HOW WEDDING WOES INSPIRED A BOOMING BUSINESS FOR MEGAN ZIEMS

HOW WEDDING WOES INSPIRED A BOOMING BUSINESS FOR MEGAN ZIEMS

WHEN she was dress shopping for her wedding in 2010, Megan Ziems (pictured left) was disappointed to discover a market flooded with conventional designs which didn't fit her personality. The Gold Coast local struggled to find the perfect dress; a lot of lace, a little left-of-centre and most importantly a design that hadn't been d...

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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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WEAVING AN ETHICAL BUSINESS

WEAVING AN ETHICAL BUSINESS

IN three short years, Fabienne Costa has gone from not being able to afford petrol to turning over a quarter of a million dollars.

The Gold Coast jewellery designer remembers being in her final year of university, "so unhappy, failing - but only a few subjects away from getting that golden degree".

Studying nursing, Costa ...

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START-UP SITESEE GIVES NEW VISION OF MOBILE PHONE TOWERS

START-UP SITESEE GIVES NEW VISION OF MOBILE PHONE TOWERS

A GOLD Coast start-up is receiving strong signals from the telecoms industry that its 3D modelling service for mobile phone towers is desperately needed.

As the towers proliferate in response to the public's demand for mobile phone reception, the owners are searching for ways to maintain them efficiently and to monetise their vertica...

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HOW DWAYNE MARTENS MADE HIS 'WEIRD AND WONDERFUL' MILLIONS

HOW DWAYNE MARTENS MADE HIS 'WEIRD AND WONDERFUL' MILLIONS

LONG before he built his nutrition empire, Dwayne Martens spent his days peddling "weird and wonderful" fruits to anybody who would give him the time of day. As the director of Amazonia, Martens now produces and sells a range of raw and organic food products including proteins, smoothie packs and medicines. However, almost a...

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ENTREPRENEUR DESIGNS NEW ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR AND CAR FOR QUADRIPLEGICS

ENTREPRENEUR DESIGNS NEW ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR AND CAR FOR QUADRIPLEGICS

A CHEAPER, stronger and more powerful electric wheelchair and a car that can be driven by head controls are among the inventions entrepreneur Scott Gordon is busy working to create.

Gordon (pictured), 36, a finalist in the Social Entrepreneur category of the 2016 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, is a C3 quadriplegic and ...

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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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WATER VENTURE TAKES ON THE PLASTIC SCOURGE

WATER VENTURE TAKES ON THE PLASTIC SCOURGE

DAMIEN Stone has a thirst to build the world's biggest social enterprise in a clean fight against the plastic water bottle industry. The 2016 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Social Award winner is behind water3 - a network of high-tech vending machines that dispense chilled, still and sparkling spring water. Each kiosk is cashless, ...

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GOLD COAST YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS GET AN EDGE WITH COUNCIL

GOLD COAST YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS GET AN EDGE WITH COUNCIL

GOLD Coast Young Entrepreneur winners and finalists have secured a business edge by the City of Gold Coast under its 'buy local' procurement policy. The 'buy local' procurement policy, which aims to give local businesses a leg up, has announced it will only seek offers for contracts worth less than $200,000 from companies ...

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NEW CLASS OF EDUCATION NURTURES ENTREPRENEURS OF TOMORROW

NEW CLASS OF EDUCATION NURTURES ENTREPRENEURS OF TOMORROW

THE rise in youth unemployment has affirmed the importance of entrepreneurship education, and south-east Queensland is fertile ground for the next generation of business leaders. Bond University assistant professor of entrepreneurship Dr Baden U'Ren (pictured) says with youth unemployment at record levels, initiatives such as Bond'...

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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, 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 an...

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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, highlighting the achievements of the city's most bold and innovative business founders. The next generation of leaders have demonstrated tenacity, contributed to economic prosperity and proudly call the Gold Coast home. ...

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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, highlighting the achievements of the city's most bold and innovative business founders. The next generation of leaders have demonstrated tenacity, contributed to economic prosperity and proudly call the Gold Coast home. ...

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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, highlighting the achievements of the city's most bold and innovative business founders. The next generation of leaders have demonstrated tenacity, contributed to economic prosperity and proudly call the Gold Coast home. ...

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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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