40 UNDER 40: TOP YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS GOLD COAST 1-10

40 UNDER 40: TOP YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS GOLD COAST 1-10

THE team at Business News Australia has compiled a list of some of the Gold Coast's brightest young business minds. In celebration of the 2016 Gold Coast 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 demo...

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40 UNDER 40: TOP YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS GOLD COAST 11-20

40 UNDER 40: TOP YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS GOLD COAST 11-20

THE team at Business News Australia has compiled a list of the Gold Coast's brightest young business minds. In celebration of the 2016 Gold Coast 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 GOLD COAST 21-30

40 UNDER 40: TOP YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS GOLD COAST 21-30

THE team at Business News Australia has compiled a list of the Gold Coast's brightest young business minds. In celebration of the 2016 Gold Coast 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 GOLD COAST 31-40

40 UNDER 40: TOP YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS GOLD COAST 31-40

THE team at Business News Australia has compiled a list of the Gold Coast's brightest young business minds. In celebration of the 2016 Gold Coast 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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DWAYNE MARTENS NAMED THE 2016 GOLD COAST YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR

DWAYNE MARTENS NAMED THE 2016 GOLD COAST YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR

DWAYNE Martens, founder of Amazonia, was named the 2016 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur at Jupiters Gold Coast on Friday night, in front of more than 230 people. Amazonia is among the most recognisable brands on the Australian health food scene, selling more than 40 tonnes of frozen Acai product under its signature purple flag each month. ...

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MEET THE ENTREPRENEUR WHO HAS WORKED OUT THE NEW MEDIA MODEL

MEET THE ENTREPRENEUR WHO HAS WORKED OUT THE NEW MEDIA MODEL

IN the age of disruption, it is publishing that has been one of the industries hardest hit by new technology, but Gold Coast entrepreneur Dan Richardson (pictured) could have found the successful business model that so many in this industry have searched for.

His health and fitness focussed business, Challenger Media Group, has hit the g...

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THE BUSINESS LEADER THAT WENT NUTS FOR SUCCESS

THE BUSINESS LEADER THAT WENT NUTS FOR SUCCESS

SOME might think it's a little bit crazy to leave a cushy legal career in pursuit of the startup life, but for Bernadette Favis 'going nuts' has been her biggest calling card for success. Favis is in the process of transitioning away from her career as a corporate lawyer to head up Cocolife, an ethically sourced coconut oil bu...

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NEW VENTURE A SECURE WAY TO GET TASKS DONE

NEW VENTURE A SECURE WAY TO GET TASKS DONE

A GOLD COAST-based security company has launched a 'gopher' style business to handle tasks such as site inspections and sensitive document delivery for time-strapped clients. It's the brainchild of Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur finalist Francis Populin (pictured), who founded security technology supplier C-Cure Systems in 1999...

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BAKIR AIMS TO TAKE HOMECORP CONSTRUCTIONS TO THE TOP

BAKIR AIMS TO TAKE HOMECORP CONSTRUCTIONS TO THE TOP

IN just two years Homecorp Constructions has become Queensland's 15th largest home builder and founder Ron Bakir says, "we want to get to the top of that list."

To do that, Homecorp Constructions will fill its work pipeline by pursuing contracts from other developers as Bakir continues the company's impressive growth.

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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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HOW TO START A BREWERY WITH YOUR MATES

HOW TO START A BREWERY WITH YOUR MATES

IT all started with an idea for an egg nog stout between three beer-loving mates and it resulted in the creation of the Gold Coast's newest beer brand, Black Hops Brewing.

The trio who founded the business, Dan Norris, Michael McGovern and Eddie Oldfield, documented their progress from that first home brew to the establishment of the...

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HISMILE'S TIPS FOR SINKING TEETH INTO SOCIAL MEDIA

HISMILE'S TIPS FOR SINKING TEETH INTO SOCIAL MEDIA

SOCIAL media may have changed marketing, but HiSmile founders Nik Mirkovic and Alex Tomic say there is one important principal that hasn't changed since Michael Jordan's glory days.

The pair have clearly got social media nailed. With a targeted product and smart social campaign, the long-time friends, aged 21 and 22, have turned ...

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DELIVERY STARTUP MOBEY PARTNERS WITH NIGHTOWL

DELIVERY STARTUP MOBEY PARTNERS WITH NIGHTOWL

MOBEY has partnered with NightOwl Convenience, a hoot for the Gold Coast startup in a competitive food delivery market.

The delivery app can now deliver hundreds of NightOwl products to the doors of south east Queensland residents.

This builds on its existing capacity where it delivers food and alcohol from more than 20 restaurants and caf...

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PROPERTY STARTUP PAYS HOME BUYERS

PROPERTY STARTUP PAYS HOME BUYERS

FIRST home buyers could crack into the market years earlier thanks to this Gold Coast startup.

Property platform ReValu8 offers a free tailored platform allowing users to research, rank and purchase properties online from across Australia, as well as receive thousands of dollars in incentives and fees that would otherwise be paid in advertisi...

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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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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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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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BOND OPENS 24-7 STARTUP HUB

BOND OPENS 24-7 STARTUP HUB

BOND University has opened the doors to The Hub, a 24-7 co-working space for entrepreneurs and startups located on campus.

The Hub was inspired by the world's best startup concepts: Stanford's d.school, Rocketspace and Cambridge Innovation Centre.

Director of the Bond Business Commercialisation Centre, assistant professor Baden U...

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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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GUVERA BOSS FENDS OFF SOCIAL MEDIA STORM

GUVERA BOSS FENDS OFF SOCIAL MEDIA STORM

GUVERA CEO Darren Herft has answered the critics following a social media mauling earlier this week of his company's proposed public float.

The music streaming company lodged its prospectus last week, planning to raise up to $100 million through an IPO and list on the ASX next month.

That would give the eight-year-old Gold Coast compan...

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GOLD COAST BUSINESS TAKES ON CYCLING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

GOLD COAST BUSINESS TAKES ON CYCLING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

DILLENGER Electric Bikes has shifted gears by expanding further into Europe. The Gold Coast-based company has been operating in the UK for the past three years and decided to launch a dedicated customer service and distribution facility in the region last month. Dillenger's UK presence has served as a springboard to distribute and...

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FROM THE TANK: DIVING INTO POLITICS

FROM THE TANK: DIVING INTO POLITICS

A DECADE ago I faced an important career decision which could have changed the course of my life. 

Option one, pack our bags and head to Brisbane to head up Greencross as we finalised plans to list on the ASX. Option two, seek endorsement by a political party to run for State or Federal Government in the local Townsville area. Lisa, my w...

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FROM THE TANK: PEOPLE MATTER MOST

FROM THE TANK: PEOPLE MATTER MOST

WHAT am I looking for on Shark Tank? In actual fact, I am looking for 'who' rather than 'what'.

The product or service has to be market relevant but I am more interested in the capability of the entrepreneur. Exceptional entrepreneurs take companies on exceptional journeys and I am looking for people who I want to work wi...

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SPEEDSTER DELIVERS ONE-OF-A-KIND GO KARTING FACILITY

SPEEDSTER DELIVERS ONE-OF-A-KIND GO KARTING FACILITY

MOTORSPORT identity Cameron Wilson is going to another level, opening a three-level go karting facility on the Gold Coast. Slideways Go Karting Australia spent $2.5 million on a new venue in Nerang, which boasts a 465-metre-long European style circuit. With a combination of indoor and outdoor tracks and ramps connecting three levels, ...

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CANDYMAN CASHES IN AS GERMANS GO WILD

CANDYMAN CASHES IN AS GERMANS GO WILD

GOLD Coast-based playboy entrepreneur Travers Beynon has developed a raunchy reputation as the Candyman, but he is now using this hedonistic persona to grab a foothold in the European retail tobacco market. Beynon, who controls the FREECHOICE tobacco franchise, has been blitzing Germany with his own brand of guilty pleasure over the past ...

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ENTREPRENEUR'S JOURNEY TO CRUSH ADDICTION

ENTREPRENEUR'S JOURNEY TO CRUSH ADDICTION

MARIA Pau's struggle with drug and alcohol misuse has led her to establish her own coaching service that aims to eliminate the stigma associated with addictions. Pau, a finalist in the Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, founded Coaching with Substance in 2010, providing training and education services to individuals who...

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HOW FLAGSHIP DIGITAL FOUND ITS LONDON CALLING

HOW FLAGSHIP DIGITAL FOUND ITS LONDON CALLING

GOLD Coast branding agency Flagship Digital opened a London office in January with only modest expectations. After all, it was kicking off as a one-man team driven by global head of lead generation Frazer Dobson. Three months into the venture, Flagship Digital founder and director Fady Hanna (pictured) is on the hunt for more staff in...

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OZHARVEST: WHEN ANGER AND PURPOSE COLLIDE

OZHARVEST: WHEN ANGER AND PURPOSE COLLIDE

WHAT pisses you off enough?  Well, therein lies your purpose, says social entrepreneur Ronni Kahn.

"Many people would love to find their purpose and I like to stress that purpose hides in many different ways," says Kahn, speaking at a Young Professionals Gold Coast event at Nobbys Beach. "A clue to finding your pu...

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KICKING GOALS IN THE RIGHT PLACES

KICKING GOALS IN THE RIGHT PLACES

SHANE Primrose and Adam Harrison are playing a different game when it comes to entrepreneurship.

The football fans have teamed up to create Good Football, a social enterprise where for every ball sold, another is donated to a child in need.

Primrose (pictured right) says Good Football doesn't just tackle issues with health and f...

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COAST TECHIE CREATING A WHOLE NEW UNIVERSE

COAST TECHIE CREATING A WHOLE NEW UNIVERSE

EVIL wizards, looming ghosts and dark dungeons - this is the world in which Gold Coaster Scott Modra lives as he aims to make a name for himself in the tech space. The 28-year-old, together with business partner Van Phadilock (24), has developed a new gaming app which has been played by more than 250,000 people from around the world. ...

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