Weekly digest: This week’s stories in one easy to check place

We tackled some big topics this week, from the worst red tape for start-ups to five myths about scaling a business to how Australia can overcome a fear of failure many believe is holding the start-up ecosystem back.

 

We heard from a successful start-up about how it took nine years and a massive fallout among the founders to become profitable.

 

We also heard from a start-up that’s raised $250,000 from the federal government’s venture capital arm, one who is completely redesigning the mobile phone for older users, one that’s rolling out 3D body scanners across the country and discovered why this founder is launching a business in a crowded marketplace.

 

In community news, 15 organisations have launched a social enterprise manifesto, the Awesome Foundation is seeking crazy ideas to back, a Melbourne co-working space has combined forces with a charity for cancer advocacy, and an international start-up mentor has warned the Perth community about the need to unify.

 

In training news, 10 start-ups have graduated from a Queensland accelerator program, Melbourne University’s start-up internship program has been declared a success, and we found out why only 28 of the 80 applicants to join the University of New South Wales Startup Games were accepted.

 

We also shared a wide range of advice including how to protect your intellectual property assets, how to turn a mistake into a marketing opportunity, and five personal branding tips from Kyle and Jackie O.

 

We also heard from a start-up that gathered their first 50,000 users without spending a cent, and learned how to turn your blog into a business, as well as what steps to take to not get fined under the new privacy laws.

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