Black Hops acquires Brisbane craft brewer Semi-Pro

Black Hops acquires Brisbane craft brewer Semi-Pro

Gold Coast-based craft beer company Black Hops Brewing will settle into a new production space in Brisbane following the purchase of Semi-Pro Brewing Co. The acquisition will expand the group's current production capacity and footprint, with Semi-Pro's 10hL (hectolitre) production space and 100-seater taproom in East Brisbane to be t...

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Gold Coast studio Bignote Productions to host prestigious songwriting camp

Gold Coast studio Bignote Productions to host prestigious songwriting camp

In what is a major coup for the Gold Coast entertainment industry, music rights organisation and industry body APRA AMCOS has selected studio Bignote Productions for its next SongHubs program. Now in its seventh year, the initiative has been held around the world in the likes of London, New York, Stockholm and Sydney; but now the Gold Coast ...

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Wildflower Gin wins Gold, secures Coles distribution partnership

Wildflower Gin wins Gold, secures Coles distribution partnership

Less than three months after its launch, James Greig's (pictured) Wildflower Gin has been recognised by the Australian Gin Awards and secured a major partnership with Coles. Greig's new gin was awarded Gold in the 'classic dry' category at the Australian Gin Awards, which is run by the Australian Distillers Association. The...

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Victorian manufacturer crafts ventilator for COVID-19 from scratch

Victorian manufacturer crafts ventilator for COVID-19 from scratch

A new ventilator specifically designed for COVID-19 patients has been designed in Ballarat, Victoria with manufacturing of the device to begin within weeks. Built by Gekko Systems, the ventilator is easy to use, highly robust and can be transported and used in regional and more remote environments. The move into ventilator manufacturing is...

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QLD AI Labs takes collaborative tech development to the masses

QLD AI Labs takes collaborative tech development to the masses

Blackbook.ai founder Thuy Lam has created a new non-profit initiative in Queensland that aims to de-risk AI-based problem solving for businesses, drawing on the expertise of the state's creative minds and the backing of corporate sponsors. Queensland AI Labs turns traditional hackathons upside down, helping corporates better address thei...

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Sendle raises $19m to surf e-commerce surge

Sendle raises $19m to surf e-commerce surge

Carbon neutral courier service Sendle has raised $19 million as the e-commerce boom opens up new opportunities. An oversubscribed funding round will allow the Sydney outfit to expand its shipping network and support growth while online shopping is in the spotlight.  It comes as Sendle recently reached a milestone of half a million cus...

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Verus Global defies 2020 to turn over $42m

Verus Global defies 2020 to turn over $42m

At just 24 the founder of freight forwarding company Verus Global Jackson Meyer (pictured) has achieved a major milestone - turning over $42 million in the company's first financial year of operation. The young entrepreneur says the business managed to overcome a myriad of disruptions including the Hong Kong protests and COVID-19 to witn...

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Woolworths taps SendFX to power international money transfers

Woolworths taps SendFX to power international money transfers

SendFX has been selected by Woolworths's Employees Credit Union to offer members preferential exchange rates and an improved digital offering for international money transfers. The partnership is not just a win for the Young Entrepreneur Award-winning founders of SendFX Ian Cragg and Paul Billing (pictured), but a boon for the members...

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Wallabies Captain Michael Hooper named global brand ambassador for Bondi Vite

Wallabies Captain Michael Hooper named global brand ambassador for Bondi Vite

A producer of vitamins for professional and everyday athletes Bondi Vite has named Captain of the Wallabies Michael Hooper (pictured) as its global brand ambassador. The Sydney-based company, founded by former professional rugby player Damien Fitzpatrick, says Hooper's status as one of Australia's leading sportspeople was in perfe...

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Brisbane tech startup accepted into exclusive US accelerator program

Brisbane tech startup accepted into exclusive US accelerator program

A startup behind an AI-based IT support platform is one of seven companies from around the globe accepted into an exclusive US-based business accelerator program. Brisbane-based TRIBU, a fresh startup from the minds behind CROFTi, beat out thousands of applicants to be accepted into the LAUNCH Accelerator. LAUNCH is a 14-week program ...

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New workforce management tool to help employers support staff health and wellbeing

New workforce management tool to help employers support staff health and wellbeing

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced business owners to truly understand the importance of employee health and wellbeing; just one employee contracting the coronavirus could spell disaster for many businesses. And while instructing employees to work from home allows companies to mitigate the threat of an outbreak at the office, the mental hea...

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Australia's top 20 cannabis companies

Australia's top 20 cannabis companies

Let's not beat around the bush. The last 12 months have been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride for cannabis investors, as oversupply and quality problems in North America sent shares in the industry plunging and dragged ASX-listed stocks down with them. In this list, last year's number one Elixinol is now in 13th position. Cre...

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MooGoo continues UK expansion with Holland & Barrett deal

MooGoo continues UK expansion with Holland & Barrett deal

Gold Coast-based skincare brand MooGoo has launched into 550 Holland & Barrett stores in the UK as online sales rise during COVID-19 lockdowns. Holland & Barrett is a major multi-national operator of health food shops and has been performing well during the COVID-19 pandemic, with online sales reportedly up 300 to 400 per cent acr...

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P4 Group and Ruby Communications merge to form powerhouse agency

P4 Group and Ruby Communications merge to form powerhouse agency

Two of Queensland's award-winning communications consultancies have joined forces to become one of the State's largest privately owned integrated agencies. P4 Group has acquired Ruby Communications, bolstering the company's service offering across public relations, digital, creative, marketing, communications and stakeholder e...

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Remote working revolution sees Canva valuation hit US$6 billion

Remote working revolution sees Canva valuation hit US$6 billion

Australian online design platform Canva is now worth US$6 billion (AUD$8.7 billion) after completing a US$60 million funding raise. The valuation is up from US$3.2 billion, with the company attributing the lift to its growing prominence as a workplace collaboration platform and strong user growth during the COVID-19 pandemic. More tha...

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CitrusAd doubles revenue during COVID-19 online shopping boom

CitrusAd doubles revenue during COVID-19 online shopping boom

Australian digital ad platform CitrusAd has been turbocharged by the surge in online shopping resulting from COVID-19 restrictions, doubling its revenue and securing five new major international retail clients. The company, co-founded by entrepreneur and former AFL player Brad Moran (pictured), has signed five new international clients in...

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iVvy co-founder James Greig launches Wildflower Gin distillery

iVvy co-founder James Greig launches Wildflower Gin distillery

What began as a passion project with a brief stint as a hand sanitiser is now a fully fledged gin distillery in production. Founded by Gold Coast-based serial entrepreneur James Greig (pictured), the distillery Wildflower Gin was unveiled this week to the delight of gin obsessives. On paper the decision by a tech entrepreneur to launc...

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Integrity Food Co to launch vegan range as sales skyrocket

Integrity Food Co to launch vegan range as sales skyrocket

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown many businesses out of whack. Disruption to supply chains, bricks-and-mortar retailers closing for weeks, and the implementation of COVIDSafe business practices have all been costly. But in this new economy there are some businesses that are not only surviving but thriving. Heading into the pandemi...

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Gilmour Space Technologies to develop rockets for the Defence Force

Gilmour Space Technologies to develop rockets for the Defence Force

Gold Coast space-tech company Gilmour Space Technologies has penned an R&D agreement with the Federal Government today. The new partnership between Defence Science and Technology and Gilmour Space will see the two research defence-related technologies including propulsion, materials and avionics technologies. The research will the...

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COVID-19 challenges fail to stifle success for Made With Plants

COVID-19 challenges fail to stifle success for Made With Plants

An Australian vegan brand has found success on the shelves of Woolworths despite having the odds stacked against it. Made From Plants took advantage of heightened demand for plant-based protein products during the COVID-19 pandemic, launching a new and improved range. It feels counterintuitive to launch a brand new line of products in...

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