How the founders of Sneaker Laundry are cashing in on the 'hype economy'

How the founders of Sneaker Laundry are cashing in on the 'hype economy'

Forget supply and demand, the economy of sneakers is all about hype.  Whether it's the new Nikes, the latest Adidas or obscure luxury labels, the sneaker economy is in its prime, especially in fashion forward cities like Melbourne. In addition to being a hub of startup activity, Melbourne is also widely considered to be the f...

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Coconut vodka and coffee scrub entrepreneur spills the beans on viral success

Coconut vodka and coffee scrub entrepreneur spills the beans on viral success

If you haven't heard of Hamish Buckley (pictured), chances are you've heard of his products. Buckley is the man behind wildly popular Aussie brands like Bean Body, Coco Vodka, and Mr Bright. Three brands which have tamed the social media beast to generate huge business. Buckley never intended to create viral and 'totally Insta...

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How Sabri Suby built King Kong into one of Melbourne's fastest growing digital marketing agencies

How Sabri Suby built King Kong into one of Melbourne's fastest growing digital marketing agencies

Like many entrepreneurial efforts, Sabri Suby's digital marketing agency, King Kong, was created in a bedroom. With zero capital and no connections, Suby started cold calling one day in an attempt to get the ball rolling on what he believed could be a massive operation. His dream wasn't without prior experience. Suby got ...

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Influential CEO breaks down the big issues facing businesses worldwide

Influential CEO breaks down the big issues facing businesses worldwide

Kay Koplovitz, one of America's most successful business people, is in the country to help grow the innovative ideas of Australia's entrepreneurs. It's little wonder bright minds flock to Koplovitz for advice, as her CV boasts a string of the highest profile roles. In 1997, she founded the USA Network as an all sports service ...

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Don't pretend: SafetyCulture's Luke Anear on how not to impress venture capitalists

Don't pretend: SafetyCulture's Luke Anear on how not to impress venture capitalists

He's a former private investigator who built an international multi-million dollar business from a suburban garage in Townsville, and Luke Anear admits he should have known better when trying to impress on his first meeting with a venture capital investor. His company, SafetyCulture, had just developed its first app and the concept at...

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Interstellar growth ahead as rocket engineers and techpreneurs team up

Interstellar growth ahead as rocket engineers and techpreneurs team up

If you were to describe the Gold Coast business landscape, in a nutshell, rocket science and space engineering probably wouldn't be the first industries that spring to mind. Gilmour Space Technologies is out to change that perception. Founded by brothers Adam and James Gilmour, the company's mission is to provide low-cost acce...

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The 'shoe addict' who turned her passion into a multi-million dollar business

The 'shoe addict' who turned her passion into a multi-million dollar business

It's often said that the key to entrepreneurship is to solve a problem, and then monetise the solution. For Jodie Fox, her epiphany came following a stop-over in Hong Kong and a chance meeting with a traditional cobbler. Disappointed and frustrated with the limited choices of shoes she actually liked on the market, the self confes...

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How the founder of KX Pilates disrupted the fitness industry

How the founder of KX Pilates disrupted the fitness industry

Aaron Smith was just 26 when he returned from London with an idea to transform the fitness industry. Living and working abroad as a personal trainer and sports scientist, Smith discovered dynamic pilates in London and immediately knew he wanted to bring the style back to Australia. In 2010, Smith founded the KX Group by establishing t...

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Coast's edgiest creative scores golden opportunity at Commonwealth Games

Coast's edgiest creative scores golden opportunity at Commonwealth Games

Nic Nichols grew up loving graffiti. It was this innate flair which led him to establish 40/40 Creative, a team of compelling young artists and creatives hell-bent on setting a new standard in digital marketing. Through 40/40 Creative, Nichols intertwined his life's passion for street art with web design, graphic design and digital ...

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If you want to be "innovative," you have to be committed to making a change

If you want to be "innovative," you have to be committed to making a change


It can be easy to gloss over the word "innovation". It has become an ultimate buzzword, rolling off the tongues of business commentators and professionals alike. While the word itself may be overused, academics at The University of Queensland (UQ) say it is possible to take what many may regard as a "vague concept&qu...

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The founder of furniture line Rory Unite says we should follow our dreams wherever they take us

The founder of furniture line Rory Unite says we should follow our dreams wherever they take us

If you asked Rory Unite that he'd be running a successful bespoke furniture brand from the comfort of Bali a few years ago he definitely would be shocked. It's not because Rory is lazy, in fact he's clearly an incredibly talented and motivated craftsman, it's just that he is perfectly content to go with the flow. Rory'...

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The founder of Impress!ve on how to build a thriving business in under two years

The founder of Impress!ve on how to build a thriving business in under two years

Robert Tadros founded Melbourne-based digital marketing agency Impress!ve just under two years ago. Now, it is a thriving company, with annual turnover forecast at $3.5 million and a team of 17 talented employees. Tadros' quick rise to success boasting clients including Misha Collection, digiDIRECT, And Chill, XBlades and Schiavello, ...

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Turning online marketplaces into global businesses

Turning online marketplaces into global businesses

Online marketplaces which connect buyers and sellers are more than just a startup scene in Victoria - they're well and truly big business these days. According to LaunchVic, Victoria's leading startup ecosystem development agency, online marketplace startups founded in the state contribute around $1.6 billion in profit. Additi...

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How Tinybeans tapped 'mum and dad' investors on journey from startup to listed company

How Tinybeans tapped 'mum and dad' investors on journey from startup to listed company

Eddie Geller, Sarah-Jane Kurtini and Stephen O'Young started Tinybeans (ASX: TNY) with the goal of creating a scrapbook where parents could capture, share and save memories of their little ones through a secure online platform. Little did they know, off the back of Tinybeans' landmark IPO in April 2017, the trio would also be resh...

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The woman behind the international brand 'bringing orgasms to the world'

The woman behind the international brand 'bringing orgasms to the world'

Long before Eloise Monaghan was selling intimacy to the world as the founder of multi-national lingerie brand Honey Birdette, she drew inspiration from a poster slogan which was tacked to her bedroom wall. "Don't try and slay all the dragons at once." When the idea for Honey Birdette was first conceived over a glass of c...

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Medical startup wins marathon entrepreneur competition

Medical startup wins marathon entrepreneur competition

A shoe that can detect the development of Alzheimer's and dementia was the idea that won the QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (QUTCEA) Startup Weekend Creative Tech competition. Solus Health, the six person team behind the ingenious idea, beat out a record number of 46 pitches to be crowned the winning startup. The company, in th...

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Hub Australia founder on the future of work-spaces and his nation-wide expansion plans

Hub Australia founder on the future of work-spaces and his nation-wide expansion plans

Coworking, we're told, is the future of work. As technology gets better, Internet speeds get faster, and communication methods simpler, the concept of the 9 to 5 office space becomes increasingly obsolete. And it's not just the simplicity of a coworking space that's attractive to employees. Flexible workplaces are high on the ...

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Gold Coast startup one step closer to launching its satellites into space

Gold Coast startup one step closer to launching its satellites into space

With the success of its latest rocket engine test, Gilmour Space Technologies is inching closer to launching low-cost small satellites into space. The Gold Coast-based space startup's latest achievement puts Gilmour Space two-years closer to its ultimate ambition of launching low-cost small satellites into space. The latest rocket...

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From the garage to the kennel - how Ka-Pooch! found its paws

From the garage to the kennel - how Ka-Pooch! found its paws

Just seven years ago Ka-Pooch!, a leading Melbourne dog day-care centre, was being operated in founder Sam Mendelson's garage. Now, the trusted brand is expanding to its third Melbourne location, and Mendelson has his sights set on the rest of Australia. But as is the case with most entrepreneurs, getting to this position wasn'...

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The Brisbane entrepreneurs who cut through US red tape to develop medical devices

The Brisbane entrepreneurs who cut through US red tape to develop medical devices

A Brisbane medical innovation start-up is revolutionising medical product development in Australia and the US by creating their latest product from concept to US FDA approval at two and a half times faster and 65 times cheaper than the US average timeframe and cost to develop a medical device.

Orthopaedic innovation and devices company F...

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