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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PROPERTY STARTUP PAYS HOME BUYERS

PROPERTY STARTUP PAYS HOME BUYERS

FIRST home buyers could crack into the market years earlier thanks to this Gold Coast startup.

Property platform ReValu8 offers a free tailored platform allowing users to research, rank and purchase properties online from across Australia, as well as receive thousands of dollars in incentives and fees that would otherwise be paid in advertisi...

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PRINCE MIXES PHILANTHROPY WITH BUSINESS AT ZAMBRERO

PRINCE MIXES PHILANTHROPY WITH BUSINESS AT ZAMBRERO

SOMETIMES, after building a successful business and making millions, entrepreneurs will turn their thoughts to philanthropy. Zambrero founder Sam Prince took a different approach. He intertwined the commercial focus of his Mexican restaurant chain with the philanthropic goals of his social enterprise, Plate 4 Plate, right from the beginning, in ...

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VANTAGE AIMS TO CAPTURE THE AUSSIE SPIRIT

VANTAGE AIMS TO CAPTURE THE AUSSIE SPIRIT

VANTAGE Australia has taken a bigger swig of the beverage market with what it hopes will become the nation's drink of choice. Distilled in Melbourne, Spirit of a Nation is not classified as a vodka, gin or rum, but as a botanical white spirit with an alcohol volume of 37 per cent. The drink takes its inspiration from native bushla...

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DIMMI EYES THE BIGGEST SLICE OF THE PIE

DIMMI EYES THE BIGGEST SLICE OF THE PIE

IF there's one entrepreneur capitalising on Australia's thriving hospitality industry, it's Dimmi's Stevan Premutico.

More than one million Australians are dining with Dimmi every four weeks.

The online booking platform represents about 10 per cent of all dining reservations in Australia and has more than 3000 restau...

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TOP CHEF CRACKS A COLD ONE FOR THE REEF

TOP CHEF CRACKS A COLD ONE FOR THE REEF

AN award-winning Brisbane chef has hopped on board as ambassador of social enterprise The Good Beer Co. Ryan Squires (pictured right), owner of the city's only three-hatted restaurant Esquire, will champion the company's first brew that gives back, Great Barrier Beer. At least 50 per cent of the beer's profits are donated ...

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MILLENNIAL ENTREPRENEURS DO IT DIFFERENT

MILLENNIAL ENTREPRENEURS DO IT DIFFERENT

JANE Lu is known as 'the lazy ceo' on Instagram but she is nothing of this description, besides being at liberty to work from bed in her pyjamas.

The branding is all part of Lu's charm, which she has used to grow her online fast fashion retail business Showpo into a business that turned over $10 million in the 2014 calendar y...

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PINEAPPLE EXPRESS ENTREPRENEURS GET PHYSICAL

PINEAPPLE EXPRESS ENTREPRENEURS GET PHYSICAL

THE PINEAPPLE Express boys have jumped on the fast track, opening a gym in Fortitude Valley and ramping up with a Dubai expansion.

Young entrepreneurs behind superfood café Pineapple Express and marketing agency Department Group, Jonathan Ford and Tom Sweep (pictured L-R), are rolling out a new fitness concept called Facilities.
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CUA ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAM IN FULL SWING

CUA ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAM IN FULL SWING

FIVE innovative Australian startups have been selected to take part in an exclusive entrepreneur programme which aims to nurture and develop the fledgling businesses into strong global companies. CUA, together with technology startup hub River City Labs, have announced a handful of startups to participate in the Sponsored Entrepreneur Pro...

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FROM THE TANK: SHOULD YOU EVER WHACK-A-MOLE?

FROM THE TANK: SHOULD YOU EVER WHACK-A-MOLE?

A FAST-PACED game of whack-a-mole often evolves as a business begins to scale up.

Based on my past experience with Greencross (ASX: GXL) and my work these days on a number of companies including Shark Tank startups, it seems the faster you grow, the more chaos occurs.

For the unacquainted, whack-a-mole is the game you sometimes play as lit...

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ELLIS RETURNS TO RIVER CITY LABS IN TOP JOB

ELLIS RETURNS TO RIVER CITY LABS IN TOP JOB

STARTUP strategist Peta Ellis has made a triumphant return to River City Labs as CEO. Ellis was general manager at the technology startup hub for nearly four years until last December, before taking maternity leave. She has worked with a number of entrepreneurs as a mentor, strategist and marketer, as well as launched the 12-week Bris...

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AFL VETERAN KICKS GOALS IN STARTUP FIELD

AFL VETERAN KICKS GOALS IN STARTUP FIELD

ADELAIDE Crows defensive coach and former player James 'Pods' Podsiadly has gone back to his first love with his new startup.

He still loves footy, and gives the Crows his all from Friday to Wednesday, but his day off is when he 'reactivates'.

The AFL veteran recently launched The Wellbeing Challenge through his comp...

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FROM THE TANK: HOW I PICK TECH COMPANIES

FROM THE TANK: HOW I PICK TECH COMPANIES

JAMIE Pherous, the founder of Corporate Travel Management (market cap $1.4 billion) said it well at the Brisbane Business News breakfast last week: "Business is simple, don't overcomplicate. Learn the rules of the game and play hard". 

Business is a little like a game of rugby, where you pass the ball backwards an...

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BOND OPENS 24-7 STARTUP HUB

BOND OPENS 24-7 STARTUP HUB

BOND University has opened the doors to The Hub, a 24-7 co-working space for entrepreneurs and startups located on campus.

The Hub was inspired by the world's best startup concepts: Stanford's d.school, Rocketspace and Cambridge Innovation Centre.

Director of the Bond Business Commercialisation Centre, assistant professor Baden U...

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QUEENSLAND'S $405M BID TO ESTABLISH INNOVATION LEADER

QUEENSLAND'S $405M BID TO ESTABLISH INNOVATION LEADER

INNOVATION and job creation was at the forefront of the Queensland Government's budget today, with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk pledging $405 million to advancing Queensland's new economy. Premier Palaszczuk increased investment in Advance Queensland to $405 million and has introduced 13 new initiatives that are set to ignite the...

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HAGGLING BUSINESS LAUNCHES ONLINE

HAGGLING BUSINESS LAUNCHES ONLINE

HAGGLING has just entered the 21st century. 

A Melbourne e-commerce business has developed 'live negotiating technology' and launched a suite of real time haggling websites.

Haggle'n'Handshake's 'Haggler' platforms which include health and wine marketplaces let sellers and customers negotiate directly on pr...

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GUVERA BOSS FENDS OFF SOCIAL MEDIA STORM

GUVERA BOSS FENDS OFF SOCIAL MEDIA STORM

GUVERA CEO Darren Herft has answered the critics following a social media mauling earlier this week of his company's proposed public float.

The music streaming company lodged its prospectus last week, planning to raise up to $100 million through an IPO and list on the ASX next month.

That would give the eight-year-old Gold Coast compan...

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QUEENSLAND COMPANY LAUNCHES 'AVOCADO TIME MACHINE'

QUEENSLAND COMPANY LAUNCHES 'AVOCADO TIME MACHINE'

THE short life span of avocados has long frustrated those who love and devour the fruit, however, one Australian company is claiming a major breakthrough for the world-wide avocado industry. Queensland food technology company Naturo All Natural Technologies has developed an all-natural processing technology which stops browning of freshly...

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FROM THE TANK: TO IPO OR NOT TO IPO?

FROM THE TANK: TO IPO OR NOT TO IPO?

IT ALWAYS intrigues me that nirvana for entrepreneurs seems to be the big IPO that's supposed to deliver oodles of cash.

An IPO is a complex exercise that includes months of preparation, due diligence and the construction of a conscientious prospectus that states a clear reason for listing and how the funds will be used. Cashing out ...

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GRASSROOTS PET BUSINESS ATTRACTS SHARK

GRASSROOTS PET BUSINESS ATTRACTS SHARK

POTTY Plant has won over vets-and-pets expert Dr Glen Richards on Shark Tank Australia.

Richards offered $70,000 for a 25 per cent stake in the pet toilet business.

The business has seen 17 per cent month-on-month growth on average since inception last May and is the only in-home dog toilet training system delivered to the door.

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