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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Elevator entrepreneur Jon Dwayre lifts top prize at Gold Coast awards

Elevator entrepreneur Jon Dwayre lifts top prize at Gold Coast awards

The Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Awards 2019 was choc-a-bloc with business talent tonight, but the evening eventually revolved around Jonathan Dwayre and his elevator empire Orbitz. Competition was tough but it was the meteoric rise of Orbitz Elevators that most impressed the judges, with exceptional year-on-year growth and massive job c...

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Tonight, we celebrate the Gold Coast's young game-changers

Tonight, we celebrate the Gold Coast's young game-changers

It is no secret that the Gold Coast is one of the best places to do business in Australia. Sure, the surf, sand, and impeccable weather make every day feel like paradise, but the city's young entrepreneurs are proving the place is more than just a tourist destination. Tonight, the cream of the crop of the Gold Coast's young bu...

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Girl Geek Academy soars with SheFlies acquisition

Girl Geek Academy soars with SheFlies acquisition

Melbourne-based Girl Geek Academy has acquired international initiative SheFlies to further its mission to teach one million women to learn technology by 2025. SheFlies is a suite of programs designed to increase gender equality in tech spaces like drones, space and aviation. The programs are designed to celebrate the achievements of ...

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MoneyMe rolls out property marketing BNPL platform ahead of IPO

MoneyMe rolls out property marketing BNPL platform ahead of IPO

Alternative personal finance platforms have been sweeping the world of late, with advances in data analytics and instant access to capital making overnight success stories of companies like Afterpay (ASX: APT) and Zip Co (ASX: ZIP). Personal loan group MoneyMe is throwing its own hat into the buy-now pay-later (BNPL) ring with the launch ...

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Solar king Karl Brown takes the crown at Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards

Solar king Karl Brown takes the crown at Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards

InStyle Solar founder Karl Brown finally has his day in the sun after winning the Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Award on Friday night, beating out one of the most tightly contested groups the event has ever seen. The event was the largest yet for the river city with Brisbane's leading young businesspeople converging on Ry...

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Prestigious awards to recognise Brisbane's finest young entrepreneurs tonight

Prestigious awards to recognise Brisbane's finest young entrepreneurs tonight

Most business people don't set out on their journeys in search of recognition, but rather that desire to create something new, to execute a vision or even just to make a solid living as their own boss. So engrossed are entrepreneurs in their empires that they don't often get the chance to reflect on the significance of the metres ...

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Hyundai joins Car Next Door in the fast lane

Hyundai joins Car Next Door in the fast lane

An Australian car sharing platform has received a $6.2 million investment from South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai. The capital injection brings the total amount invested in Car Next Door by Hyundai to $8.2 million. Hyundai Australia CEO JW Lee says the investment into the Australian startup further aligns the manufacturer with the ...

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Cobra strikes where the leads are hot

Cobra strikes where the leads are hot

When you outgrow your office space twice in six months, it's a pretty good indication that your business is growing rapidly. Such is the case for Cobra Digital, a dynamic advertising and lead generation agency led by entrepreneurs James Strathdee, 35 (pictured right), and Reuben Scheckter, 25 (pictured Left). Cobra Digital, a fina...

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Steve Scanlan joins Technology People, to launch the business in Melbourne

Steve Scanlan joins Technology People, to launch the business in Melbourne

Sydney's Technology People have secured the backing of Brisbane Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Steve Scanlan. Following the sale of his IT business Recon Solutions to labour hire and workforce management business People Infrastructure, Scanlan has bought a stake in Technology People and has joined the company as Director of Growt...

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Blockchain goes bush with Power Ledger

Blockchain goes bush with Power Ledger

Power Ledger is taking its blockchain-based peer-to-peer power sharing technology outside of the city for the first time with a trial in Western Australia. The trial in WA is the first time Power Ledger has taken its tech to a regional area and will see commercial buildings trade excess solar power between each other, underpinned by the c...

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What does MMA fighting have in common with scaling a business?

What does MMA fighting have in common with scaling a business?

You might not think it at first glance, but MMA fighting and the start-up life aren't so different from one another. For instance, both smack you in the face, punch you in the guts, and, to put it bluntly, beat the crap out of you. That's why Leigh Rust (pictured left) - who along with his brother Nathan won the Manufactu...

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How Complete Business Travel is riding the wave of success

How Complete Business Travel is riding the wave of success

At the recent 2019 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards the team at Complete Business Travel (CBT) knew they were in with a chance. Few other travel management companies could match their expertise and personal service and they had been finalists for the last 4 years. Then at the gala night in Sydney they finally heard the words: &quo...

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Fitstop doubles franchise footprint in just two years

Fitstop doubles franchise footprint in just two years

In two years, functional training group Fitstop has more than doubled its franchise footprint. The business, co-founded by Peter Hull (pictured left) and Richard Bell (pictured right) in Brisbane in 2017, is expected to accelerate its national growth by 300 per cent after closing a $1.4 million funding round earlier this year. It has ...

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Aussie businesses tap travelling workforce to solve staffing issues

Aussie businesses tap travelling workforce to solve staffing issues

With unemployment in Australia continuing to hover at around 5 per cent, recruiting and retaining quality talent is becoming a growing challenge. Not only does it affect companies' ability to grow, it impacts customer service and productivity levels. Helping alleviate this pressure is The Global Work & Travel Co., the Gold Coa...

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Top marks for A Team Tuition

Top marks for A Team Tuition

You know your tutoring business is on the right track when the vast majority of your students with poor grades are suddenly getting As and Bs. In his early high school years Hayden McEvoy struggled with attention deficit disorder (ADD), but with a disciplined approach he transformed his own learning to achieve almost s...

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Sterling success for Michael Hill after 40 years

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Sterling success for Michael Hill after 40 years

Michael Hill was a late bloomer in the world of business and for the last 40 years he's been making up for lost time. Now with more than 300 stores across Australia, New Zealand and Canada, it is hard to believe the man whose name is so synonymous with jewellery was once apprehensive to start a business. Hill comes from a lon...

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Macro Mike growth pushed by passion and peanuts

Macro Mike growth pushed by passion and peanuts

He snatched up the Startup title at last year's Gold Coast Young Entrepreneurs Awards, and now Macro Mike founder Michael Kellett is taking Australia by storm. Kellett is taking on multinational health food conglomerates with his range of 100 per cent natural protein products and gym supplements, with some big deals in the pipeline. ...

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Why applying the 'Dodo' philosophy in business can help you avoid extinction

Why applying the 'Dodo' philosophy in business can help you avoid extinction

The dodo is...or was...a bird native to Mauritius, an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It thrived in a world without natural predators, it grew fat, its wings got small and it became flightless.  When the Portuguese arrived and colonised the island, the Dodo became their main source of food. Today it's an extinct...

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How a sickening 'casting couch' experience led The Clean Collective to defy Silicon Valley

How a sickening 'casting couch' experience led The Clean Collective to defy Silicon Valley

When co-founder of The Clean Collective Charlie Thompson (pictured) told me about her experience with venture capitalists in Silicon Valley my first reaction was "that still happens?". In retrospect, that reaction was incredibly naïve, but I am certain there are others who would react in a simliar way; people who are unfami...

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