STARTUP GATHER ONLINE FORCED OVERSEAS FOR FUNDING

STARTUP GATHER ONLINE FORCED OVERSEAS FOR FUNDING

SYDNEY-based social messaging tool Gather Online is partnering with New Zealand equity crowdfunding platform Equitise to raise $1 million for further technological development and marketing growth.

Equity crowdfunding provides an alternative method for private companies to raise funds through an online portal.  In Australia, equity ...

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HUBBED SHAKES UP THE PARCEL DELIVERY SPACE

HUBBED SHAKES UP THE PARCEL DELIVERY SPACE

HUBBED, a Sydney-based startup launched in 2013, has shaken up the longstanding ecommerce delivery space by offering an alternative approach to parcel delivery.

Through its network of partnerships with both transport companies and 680 newsagents, it provides a service it says is more consistent with consumers' online shopping experie...

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SPLEND DRIVES THE RIDESHARING REVOLUTION

SPLEND DRIVES THE RIDESHARING REVOLUTION

JUST two weeks into Splend's pilot program it was clear Chris King's idea to provide cars for Uber drivers was going to work.

Being an avid user of the ridesharing service, King (pictured) had seen that many drivers did not have the right cars for the job and he moved quickly to provide them a solution.

With his own personal...

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'TINDER FOR FASHION' APP STASHD LAUNCHES IN CHINA

'TINDER FOR FASHION' APP STASHD LAUNCHES IN CHINA

JESSICA Wilson, founder of 'Tinder for fashion' app, Stashd, is making a push into China.

As she says, it is still early days, but even at this stage of the venture, she has learned some important lessons.

China is one of Australia's biggest trading partners, and its huge consumer market is one many of this country's entrep...

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MEET THE YOUNG FOUNDER TRYING TO STEAL THE SHOW

MEET THE YOUNG FOUNDER TRYING TO STEAL THE SHOW

AT only 22 years old, Brandon Evertz is the youngest founder of an Australian company listed on the ASX.

The chief operating officer of Big Un Limited (ASX: BIG) started his video production business going door to door, and within four weeks, turned a $1000 investment into $8000.

Sydney-based Evertz is just like anyone else of the S...

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SYDNEY ENTREPRENEUR BECOMES A REAL HERO

SYDNEY ENTREPRENEUR BECOMES A REAL HERO

STAY in school, kids, and you might just develop a business plan as great as Dustin Leonard's of HERO Condoms.

HERO Condoms began as a university assignment in Sydney, a business plan where the Texan-born entrepreneur identified the condom industry as ripe for disruption.

"The funny thing is, I never went out to start a con...

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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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THERIGHT.FIT FOR AIRTREE VENTURES

THERIGHT.FIT FOR AIRTREE VENTURES

CREATIVE marketplace TheRight.Fit has scored $750,000 in seed funding from AirTree Ventures.

The website, which connects brands and agencies with freelancers and talent, is looking to become the number one alternative to the traditional talent agency model.

It was founded by Sydney entrepreneur Taryn Williams (pictured), a former mo...

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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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DIMMI EYES THE BIGGEST SLICE OF THE PIE

DIMMI EYES THE BIGGEST SLICE OF THE PIE

IF there's one entrepreneur capitalising on Australia's thriving hospitality industry, it's Dimmi's Stevan Premutico.

More than one million Australians are dining with Dimmi every four weeks.

The online booking platform represents about 10 per cent of all dining reservations in Australia and has more than 3000 restau...

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MILLENNIAL ENTREPRENEURS DO IT DIFFERENT

MILLENNIAL ENTREPRENEURS DO IT DIFFERENT

JANE Lu is known as 'the lazy ceo' on Instagram but she is nothing of this description, besides being at liberty to work from bed in her pyjamas.

The branding is all part of Lu's charm, which she has used to grow her online fast fashion retail business Showpo into a business that turned over $10 million in the 2014 calendar y...

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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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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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GRASSROOTS PET BUSINESS ATTRACTS SHARK

GRASSROOTS PET BUSINESS ATTRACTS SHARK

POTTY Plant has won over vets-and-pets expert Dr Glen Richards on Shark Tank Australia.

Richards offered $70,000 for a 25 per cent stake in the pet toilet business.

The business has seen 17 per cent month-on-month growth on average since inception last May and is the only in-home dog toilet training system delivered to the door.

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SYDNEY STARTUP KNOWS 'WHAT'S APP' WITH SOCIAL MEDIA

SYDNEY STARTUP KNOWS 'WHAT'S APP' WITH SOCIAL MEDIA

SYDNEY startup On Message knows from experience it's no longer enough to be on social media replying to fans, so the business is offering something a little more streamlined for brands. 

The soon-to-be launched On Message was founded by the trio behind independent creative agency The Works to provide clients with a unique way to...

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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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SEATFROG STARTUP UPGRADES THE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

SEATFROG STARTUP UPGRADES THE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

SYDNEY travel startup Seatfrog, already backed by industry veterans, is at the centre of a London-led seed funding round.

London venture capital firm HOWZAT Partners - the investment team behind travel compatriot Trivago - will lead a AU$1.2 million seed funding round for live bidding platform Seatfrog.

The startup unlocks revenue opportun...

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'UBER-EFFECT' DRIVES $1M IN SALES FOR URBANYOU

'UBER-EFFECT' DRIVES $1M IN SALES FOR URBANYOU

ON-DEMAND cleaning service UrbanYou has marked $1 million in sales after sprucing up its online platform and branding. Formerly known as UrbanOutsource, the Sydney-based startup connects users looking for household and gardening services with pre-screened professionals in the industry. Communications strategist Elke Keeley and commerc...

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SOCIAL ENTERPRISE INCUBATOR LAUNCHES IN SYDNEY AND QLD

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE INCUBATOR LAUNCHES IN SYDNEY AND QLD

A SERVICE placing refugees in internships, an app offering emotional support for carers and a platform that encourages young people to vote are among the social enterprises participating in Two Feet. The Difference Incubator (TDi) has selected 18 startups from Sydney and across Queensland to join the six-month social enterprise program. ...

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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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FREEMAN GAINS CURRENCY WITH COCONUT VENTURE

FREEMAN GAINS CURRENCY WITH COCONUT VENTURE

HIS family name may ring a bell, but this Freeman has carved out a world all of his own, and on his own, with H2COCO.

David Freeman, son of the late Kings Cross identity George Freeman, has turned over a new leaf far away from the nightlife.

Freeman exited his late-night ventures just before Sydney's lockout laws took full effec...

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VETPARTNERS UNLEASHED AND ON THE PROWL

VETPARTNERS UNLEASHED AND ON THE PROWL

VETPARTNERS Australia is adamant about doing things differently.

It is the second biggest veterinary group in the country, it is privately held, and it has no desire to tread down the path taken by Greencross (ASX:GXL) and National Veterinary Care (ASX:NVL) to an ASX listing.

The Sydney-based group, which has no external branding, i...

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TOP STARTUP ACCELERATOR LURED DOWN UNDER

TOP STARTUP ACCELERATOR LURED DOWN UNDER

ONE of the world's top startup accelerators is heading to Australia to help local startup entrepreneurs expand and grow their businesses. MassChallenge has partnered with the Australian Government and Microsoft Australia to strengthen the nation's startup ecosystem through idea-pitching competitions, startup boot camps and local a...

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APPARITION TAKES STREET ART TO A NEW LEVEL

APPARITION TAKES STREET ART TO A NEW LEVEL

A MELBOURNE-based street art marketing group has designs on Sydney to replicate the success that has snared several global brands as clients. Apparition Media combines art with advertising to produce hand-painted murals that become part of the city's urban landscape. Former media sales manager Tyson Hunter stumbled upon the concep...

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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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SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SCHOOL ROLLS INTO BRISBANE AND SYDNEY

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SCHOOL ROLLS INTO BRISBANE AND SYDNEY

THE Difference Incubator (TDi) is scouting for startups from Brisbane and Sydney with a social or environmental edge when it hits the road next month. The Melbourne-based incubator will select up to 10 social enterprises from each city to participate in Two Feet, a program designed to help emerging businesses grow and become more investab...

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MEECO WANTS YOU TO HAVE YOUR DATA - AND SELL IT TOO

MEECO WANTS YOU TO HAVE YOUR DATA - AND SELL IT TOO

WANT data protection? Sydney startup Meeco can help you out. 

The 'life management platform' gives individuals the ability to store, exchange and negotiate the use of personal data on their own terms.

Established in 2013, Meeco has gone from strength to strength and just came off a $3.2 million seed funding round for rapid glo...

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INNOVATE OR DIE, SAYS SUMO SALAD FOUNDER

INNOVATE OR DIE, SAYS SUMO SALAD FOUNDER

LUKE Baylis is tossing up the fast-food industry, growing his Sumo Salad business from a single store in Sydney in 2003 to more than 130 stores across the world. The journey to delivering healthy, ethical and sustainable food started when he spent time in America, and after indulging in a few too many fattening meals along the way. Ba...

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'GHOST TOWN' FEARS GROW AS LAWS BITE

'GHOST TOWN' FEARS GROW AS LAWS BITE

THE Sydney experience has raised fears that Brisbane's nightlife may be hit harder by the 'ghost town' effect as the new lockout laws come into force. Queensland's Labor government developed the policy based on reforms implemented in NSW under former Labor Premier Barry O'Farrell in 2014. NSW Premier Mike Baird ext...

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