microsoft Australia's Ignite conference for BizSpark Members

    This is something that you guys have asked me about every year and I'm extremely happy to share the news - I've finally managed to secure discounted tickets to Microsoft Australia's Ignite conference for BizSpark members, woohoo! Some of you might be asking, what is the Ignite conference? We’re...
  • Blog Post: New program helping manufacturers capture business value from big data

    News Release, Wednesday September 23, 2015, Government of South Australia The State Government has launched a $240,000 program to encourage local companies to explore opportunities for using ‘big data’ to improve productivity, competitiveness, and profitability. The Big Data Connect...
  • Blog Post: 5 Things Startups Need to Know About the Changes to Employee Share Option Plans (ESOP)

    Guest post by Tom Willis, Digital Marketing Manager, LawPath In a move that is being heralded as a win for the startup community, especially early stage startups, the Australian government have made significant changes to the way ESOPs are taxed. Effective from July 1 2015, employees who are offered...
  • Blog Post: Startup Meetups - Countrywide!

    We're hitting the road again - woohoo! :) I'll add cities here as I confirm them, but to start us off I've confirmed: - Sydney, September 3 - http://www.meetup.com/BizSpark-Networking-Australia/events/224153672/ - Melbourne, September 4 - http://www.meetup.com/BizSpark-Networking-Australia/events...
  • Blog Post: How Can Your Startup Benefit From the $20,000 Business Tax Break?

    Guest post by Rob Chaloner, Founder and Managing Director of  Stratton . Rob is passionate about developing smarter ways to buy and finance cars. With  stratton , he's working to help Australian buyers disrupt the traditional car buying, financing, and insurance markets through smarter products and online...
  • Blog Post: Great opportunity - BlueChilli's expanding in Melbourne!

    BlueChilli technology are expanding their operations in Melbourne and have a few limited spaces for you to join them. Get in on this opportunity early as the space in Sydney sold out in two weeks. We are looking for technology-based businesses that would benefit from working alongside other high growth...
  • Blog Post: Telstra launches their new public SMS API

    Hey everyone, Earlier this week our friends at Telstra released their new public SMS API to ALL developers! You can register at the API Developer portal . Please use the event code ' BIZSPARK' when registering. You can find more info on the program and the journey they've taken so far here ...
  • Blog Post: Meet Disrupt - "Customizing the world's sports gear"

    Guest post by Gary Elphick, CEO Disrupt Surfing 1. Why are you building this startup? What does it do? Disrupt began with the founding idea that sporting goods are constructed with a cookie-cutter ‘ average ’ user in mind. This common view assumes that all sportspeople are identical...
  • Blog Post: When is it time to Register a Company?

    Guest post by Tom Willis, Digital Marketing Manager, LawPath Most Australian businesses don’t realise the impact legal structure has on their business. The majority of us will start our entrepreneurial journey with an ABN (Australian Business Number), and operate with this as a sole trader or...
  • Blog Post: 20% more profit in the next 60 days

    Guest post by: Peter Gjersoe Coach & Founder, Dominate Selling It's now early May. Where do you think you will be by the end of June? By the end of December? My name is Peter Gjersoe. I am a fellow small business owner with 34 years experience in delivering solutions that help clients grow...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure Cloud Dev Camp - Sydney

    Microsoft Cloud Dev Camp Please join us for a special Microsoft Cloud Dev Camp event. Microsoft Cloud Dev Camps are free and fun events for developers, by developers. This special Cloud Dev Camp will be presented by Mat Velloso a Senior Software Development Engineer from Microsoft. Paul Usher from...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Dashba.com, where Marketing Research meets Customer Relationship

    Guest post by Alex Arias, Managing Director, www.dashba.com 1. Why are you building this start-up? What does it do? We noticed there was a gap between advertising and marketing teams that could be filled. Businesses usually struggle when advertising their solutions by keeping the goals of advertising...
  • Blog Post: How-to create magnificent stuff clients want, using lean startup methodology

    Guest post by: Peter Gjersoe Coach & Founder, Dominate Selling Imagine for a moment that you are hurrying up the steps to your ideal client’s office. You are full of enthusiasm looking forward to sharing the excitement of your new product. Developed especially for this client. You have...
  • Blog Post: Azure Licensing Info Event for BizSpark

    This event is for startups and small ISVs who are running, or considering running, their business on Azure. This event will help BizSpark participants understand their options for purchasing Azure once they graduate the BizSpark program The events are being run because Microsoft Australia have noticed...
  • Blog Post: Free Webinar: "Rethink Your Approach to Storage"

    Join this one hour free webinar on February 26th from 1pm to 2pm to learn about hybrid cloud based enterprise storage solutions that cut costs, increase performance and improve data protection. Hear from Microsoft experts Lee Hickin and Ben Di Qual about Microsoft’s 3-pronged approach that helps...
  • Blog Post: Startup Meetups coming up - Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Sydney

    It's been a while since we've had a meetup, but we're finally getting back in to it! As usual, any and all are welcome! We're a friendly bunch and you can ask anyone that's been to one of these, it's a great couple of hours with likeminded people, drinks and pizza! We'll be in these cities on these...
  • Blog Post: A lecture series for Product Managers and Entrepreneurs

    Guest post by Michael McPherson, IASRP.org The secret to developing software and tech products that have phenomenal growth and fanatical customer loyalty Research conducted over 30 years by software association IASRP.org , discovered there is a common method to products that end up experiencing...
  • Blog Post: How to scale effectively

    Guest post by Colette Grgic from BlueChilli So you want to grow… If you’ve resolved that 2015 is your year to grow your business, then you’re probably brainstorming like crazy now to find the best ways to do that. More marketing spend? A focus on referrals? Partnerships? Whether...
  • Blog Post: How to fund your first Startup – the 5 B’s

    Guest post by Colette Grgic from BlueChilli You’ll never forget your first. There’s something really magical about your first startup. It’s like your first love. Your first heartbreak. It’s tough, but it’s got to be done. Once you’ve committed to take action...
  • Blog Post: How can effective communication help define and drive your business?

    Guest post by Elodie Castagna & Shane Murphy, FTI Consulting What is communication? It seems fairly easy and uncomplicated to know how to communicate as we all do it in our day to day life but actually it’s quite hard to be a good and engaging communicator. A message is only successful when...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure Dev Camps - Adelaide and Perth

    Microsoft Cloud Dev Camp Please join us for a special Microsoft Cloud Dev Camp event. Microsoft Cloud Dev Camps are free and fun events for developers, by developers. This special Cloud Dev Camp will be presented by Microsoft technical experts. You do not want to miss this unique event. What am...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Innovation Centre Startup CTO Summit

    If you are working as a CTO of your startup, come learn from our speakers as well as your peers at the Microsoft Innovation Centre Startup CTO Summit. At this two hour event, you will get a chance to hear from Scott Bowden and Michael Corbo, from our Microsoft Adelaide team, followed by a networking...
  • Blog Post: Applications open soon for $18 million Australian Small Business Advisory Services programme (FED)

    Below is a media release from THE HON BRUCE BILLSON MP, Minister for Small Business, Federal Member for Dunkley that was released yesterday about a Government program that provides small business advisory services to small businesses and startups. Applications open soon for $18 million Australian...
  • Blog Post: More meetups coming your way!

    Hey everyone, We're at it again, woot! :) Here's a list of our upcoming meetups: Melbourne 8th October - Queens Collective 6.30pm to 8.30pm Sydney 17th October - BlueChilli 5pm to 7pm Brisbane 31st October - Queensland MIC 5.30pm to 7.30pm Perth 13th November - SpaceCubed 4.30pm...
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