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  • 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: 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: If You Build It, Will They Come?

    Guest post by: Peter Gjersoe Coach & Founder, Dominate Selling Are you looking for an effective way to develop products? Have you been burned by the traditional product development process before? If you answered yes to either question this article will be of interest to you. This is to all...
  • Blog Post: AngelHack Sydney 2015 - May 2nd & May 3rd

    Are you ready for a weekend of hacking, food and free massages (yep, free massages)? AngelHack is coming to Sydney with its AH8 Global Hackathon Series! Developers, designers and business minds will join forces, team up and build great things in 24 hours. The team with the best idea will enter the HACKcelerator...
  • 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: 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: 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: The Start of The Atomic Sky Story

    Guest post from Simon MacFarlane, Founder of Atomic Sky - a recent addition to the BizSpark Network Partner family. I have never had any first-hand experience of the old adage – “those who can do and those who can’t teach” – and I have always been fortunate to have been...
  • 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: One Million by One Million, A Framework For The Next Rev Of Capitalism

    Guest post by Sramana Mitra Founder of the 1M/1M global virtual incubator . I have been a serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley since the mid-nineties, and have experienced multiple booms and busts through the years. I have also thought deeply about the dysfunctions in capitalism, and today, I am...
  • 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...
  • 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: 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: Port your Unity game to Windows - Join us on March 29 & 30

    Microsoft wants to help you bring your Unity game to Windows. You may have heard: Unity devs are making some magic over in the Windows store. We are seeing great games succeed in this “new gold rush”. There are already 2000+ Unity games in the Windows Store with some hitting 3,000,000 downloads...
  • Blog Post: The Australian Startup Community has launched!

    We've created a portal for all Australian Startups to give you access to various resources that'll help you in becoming a successful startup! You'll get early access to news, training, competitions and the opportunity to connect with other Startups and Microsoft. Register here: http://startup.msdeveloper...
  • 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: 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...
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