How Ella Fence dived into unknown waters to unearth dream music career

How Ella Fence dived into unknown waters to unearth dream music career

When Ella Fence stepped onto the stage of the Australian Young Entrepreneur Awards, she was surrounded by a crowd of people she had never met before. And though she wouldn't necessarily describe herself as such, her journey with music and the creative industries is remarkably similar to the business journeys of those in the room. ...

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Australian Young Entrepreneur Awards 2018 to acclaim the risk-takers and game-changers

Australian Young Entrepreneur Awards 2018 to acclaim the risk-takers and game-changers

Not content to rest on their laurels as the world changes around them, entrepreneurs are a forward-thinking breed for whom determination is de rigueur and risk is a reality.  As the culmination of a decade hosting Young Entrepreneur Awards and following the journeys of its participants through reportage, Business News Australia will ...

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Coincast Media cuts out the jargon, rides the blockchain wave

Coincast Media cuts out the jargon, rides the blockchain wave

While prices of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum have dropped this year, fortunes have been much better for a Perth-based global news and media group specialising in the blockchain that underpins the technology. With a background in financial journalism at Bloomberg, Heidi Cuthbert (pictured) founded her digital PR agency Multip...

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Hey, sole sister! Synxsole springs to life with Chemist Warehouse, Amazon

Hey, sole sister! Synxsole springs to life with Chemist Warehouse, Amazon

Frustrated by orthotics that fit poorly into fashion shoes and sports boots, podiatrist Rachael Ferguson (pictured) and Marie Ishak-Lewis tackled the problem with a solution and the result was Synxsole. Ferguson says the insoles available before she co-founded the business in 2012 often weren't therapeutic, so when patients visit...

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From sheep's cheese to world's best vodka: Hartshorn Distillery hits the high-end

From sheep's cheese to world's best vodka: Hartshorn Distillery hits the high-end

When there's a will there's a way, and when there's whey there's...vodka? From the family sheep's milk farm south of Hobart, Ryan Hartshorn (pictured) has built a spirit producer that's the envy of the world. Hartshorn Distillery won top honours in the World Vodka Awards 2018 in London, while its gins are held in h...

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How TJ Swim found success by becoming an essential social media brand

How TJ Swim found success by becoming an essential social media brand

There's certainly no shortage of fresh-faced brands on Instagram. Scrolling through the website, it becomes quickly apparent that the social media platform has birthed a whole new world of e-commerce. In many ways, it's far more important in 2018 to have a beautiful Instagram page than it is to have a shopfront at the local We...

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Founder of turnkey design construction company wins 2018 Sydney Young Entrepreneur Award

Founder of turnkey design construction company wins 2018 Sydney Young Entrepreneur Award


In the aftermath of the carnage of the GFC, Rouad Elayoubi decided after 13 years in the construction business it was time to got it alone and he formed the Alliance Project Group with a staff of four, taking on small jobs that others didn't want to do. That was 2011 and in the seven years since, Elayoubi's company has evolved ...

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One stop shop consultancy bags 2018 Melbourne Young Entrepreneur Award

One stop shop consultancy bags 2018 Melbourne Young Entrepreneur Award

Losing his job in the thick of the GFC turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Travis Erridge (pictured), who has gone on to co-found a succesful business and last night was crowned 2018 Melbourne Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Covering property, supply chains and project management, Erridge's consultancy TM Insight caters to a r...

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First-ever Sydney Young Entrepreneur Awards to kick off tonight

First-ever Sydney Young Entrepreneur Awards to kick off tonight

The cream of the crop of Sydney's young entrepreneur community will converge on Doltone House in Hyde Park tonight for a gathering that promises to be a regular festive evening on the city's calendar for many years to come. The inaugural 2018 Sydney Young Entrepreneur Awards are hosted by Business News Australia, recognising the c...

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Inaugural Melbourne Young Entrepreneur Awards to showcase city's business vitality

Inaugural Melbourne Young Entrepreneur Awards to showcase city's business vitality

Trailblazing business pioneers will gather at the Speakeasy Kitchen Bar on Chapel Street this evening for the first ever Melbourne Young Entrepreneur Awards hosted by Business News Australia. Pitted to become the Melbourne business community's night of nights, the awards recognise the city's leading young entrepreneurs aged under ...

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How Servcorp is making it easier to be an entrepreneur

How Servcorp is making it easier to be an entrepreneur

Trying to build a respected business without a permanent office, or at least a base of operations, can make life difficult for even the savviest entrepreneur. While a good working space boosts productivity, team engagement and professionalism, it is a fine balancing act when you require flexibility to cater for rapid changes in a business...

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Two decades in the making: New sports drink PREPD to take on the giants

Two decades in the making: New sports drink PREPD to take on the giants

After two decades of development, a new Adelaide-developed sports drink is finally ready to hit the shelves. Developed after 20 years of medical research between Adelaide's Flinders University and Yale University, PREPD will launch to the Australian market today. According to Orbis Research reported by Reuters, last year the globa...

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How two techpreneurs' labour of love grew into a disruptive travel player

How two techpreneurs' labour of love grew into a disruptive travel player

What began as a PDF document on a Facebook page detailing the best things to do in Bali has developed over the last decade years to become a transformative player in the travel sector. If you asked the co-founders of TRAVLR Simon (pictured) and Lani te Hennepe whether they'd be preparing for a $10 million Series B capital raise ten ye...

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Young techpreneurs pick up coveted award with ambitious goals ahead

Young techpreneurs pick up coveted award with ambitious goals ahead

Following a phenomenal year of international expansion and over 100 per cent year-on-year growth, Kane Sajdak and Bernard Mangelsdorf of BITS Technology Group have taken out the annual Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Technology Award for the second time in a row. The powerhouse duo won the Technology Award last year and returned again to re...

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Watch all the glitz and glamour from the 2018 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Awards

Watch all the glitz and glamour from the 2018 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Awards

The 2018 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Awards Gala Dinner was the biggest ever. With nearly 350 of the Gold Coast's most exciting young entrepreneurs in attendance, the Gala Dinner represented the vital business scene of the city. Taking out the top award of Young Entrepreneur of the Year was Tomas Steenackers, founder of ASX list...

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Black Hops Brewing to turn the tap on new growth chapter

Black Hops Brewing to turn the tap on new growth chapter

Its young entrepreneur founders have shown talent in producing craft beer for local sales, but the next step in Black Hops' evolution will require mastering the craft of scale.  After winning the "Oscars for Beer" this year, the Gold Coast's Black Hops Brewing is frothing over a new facility that's set to open i...

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Vet visionary proves top dog at Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Vet visionary proves top dog at Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Pet owners know the struggle of getting your beloved family member to see the vet, but Tomas Steenackers is easing the burden on animal lovers across the country. The National Veterinary Care (ASX: NVL) founder took out top honours at the 2018 Business News Australia Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, held at QT Gold Coast ...

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Gold Coast's most exciting young entrepreneurs to gather in celebration

Gold Coast's most exciting young entrepreneurs to gather in celebration

In a year when Gold Coast icons Billabong and Mantra were bought out by international investors, the scene has been set for a new crop of local business minds to forge the city's icons of the future. And what better place to look than a gathering of youthful, creative business leaders who have built companies that not only impact the ...

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Meet MaMilk: the innovative new Australian hemp milk

Meet MaMilk: the innovative new Australian hemp milk

One year on from the legalisation of hemp in food products the sector is showing signs of innovation. Currently, health food stores and supermarkets only have a few options when it comes to hemp-based foods (you've probably seen bags of raw materials and a few infused drinks floating around). True innovation in the sector will com...

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Global domination ahead for Mammojo lactivewear entrepreneurs

Global domination ahead for Mammojo lactivewear entrepreneurs

Designer activewear is all the rage right now, but it's not exactly designed with the expectant mother in mind. After returning to exercise following the birth of her first of three kids, Melita Shirley, co-founder of lactivewear brand Mammojo, found it impossible to source nursing friendly activewear. "Traditional activewear...

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