Australian Young Entrepreneur Awards 2018 to acclaim the risk-takers and game-changers

Australian Young Entrepreneur Awards 2018 to acclaim the risk-takers and game-changers

Not content to rest on their laurels as the world changes around them, entrepreneurs are a forward-thinking breed for whom determination is de rigueur and risk is a reality.  As the culmination of a decade hosting Young Entrepreneur Awards and following the journeys of its participants through reportage, Business News Australia will ...

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How Servcorp is making it easier to be an entrepreneur

How Servcorp is making it easier to be an entrepreneur

Trying to build a respected business without a permanent office, or at least a base of operations, can make life difficult for even the savviest entrepreneur. While a good working space boosts productivity, team engagement and professionalism, it is a fine balancing act when you require flexibility to cater for rapid changes in a business...

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Two decades in the making: New sports drink PREPD to take on the giants

Two decades in the making: New sports drink PREPD to take on the giants

After two decades of development, a new Adelaide-developed sports drink is finally ready to hit the shelves. Developed after 20 years of medical research between Adelaide's Flinders University and Yale University, PREPD will launch to the Australian market today. According to Orbis Research reported by Reuters, last year the globa...

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Australia's top 20 cannabis companies

Australia's top 20 cannabis companies

Australia is currently sitting on the precipice of a brand-new industry, one projected to be worth big dollars in the near future. In the wake of Canada's historic move to legalise recreational cannabis nation-wide, Prohibition Partners has released a comprehensive report into the legal cannabis industry. The Oceania Cannabis Repo...

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Gig Economy: Discover the movers and shakers in freelance job postings

Gig Economy: Discover the movers and shakers in freelance job postings

Copy typing, javascript and creative skills saw the sharpest growth on Freelancer.com in the third quarter, while gigs in maths, statistics, algorithms and report writing dropped off.  Jobs relating to website development and internet applications were among the highest growth categories in the three months to September on Freelancer...

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How Adelaide's Vacay Swimwear nailed e-commerce and launched its second season

How Adelaide's Vacay Swimwear nailed e-commerce and launched its second season

As summer approaches, most of us are looking forward to some down-time, Christmas lunch, and long days at the beach. But for Adelaide-based swimwear brand Vacay Swimwear their peak period is just about to start. Co-founded by business partners and best mates Corey Decandia and Jordan Kallios, Vacay is a unique swimwear brand inspired ...

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Blackbird Ventures: Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Blackbird Ventures: Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Companies are staying private for longer than ever before with abundant capital on offer, but the flipside is that sizeable global funds are entering the Australian market earlier to make their mark on the startup community. Meanwhile, local public equity funds are often unable to do the same due to mandates that don't allow investmen...

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Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Companies are staying private for longer than ever before with abundant capital on offer, but the flipside is that sizeable global funds are entering the Australian market earlier to make their mark on the startup community. Meanwhile, local public equity funds are often unable to do the same due to mandates that don't allow investmen...

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Top 25 Australian startups revealed

Top 25 Australian startups revealed

With a wealth of data at their fingertips, LinkedIn has released its list of "the most sought after startups in Australia", and it's certainly a prestigious list. To be eligible for for the list, compnaies must be seven years old or younger, have at least 50 employees, and be privately held and headquatered in Australia. ...

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Saturated market? Opportunities abound, just ask former Swisse boss Radek Sali

Saturated market? Opportunities abound, just ask former Swisse boss Radek Sali

It has now been almost three years since vitamins company Swisse Wellness was sold for $1.67 billion to a Hong Kong company, giving entrepreneur Radek Sali a healthy supplement of around $250 million from the sale. It's enough money to make time the Australian businessman's most precious asset as he looks for new opportunities thr...

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Tic:Toc scores $11.5m to beat banks at their own game

Tic:Toc scores $11.5m to beat banks at their own game

Australia's fin-tech firms are becoming quite a big deal, and Tic:Toc is just one startup that's managing to catch the attention of some of the institutional players in the country. Now, with a fresh injection of $11.5 million from investors, the Adelaide based fin-tech is ready to expand into new and exciting markets. The com...

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Young Entrepreneurs seizing business opportunity of the year

Young Entrepreneurs seizing business opportunity of the year

The Young Entrepreneur Awards will celebrate a milestone occasion as it kick-starts the 2018 Young Entrepreneur Awards, marking a decade of success for what has become one of Australia's most prestigious business accolades. Officially launched in 2008 in Queensland with a mission to find and recognise young business talent in Australi...

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One giant leap: One woman's journey into space

One giant leap: One woman's journey into space

Who would've thought that in just under two years Adelaide would become the home to one of Australia's most prominent space-tech startups? Certainly not Flavia Tata Nardini, the co-founder and CEO of Fleet Space Technologies. It's hard to catch Nardini with a moment to spare. As the co-founder of Fleet, one of the world's ...

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How James Spenceley decides on what startups to invest in

How James Spenceley decides on what startups to invest in

His Midas touch has launched Vocus Group into a listed company and transformed Airtasker from a startup to a national phenomenon, but how does James Spenceley decide on what to invest in? Spenceley's latest investment is a $1 million injection into Integrated Green Energy Solutions (ASX: IGE) as they ramp up production of their eco-fr...

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Eco-friendly startups take centre stage on Shark Tank this season

Eco-friendly startups take centre stage on Shark Tank this season

If there was a single key theme running through this year's season of Shark Tank it would be a sharp focus on businesses that are doing something good for the environment. This year we've seen entrepreneurs pitching eco-friendly nappies, and just last night, a green alternative to storing vegetables in the crisper. The Sharks ...

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The case for co-ops: how entrepreneurship and mutuality can coexist

The case for co-ops: how entrepreneurship and mutuality can coexist

Without realising, most of us are already part of a co-op. Whether it be a credit union, a mutual health fund, or one of the automotive associations, co-ops hover on the periphery of the Australian business landscape just out of sight. The unusual structure of the co-op, being neither private or public companies (utilising membership mode...

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Lessons from South Australia's top female entrepreneurs

Lessons from South Australia's top female entrepreneurs

It's no secret that South Australia is fast becoming a hub for the most innovative and forward thinking startups in the country, but it's the state's female entrepreneurs that are really trying to change the world. On the opening day of the South Australian Entrepreneurs Week 2018 four of SA's brightest stars in the startu...

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Meet the duo crushing sales stereotypes, redefining a global industry

Meet the duo crushing sales stereotypes, redefining a global industry

When people hear the word 'sales', they're inclined to think of cheesy people in fancy suits with the 'gift of the gab' that will do just about anything to push a product. Whether warranted or not, there is a certain stigma attached to salespeople who have been tempered by decades of high-pressure sales tactics, told t...

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How Adelaide's The Yoghurt Shop is set to take on the Asian market

How Adelaide's The Yoghurt Shop is set to take on the Asian market

Beloved South Australian yoghurt manufacturers The Yoghurt Shop are taking on Asia with a strategy that defies expectations. Not ones to put all their eggs in one basket, the Yoghurt Shop, helmed by founder and managing director Simon Reynolds (pictured), is taking on Asia one step at a time. Established in 2003, The Yoghurt Shop is c...

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How to take risks and be a brilliant CEO

How to take risks and be a brilliant CEO

In August 1987, my father, a small business entrepreneur, arrived home after work, and announced that we were moving to Australia. This announcement served as my first exposure to risk management from an entrepreneur's perspective. My father was regarded as crazy for uprooting the family and leaving apartheid South Africa Why put ...

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Closing the Loop: the Adelaide hub angling for a circular Aussie economy

Closing the Loop: the Adelaide hub angling for a circular Aussie economy

There's something new brewing down in South Australia, and it isn't Coopers Lager. The circular economy has found a new home in Adelaide thanks to the entrepreneurial efforts of Loop Circular Economy Platform, a new training and information hub helping Australian businesses combat excessive waste. The concept of the circular e...

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Adelaide's Fleet Space all set to launch with Elon Musk's SpaceX

Adelaide's Fleet Space all set to launch with Elon Musk's SpaceX

Adelaide-based nanosatellite tech startup Fleet Space has announced its first launch plans with some of the world's biggest space companies. The first of Fleet Space's nanosatellites is under contract to launch with Spaceflight aboard an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle by Antrix and ISRO. The second launch will also be i...

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Adelaide based sport drink startup raises $500k in seed funding for launch

Adelaide based sport drink startup raises $500k in seed funding for launch

PREPD, a new hydration-boosting sports drink developed by Flinders University startup Preserve Health, has secured more than $500,000 in seed funding to launch its first products. With money now in the bank, thanks to angel investors and other high net-worth individuals, PREPD is set to launch in the market and take on the big players in ...

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Know your numbers or you're in deep trouble: Shark Tank's Janine Allis on startup mistakes

Know your numbers or you're in deep trouble: Shark Tank's Janine Allis on startup mistakes

She's a former backpacker who once worked on David Bowie's yacht and if you went back in time to before 2000 and asked Janine Allis whether she'd one day be in charge of a multi-million dollar international business and the young Janine would have probably told you to lay off the alternative substances. The Boost Juice founder...

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How technology is turning 'crappy' businesses into gold

How technology is turning 'crappy' businesses into gold

VENTURE capitalists may have previously considered them 'crappy' businesses not worth a second look, but according to Silicon Valley's sharpest investor Steve Jurvetson the technological revolution is changing that. Jurvetson, the co-founder of the $US6 billion venture capital group Draper Fisher Jurvetson and board member of ...

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Entrepreneurial millennials rate Australia low on startup ecosystem

Entrepreneurial millennials rate Australia low on startup ecosystem

Entrepreneurial millennials around the world do not rate Australian cities as being the right places to begin a startup with only Sydney sneaking into the top 20 of a major survey. Not surprisingly, San Francisco and New York City were rated the top two cities for entrepreneurial millennials based on their business ecosystem while Kuala L...

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The biggest mistakes an entrepreneur can make, and how to avoid them

The biggest mistakes an entrepreneur can make, and how to avoid them

I am often asked by entrepreneurs, "how much profit should my business be making?" My answer is always the same: It depends. It depends because I don't know how much money is invested in the business in the first place. The amount of capital invested has a significant influence on how much profit is enough. Unfortunatel...

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Influential CEO breaks down the big issues facing businesses worldwide

Influential CEO breaks down the big issues facing businesses worldwide

Kay Koplovitz, one of America's most successful business people, is in the country to help grow the innovative ideas of Australia's entrepreneurs. It's little wonder bright minds flock to Koplovitz for advice, as her CV boasts a string of the highest profile roles. In 1997, she founded the USA Network as an all sports service ...

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If you want to be "innovative," you have to be committed to making a change

If you want to be "innovative," you have to be committed to making a change


It can be easy to gloss over the word "innovation". It has become an ultimate buzzword, rolling off the tongues of business commentators and professionals alike. While the word itself may be overused, academics at The University of Queensland (UQ) say it is possible to take what many may regard as a "vague concept&qu...

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The woman behind the international brand 'bringing orgasms to the world'

The woman behind the international brand 'bringing orgasms to the world'

Long before Eloise Monaghan was selling intimacy to the world as the founder of multi-national lingerie brand Honey Birdette, she drew inspiration from a poster slogan which was tacked to her bedroom wall. "Don't try and slay all the dragons at once." When the idea for Honey Birdette was first conceived over a glass of c...

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