40 UNDER 40: TOP YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS BRISBANE 1-10

40 UNDER 40: TOP YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS BRISBANE 1-10

THE team at Business News Australia has compiled a list of some of Brisbane's brightest young business minds. In celebration of the 2016 Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards, the 40 under 40 list highlights the achievements of the city's most bold and innovative business founders. The next generation of leaders have demonstrated...

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40 UNDER 40: TOP YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS BRISBANE 11-20

40 UNDER 40: TOP YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS BRISBANE 11-20

THE team at Business News Australia has compiled a list of some of Brisbane's brightest young business minds. In celebration of the 2016 Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards, the 40 under 40 list highlights the achievements of the city's most bold and innovative business founders. The next generation of leaders have demonstrated...

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40 UNDER 40: TOP YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS BRISBANE 21-30

40 UNDER 40: TOP YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS BRISBANE 21-30

THE team at Business News Australia has compiled a list of some of Brisbane's brightest young business minds. In celebration of the 2016 Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards, the 40 under 40 list highlights the achievements of the city's most bold and innovative business founders. The next generation of leaders have demonstrated...

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40 UNDER 40: TOP YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS BRISBANE 31-40

40 UNDER 40: TOP YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS BRISBANE 31-40

THE team at Business News Australia has compiled a list of some of Brisbane's brightest young business minds. In celebration of the 2016 Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards, the 40 under 40 list highlights the achievements of the city's most bold and innovative business founders. The next generation of leaders have demonstrated...

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MEET BRISBANE'S TOP SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS

MEET BRISBANE'S TOP SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS

FROM ballerinas to zombies, these young social enterprises are making waves in the Brisbane community and beyond. As finalists in the Social Entrepreneur category at the 2016 Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards, they are solving issues and effecting change in society. In its second year, the category attracted many outstanding entries ...

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JORDAN GRIVES NAMED 2016 BRISBANE YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

JORDAN GRIVES NAMED 2016 BRISBANE YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

FROM powerful techpreneurs to recruitment heavyweights, the 2016 Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards delivered an exciting yet even playing field of finalists. But it was negotiating one of the biggest buyouts in Queensland's telecommunications history that set one entrepreneur apart. Fonebox founder Jordan Grives (pictured) was cr...

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BRISBANE STARTUP VELVET CREATES AN 'UBER FOR WIFI'

BRISBANE STARTUP VELVET CREATES AN 'UBER FOR WIFI'

DAVID Poxon, a Brisbane based entrepreneur has discovered a way for people to sell their unused home Internet data through a device he calls "hotshot." Through this device, he hopes to create an online community, just like Uber and Airbnb, where people all around Australia can sell and use each other's Internet data. Pox...

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BRISBANE TECHPRENEUR SELLS FONEBOX TO US COMPANY

BRISBANE TECHPRENEUR SELLS FONEBOX TO US COMPANY

FONEBOX founder Jordan Grives has dialled up a lucrative exit strategy with the sale of his telecommunications business. An undisclosed NASDAQ-listed US company, believed to be J2 Global, has acquired Fonebox in a deal reported to be worth $30 million. The Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards finalist launched the business-to-business p...

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STARTUP HUB OPENS IN BRISBANE

STARTUP HUB OPENS IN BRISBANE

BRISBANE'S new $5 million co-working space for 200 startups, The Capital, has opened on the Queen Street Mall.

The first tenants are Fishburners and Little Tokyo Two a pair of startups that have made a business of facilitating young entrepreneurs.

Fishburners Chief Executive Murray Hurps says Brisbane is the ideal location for h...

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A RADICAL YES FOR MIXED CHANNEL RETAIL

A RADICAL YES FOR MIXED CHANNEL RETAIL

DIGITAL entrepreneur Kerryn Moscicki is trading the web for traditional bricks and mortar retail this week as her footwear and accessories brand, Radical Yes, steps onto Brisbane's shopping scene.

Moscicki won the chance to set up shop in the heart of Queen Street Mall as part of accounting software firm Xero's Cloud St pop-up store r...

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ROZA'S RECIPE FOR SUCCESS REMAINS, 25 YEARS ON

ROZA'S RECIPE FOR SUCCESS REMAINS, 25 YEARS ON

ON THIS day 25 years ago, a four-year-old Jasmin Robertson (pictured) would have been sitting at a stand on her driveway, selling jars of her mother Roza's homemade sauce to people who passed by. A quarter of a century down the track you can still find Robertson selling Roza's signature recipes, only this time it is big business, ...

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IGNITE-FLIGHT CENTRE ALLIANCE TO LAUNCH 'GAME CHANGING' TRAVEL PRODUCT

IGNITE-FLIGHT CENTRE ALLIANCE TO LAUNCH 'GAME CHANGING' TRAVEL PRODUCT

GROUP buying has proven irresistible to consumers looking for cracking travel deals, but Ignite Travel Group founder Randall Deer (pictured) sees a major failing with the system that will be fixed with a new product his company will launch in association with Flight Centre (ASX: FLT).

Get Luxe will provide a "blended evolution"...

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STARTUP PROVING IT'S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS

STARTUP PROVING IT'S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS

WHEN social worker Louise Hallo (pictured) went on maternity leave with her first child, she found that leaving the house became a mission. Hallo was no longer able to visit her friends and family on a whim, which became an especially heart-wrenching problem on the days she wanted to offer comfort or congratulations on certain 'b...

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SKY IS THE LIMIT FOR ORANGE SKY LAUNDRY

SKY IS THE LIMIT FOR ORANGE SKY LAUNDRY

WHEN Lucas Patchett talks about the people he and Nic Marchesi help through their charity Orange Sky Laundry, he calls them his "homeless friends", and that really gets to the crux of what their enterprise is about.

It is not only a service to wash clothes, or have a shower, but one where people can talk and get support while they s...

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RIVERPITCH CHANGES ITS FLOW

RIVERPITCH CHANGES ITS FLOW

RIVER City Labs will shake up its pitching event for startups next month, with a focus on early stage innovation companies (ESIC) eligible to receive a new tax incentive. RiverPitch ESIC has been designed for early stage investors and startups looking to benefit from the federal government's 20 per cent tax offset for investing in inn...

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DOUGHNUT TIME: THREE TIPS TO SCORE A BUSINESS HOLE-IN-ONE

DOUGHNUT TIME: THREE TIPS TO SCORE A BUSINESS HOLE-IN-ONE

DAMIAN Griffiths is so much more than Mr Doughnut Time.

The Brisbane entrepreneur and former immigration lawyer has spun a world of successful businesses, starting with backpacker accommodation 12 years ago.

His plans were soon upgraded as he travelled Europe and spotted a growing market for boutique, budget hotels. This sparked his...

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RUBY OLIVE TARGETS THE UNITED STATES WITH A REFRESHED LOOK

RUBY OLIVE TARGETS THE UNITED STATES WITH A REFRESHED LOOK

SKYE Anderton will fly to the United States to promote her jewellery label, Ruby Olive, at NY NOW next week, in what she admits could be the biggest risk in her business career.

But it is not one taken without thought, or without a plan, and the payoff of a big break into the US market would be huge.

"My heart, it is saying ...

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BRISBANE ENTREPRENEUR BUILDS A-TEAM

BRISBANE ENTREPRENEUR BUILDS A-TEAM

BRISBANE entrepreneur Louisa Dyson is making a service once only at the fingertips of the rich and famous mainstream.

Her business, Alice + Albert, is Brisbane's newest personal concierge service helping busy people get organised.

Dyson says the idea isn't new, but her version offers more affordability.

She had the idea just ove...

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RIVER CITY LABS, MURU-D STEP ON ACCELERATOR

RIVER CITY LABS, MURU-D STEP ON ACCELERATOR

RIVER City Labs and Telstra-backed muru-D have announced a three-year partnership to deliver a global startup accelerator program.

After a successful pilot last year, the 'River City Labs Accelerator Program' will continue.

The program runs over six months with up to 10 teams eligible for up to $60,000 each in funding in ret...

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PUNTAA'S OFF-MARKET PUNT PAYS OFF

PUNTAA'S OFF-MARKET PUNT PAYS OFF

IT all started at a Brisbane bar for wagering startup Puntaa - but not in the way you might expect.

Puntaa co-founder Damon Oudejans, who was never a gambler, was out drinking with friends near the Brisbane River when a soon-to-be investor stopped him and handed over a business card.

"The guy ran up to Damon and said he had hea...

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PRINCE MIXES PHILANTHROPY WITH BUSINESS AT ZAMBRERO

PRINCE MIXES PHILANTHROPY WITH BUSINESS AT ZAMBRERO

SOMETIMES, after building a successful business and making millions, entrepreneurs will turn their thoughts to philanthropy. Zambrero founder Sam Prince took a different approach. He intertwined the commercial focus of his Mexican restaurant chain with the philanthropic goals of his social enterprise, Plate 4 Plate, right from the beginning, in ...

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TOP CHEF CRACKS A COLD ONE FOR THE REEF

TOP CHEF CRACKS A COLD ONE FOR THE REEF

AN award-winning Brisbane chef has hopped on board as ambassador of social enterprise The Good Beer Co. Ryan Squires (pictured right), owner of the city's only three-hatted restaurant Esquire, will champion the company's first brew that gives back, Great Barrier Beer. At least 50 per cent of the beer's profits are donated ...

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PINEAPPLE EXPRESS ENTREPRENEURS GET PHYSICAL

PINEAPPLE EXPRESS ENTREPRENEURS GET PHYSICAL

THE PINEAPPLE Express boys have jumped on the fast track, opening a gym in Fortitude Valley and ramping up with a Dubai expansion.

Young entrepreneurs behind superfood café Pineapple Express and marketing agency Department Group, Jonathan Ford and Tom Sweep (pictured L-R), are rolling out a new fitness concept called Facilities.
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CUA ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAM IN FULL SWING

CUA ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAM IN FULL SWING

FIVE innovative Australian startups have been selected to take part in an exclusive entrepreneur programme which aims to nurture and develop the fledgling businesses into strong global companies. CUA, together with technology startup hub River City Labs, have announced a handful of startups to participate in the Sponsored Entrepreneur Pro...

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FROM THE TANK: SHOULD YOU EVER WHACK-A-MOLE?

FROM THE TANK: SHOULD YOU EVER WHACK-A-MOLE?

A FAST-PACED game of whack-a-mole often evolves as a business begins to scale up.

Based on my past experience with Greencross (ASX: GXL) and my work these days on a number of companies including Shark Tank startups, it seems the faster you grow, the more chaos occurs.

For the unacquainted, whack-a-mole is the game you sometimes play as lit...

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ELLIS RETURNS TO RIVER CITY LABS IN TOP JOB

ELLIS RETURNS TO RIVER CITY LABS IN TOP JOB

STARTUP strategist Peta Ellis has made a triumphant return to River City Labs as CEO. Ellis was general manager at the technology startup hub for nearly four years until last December, before taking maternity leave. She has worked with a number of entrepreneurs as a mentor, strategist and marketer, as well as launched the 12-week Bris...

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FROM THE TANK: HOW I PICK TECH COMPANIES

FROM THE TANK: HOW I PICK TECH COMPANIES

JAMIE Pherous, the founder of Corporate Travel Management (market cap $1.4 billion) said it well at the Brisbane Business News breakfast last week: "Business is simple, don't overcomplicate. Learn the rules of the game and play hard". 

Business is a little like a game of rugby, where you pass the ball backwards an...

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QUEENSLAND'S $405M BID TO ESTABLISH INNOVATION LEADER

QUEENSLAND'S $405M BID TO ESTABLISH INNOVATION LEADER

INNOVATION and job creation was at the forefront of the Queensland Government's budget today, with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk pledging $405 million to advancing Queensland's new economy. Premier Palaszczuk increased investment in Advance Queensland to $405 million and has introduced 13 new initiatives that are set to ignite the...

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QUEENSLAND COMPANY LAUNCHES 'AVOCADO TIME MACHINE'

QUEENSLAND COMPANY LAUNCHES 'AVOCADO TIME MACHINE'

THE short life span of avocados has long frustrated those who love and devour the fruit, however, one Australian company is claiming a major breakthrough for the world-wide avocado industry. Queensland food technology company Naturo All Natural Technologies has developed an all-natural processing technology which stops browning of freshly...

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FROM THE TANK: TO IPO OR NOT TO IPO?

FROM THE TANK: TO IPO OR NOT TO IPO?

IT ALWAYS intrigues me that nirvana for entrepreneurs seems to be the big IPO that's supposed to deliver oodles of cash.

An IPO is a complex exercise that includes months of preparation, due diligence and the construction of a conscientious prospectus that states a clear reason for listing and how the funds will be used. Cashing out ...

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