REDBACK POWERS UP A NEW ALTERNATIVE

REDBACK POWERS UP A NEW ALTERNATIVE

AS THE renewable energy industry heats up, a Brisbane solar startup has set itself apart by giving consumers the power of choice. Redback Technologies has developed a hybrid system to manage and store a home's solar energy supply which can be monitored using a cloud-based app. Customers can either decide to store energy for personal u...

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ROLLD DEVELOPS AN APPETITE FOR EXPANSION

ROLLD DEVELOPS AN APPETITE FOR EXPANSION

BAO Hoang has an appetite for growth that's taken his rice paper roll empire across Australia and soon the Philippines. The former physiotherapist teamed up with banker Ray Esquieres to remodel an Italian café and take his mum's cooking to the masses. The friends enlisted Hoang's cousin Tin Ly to bring hospitality e...

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GOLD COAST BUSINESS TAKES ON CYCLING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

GOLD COAST BUSINESS TAKES ON CYCLING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

DILLENGER Electric Bikes has shifted gears by expanding further into Europe. The Gold Coast-based company has been operating in the UK for the past three years and decided to launch a dedicated customer service and distribution facility in the region last month. Dillenger's UK presence has served as a springboard to distribute and...

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COLD ROCK KING PICKS UP HEALTHY HABITS

COLD ROCK KING PICKS UP HEALTHY HABITS

MELBOURNE hospitality group Franchised Food Company, the crew behind Cold Rock and Mr Whippy, has acquired Healthy Habits.

Franchised Food Company picked up Healthy Habits from Dymocks Group.

Stan Gordon, founder and CEO of Franchised Food Company, says this marks a new era for his business which specialises in the 'fun treats market...

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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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FROM KIDNAPPINGS TO LOST CAR KEYS: STARTUP LEAVES NO STONE UNTURNED

FROM KIDNAPPINGS TO LOST CAR KEYS: STARTUP LEAVES NO STONE UNTURNED

ADEDAYO Charis (pictured) is on a mission to make the world a safer place.  And, while he's at it, he also wants to help you find your car keys. In just over a week's time the Brisbane-based entrepreneur, born and raised in Nigeria, is set to release his newest venture - iKon, a small tracking device which users can fit to ju...

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ONE KEY RESOURCES FINDS TRUE POT OF GOLD

ONE KEY RESOURCES FINDS TRUE POT OF GOLD

BRISBANE'S One Key Resources has been acquired by global recruitment outfit Fircroft.

The mining solutions company, founded by the Brisbane Young Entrepreneur of the Year Grant Wechsel, has been purchased by the UK-based multinational for an undisclosed amount.

According to the most recent official report, Fircroft is the 13th b...

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LESSONS FROM GLOBETROTTING ENTREPRENEURS

LESSONS FROM GLOBETROTTING ENTREPRENEURS

ARRIVING from 'startup utopias', these three globetrotting entrepreneurs still hold lofty ideas about Australia's startup ecosystem.

Business News Australia recaps the teachings of Brisbane's most recent Visiting Entrepreneurs who work in the startup trenches of San Francisco and Amsterdam. 

An initiative of Dig...

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STARTUP BAIT SELECTED FOR RIVERPITCH SHARKS

STARTUP BAIT SELECTED FOR RIVERPITCH SHARKS

SIX startups have been selected to pitch to Shark Tank's Steve Baxter and Dr Glen Richards, venture capital firms and angel investors at RiverPitch.

The leading bi-annual pitching event for startups puts candidates up to score up to $1.5 million in funding.

The six teams are:
ScooterTutor: platform to connect students and tutor...

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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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BEAUTY QUEEN EYES CHINA

BEAUTY QUEEN EYES CHINA

NOW turning over around $15 million, Adore Beauty founder Kate Morris still vividly remembers Vogue and the big brands laughing at her plans to launch an online-only Australian beauty store.

Melbourne-based Morris expects a turnover of between $15 to $16 million this financial year, up 70 per cent from last year.

This figure will ...

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INGOGO BEATS UBER TO FIXED FARES

INGOGO BEATS UBER TO FIXED FARES

IF price is stopping you, taxis will switch to fixed fares as of today thanks to fintech innovator ingogo.

The system available in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide is doing away with traditional metered fares, letting customers book fixed fare cabs from today.

It will be the first Australian taxi booking service and a...

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RASHOODZ DIVES INTO DAVID JONES

RASHOODZ DIVES INTO DAVID JONES

A BRISBANE-based children's swimwear brand is set to dive deeper into the national market after scoring a deal with David Jones. The department store will stock the Rashoodz Liberty collection, featuring UPF50+ swim nappies, long sleeve rashsuits and hat sets, from September this year. Rashoodz CEO Laura Furiosi says securing the ...

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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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SPEEDSTER DELIVERS ONE-OF-A-KIND GO KARTING FACILITY

SPEEDSTER DELIVERS ONE-OF-A-KIND GO KARTING FACILITY

MOTORSPORT identity Cameron Wilson is going to another level, opening a three-level go karting facility on the Gold Coast. Slideways Go Karting Australia spent $2.5 million on a new venue in Nerang, which boasts a 465-metre-long European style circuit. With a combination of indoor and outdoor tracks and ramps connecting three levels, ...

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CANDYMAN CASHES IN AS GERMANS GO WILD

CANDYMAN CASHES IN AS GERMANS GO WILD

GOLD Coast-based playboy entrepreneur Travers Beynon has developed a raunchy reputation as the Candyman, but he is now using this hedonistic persona to grab a foothold in the European retail tobacco market. Beynon, who controls the FREECHOICE tobacco franchise, has been blitzing Germany with his own brand of guilty pleasure over the past ...

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