Tomas Steenackers crowned Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2018

Tomas Steenackers crowned Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2018

The nation's leading young businesspeople gathered on the Gold Coast for a night of revelry and recognition yesterday, after Business News Australia scoured the country to select candidates for the coveted Australian Young Entrepreneur Awards 2018.  Not only have these entrepreneurs found success, but they are exploring and ...

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How Ella Fence dived into unknown waters to unearth dream music career

How Ella Fence dived into unknown waters to unearth dream music career

When Ella Fence steps onto the stage of the Australian Young Entrepreneur Awards tonight, she will be surrounded by a crowd of people she has never met before. And though she wouldn't necessarily describe herself as such, her journey with music and the creative industries is remarkably similar to the business journeys of those in the ...

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Australian Young Entrepreneur Awards 2018 to acclaim the risk-takers and game-changers

Australian Young Entrepreneur Awards 2018 to acclaim the risk-takers and game-changers

Not content to rest on their laurels as the world changes around them, entrepreneurs are a forward-thinking breed for whom determination is de rigueur and risk is a reality.  As the culmination of a decade hosting Young Entrepreneur Awards and following the journeys of its participants through reportage, Business News Australia will ...

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Australia's top 20 cannabis companies

Australia's top 20 cannabis companies

Australia is currently sitting on the precipice of a brand-new industry, one projected to be worth big dollars in the near future. In the wake of Canada's historic move to legalise recreational cannabis nation-wide, Prohibition Partners has released a comprehensive report into the legal cannabis industry. The Oceania Cannabis Repo...

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Young techpreneurs pick up coveted award with ambitious goals ahead

Young techpreneurs pick up coveted award with ambitious goals ahead

Following a phenomenal year of international expansion and over 100 per cent year-on-year growth, Kane Sajdak and Bernard Mangelsdorf of BITS Technology Group have taken out the annual Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Technology Award for the second time in a row. The powerhouse duo won the Technology Award last year and returned again to re...

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Watch all the glitz and glamour from the 2018 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Awards

Watch all the glitz and glamour from the 2018 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Awards

The 2018 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Awards Gala Dinner was the biggest ever. With nearly 350 of the Gold Coast's most exciting young entrepreneurs in attendance, the Gala Dinner represented the vital business scene of the city. Taking out the top award of Young Entrepreneur of the Year was Tomas Steenackers, founder of ASX list...

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Black Hops Brewing to turn the tap on new growth chapter

Black Hops Brewing to turn the tap on new growth chapter

Its young entrepreneur founders have shown talent in producing craft beer for local sales, but the next step in Black Hops' evolution will require mastering the craft of scale.  After winning the "Oscars for Beer" this year, the Gold Coast's Black Hops Brewing is frothing over a new facility that's set to open i...

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Vet visionary proves top dog at Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Vet visionary proves top dog at Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Pet owners know the struggle of getting your beloved family member to see the vet, but Tomas Steenackers is easing the burden on animal lovers across the country. The National Veterinary Care (ASX: NVL) founder took out top honours at the 2018 Business News Australia Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, held at QT Gold Coast ...

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Gold Coast's most exciting young entrepreneurs to gather in celebration

Gold Coast's most exciting young entrepreneurs to gather in celebration

In a year when Gold Coast icons Billabong and Mantra were bought out by international investors, the scene has been set for a new crop of local business minds to forge the city's icons of the future. And what better place to look than a gathering of youthful, creative business leaders who have built companies that not only impact the ...

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Gig Economy: Discover the movers and shakers in freelance job postings

Gig Economy: Discover the movers and shakers in freelance job postings

Copy typing, javascript and creative skills saw the sharpest growth on Freelancer.com in the third quarter, while gigs in maths, statistics, algorithms and report writing dropped off.  Jobs relating to website development and internet applications were among the highest growth categories in the three months to September on Freelancer...

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Blackbird Ventures: Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Blackbird Ventures: Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Companies are staying private for longer than ever before with abundant capital on offer, but the flipside is that sizeable global funds are entering the Australian market earlier to make their mark on the startup community. Meanwhile, local public equity funds are often unable to do the same due to mandates that don't allow investmen...

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Huxley School of Makeup lays foundation for success with "first of its kind" TAFE deal

Huxley School of Makeup lays foundation for success with "first of its kind" TAFE deal

After the milestone of managing makeup for 7,000 people at the Commonwealth Games this year, Gold Coast entrepreneur Michael Huxley is stepping up to the podium with confidence after a big win with TAFE Queensland. He says the Huxley School of Makeup is now "future proofing" the business through an official partnership with Tafe...

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Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Unlocking "unprofitable beasts" and why they need more patient capital

Companies are staying private for longer than ever before with abundant capital on offer, but the flipside is that sizeable global funds are entering the Australian market earlier to make their mark on the startup community. Meanwhile, local public equity funds are often unable to do the same due to mandates that don't allow investmen...

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Tammy Hembrow's Saski Collection impresses at New York Fashion Week

Tammy Hembrow's Saski Collection impresses at New York Fashion Week

Her athleisure brand has only been around for just over a year, but already Tammy Hembrow is wowing crowds at New York Fashion Week. As the premier destination for fashion designers of all stripes and backgrounds, securing a runway at New York Fashion Week is a covetable moment. Hembrow showed her latest collection alongside other Aus...

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Top 25 Australian startups revealed

Top 25 Australian startups revealed

With a wealth of data at their fingertips, LinkedIn has released its list of "the most sought after startups in Australia", and it's certainly a prestigious list. To be eligible for for the list, compnaies must be seven years old or younger, have at least 50 employees, and be privately held and headquatered in Australia. ...

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Saturated market? Opportunities abound, just ask former Swisse boss Radek Sali

Saturated market? Opportunities abound, just ask former Swisse boss Radek Sali

It has now been almost three years since vitamins company Swisse Wellness was sold for $1.67 billion to a Hong Kong company, giving entrepreneur Radek Sali a healthy supplement of around $250 million from the sale. It's enough money to make time the Australian businessman's most precious asset as he looks for new opportunities thr...

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Acquisitions give National Vet Care profit a bounce

Acquisitions give National Vet Care profit a bounce

National Veterinary Care (ASX:NVL) has posted full-year earnings at the upper end of forecasts, despite a softening of market conditions in the last two months of FY18.

The bottom-line profit of $6.2 million is 42 per cent up on the previous corresponding period, aided by a 26 per cent lift in revenue to $84.2 million.

However, the ...

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Young Entrepreneurs seizing business opportunity of the year

Young Entrepreneurs seizing business opportunity of the year

The Young Entrepreneur Awards will celebrate a milestone occasion as it kick-starts the 2018 Young Entrepreneur Awards, marking a decade of success for what has become one of Australia's most prestigious business accolades. Officially launched in 2008 in Queensland with a mission to find and recognise young business talent in Australi...

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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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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 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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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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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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NYC venture capitalist on what's really killing Aussie startups

NYC venture capitalist on what's really killing Aussie startups

As technology continues to scale and artificial intelligence (AI) becomes smarter and more autonomous, the question on everyone's lips is 'will AI ever run me out of business?' Jacqueline Garavente doesn't think so. As a prominent venture capitalist at Union Square Ventures (USV) in New York, Garavente knows more about...

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How technology is turning 'crappy' businesses into gold

How technology is turning 'crappy' businesses into gold

VENTURE capitalists may have previously considered them 'crappy' businesses not worth a second look, but according to Silicon Valley's sharpest investor Steve Jurvetson the technological revolution is changing that. Jurvetson, the co-founder of the $US6 billion venture capital group Draper Fisher Jurvetson and board member of ...

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Entrepreneurial millennials rate Australia low on startup ecosystem

Entrepreneurial millennials rate Australia low on startup ecosystem

Entrepreneurial millennials around the world do not rate Australian cities as being the right places to begin a startup with only Sydney sneaking into the top 20 of a major survey. Not surprisingly, San Francisco and New York City were rated the top two cities for entrepreneurial millennials based on their business ecosystem while Kuala L...

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Steve Baxter looking to sell River City Labs, according to reports

Steve Baxter looking to sell River City Labs, according to reports

Queensland's chief entrepreneur and 'Shark Tank' star Steve Baxter is reportedly looking to sell River City Labs, the Brisbane startup hub which he founded seven years ago. It's believed the reason behind the sale is not a financial one and that he believes River City Labs, which mentors young entrepreneurs in a co-working...

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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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