Small Business

SME funding boost for defence work

The state government has cast a wide net in its bid to boost defence-related work in Western Australia, with 16 small businesses - ranging from a landscape gardener in Port Hedland to a signage contractor in Bellevue - sharing in the latest round of defence-specific grants.

App/tech business of the week ~ is an online marketplace for all things mining - tenements, commodities, equipment, consumables and services.

Red tape cuts for restaurants

The state government hopes to reduce the time required to secure approvals for starting a restaurant by up to three months through a $1.6 million 'flying squad' initiative.

Outages hurt printer business

iiNet's mass outage in Perth this week was the fourth time in eight months that Lisa and Jason Spark's business Quality Printers & Cartridges has been cut off.

Local tech innovators recognised

A Perth-based fintech startup has been named one of the top finalists in Silicon Valley Forum's World Cup Tech Challenge, while the winners of a hackathon hosted by BHP Billiton and Unearthed have been revealed.

Shark Mitigation Systems climbs Techboard ladder

Listed companies have made up a strong contingent of this fortnight's hottest startups and tech companies, with the top five spots all taken by ASX-listed or soon-to-be listed companies.

Search under way for local innovators

The search is on again for local innovators and entrepreneurs to participate in the 10th anniversary of the WA Innovator of the Year program.

Performance reflects attitude

It's not the company, it's the people in the company - it's you.

Step back in time for pizza bar

A new underground pizza bar is bringing a distinctly old-school vibe to the inner city.

App/tech business of the week ~ PrevYou

PrevYou is a web-based platform that matches businesses with students for paid project/freelance-based work and internships.

Act soon or it’s all ideas, no boom

For Perth to become an innovation hub, in a global context, there will need to be a step-change from a range of stakeholders - the startup community and its funders, schools and universities, and, importantly, the state government - in order to support the structural change needed to achieve significant success.

Nothing succeeds like self-belief

Price shouldn't be a problem for a salesperson who has done their homework and believes in their product.

App/tech business of the week ~ Storekat

Storekat is an online aggregator of storage facilities, connecting self-storage providers with self-storage customers.

Simply Wall St tops Techboard rank

Perth-founded stock investing platform Simply Wall St has been ranked as Techboard's top startup for the past fortnight, making it the first ever company to have topped the ranking twice after having previously topped the list in December last year.

Beware bright lights of ‘the other’

Those who think the grass is greener on the other side need to think again.

App/Tech business of the week ~ Silverhorse Technologies

Silverhorse Technologies develops systems to manage the completions process for large infrastructure assets.

Data hub to support innovation

The state government has launched a new co-working space designed to give technology-based businesses, startups and educational institutions access to its extensive property data

For startups first is nowhere

As this column has mentioned previously, startups and conventional businesses are different in a number of ways, and the 'first mover advantage' is one.

Simply Wall St makes US acquisition

Perth-founded stock investing platform Simply Wall St is branching out into the US with the acquisition of for an undisclosed sum.

App/Tech business of the week ~ Summer Bees

Summer Bees is a wholly online shop for authentic high-end Brazilian swimwear, tailored to all ages, shapes and sizes, and was launched in Perth in January 2016.