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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Entrepreneurs team up to make plastic straws a thing of the past

Entrepreneurs team up to make plastic straws a thing of the past

Two Australian competitors have come together on a mission to tackle single-use plastics. Little Green Panda and Stroh, both manufacturers of compostable, plant-based straws, have entered a joint venture to lead the plastic-free revolution. Manon Beauchamp-Tardieu's (pictured below, centre) Little Green Panda and Teresa Aylott'...

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Introducing Slyletica, "the most successful fashion brand you've never heard of"

Introducing Slyletica, "the most successful fashion brand you've never heard of"

Four years ago activewear entrepreneurs Simon and Yetta Rawadi took a life-changing trip to Spain. At the time, the two were best friends and business partners. They wanted their holiday to be a mental cleansing exercise; one that would free their minds and allow them to clearly define their future. "Yetta and I founded our o...

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EKOLUV takes on waste with Fashion as a Service

EKOLUV takes on waste with Fashion as a Service

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words 'sustainable fashion'? Chances are your mind wanders to the unrewarding aisles of second-hand warehouse stores; rows upon rows of pre-worn clothing and bric-à-brac that will likely never be sold. Or perhaps you're transported to a suburban op-shop...

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Tammy Hembrow hits 10 million follower mark

Tammy Hembrow hits 10 million follower mark

Influencer entrepreneur Tammy Hembrow has been firing on all cylinders in 2019. Not only have her athleisure fashion brand Saski Collection and Tammy Hembrow Fitness seen strong growth, but she's broken some incredible Instagram milestones. Her number of followers has risen by around 1.3 million in the past 12 months to reach the ...

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Alternative data the next frontier for lending tech

Alternative data the next frontier for lending tech

"All the technology, processes and procedures that we build are constantly evolving, and I think that's what's separating us from the giants in our space and the legacy lenders," says Jacaranda Finance founder Daniel Wessels.  For most people the word association with "subprime" would be "mortgage cri...

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From Zambrero stores to TV comedy: SS Group enters the media kitchen

From Zambrero stores to TV comedy: SS Group enters the media kitchen

"Don't put all your eggs in one basket." It's the mantra young entrepreneurs Scott and Shae Chapman have been living and breathing since founding The SS Group just over five years ago. Their journey began in franchising when the duo launched several restaurants within the Zambrero Mexican chain. They quickly disc...

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Melbourne startup unveils ocean floor 'Street View' submarine

Melbourne startup unveils ocean floor 'Street View' submarine

Emerging Melbourne tech startup UAM Tec (Underwater Autonomous Mapping Technology) has revealed its first product, dubbed Google Maps Street View for the ocean floor. Sub Mapping is UAM Tec's new underwater submarine that can autonomously map the world's oceans, lakes and waterways, creating what the company calls "WaterView&...

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E-commerce titans raise a toast at Melbourne Young Entrepreneur Awards

E-commerce titans raise a toast at Melbourne Young Entrepreneur Awards

If a booming online marketplace already exists, why bother building a new one from scratch?  It is a view the likes of Ruslan Kogan would probably disagree with, but for Fung Lam and Werner Liu this mentality sparked Australia's biggest e-commerce player that few have ever heard of. The pair took out the top prize at tonight&...

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Melbourne's game changers to gather for the Young Entrepreneur Awards 2019

Melbourne's game changers to gather for the Young Entrepreneur Awards 2019

Melbourne's brightest young businesspeople will gather on the banks of the Yarra River tonight for the Melbourne Young Entrepreneur Awards 2019. The city has become a hub of innovation over the last decade, neatly complementing its rich corporate history. Startup success stories like Afterpay, Airwallex, Webjet, and Seek were all ...

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Digital home loan disruptor Athena secures $70 million in venture capital

Digital home loan disruptor Athena secures $70 million in venture capital

Digital home loan platform Athena Home Loans has completed a $70 million Series C funding raise led by leading Australian venture capital (VC) funds. The injection of capital will allow the digital disruptor to begin offering home loans for property purchase, adding to the group's successful mortgage refinancing operations. Existi...

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Logistics legend Carlos Ferri wins Sydney Young Entrepreneur Award

Logistics legend Carlos Ferri wins Sydney Young Entrepreneur Award

Take note next time you meet an international student who is struggling with their English, because they may just be one of Australia's future business leaders. This was certainly the case with Brazilian-born Carlos Ferri, a serial entrepreneur who in the space of just over a decade has built an empire of successful high-growth compan...

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Sydney, it's your turn: Young Entrepreneur Awards 2019

Sydney, it's your turn: Young Entrepreneur Awards 2019

The Sydney Young Entrepreneur Awards 2019 were a roaring success. Click here for the full list of winners.  It's hard to stand out in Sydney. With the country's largest metropolitan population and a vibrant yet challenging global corporate scene, making your mark is certainly difficult in the harbour city. But being a...

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Zero Co launches campaign to get Australians to ditch single-use plastics

Zero Co launches campaign to get Australians to ditch single-use plastics

High profile Aussies and sophisticated investors are backing a new eco-startup that's getting us to go zero. Zero Co is an Australian business hoping to eliminate single-use plastics from every Australian kitchen, laundry and bathroom. The startup has already raised $600,000 during a pre-seed capital round with an experienced mix ...

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