Small Business

Injury Connect keeps it safe

SPECIAL REPORT: Rising Stars winner Injury Connect found initial success targeting an under-serviced niche market, but is now pursuing broader growth. 

Shark Mitigation hits top Techboard spot

Shark Mitigation Systems has climbed to the top of Techboard’s latest ranking of startup companies, having spent the previous three fortnights at number two.

App/tech business of the week ~ Plan-et

An app that connects businesses to users and users to business.

Velpic secures top spot on Techboard rank

Techboard has named Velpic as its top trending company this fortnight, with the eLearning platform undertaking a capital raising and signing its first sporting and hospitality client.

Never miss an opportunity

If you play close attention and listen, you won’t miss the signs that your prospect is ready to buy.

Website bans to boost productivity

Blocking employee access to social media and streaming content websites is a common method small and medium-sized businesses are using to improve productivity in the workplace.

BankVault wins at Silicon Valley event

Local entrepreneur Graeme Speak’s cyber security startup business has been named the fintech category winner at the Silicon Valley Forum’s World Cup Tech Challenge.

App/tech business of the week ~ CourseGenius

CourseGenius allows the user to create, sell, deliver and track online courses in a flexible cloud-based platform.

Coffee pods connect to charities

A new online coffee pod business with a focus on charity giving was launched in Perth last night.

Rhinohide excites investors, tops Techboard

Vehicle protective system Rhinohide has dominated Techboard's startup ranking this fortnight following a successful pitch on Channel Ten's Shark Tank, which led to a bidding war between three of the investors.

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.