Turning online marketplaces into global businesses

Turning online marketplaces into global businesses

Online marketplaces which connect buyers and sellers are more than just a startup scene in Victoria - they're well and truly big business these days. According to LaunchVic, Victoria's leading startup ecosystem development agency, online marketplace startups founded in the state contribute around $1.6 billion in profit. Additi...

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How Tinybeans tapped 'mum and dad' investors on journey from startup to listed company

How Tinybeans tapped 'mum and dad' investors on journey from startup to listed company

Eddie Geller, Sarah-Jane Kurtini and Stephen O'Young started Tinybeans (ASX: TNY) with the goal of creating a scrapbook where parents could capture, share and save memories of their little ones through a secure online platform. Little did they know, off the back of Tinybeans' landmark IPO in April 2017, the trio would also be resh...

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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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Medical startup wins marathon entrepreneur competition

Medical startup wins marathon entrepreneur competition

A shoe that can detect the development of Alzheimer's and dementia was the idea that won the QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (QUTCEA) Startup Weekend Creative Tech competition. Solus Health, the six person team behind the ingenious idea, beat out a record number of 46 pitches to be crowned the winning startup. The company, in th...

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Hub Australia founder on the future of work-spaces and his nation-wide expansion plans

Hub Australia founder on the future of work-spaces and his nation-wide expansion plans

Coworking, we're told, is the future of work. As technology gets better, Internet speeds get faster, and communication methods simpler, the concept of the 9 to 5 office space becomes increasingly obsolete. And it's not just the simplicity of a coworking space that's attractive to employees. Flexible workplaces are high on the ...

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Gold Coast startup one step closer to launching its satellites into space

Gold Coast startup one step closer to launching its satellites into space

With the success of its latest rocket engine test, Gilmour Space Technologies is inching closer to launching low-cost small satellites into space. The Gold Coast-based space startup's latest achievement puts Gilmour Space two-years closer to its ultimate ambition of launching low-cost small satellites into space. The latest rocket...

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From the garage to the kennel - how Ka-Pooch! found its paws

From the garage to the kennel - how Ka-Pooch! found its paws

Just seven years ago Ka-Pooch!, a leading Melbourne dog day-care centre, was being operated in founder Sam Mendelson's garage. Now, the trusted brand is expanding to its third Melbourne location, and Mendelson has his sights set on the rest of Australia. But as is the case with most entrepreneurs, getting to this position wasn'...

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The Brisbane entrepreneurs who cut through US red tape to develop medical devices

The Brisbane entrepreneurs who cut through US red tape to develop medical devices

A Brisbane medical innovation start-up is revolutionising medical product development in Australia and the US by creating their latest product from concept to US FDA approval at two and a half times faster and 65 times cheaper than the US average timeframe and cost to develop a medical device.

Orthopaedic innovation and devices company F...

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Playing to your strength: how Michael Ramsey built an international fitness brand

Playing to your strength: how Michael Ramsey built an international fitness brand

Uninspired by a career in the oil & gas industry, Michael Ramsey decided to pursue his dreams. Having previously worked as a personal trainer, the fitness industry fit Ramsey like a boxing glove. With his mind made up, Ramsey resigned from his career as a marketing manager, opened his first F45 Studio, and hasn't looked back. ...

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Look to the sky and build flying cars not "sucky" roads, says Steve Baxter

Look to the sky and build flying cars not "sucky" roads, says Steve Baxter

Queensland's chief entrepreneur Steve Baxter has called on the government to stop pouring billions of dollars into projects that make roads "suck less" and invest now in a future where most people fly to and from work every day.

Baxter, an investor who is also one of the 'sharks' on the hit show Shark Tank, says the...

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The Australian solar entrepreneur who conquered the US

The Australian solar entrepreneur who conquered the US

He's a race car-driving former builder from the Gold Coast, so when Kenny Habul talks about taking solar to the world and declares that traditional energy is dead, you could be excused for thinking the guy has been bumped off by a body double.

Habul is now the CEO and president of SunEnergy1 and even though he's built his busines...

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Scottish company BrewDog to set up Australian HQ in Brisbane

Scottish company BrewDog to set up Australian HQ in Brisbane

Scottish craft brewer, BrewDog, has announced its plans to build its Australian home on Brisbane's River with its state-of-the-art brewery and headquarters to be located at Murarrie. In July last year the company was deciding between Newcastle and Brisbane, but the Queensland capital came out on top. Brisbane's bid trump sever...

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Five blockchain companies to keep an eye on

Five blockchain companies to keep an eye on

It was the year of the blockchain, and midway through 2017 Bitcoin - the most popular of the many cryptocurrencies - skyrocketed in value. Those who bought the cryptocurrency in 2011 became very wealthy overnight. But Bitcoin is just one of many technologies that is successfully utilising blockchain technology to disrupt nearly every indu...

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Lessons from an entrepreneur who lost it all and came back fighting

Lessons from an entrepreneur who lost it all and came back fighting

Every entrepreneur knows what it's like to suffer from a setback. Things don't always go according to plan, and sometimes it feels like nothing's going right. For Mia Plecic that reality of entrepreneurship is all too familiar. Massive setbacks have, unfortunately, been a big part of her story. But they've only made her mo...

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Young Entrepreneur of the Year Steve Scanlan sells half of Recon

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Steve Scanlan sells half of Recon

Brisbane's Young Entrepreneur of the Year Steve Scanlan has sold 50 per cent of two of his businesses to one of Australia's leading listed workforce management companies.

People Infrastructure (ASX: PPE) paid Scanlan $2.8 million upfront in cash for 50 per cent of Recon Solutions and Recon Technology, along with $500,000 in PPE shares...

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Startup event to showcase Brisbane's driven female entrepreneurs

Startup event to showcase Brisbane's driven female entrepreneurs

A group of Brisbane's most ambitious female entrepreneurs is set to converge on River City Labs next month as the tech hub hosts its Women Startup Weekend (WSW) event from 9 to 11 February. This will be the second time River City Labs has hosted the event which is run in tandem with the Global Women Startup Weekend movement across 18 ...

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Inside the accelerator for women which turns budding businesses into powerhouses

Inside the accelerator for women which turns budding businesses into powerhouses

'It's a well-known fact that women do not have equal access to investment capital to grow their businesses.' These are the words of Topaz Conway (pictured), co-founder of not-for-profit company Springboard Enterprises Australia (SBE). Since founding SBE Australia in 2012 alongside Wendy Simpson, Conway's mission has be...

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Melbourne's online marketplace startups delivered $1.6 billion to the state economy

Melbourne's online marketplace startups delivered $1.6 billion to the state economy

A NEW report has shown that online marketplace startups in Victoria deliver a $1.6 billion boost to the state economy. EY, in collaboration with Victoria's starup ecosystem development agency LaunchVic, released its report on Wednesday called A Review of Melbourne's Digital Markeplaces which details the wealth that Melbourne's...

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Screen Queensland announces new funding for video game developers but industry says problems persist

Screen Queensland announces new funding for video game developers but industry says problems persist

SCREEN Queensland, the Queensland Government's industry body for film and television, is expanding its programs into the realm of video games. From Thursday, Queensland game developers can apply for support from Screen Queensland's Game Development and Marketing Investment. The industry body is looking to sponsor game develope...

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One Melbourne entrepreneur's mission to clean up the world's oceans

One Melbourne entrepreneur's mission to clean up the world's oceans

LUDOVIC Grosjean, founder of Melbourne-based startup OceanXGroup, wants to solve the problem of polluted waterways and oceans. Grosjean's mission is to clean up the world's waterways with drone technology and, with his unique background as an engineer and oceanographer, he's well placed to tackle the problem.  "O...

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