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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STARTUP PROVING IT'S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS

STARTUP PROVING IT'S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS

WHEN social worker Louise Hallo (pictured) went on maternity leave with her first child, she found that leaving the house became a mission. Hallo was no longer able to visit her friends and family on a whim, which became an especially heart-wrenching problem on the days she wanted to offer comfort or congratulations on certain 'b...

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SKY IS THE LIMIT FOR ORANGE SKY LAUNDRY

SKY IS THE LIMIT FOR ORANGE SKY LAUNDRY

WHEN Lucas Patchett talks about the people he and Nic Marchesi help through their charity Orange Sky Laundry, he calls them his "homeless friends", and that really gets to the crux of what their enterprise is about.

It is not only a service to wash clothes, or have a shower, but one where people can talk and get support while they s...

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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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EDUCATION TECH START UP XPLOR FAST TRACKS GROWTH WITH $6 MILLION IN FUNDING

EDUCATION TECH START UP XPLOR FAST TRACKS GROWTH WITH $6 MILLION IN FUNDING

WHEN Mark Woodland (pictured), CEO of Xplor, left the armed forces to help out his mother's childcare centre, he quickly realised the extent of the administrative and regulatory work involved in the day-to-day running of a childcare facility. He also noticed a number of inefficiencies which could be circumvented with the right technology.

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MENTORLOOP RAISES $300,000 IN SEED FUNDING

MENTORLOOP RAISES $300,000 IN SEED FUNDING

MENTORING is acknowledged as a vital part of career development, but even some of the most well-run businesses struggle to do it right.

This was an issue that long-time Melbourne-based friends Heidi Holmes and Lucy Loyd identified, and then targeted with a new cloud-based software offering named Mentorloop.

Having recently raised $300,000 ...

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RIVERPITCH CHANGES ITS FLOW

RIVERPITCH CHANGES ITS FLOW

RIVER City Labs will shake up its pitching event for startups next month, with a focus on early stage innovation companies (ESIC) eligible to receive a new tax incentive. RiverPitch ESIC has been designed for early stage investors and startups looking to benefit from the federal government's 20 per cent tax offset for investing in inn...

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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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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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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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DOUGHNUT TIME: THREE TIPS TO SCORE A BUSINESS HOLE-IN-ONE

DOUGHNUT TIME: THREE TIPS TO SCORE A BUSINESS HOLE-IN-ONE

DAMIAN Griffiths is so much more than Mr Doughnut Time.

The Brisbane entrepreneur and former immigration lawyer has spun a world of successful businesses, starting with backpacker accommodation 12 years ago.

His plans were soon upgraded as he travelled Europe and spotted a growing market for boutique, budget hotels. This sparked his...

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RUBY OLIVE TARGETS THE UNITED STATES WITH A REFRESHED LOOK

RUBY OLIVE TARGETS THE UNITED STATES WITH A REFRESHED LOOK

SKYE Anderton will fly to the United States to promote her jewellery label, Ruby Olive, at NY NOW next week, in what she admits could be the biggest risk in her business career.

But it is not one taken without thought, or without a plan, and the payoff of a big break into the US market would be huge.

"My heart, it is saying ...

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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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BRISBANE ENTREPRENEUR BUILDS A-TEAM

BRISBANE ENTREPRENEUR BUILDS A-TEAM

BRISBANE entrepreneur Louisa Dyson is making a service once only at the fingertips of the rich and famous mainstream.

Her business, Alice + Albert, is Brisbane's newest personal concierge service helping busy people get organised.

Dyson says the idea isn't new, but her version offers more affordability.

She had the idea just ove...

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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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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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PUNTAA'S OFF-MARKET PUNT PAYS OFF

PUNTAA'S OFF-MARKET PUNT PAYS OFF

IT all started at a Brisbane bar for wagering startup Puntaa - but not in the way you might expect.

Puntaa co-founder Damon Oudejans, who was never a gambler, was out drinking with friends near the Brisbane River when a soon-to-be investor stopped him and handed over a business card.

"The guy ran up to Damon and said he had hea...

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