Shoes of Prey co-founder launches plant-based food brand Fable

Shoes of Prey co-founder launches plant-based food brand Fable

The rise of vegan alternatives, mock-meats and plant-based protein products has been well documented. It is a 'food trend' that has eclipsed mere trendiness and embedded itself in a way many never expected. Australians are turning to meatless alternatives in droves. Blame it on climate change anxieties, blame it on vegan activ...

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Nothing in vain for digital marketer Social Status

Nothing in vain for digital marketer Social Status

John Klein believes keeping different brands has been key to lifting the standing of his digital marketing company Social Status. Klein worked in market research for eight years, over that time gaining a deep understanding of consumer behaviour. However, being a people person, he knew better to step away from the spreadsheet and delve int...

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Carlton United Breweries pours itself a tall glass of Balter

Carlton United Breweries pours itself a tall glass of Balter

Carlton United Breweries (CUB) has nabbed itself another craft brewery with the acquisition of Gold Coast-based Balter. The acquisition for an undisclosed sum will see Balter join the CUB family alongside fellow formerly 'indie' beer labels like Goose Island, Wild Yak, Pirate Life and 4 Pines. CUB is estimated to have almost a...

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Heavyweight investors back $8m raise for restaurant ordering app me&u

Heavyweight investors back $8m raise for restaurant ordering app me&u

Australian mobile ordering and payments app for the hospitality industry me&u has announced an $8 million Series B funding round backed by some major investors. Merivale's Justin Hemmes (pictured right) and Tyro Payments have invested in the startup that removes the friction of waiting in lines to pay or order at restaurants,...

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Young Entrepreneur stars align to revolutionise aged care with AI

Young Entrepreneur stars align to revolutionise aged care with AI

When we work together magic can happen; and that's certainly the case with the launch of a breakthrough AI device that promises to revolutionise our aged care services. Three of Queensland's brightest young entrepreneurs have teamed up to create a patented artificial intelligence device that uses sensors to monitor the interaction...

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Sendle to disrupt US parcel delivery

Sendle to disrupt US parcel delivery

Aussie parcel delivery startup Sendle has set its sights on the US just five years since it launched locally. The company has today announced its expansion into the US, designed to serve the needs of American small e-commerce businesses. The Australian group hopes to tap into a massive US market; small businesses in the US send around...

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Good things come in LVLY packages

Good things come in LVLY packages

If fresh flowers make a good florist, a startup solution for the sector must go beyond with packaging and distribution too.

Melbourne business LVLY proves that a fresh approach to brand and packaging is the way to cut through a saturated market.

As has been a recurring theme among the 2019 finalists of Melbourne's Young Entrepreneur Aw...

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New Aim's Everywhere Store takes out Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year

New Aim's Everywhere Store takes out Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Amazon may be known as The Everything Store, but New Aim is making a name for itself in Australia as The Everywhere Store. In a world of hyper-specialisation, New Aim is product agnostic and operates a multi-channel strategy. That's why the business has been able to achieve roughly 45 per cent growth, year-on-year, for 14 years, in a ...

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Top business stars to compete for Australian Young Entrepreneur Awards 2019

Top business stars to compete for Australian Young Entrepreneur Awards 2019

We've searched up and down, left and right, and looked everywhere in between for Australia's leading young businesspeople. After months of nomination processing, interviews, evaluation and collaboration with our judges, Business News Australia is proud to be hosting the Australian Young Entrepreneur Awards 2019 alon...

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Eliya The Label tailors to the times

Eliya The Label tailors to the times

In a world of fast fashion, Louise Elia takes a deliberate approach to designing to much applause. Through her business, Eliya The Label, Elia dually operates a ready-to-buy and manufacturing-on-demand model. This strategy has been met with double-digit sales growth in its first two years and triple-digit growth over the last few months.&...

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From science student to million-dollar swimwear star

From science student to million-dollar swimwear star

It isn't often you hear of science students starting fashion businesses, but Ana Gavia thinks she owes an education in medicine to success in swimwear. Gavia was studying a double major in Medical Biotechnology and Nutrition at Deakin University in Victoria before starting Pinkcolada in 2018. The Startup winner at the Melbourne Yo...

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Mad Mex takes vegan food startup Dibble national after stellar trial

Mad Mex takes vegan food startup Dibble national after stellar trial

 Plant-based diets are sweeping the country at unprecedented rates, with more than one in 10 Australian identifying as vegetarian along with a growing number of vegans. So fast is the growth that organic health food stores like Flannerys Organic & Wholefood Market have reported record sales numbers for plant-based 'meats'...

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Althea breaks into German medicinal cannabis market

Althea breaks into German medicinal cannabis market

Melbourne-based medicinal cannabis company Althea (ASX: AGH) has signed an agreement that will see it crack into the German market. Distributor Nimbus Health GmbH ('Nimbus') will sell Althea's medicinal cannabis products in Germany through its pharmacy network as part of a memorandum of understanding ('MoU'). Althe...

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How KX Pilates keeps its X factor

How KX Pilates keeps its X factor

In less than a decade KX Pilates has muscled up to become the largest pilates franchise in Australia with more than 60 locations in all major cities. Gone are the days of pilates being synonymous with stretching, at least when you compare KX Pilates to the traditional method. Picture this. It's 2010. Hot yoga is starting to become...

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Success in simplicity: the fast rise of Ampersand Projects

Success in simplicity: the fast rise of Ampersand Projects

From the simplistic design of the iPhone to the decluttering techniques of Marie Kondo, minimalism is the defining trend of the 2010s. It is certainly the approach taken by the founders of Ampersand Projects, a Sydney-based beverage business that has found success by following the mantra 'less is more'. Co-founded in 2018 by t...

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Shark Tank backing pays off as ISR Training rides next wave of growth

Shark Tank backing pays off as ISR Training rides next wave of growth

Gold Coast-based ethical sales company ISR Training is on a roll with sales up 300 per cent since Shark Tank sharks Glen Richards, Steve Baxter and Andrew Banks came on board in mid-2018. Ryan Tuckwood (pictured right), who co-founded the business with Jack Corbett (pictured left), says business has gone from strength to strength sin...

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Expert360 pens $500m deal with recruitment giant Hudson

Expert360 pens $500m deal with recruitment giant Hudson

Expert360 is on track to becoming the world's biggest jobs platform for highly skilled, non-permanent professionals following a deal with recruitment giant Hudson. The marketplace and management platform for independent consultants and contractors has penned a deal with Hudson that is worth $500 million. As part of the deal, Exper...

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Aussie firms punch above their weight in Fintech100 list

Aussie firms punch above their weight in Fintech100 list

Australia has ranked fifth in terms of representation in this year's Fintech100 prepared by KPMG and H2 Ventures, with cross-border payment unicorn Airwallex the country's highest ranking firm at 32. Co-founded by Jack Zhang (pictured), Airwallex completed a US$100 million Series C round in March giving it an estimated market...

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AI startup Sortal out to clean up the world's visual asset mess

AI startup Sortal out to clean up the world's visual asset mess

When you're time-poor and live in a world where digital media is ubiquitous at home and in the workplace, it's very easy for the organisation of photos and videos to get left behind. Put them in the cloud, sort through the deluge later. Multiply that by all the staff within a company along with all their different ways of labe...

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"I was in the gutter, but never again": The promise that created a champion

"I was in the gutter, but never again": The promise that created a champion

Amelia Gow is living proof that no matter how hard a person falls; recovery is always an option. The entrepreneur behind thriving social enterprises 6729 Bakery and Active Opportunities spends her days helping others find their purpose in life. Gow's clients and staff are people who have previously struggled to break through barri...

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