Friday, July 1, 2022

AWS report: 3.7 million Australians need to undertake digital skills training

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Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), released findings from a new research report showing that the need for digital skills training became more acute during the pandemic, with 81% of workers surveyed in Australia reporting they need more digital skills – the ability and knowledge to apply digital technologies for tasks in the workplace – to cope with changes in their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DocuSign finds that hybrid working is fuelling demand for better tech

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Nearly two years into remote working, Australia’s businesses are still facing barriers when it comes to meeting the needs of the workforce, with 40% of workers seeing no change in their productivity since working from home, and 14% seeing a decline in their productivity all together. New research from DocuSign, titled 'The evolution of working from anywhere,' finds that despite a majority of businesses embracing a flexible working model since March 2020, 74% of Australian workers admit that working from home still poses its fair share of challenges.

Entries open for 2022 Trans-Tasman Innovation and Growth Awards

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Entries for the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum’s (ANZLF) second Trans-Tasman Innovation and Growth Awards are open. The awards will showcase success stories focused on innovation, collaboration and growth across Australian and New Zealand emerging businesses. The Australian technology industry generates $167 billion in output per year and employs 861,000 Australians. The industry is the economy’s second largest job creator, just behind retail, and is on track to employ one million people by 2025 according to research produced by Accenture and released by the Tech Council.

Recruitable launched to revolutionise employment for people with disability

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Randstad, the world’s largest recruiter, has partnered with Get Skilled Access, founded by multiple Wheelchair Tennis Grand Slam Champion, Paralympian, disability advocate and 2022 Australian of the Year, Dylan Alcott AO, to launch Recruitable - a ground-breaking mainstream recruitment program to transform employment opportunities for people with disability.

Australian shoe shiner makes $1.2m from his Melbourne laneway store

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Eugene Cheng is a qualified lawyer who gave it all up to focus on his passion, sneakers. At the age of 29 he is now considered Australia's sneaker king: feted by collectors across the globe for his unparalleled ability to transform dirty sneakers into near-new condition, thereby rescuing them from landfill: he’s got 29,000 happy customers to prove it, and they’ve paid him $1.2 million in the process. He’s even exported 65,000 cleaning kits to 45 countries from his OG Melbourne laneway store, The Sneaker Laundry. And the shoes he ‘details’ are often worth $25K a pair.  

Sportstech Pre-Accelerator program invites new round of entrepreneurs

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Australia’s newest entrepreneurs with a passion for sports technology will be able to tap into a rich ecosystem of world-class knowledge, mentors, and industry connections with Australia’s preeminent ‘Business of Sport’ Pre-Accelerator program opening its doors for 2022. Sportstech start-up entrepreneurs and founders who have a technology-based idea and consider establishing a business developing a Minimal Viable Product – are invited to apply for the popular 10-week program. 

How Brexit is creating a host of new export and trading opportunities, especially for...

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As the United Kingdom begins to settle after the changes brought on by Brexit, it is clear that many traditional avenues of export – and by extension business growth – have been closed off. Goods and services trade with EU partners is declining, but other regions are now rising to fill the breach.

ThreatQuotient elevates executives, strengthens international presence

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ThreatQuotient™, a security operations platform innovator, announced the promotion of two key team members: Cyrille Badeau was promoted to Vice President of International Sales, and Yann Le Borgne was promoted to V.P of International Threat Intelligence Engineering.

KPMG Australia signs deal to acquire software integration and automation specialist Rubicon Red

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KPMG Australia has signed an agreement to acquire the business of Brisbane-headquartered enterprise software integration and automation specialist, Rubicon Red. The deal will see Rubicon Red’s team of 104 people join KPMG to provide specialist skills in intelligent automation, data engineering and software integration to mid-market organisations.

Hero Packaging’s crowdfunding to open up to everyday investors

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This March eco-packaging pioneer Hero Packaging will be inviting everyday investors to buy into its company via a crowdfunding campaign on Equitise to raise funds to fuel its expansion into the US and Canada. The innovative zero-waste superstars already have a fully functional business in North America but are looking to scale up operations by expanding the local team who will oversee the next phase of growth and increase the digital footprint.