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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Playing to your strength: how Michael Ramsey built an international fitness brand

Playing to your strength: how Michael Ramsey built an international fitness brand

Uninspired by a career in the oil & gas industry, Michael Ramsey decided to pursue his dreams. Having previously worked as a personal trainer, the fitness industry fit Ramsey like a boxing glove. With his mind made up, Ramsey resigned from his career as a marketing manager, opened his first F45 Studio, and hasn't looked back. ...

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Look to the sky and build flying cars not "sucky" roads, says Steve Baxter

Look to the sky and build flying cars not "sucky" roads, says Steve Baxter

Queensland's chief entrepreneur Steve Baxter has called on the government to stop pouring billions of dollars into projects that make roads "suck less" and invest now in a future where most people fly to and from work every day.

Baxter, an investor who is also one of the 'sharks' on the hit show Shark Tank, says the...

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The Australian solar entrepreneur who conquered the US

The Australian solar entrepreneur who conquered the US

He's a race car-driving former builder from the Gold Coast, so when Kenny Habul talks about taking solar to the world and declares that traditional energy is dead, you could be excused for thinking the guy has been bumped off by a body double.

Habul is now the CEO and president of SunEnergy1 and even though he's built his busines...

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Scottish company BrewDog to set up Australian HQ in Brisbane

Scottish company BrewDog to set up Australian HQ in Brisbane

Scottish craft brewer, BrewDog, has announced its plans to build its Australian home on Brisbane's River with its state-of-the-art brewery and headquarters to be located at Murarrie. In July last year the company was deciding between Newcastle and Brisbane, but the Queensland capital came out on top. Brisbane's bid trump sever...

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Five blockchain companies to keep an eye on

Five blockchain companies to keep an eye on

It was the year of the blockchain, and midway through 2017 Bitcoin - the most popular of the many cryptocurrencies - skyrocketed in value. Those who bought the cryptocurrency in 2011 became very wealthy overnight. But Bitcoin is just one of many technologies that is successfully utilising blockchain technology to disrupt nearly every indu...

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Lessons from an entrepreneur who lost it all and came back fighting

Lessons from an entrepreneur who lost it all and came back fighting

Every entrepreneur knows what it's like to suffer from a setback. Things don't always go according to plan, and sometimes it feels like nothing's going right. For Mia Plecic that reality of entrepreneurship is all too familiar. Massive setbacks have, unfortunately, been a big part of her story. But they've only made her mo...

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Young Entrepreneur of the Year Steve Scanlan sells half of Recon

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Steve Scanlan sells half of Recon

Brisbane's Young Entrepreneur of the Year Steve Scanlan has sold 50 per cent of two of his businesses to one of Australia's leading listed workforce management companies.

People Infrastructure (ASX: PPE) paid Scanlan $2.8 million upfront in cash for 50 per cent of Recon Solutions and Recon Technology, along with $500,000 in PPE shares...

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Startup event to showcase Brisbane's driven female entrepreneurs

Startup event to showcase Brisbane's driven female entrepreneurs

A group of Brisbane's most ambitious female entrepreneurs is set to converge on River City Labs next month as the tech hub hosts its Women Startup Weekend (WSW) event from 9 to 11 February. This will be the second time River City Labs has hosted the event which is run in tandem with the Global Women Startup Weekend movement across 18 ...

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Inside the accelerator for women which turns budding businesses into powerhouses

Inside the accelerator for women which turns budding businesses into powerhouses

'It's a well-known fact that women do not have equal access to investment capital to grow their businesses.' These are the words of Topaz Conway (pictured), co-founder of not-for-profit company Springboard Enterprises Australia (SBE). Since founding SBE Australia in 2012 alongside Wendy Simpson, Conway's mission has be...

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Melbourne's online marketplace startups delivered $1.6 billion to the state economy

Melbourne's online marketplace startups delivered $1.6 billion to the state economy

A NEW report has shown that online marketplace startups in Victoria deliver a $1.6 billion boost to the state economy. EY, in collaboration with Victoria's starup ecosystem development agency LaunchVic, released its report on Wednesday called A Review of Melbourne's Digital Markeplaces which details the wealth that Melbourne's...

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Screen Queensland announces new funding for video game developers but industry says problems persist

Screen Queensland announces new funding for video game developers but industry says problems persist

SCREEN Queensland, the Queensland Government's industry body for film and television, is expanding its programs into the realm of video games. From Thursday, Queensland game developers can apply for support from Screen Queensland's Game Development and Marketing Investment. The industry body is looking to sponsor game develope...

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One Melbourne entrepreneur's mission to clean up the world's oceans

One Melbourne entrepreneur's mission to clean up the world's oceans

LUDOVIC Grosjean, founder of Melbourne-based startup OceanXGroup, wants to solve the problem of polluted waterways and oceans. Grosjean's mission is to clean up the world's waterways with drone technology and, with his unique background as an engineer and oceanographer, he's well placed to tackle the problem.  "O...

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Business sectors that will fly and fall in 2018

Business sectors that will fly and fall in 2018

THE wind and electricity generation industry is set for massive growth in 2018, while motor vehicle manufacturing is set for a major decline, according to analysis from business information specialists. Sectors which made the best use of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and big data really took off, along with businesses...

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LiveTiles strikes deal to help shake up US manufacturing industry

LiveTiles strikes deal to help shake up US manufacturing industry

ASX-listed global software company LiveTiles (ASX: LVT) has moved deeper in the AI space in North America with a strategic deal with the Smart Manufacturing public-private partnership in the US.

As part of the deal, LiveTiles will work to deploy innovative AI-based technology to increase the competitiveness of one of the strongholds of t...

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Six entrepreneurs who built their business on social media

Six entrepreneurs who built their business on social media

We've spoken to a tonne of incredible entrepreneurs who've built their business off the back of emerging technologies. Social media has quickly become the go-to place to become inspired with Instagram leading the charge thanks to its emphasis on image. We spoke to six entrepreneurs who owe their success to social media; whethe...

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Slim secrets are charging full speed into 2018 following biggest year ever

Slim secrets are charging full speed into 2018 following biggest year ever

SLIM Secrets, one of the most well-known Australian health food brands, definitely deserved a cheat day following 2017. The year panned out to be one of the group's most successful, and exciting, after Slim Secrets successfully pushed into Asia. The brand's main goal in 2017 was to expand its global footprint at an aggressive ...

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Tech and startup entrepreneurs reveal their ultimate 2018 wishlist

Tech and startup entrepreneurs reveal their ultimate 2018 wishlist

A NEW YEAR is just around the corner, and with it comes the potential for savvy entrepreneurs to capitalise on a world of opportunity. Tech and startup industries are on a sharp rise in Australia, sectors which have matured exponentially throughout 2017. In this 2018 wishlist, Business News Australia shares insight from many of the co...

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How Tammy Hembrow leveraged social media to dominate the fashion game

How Tammy Hembrow leveraged social media to dominate the fashion game

SITTING pretty with 7.5 million followers, Tammy Hembrow has undeniably broken into the top echelons of Instagram. However, as one of Australia's top ten most followed celebrities, unbridled popularity was not enough on its own for Hembrow.  The health and fitness queen who founded Tammy Hembrow Fitness has expanded into fash...

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MEET THE ETHICAL FOUNDERS OF MELBOURNE'S MOST UNIQUE COFFEE COMMUNITY

MEET THE ETHICAL FOUNDERS OF MELBOURNE'S MOST UNIQUE COFFEE COMMUNITY

CELINA Lazarus (pictured right) and Tony Strickett's (pictured left) love affair with coffee began with their first venture; an importing business called First Crop Coffee. The group, founded in 2013, was designed to be a 100 per cent traceable coffee company where husband and wife Lazarus and Strickett know exactly where every coffee...

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