Serial restaurateur parts with iconic Justin Lane business

Serial restaurateur parts with iconic Justin Lane business

The entrepreneur behind Justin Lane, one of the most recognisable and popular venues on the Gold Coast, has sold the business after seven years. Adam Haralampou (pictured right) has owned and operated several of the Gold Coast's hottest venues including The Cavern, Mr Bengel and Harry's Steak Bistro and Bar. Justin Lane, howev...

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How a Sydney startup managed to corner the Chinese market in months

How a Sydney startup managed to corner the Chinese market in months

Koala Eco only launched in 2017, but already the brand has found its place in the coveted Chinese market. Founded by husband and wife team Jessica Bragdon and Paul Davidson, Koala Eco is a 100 per cent Australian made line of eco-friendly cleaning products. Emblazoned with Australian flora and fauna, Koala Eco products are safe for the en...

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The biggest mistakes an entrepreneur can make, and how to avoid them

The biggest mistakes an entrepreneur can make, and how to avoid them

I am often asked by entrepreneurs, "how much profit should my business be making?" My answer is always the same: It depends. It depends because I don't know how much money is invested in the business in the first place. The amount of capital invested has a significant influence on how much profit is enough. Unfortunatel...

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Influencing the world is all in a day's work for this young entrepreneur

Influencing the world is all in a day's work for this young entrepreneur

Ever wondered how those beautiful people on Instagram score major deals with Australia's biggest brands? Well, meet Genevieve Day, the woman who transforms fledgling social media accounts into booming businesses. At just 26 years old, Day runs her own marketing business called Day Management. Unlike traditional marketing firms, Day...

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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

Long before he became one of the most successful young entrepreneurs on the Gold Coast, Nic Nichols grew up loving graffiti. Nichols' flair 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 li...

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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 ...

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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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