One giant leap: One woman's journey into space

One giant leap: One woman's journey into space

Who would've thought that in just under two years Adelaide would become the home to one of Australia's most prominent space-tech startups? Certainly not Flavia Tata Nardini, the co-founder and CEO of Fleet Space Technologies. It's hard to catch Nardini with a moment to spare. As the co-founder of Fleet, one of the world's ...

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Shark Tank mum-preneur's secrets to building a business while raising kids

Shark Tank mum-preneur's secrets to building a business while raising kids

Starting a business is hard. Starting a business with three kids in tow? That's another story entirely. But Sydney based mum-preneur Caroline Africh proved to the Sharks that she could develop a serious distribution model that takes advantage of a huge community of new mums. Africh pitched to the Shark Tank gurus her innovative an...

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How this Sydney entrepreneur created a global cult following

How this Sydney entrepreneur created a global cult following

When she was a little girl, Rina Timpano had a dream that one day she'd be a businesswoman, creating products to line the shelves of Italy's famous department stores and boutiques. It was this dream that inspired Timpano to create her very own skincare brand, RinaScentia, with an ambition to become the next big Aussie skincare bra...

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How James Spenceley decides on what startups to invest in

How James Spenceley decides on what startups to invest in

His Midas touch has launched Vocus Group into a listed company and transformed Airtasker from a startup to a national phenomenon, but how does James Spenceley decide on what to invest in? Spenceley's latest investment is a $1 million injection into Integrated Green Energy Solutions (ASX: IGE) as they ramp up production of their eco-fr...

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Eco-friendly startups take centre stage on Shark Tank this season

Eco-friendly startups take centre stage on Shark Tank this season

If there was a single key theme running through this year's season of Shark Tank it would be a sharp focus on businesses that are doing something good for the environment. This year we've seen entrepreneurs pitching eco-friendly nappies, and just last night, a green alternative to storing vegetables in the crisper. The Sharks ...

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The case for co-ops: how entrepreneurship and mutuality can coexist

The case for co-ops: how entrepreneurship and mutuality can coexist

Without realising, most of us are already part of a co-op. Whether it be a credit union, a mutual health fund, or one of the automotive associations, co-ops hover on the periphery of the Australian business landscape just out of sight. The unusual structure of the co-op, being neither private or public companies (utilising membership mode...

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Lessons from South Australia's top female entrepreneurs

Lessons from South Australia's top female entrepreneurs

It's no secret that South Australia is fast becoming a hub for the most innovative and forward thinking startups in the country, but it's the state's female entrepreneurs that are really trying to change the world. On the opening day of the South Australian Entrepreneurs Week 2018 four of SA's brightest stars in the startu...

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Airwallex primed for North American expansion after $108m fundraising

Airwallex primed for North American expansion after $108m fundraising

Melbourne based tech company Airwallex is primed for a push into the North American market following a US$80 million (AUD$108 million) raise from venture capital investment. The $108 million series B raise brings their total fundraising to US$102 million, allowing the group to consolidate its efforts in pushing the Airwallex brand to the ...

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Meet the duo crushing sales stereotypes, redefining a global industry

Meet the duo crushing sales stereotypes, redefining a global industry

When people hear the word 'sales', they're inclined to think of cheesy people in fancy suits with the 'gift of the gab' that will do just about anything to push a product. Whether warranted or not, there is a certain stigma attached to salespeople who have been tempered by decades of high-pressure sales tactics, told t...

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How Adelaide's The Yoghurt Shop is set to take on the Asian market

How Adelaide's The Yoghurt Shop is set to take on the Asian market

Beloved South Australian yoghurt manufacturers The Yoghurt Shop are taking on Asia with a strategy that defies expectations. Not ones to put all their eggs in one basket, the Yoghurt Shop, helmed by founder and managing director Simon Reynolds (pictured), is taking on Asia one step at a time. Established in 2003, The Yoghurt Shop is c...

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Car Next Door hitches a $2m ride from Hyundai

Car Next Door hitches a $2m ride from Hyundai

Aussie car sharing business Car Next Door (CND) has secured a $2 million investment from global car manufacturer Hyundai, the fifth largest auto maker in the world.  Hyndai struck up the partnership with Car Next Door to ensure its cars would become the first 'sharing ready' vehicles in the Australian market. Under the co...

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Sydney fintech breaks into Europe with new London office

Sydney fintech breaks into Europe with new London office

Sydney-based tech start-up Trade Ledger has already dominated Australia and is off to take on Europe after announcing its new London office. The banking lending platform will expand its operations into Europe from its new London base, which should greatly improve its current international strategy. The company says the expansion will ...

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How to take risks and be a brilliant CEO

How to take risks and be a brilliant CEO

In August 1987, my father, a small business entrepreneur, arrived home after work, and announced that we were moving to Australia. This announcement served as my first exposure to risk management from an entrepreneur's perspective. My father was regarded as crazy for uprooting the family and leaving apartheid South Africa Why put ...

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Closing the Loop: the Adelaide hub angling for a circular Aussie economy

Closing the Loop: the Adelaide hub angling for a circular Aussie economy

There's something new brewing down in South Australia, and it isn't Coopers Lager. The circular economy has found a new home in Adelaide thanks to the entrepreneurial efforts of Loop Circular Economy Platform, a new training and information hub helping Australian businesses combat excessive waste. The concept of the circular e...

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Why BlockGrain could be one of the first real world successes of blockchain technology

Why BlockGrain could be one of the first real world successes of blockchain technology

The promise of blockchain has so far gone unfulfilled. Though it is still early days, the world-changing, transformative potential of blockchain tech is still simmering under the surface. However, as developers and entrepreneurs begin to grapple with the technology and understand its potential new businesses are beginning to emerge and ch...

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Adelaide's Fleet Space all set to launch with Elon Musk's SpaceX

Adelaide's Fleet Space all set to launch with Elon Musk's SpaceX

Adelaide-based nanosatellite tech startup Fleet Space has announced its first launch plans with some of the world's biggest space companies. The first of Fleet Space's nanosatellites is under contract to launch with Spaceflight aboard an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle by Antrix and ISRO. The second launch will also be i...

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Matt Blatt co-founder Deborah Drexler on the best risks her company ever took

Matt Blatt co-founder Deborah Drexler on the best risks her company ever took

Matt Blatt: the name on the lips of every interior designer from Cairns to Hobart. Over the last decade, Matt Blatt has gone from a humble store on eBay to one of the coolest retailers in the country. Co-founder of Matt Blatt, Deborah Drexler, has certainly learnt a thing or two about how to succeed in the Australian market in her years b...

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Adelaide based sport drink startup raises $500k in seed funding for launch

Adelaide based sport drink startup raises $500k in seed funding for launch

PREPD, a new hydration-boosting sports drink developed by Flinders University startup Preserve Health, has secured more than $500,000 in seed funding to launch its first products. With money now in the bank, thanks to angel investors and other high net-worth individuals, PREPD is set to launch in the market and take on the big players in ...

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Gold Coast training and recruitment company gets three Shark Tank 'bites'

Gold Coast training and recruitment company gets three Shark Tank 'bites'

The founders of a Gold Coast training and recruitment company have scored a Shark Tank first by securing investment from three of the sharks in a deal which values their business at $625,000. Jack Corbett and Ryan Tuckwood, founders of ISR Training, jumped into Network Ten's Shark Tank Australia hoping to get internet pioneer and Shar...

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Know your numbers or you're in deep trouble: Shark Tank's Janine Allis on startup mistakes

Know your numbers or you're in deep trouble: Shark Tank's Janine Allis on startup mistakes

She's a former backpacker who once worked on David Bowie's yacht and if you went back in time to before 2000 and asked Janine Allis whether she'd one day be in charge of a multi-million dollar international business and the young Janine would have probably told you to lay off the alternative substances. The Boost Juice founder...

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