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APPLEBOX has been recognised as one of Australia’s 100 most innovative products, according to 1,600 maven judges, in one of the largest and most audacious innovation awards of its kind in Australia –the ‘SMART 100’ Index.

The Smart 100 was unveiled at a ceremony on Thursday 9 April, 2009, held at LifeLab, Digital Harbour in the Melbourne Docklands.

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Every day around 250 engineers turn up to work at Cisra, Canon’s Australian information systems research group, knowing that their job is to innovate.

Dividing innovation into technology innovation and process innovation, Cisra’s director, Jim Metcalfe, defines innovation itself as: “A new idea that’s implemented and adds value.”

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Video showing Ivan Kaye interviewed by Fountainhead

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BSI taps the media

Corporate advisor BSI has begun a new series of events in which the emerging technology companies it advises present their products and business models to journalists.

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Taking a start-up through to a trade sale likely to return the founders and other investors well over $2 million in three-and-a-half years is the sort of performance internet entrepreneurs dream about. But that is exactly what Phillip Druce, 36, and Kelvin Yip, 28, of online auction site OZtion have achieved, all on a shoestring budget provided by themselves, family and friends.

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Article written by Jason Clout, Working Capital, AFR on Tuesday 24 June 08

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IN DAYS gone by, bright-eyed young Aussies would grab their savings and a backpack and take off to London, where they found jobs in pubs and hunkered down in overcrowded and underheated flats.

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Oztion claims to have 1 million unique visitors a month and over 275,000 registered trading accounts in addition to a mobile service which is offered to carriers. According to Alexa the site is ranked as the 150th most popular in Australia. The company claims that Ebay’s recent regulatory woes have helped accelerate traffic and online transactions as users seek an alternative auction hub.

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Melbourne-based IT company Loop9, has now put vital day to day and minute to minute - information literally into the palm of the business traveller's hand, via SMS to their mobile phone, courtesy of its new development Travel Messenger.

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A COLLECTION of Australia’s emerging technology innovators were showcased this week in a US-styled private pitch forum to invited media. Branded "Launchpad", the event was organised by self described “venture catalysts” BSI.

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Business Strategies International (BSI) consists of four key business units: Core BSI, People, Learning and Incubator Funds. The core business works with the incubator funds arm to help companies raise capital and access government grants due to overseas trade and licensing, as well as advisory work.

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BSI in Networking World

As a business evolves and grows it needs expert assistance in many areas to facilitate that growth. Business Strategies International (BSI), established in 1989, is a leader in providing innovative and integrated business services for small to medium businesses through to large corporate enterprises.

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WHEN Susan Jersky launched her innovative music and video streaming business EMStream six years ago, she knew straight away that it had huge market potential.

After 18 months of exhaustive software testing, gaining regulatory approvals and piloting her multimedia system with various pubs and hotels around Sydney, Jersky was ready to rock 'n' roll.

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A determined start-up company will reinvent itself if that is what it takes to improve sales and expansion prospects. VRoam Global changed its market positioning when its co-founders, Danny Nathanson and Ian Basckin, realised they were on the wrong track.

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Even with a fantastic idea, getting good projects off the ground is often difficult without the right knowledge, the right connections and ready access to capital.

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Start-up champion

Ivan Kaye is a rare breed in Australia. The former accountant runs advisory company BSI and two venture capital firms, ADI and Information City. He chooses to invest small amounts of money in high-risk start-ups in hot new industries, a space ignored by most venture capitalists in Australia.

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BUSINESS STRATEGIES INTERNATIONAL (BSI) is making a name for itself as an effective pathfinder for start-up companies Australia-wide.

BSI’s mantra is that it looks for and evaluates companies “that have real prospects” according to BSI Services associate director in Queensland, Paul Johnston.

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SATISH Gupta takes the podium in one of the swank new ballrooms in Sydney's Hilton Hotel and all of a sudden, it's like a scene from the Seven Network's Dragon's Den reality show.

He's selling his company, but is anyone out there buying?

An American veteran of multiple startups, and SenSen Networks chief executive, Mr Gupta wants to sell 30 per cent of his latest baby for $1.3 million.

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START-UP Australian technology companies Zingee and Digislide will be hoping to emulate the success of Palm Pilot, Salesforce.com and VMware when they make their appearance on stage at the prestigious DEMO conference in Phoenix, Arizona, this week.

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Business Strategies International last week confirmed that more than $20 million had been raised by the innovative companies showcased at the BSI Investor Forums over the past three years, with a further $7m in the pipeline

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High tech and red hot

Venture capitalists are pouring millions into the best information technology companies they have ever seen. The experience of the management teams, the quality of the intellectual property behind the technology, and the credibility of the business plans are unprecedented.

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Pitching forums were as common as dotcom business plans in the late 1990s, but in the sober noughties few can claim to have achieved consistent success in this arena. BSI has produced an average of four high level Investor Forums per year over the previous two and a half years

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The start-up megastars

Amanda Gome’s report tries to find out the magic formula of how “these meteorites” shoot across their industries, raise the performance bar requiring large companies to change strategy, and knock out unwary competitors. She goes on to say that many continue on a fast-growth trajectory to become big brands and businesses within 10 years.

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