THE DOCTORS WHO PLUNGED INTO THE SHARK TANK AND SURVIVED WITH A $500,000 INVESTMENT

THE DOCTORS WHO PLUNGED INTO THE SHARK TANK AND SURVIVED WITH A $500,000 INVESTMENT

THEIR mission is to change the face of cancer care with an app that empowers and connects patients and care givers and a trio of doctors has landed a $500,000 investment for a 10 per cent stake in their new business.

Their aim is to take CancerAid and turn it into a global enterprise and they now have a chance to achieve that after secur...

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MEET THE GUYS BRINGING NATURALLY SUGAR-FREE SOFT DRINK TO A DOMINO'S NEAR YOU

MEET THE GUYS BRINGING NATURALLY SUGAR-FREE SOFT DRINK TO A DOMINO'S NEAR YOU

WHEN Troy Douglas and Drew Bilbe began their beverage company six years ago, with naturally sugar free products at its core, they probably didn't expect one of Australia's biggest fast food companies to come knocking at their door.

The guys who founded Nexba have partnered with Domino's (ASX: SMP), Australia's first publicly l...

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SHARK ANDREW BANKS ON WHY AUSTRALIAN STARTUPS NEED TO GET A BIT OF AMERICAN ATTITUDE

SHARK ANDREW BANKS ON WHY AUSTRALIAN STARTUPS NEED TO GET A BIT OF AMERICAN ATTITUDE

HE'S a former thespian who borrowed $5,000 on two credit cards to get his first business off the ground in Sydney's Woolloomooloo, and went on to establish two of the world's biggest recruitment companies employing thousands of people.

Now based in the exclusive suburb of Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, Andrew Banks is well placed t...

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RICHARDS LOOKING FOR SCALEUP POTENTIAL IN NEXT SHARK TANK CLASS

RICHARDS LOOKING FOR SCALEUP POTENTIAL IN NEXT SHARK TANK CLASS

DR GLEN Richards (pictured) is circling the waters for his next big investment as season three of Shark Tank goes to air.

Founder of pet care powerhouse, Greencross, and one of the show's five big-time business "sharks", Richards says he'll be looking for innovative products or services with the potential to take the gl...

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AFTERPAY CEO ON THE UPS AND DOWNS OF STARTING UP AND WHY YOU NEED TO 'RUN THROUGH WALLS'

AFTERPAY CEO ON THE UPS AND DOWNS OF STARTING UP AND WHY YOU NEED TO 'RUN THROUGH WALLS'

WHILE at University, Nick Molnar was the biggest seller of jewellery on eBay in Australia. No easy feat, considering the site is the most popular online shopping destination in the country, with jewellery being one of the biggest sellers.

Molnar, now 27, runs one of Australia's fastest growing businesses and was named one of Forbes' 3...

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SHARK TANK'S NAOMI SIMSON REVEALS THE FIRST QUESTION SHE ASKS OF STARTUP ENTREPRENEURS

SHARK TANK'S NAOMI SIMSON REVEALS THE FIRST QUESTION SHE ASKS OF STARTUP ENTREPRENEURS

SHE'S a keen investor and supporter of the startup community in Australia and RedBalloon founder Naomi Simson remains passionate, and very direct, when it comes to identifying business talent and providing advice.

Is it the business idea itself that gives someone the impetus for success, or is it a tech innovation or disruptive conce...

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CAR RENTAL COMPARISON COMPANY DOES DEAL WITH TIGERAIR AUSTRALIA

CAR RENTAL COMPARISON COMPANY DOES DEAL WITH TIGERAIR AUSTRALIA

VROOMVROOVROOM has linked up with Tigerair Australia to provide deals for its customers at the airline's 13 main airport destinations around the country.

The deal between the online car rental comparison company and the low-cost carrier will allow customers to book their airfare and car rental together on the Tigerair Australia website in...

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MAT STILLONE ON BUILDING A HEALTH EMPIRE & QUITTING WHILE AHEAD

MAT STILLONE ON BUILDING A HEALTH EMPIRE & QUITTING WHILE AHEAD

STARTING with only $3,000 and a desire to bring quality health-conscious sports supplements to the Australian market, Mathew Stillone built his multimillion-dollar company, Protein Supplies, from the ground up.

As a young father without a university education or prior experience in running a business, Stillone knew he had to go the extra mile...

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NATIONAL STORAGE MD ANDREW CATSOULIS ON HOW TO GROW A FAMILY BUSINESS INTO A LISTED COMPANY

NATIONAL STORAGE MD ANDREW CATSOULIS ON HOW TO GROW A FAMILY BUSINESS INTO A LISTED COMPANY

IN his own words, Andrew Catsoulis describes his business as one that "doesn't cure cancer" or have an answer on how to find a solution to world peace.

As managing director of National Storage REIT (ASX: NSR), Andrew Catsoulis is pragmatic about what he does and underneath his "it's just storage, pure and simple&qu...

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THE 'REJECT' WHO BUILT A GLOBAL BUSINESS AFTER BEING FIRED

THE 'REJECT' WHO BUILT A GLOBAL BUSINESS AFTER BEING FIRED

TEN years ago, Carl Krumins was fired from his job sweeping floors at the Reject Shop and was faced with two potential options: stay unemployed or start a business.

With a background in technology developed from a young age, deconstructing and reconstructing computers, Krumins decided to work for himself.

After taking out a $10,000 loan Kr...

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GO FETCH HITS BRISBANE WITH ITS PEER TO PEER 'FETCHER' MODEL

GO FETCH HITS BRISBANE WITH ITS PEER TO PEER 'FETCHER' MODEL

THE 'Uber for errands' app has arrived in Brisbane this week with the launch of GoFetch.

The app, which launched in Melbourne joins the host of peer-to-peer convenience based tools like Uber, Airtasker, and Deliveroo already available to make lives easier and cheaper with the press of a button.

Founder and Managing Director, Blair ...

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STARTUP SUCCESS BOILS DOWN TO PERSONALITY, SAYS EXPERT

STARTUP SUCCESS BOILS DOWN TO PERSONALITY, SAYS EXPERT

THOSE who own startups will know that there are many essential qualities of a good entrepreneur; their tenacity, financial maturity and a flair for networking to name a few.

However, one business commentator believes that the real substance of a successful entrepreneur boils down to having a high level of emotional intelligence.

Chris Goli...

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THE COMPANY THAT DECIDED IT WAS GOING TO GIVE A CRAP THANKS TO CROWD FUNDING

THE COMPANY THAT DECIDED IT WAS GOING TO GIVE A CRAP THANKS TO CROWD FUNDING

SIMON Griffiths is using toilet paper to save the world.

In 2012, on the back of an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign, Griffiths sat on a toilet in a warehouse and refused to move until Who Gives A Crap raised enough pre-orders of environmentally friendly toilet paper to start production.

In 50 hours, the team reached its target by raising $...

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BRISBANE PROGRAM HELPING TO 'UN-FAIL' LOCAL STARTUPS

BRISBANE PROGRAM HELPING TO 'UN-FAIL' LOCAL STARTUPS

BEING an entrepreneur is risky business. That's why Advance Queensland is supporting a new 12-week training initiative designed to give startups a little more certainty in the challenging market. The Startup Onramp program, founded by business mentor Colin Kinner (pictured) and run out of Brisbane's River City Labs, is aimed at re...

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WHY IT'S BEST TO AVOID LEARNING FROM YOUR MISTAKES: MARK SOWERBY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 2

WHY IT'S BEST TO AVOID LEARNING FROM YOUR MISTAKES: MARK SOWERBY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 2

In part one of Business News Australia's exclusive interview with Queensland's Chief Entrepreneur, Mark Sowerby (pictured) told us about the 'tsunami' of talent coming through and what to do, and what not to do, when trying to get venture capital. Now the founder and former MD of Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA)...

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QLD'S CHIEF ENTREPRENEUR ON CURRENT 'TSUNAMI' OF TALENT: MARK SOWERBY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 1

QLD'S CHIEF ENTREPRENEUR ON CURRENT 'TSUNAMI' OF TALENT: MARK SOWERBY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 1

HE SPENT a decade conceiving and building Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA) into an ASX top 300 company and when Mark Sowerby stood down as managing director in August 2016, he was looking to spend more time with his growing family after years of long hours away from home.

But he'd barely packed his cardboard box and said h...

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ONLINE MARKETING APP LAUNCHED BY BEN BRADSHAW

ONLINE MARKETING APP LAUNCHED BY BEN BRADSHAW

BRISBANE entrepreneur Ben Bradshaw has released a new app to help people navigate online marketing and access their campaign data on the go, at any time of the day.

The LinX app provides users with an option for syncing and downloading their data and presents insights, leads and information in one place.

LinX also provides clients with acc...

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BRISBANE ENTREPRENEUR BREAKS BARRIERS IN ECO-BUSINESS

BRISBANE ENTREPRENEUR BREAKS BARRIERS IN ECO-BUSINESS

TRACEY Bailey believes that if every person understood the true social and environmental cost of every product they bought, we would all be living in a very different world. The eco entrepreneur and founder of green business Biome has made it her life's mission to create a complete element of transparency when it comes to her own prod...

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CAR NEXT DOOR LAUNCHES IN BRISBANE AHEAD OF PLANS TO ROLL OUT ACROSS AUSTRALIA

CAR NEXT DOOR LAUNCHES IN BRISBANE AHEAD OF PLANS TO ROLL OUT ACROSS AUSTRALIA

PEER-TO-PEER car sharing startup Car Next Door has launched its Brisbane operation as part of its expansion plans into Australia's major cities.

CarNextDoor.com.au is an online platform that allows car owners to effectively rent their cars out to users as a way of making money on the idle capacity of their vehicles to people who need them...

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BRUTAL HONESTY ON EARNING THE 'GIFT OF INVESTMENT': STEVE BAXTER EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 2

BRUTAL HONESTY ON EARNING THE 'GIFT OF INVESTMENT': STEVE BAXTER EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 2

IN the first part of Business News Australia's exclusive interview with Shark Tank's Steve Baxter, the tech guru told our readers the hard truth about what it takes to become a true entrepreneur.

Now, the man behind Brisbane incubator River City Labs dishes out another dose of tough love when it comes to securing and keeping inve...

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RUBY OLIVE GIVES WOMEN IN UNIFORM THE FASHIONABLE EDGE

RUBY OLIVE GIVES WOMEN IN UNIFORM THE FASHIONABLE EDGE

VERSATILE and vibrant are two words that spring to mind when describing the Ruby Olive jewellery collection created by entrepreneur Skye Anderton (pictured left). 

Fitting the same description is Brisbane's iconic Johnson Hotel, one of the country's seven Art Series Hotels, inspired by the colourful abstract art of Michael Johnso...

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STARTUPS ARE 'NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED': STEVE BAXTER EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 1

STARTUPS ARE 'NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED': STEVE BAXTER EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART 1

TO PUT it bluntly, Brisbane's River City Labs startup guru and Shark Tank entrepreneur Steve Baxter isn't interested in funding 'crap'. Not in the least.

Of the 130 startups which applied for a spot at River City Labs through its recent accelerator program, only six made the cut after going through a rigorous boot-camp process...

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FROM GREEN TO GOLD: IRISH EXPAT BUILDS MILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS

FROM GREEN TO GOLD: IRISH EXPAT BUILDS MILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS

WHEN Eoin Daniels arrived in Australia with nothing but a suitcase, a working holiday visa and a passion for carpentry, he didn't expect that in just over a decade's time he would be running his own national company. Around 13 years ago, Daniels was fresh off the plane from Ireland when he secured his first job in Sydney with a lo...

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JANINE ALLIS' SPECIAL BLEND TO BOOST SUCCESS

JANINE ALLIS' SPECIAL BLEND TO BOOST SUCCESS

BOOST Juice founder Janine Allis spent some time 'winging it' before building a world-class business.

Born in the 'burbs and from humble beginnings, Allis (pictured) partied with rock stars in her twenties in the south of France before finding her calling.

Across almost two decades in business, Allis has just survived, a...

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KOPLOVITZ GIVES SPRINGBOARD TO AGILE ENTREPRENEURS

KOPLOVITZ GIVES SPRINGBOARD TO AGILE ENTREPRENEURS

FOR Kay Koplovitz, the key to being a successful entrepreneur is an agile mind - one that is always learning and quick to take on board new insights.

It's what Koplovitz looks for in candidates for the female focused scale-up incubator she founded, Springboard Enterprises, which has mentored 642 entrepreneurs since the year 2000.

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JASMINE YARBROUGH AND TAMIE INGHAM TAKE MARA & MINE TO HOLLYWOOD

JASMINE YARBROUGH AND TAMIE INGHAM TAKE MARA & MINE TO HOLLYWOOD

MARA & MINE entrepreneurs Jasmine Yarbrough and Tamie Ingham (pictured left and right respectively) slipped into Hollywood like something out of a Cinderella story.

The girls somewhat fell into their business when they were busy building other dreams - Yarbrough as a model in Brisbane, and Ingham a stylist for magazines including CLE...

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TECHFUGEES GEARING UP AT RIVER CITY LABS

TECHFUGEES GEARING UP AT RIVER CITY LABS

UP TO 80 of the country's top tech minds will converge on Brisbane's River City Labs next month when the startup accelerator plays host to the 2017 TechfugeesBNE hackathon. Teams with a range of creative, tech, design and business skills are invited to take part in the three-day event, where they will collectively design a workabl...

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THE JA JOINT LAUNCHES NEW POP-UP EXPERIENCE

THE JA JOINT LAUNCHES NEW POP-UP EXPERIENCE

WHEN considering the evolution of her business, The Ja Joint, Carly Day says, "If your plans don't work out initially, if they are right, then solutions will come."

Day (pictured below) had meditated on the idea of turning a vintage 1950s London double decker bus into a mobile Jamaican food, culture and entertainment venue ...

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FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS GET SPRINGBOARD TO GROWTH

FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS GET SPRINGBOARD TO GROWTH

DESPITE the fast-growing number of women studying STEM subjects at school and university, women continue to be underrepresented as tech entrepreneurs, and that is something the Springboard Accelerator Bootcamp is aiming to change.

Springboard is an entrepreneur accelerator for women that was founded in the United States 16 years ago and ...

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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, highlighting the achievements of 40 of the city's most bold and innovative business founders under the age of 40.  The next generation of leaders have demonstrated tenacity, contributed to economic prosperity and prou...

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