MEET THE GUYS BRINGING NATURALLY SUGAR-FREE SOFT DRINK TO A DOMINO'S NEAR YOU

MEET THE GUYS BRINGING NATURALLY SUGAR-FREE SOFT DRINK TO A DOMINO'S NEAR YOU

WHEN Troy Douglas and Drew Bilbe began their beverage company six years ago, with naturally sugar free products at its core, they probably didn't expect one of Australia's biggest fast food companies to come knocking at their door.

The guys who founded Nexba have partnered with Domino's (ASX: SMP), Australia's first publicly l...

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SHARK ANDREW BANKS ON WHY AUSTRALIAN STARTUPS NEED TO GET A BIT OF AMERICAN ATTITUDE

SHARK ANDREW BANKS ON WHY AUSTRALIAN STARTUPS NEED TO GET A BIT OF AMERICAN ATTITUDE

HE'S a former thespian who borrowed $5,000 on two credit cards to get his first business off the ground in Sydney's Woolloomooloo, and went on to establish two of the world's biggest recruitment companies employing thousands of people.

Now based in the exclusive suburb of Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, Andrew Banks is well placed t...

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RICHARDS LOOKING FOR SCALEUP POTENTIAL IN NEXT SHARK TANK CLASS

RICHARDS LOOKING FOR SCALEUP POTENTIAL IN NEXT SHARK TANK CLASS

DR GLEN Richards (pictured) is circling the waters for his next big investment as season three of Shark Tank goes to air.

Founder of pet care powerhouse, Greencross, and one of the show's five big-time business "sharks", Richards says he'll be looking for innovative products or services with the potential to take the gl...

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AFTERPAY CEO ON THE UPS AND DOWNS OF STARTING UP AND WHY YOU NEED TO 'RUN THROUGH WALLS'

AFTERPAY CEO ON THE UPS AND DOWNS OF STARTING UP AND WHY YOU NEED TO 'RUN THROUGH WALLS'

WHILE at University, Nick Molnar was the biggest seller of jewellery on eBay in Australia. No easy feat, considering the site is the most popular online shopping destination in the country, with jewellery being one of the biggest sellers.

Molnar, now 27, runs one of Australia's fastest growing businesses and was named one of Forbes' 3...

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SHARK TANK'S NAOMI SIMSON REVEALS THE FIRST QUESTION SHE ASKS OF STARTUP ENTREPRENEURS

SHARK TANK'S NAOMI SIMSON REVEALS THE FIRST QUESTION SHE ASKS OF STARTUP ENTREPRENEURS

SHE'S a keen investor and supporter of the startup community in Australia and RedBalloon founder Naomi Simson remains passionate, and very direct, when it comes to identifying business talent and providing advice.

Is it the business idea itself that gives someone the impetus for success, or is it a tech innovation or disruptive conce...

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CAR RENTAL COMPARISON COMPANY DOES DEAL WITH TIGERAIR AUSTRALIA

CAR RENTAL COMPARISON COMPANY DOES DEAL WITH TIGERAIR AUSTRALIA

VROOMVROOVROOM has linked up with Tigerair Australia to provide deals for its customers at the airline's 13 main airport destinations around the country.

The deal between the online car rental comparison company and the low-cost carrier will allow customers to book their airfare and car rental together on the Tigerair Australia website in...

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MAT STILLONE ON BUILDING A HEALTH EMPIRE & QUITTING WHILE AHEAD

MAT STILLONE ON BUILDING A HEALTH EMPIRE & QUITTING WHILE AHEAD

STARTING with only $3,000 and a desire to bring quality health-conscious sports supplements to the Australian market, Mathew Stillone built his multimillion-dollar company, Protein Supplies, from the ground up.

As a young father without a university education or prior experience in running a business, Stillone knew he had to go the extra mile...

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BIKINI ENTREPRENEUR RIDES UNIQUE WAVE OF SUCCESS

BIKINI ENTREPRENEUR RIDES UNIQUE WAVE OF SUCCESS

WHEN Karina Irby (pictured left) launched Moana Bikini in 2011 on a shoestring, the Gold Coast beach-lover made it her mission to create an icon around one of her favourite fashions. Irby fell in love with the cheeky style of Brazilian-cut bikinis while on a holiday in Hawaii, and so decided to bring a few back to Australia and test t...

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NATIONAL STORAGE MD ANDREW CATSOULIS ON HOW TO GROW A FAMILY BUSINESS INTO A LISTED COMPANY

NATIONAL STORAGE MD ANDREW CATSOULIS ON HOW TO GROW A FAMILY BUSINESS INTO A LISTED COMPANY

IN his own words, Andrew Catsoulis describes his business as one that "doesn't cure cancer" or have an answer on how to find a solution to world peace.

As managing director of National Storage REIT (ASX: NSR), Andrew Catsoulis is pragmatic about what he does and underneath his "it's just storage, pure and simple&qu...

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THE 'REJECT' WHO BUILT A GLOBAL BUSINESS AFTER BEING FIRED

THE 'REJECT' WHO BUILT A GLOBAL BUSINESS AFTER BEING FIRED

TEN years ago, Carl Krumins was fired from his job sweeping floors at the Reject Shop and was faced with two potential options: stay unemployed or start a business.

With a background in technology developed from a young age, deconstructing and reconstructing computers, Krumins decided to work for himself.

After taking out a $10,000 loan Kr...

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GO FETCH HITS BRISBANE WITH ITS PEER TO PEER 'FETCHER' MODEL

GO FETCH HITS BRISBANE WITH ITS PEER TO PEER 'FETCHER' MODEL

THE 'Uber for errands' app has arrived in Brisbane this week with the launch of GoFetch.

The app, which launched in Melbourne joins the host of peer-to-peer convenience based tools like Uber, Airtasker, and Deliveroo already available to make lives easier and cheaper with the press of a button.

Founder and Managing Director, Blair ...

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THE 2017 MELBOURNE TOP 50 COMPANIES REVEALED: NUMBERS 20 TO 11

THE 2017 MELBOURNE TOP 50 COMPANIES REVEALED: NUMBERS 20 TO 11

CLICK HERE TO READ THE 2018 LIST From gambling to retail, wine, real estate, IT services, materials, health and utilities, these companies typify the broad range of industries that help drive the Australian economy. These companies in the top 20 are not just domestic operators with most of them underpinned by an extensive overseas pre...

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STARTUP SUCCESS BOILS DOWN TO PERSONALITY, SAYS EXPERT

STARTUP SUCCESS BOILS DOWN TO PERSONALITY, SAYS EXPERT

THOSE who own startups will know that there are many essential qualities of a good entrepreneur; their tenacity, financial maturity and a flair for networking to name a few.

However, one business commentator believes that the real substance of a successful entrepreneur boils down to having a high level of emotional intelligence.

Chris Goli...

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HOW INGRID BONNOR TURNED A LABOUR OF LOVE INTO A WORLDWIDE FASHION ICON

HOW INGRID BONNOR TURNED A LABOUR OF LOVE INTO A WORLDWIDE FASHION ICON

BEFORE Ingrid Bonnor started her bridal robe and feminine sleepwear company Homebodii in 2011, she didn't have any fashion design experience to speak of.

What she did have, however, was a keen eye for fine product, a knack for marketing and a wealth of experience as a high-end consultant within the same industry.

In just six years, Hom...

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THE COMPANY THAT DECIDED IT WAS GOING TO GIVE A CRAP THANKS TO CROWD FUNDING

THE COMPANY THAT DECIDED IT WAS GOING TO GIVE A CRAP THANKS TO CROWD FUNDING

SIMON Griffiths is using toilet paper to save the world.

In 2012, on the back of an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign, Griffiths sat on a toilet in a warehouse and refused to move until Who Gives A Crap raised enough pre-orders of environmentally friendly toilet paper to start production.

In 50 hours, the team reached its target by raising $...

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THE TRAVEL STARTUP THAT EVICTED THE HOUSE-SITTER

THE TRAVEL STARTUP THAT EVICTED THE HOUSE-SITTER

YOU'VE used Expedia to book the flights, AirBnB to find accommodation, and Uber to get around in the new city and now one woman has added another start-up to the travel essentials category; making sure your home is safe while you're away.

My Home Watch, the brainchild of Adelaide's Natasha Morgan (pictured), is an on-demand servic...

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MELBOURNE'S $200M RIALTO PROJECT NEARS COMPLETION AFTER 10 YEARS OF PLANNNG

MELBOURNE'S $200M RIALTO PROJECT NEARS COMPLETION AFTER 10 YEARS OF PLANNNG

IT'S BEEN 10 years in the planning and had at least 10 different architects and has involved the acquisition of multiple properties, and now the redevelopment of Melbourne's iconic Rialto tower precinct is almost complete.

The $200 million redevelopment has breathed new life into the CBD and the Rialto precinct covers more than 8...

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THE MID-LIFE CRISIS THAT LED TO A SUCCESSFUL MEN'S SKIN CARE RANGE

THE MID-LIFE CRISIS THAT LED TO A SUCCESSFUL MEN'S SKIN CARE RANGE

THE story of how Anthony McDonough's men's skin care range dates back 20 years when he was living in Russia in minus 35C temperatures and every product he used to try and moisturise just made his skin more irritated.

It took a while to act on this, but in 2012 McDonough decided to make the leap and start his own skin care brand.

He...

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BOND UNIVERSITY RECRUITS BUSINESS BIG HITTERS TO ITS NEW ENTREPRENEUR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

BOND UNIVERSITY RECRUITS BUSINESS BIG HITTERS TO ITS NEW ENTREPRENEUR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

BOND University has secured the services of four of Australia's most successful business identities to oversee its new program called Transformer, which is aimed at developing the new wave of young entrepreneurs.

Transformer is the first of its kind in Australia to help students undertake "big picture thinking" and they'll b...

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BRISBANE PROGRAM HELPING TO 'UN-FAIL' LOCAL STARTUPS

BRISBANE PROGRAM HELPING TO 'UN-FAIL' LOCAL STARTUPS

BEING an entrepreneur is risky business. That's why Advance Queensland is supporting a new 12-week training initiative designed to give startups a little more certainty in the challenging market. The Startup Onramp program, founded by business mentor Colin Kinner (pictured) and run out of Brisbane's River City Labs, is aimed at re...

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