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  • Blog Post: Get involved in Startup Muster 2015 - submissions close in two weeks!

    Startup Muster is the largest survey of the Australian startup ecosystem, and aims to raise awareness for government, investors and media. The first report has revealed a lot of surprises about the industry, and we'll be working hard to gather more data this year to provide deeper insights, and track...
  • 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: 5 common startup mistakes that you can easily avoid!

    Guest post by Catherine Eibner, Chief Startup advisor, BlueChilli When putting together the #99toLaunch startup course content it was a great reminder to me that there are some really simple and seemingly obvious things that new founders always seem to forget, miss or just plain ignore! I thought...
  • Blog Post: Australian start-up launches new smartlock at German tradeshow

    Source: http://thedigitalkeys.blogspot.com.au/ Gold Coast, Australia, 24th November 2014 – Steve Dunn and his team from LEAPIN Digital Keys have returned from the Essen Security Tradeshow in Germany , the biggest trade show on the planet for security products, with a new smartlock, new apps...
  • 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: Meet Dimodelo - the startup giving you the ability to design and build a data warehouse in 65% less time

    1. Why are you building this startup? What does it do? We still believe that a Data Warehouse is the best platform for the foundation of a Business Intelligence system in the Enterprise, with great promise to deliver real benefit to the business. However, in the past, this promise has not been realized...
  • Blog Post: Meet Seq - the structured log server for .NET apps

    1. Why are you building this startup? What does it do? Enterprise software is rapidly changing – it’s quickly become rare to build any application designed to run on only one machine. Systems commonly run across many machines that now frequently span the cloud as well as the data centre...
  • Blog Post: Tech23 2014 applications are now open

    The sixth annual Tech23 event is happening in Sydney on Thursday 23rd October, 2014. Whether you are leading, investing in, a customer of, or partnering with an Australian tech company with lots of potential, please ensure they apply to be one of this year's Tech23. Tech23 will spotlight 23 young Australian...
  • Blog Post: Next round of startup meetups announced!

    This time round we're heading to 4 new locations: Melbourne @ The York Butter Factory - September 5th Sydney @ The Workbench - September 12th Gold Coast @ Silicon Lakes - October 2nd Brisbane @ ilab - October 3rd Same deal as our previous meetups, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm we'll be chatting...
  • 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: 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: 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: Startup Muster 2013 Launches!

    Startup Muster 2013 is a survey of the Australian startup community to take a snapshot of what Australia has accomplished in 2013, launching on February 28th, 2014. Run by Murray Hurps, with research/design help from Richard Kroon, and statistical help from a statistician and a survey methodology expert...
  • Blog Post: RoomForImprovement.com.au, helping you find the right professional for your house improvement projects!

    1. Why are you building this startup? What does it do? Having experienced the risks and uncertainties of building a house, we identified an opportunity in the market to facilitate connecting tradesmen to customers in house renovation and home improvement market. RoomForImprovement.com.au (RFI) aims...
  • 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: 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: It’s Tech 23 Time! Apply Now!

    Get ready for Tech23 2012! Throw your hat in the ring to showcase your business. Tech23 has already unearthed superstar technology businesses like Centryc Solutions , Go Catch , Kaggle , roamz , and more! Last year we had 8 companies in the 23 from BizSpark Australia including the winner of Last Weeks...
  • Blog Post: Featured Aussie Startup CaterXpress making noise in the US!

    I love it when one of our local startups gets our US counterparts excited – and this one makes me particularly proud as Anthony & the team at FoodStorm with their product CaterXpress were one of our earliest adopters of the Azure Cloud Computing platform – and they haven’t looked back since!  ...
  • Blog Post: Final Week - Innovators, Collaborators, Entrepreneurs - nominate now!

    Final Week - Innovators, Collaborators, Entrepreneurs - nominate now! Nominations close Wednesday May 9, at 5pm AEST. If you have not yet submitted your nomination you still have time, but days are counting down fast with nominations closing in less than a week! This year many organisations, groups and...
  • Blog Post: Startup Smart Awards 2012 – Nominate Yourself Now

    Are you running a fast growing or innovative start-up? If so, you need to enter the StartupSmart Awards – the premier awards ceremony for start-ups in Australia. The submission deadline for the awards is 1 March, 2012 so don’t delay! At StartupSmart we are passionate about discovering and shining a light...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark Azure Startup Camp – Sydney 9-11th of September

    Its been nearly 5 months since we last held a Startup Camp! I don’t know about you but I am really looking forward to being involved in yet another one of these fantastic events.   What is a Startup Camp? A Startup Camp is an intense event – not for the faint hearted. It brings together a combination...
  • Blog Post: Anthill 30 under 30 2011 nominations are now open!

      30under30 is an Anthill initiative that was launched in early 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among young A ustralians. The program provides recognition to 30 entrepreneurs under the age of 30 for their outstanding entrepreneurial endeavours. Applications close: Friday 15 July 2011...
  • Blog Post: Got a wicked app idea? WIN $40K in backing to get it off the ground! (Quick! Entries close 22 May!)

    Got a wicked app idea? WIN $40K in backing to get it off the ground! You’re not just a code jockey – you’re an ideas machine, right? So prove it! Come up with a great idea, no {code} required, for an app that leverages Windows Azure™ and you could win $40K worth of backing to get it off the ground. The...
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