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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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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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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Coast's edgiest creative scores golden opportunity at Commonwealth Games

Coast's edgiest creative scores golden opportunity at Commonwealth Games

Nic Nichols grew up loving graffiti. It was this innate flair which 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 life's passion for street art with web design, graphic design and digital ...

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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 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 c...

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Gold Coast startup one step closer to launching its satellites into space

Gold Coast startup one step closer to launching its satellites into space

With the success of its latest rocket engine test, Gilmour Space Technologies is inching closer to launching low-cost small satellites into space. The Gold Coast-based space startup's latest achievement puts Gilmour Space two-years closer to its ultimate ambition of launching low-cost small satellites into space. The latest rocket...

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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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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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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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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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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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ICONIC SWIMWEAR FOUNDER ON HER SCORCHING HOT YEAR IN BUSINESS

ICONIC SWIMWEAR FOUNDER ON HER SCORCHING HOT YEAR IN BUSINESS

FOR the founder of iconic swimwear brand Moana Bikini, Karina Irby (pictured top right), 2017 has been an unbeatable year. The young Gold Coast entrepreneur who started the business off an $800 loan from her dad has now moved into her first headquarters, shipping orders to thousands of avid Moana fans worldwide. In addition to populat...

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AUSSIE CROWNED DUKE OF YORK'S GLOBAL ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

AUSSIE CROWNED DUKE OF YORK'S GLOBAL ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

GOLD COAST surfing icon Nev Hyman believes there are two major problems facing the world today; plastic waste, and a desperate need for affordable shelter. Fortunately, the entrepreneur created Nev House, a company which turns recyclable plastics into low cost structures including homes, schools and clinics which can be clipped together i...

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TECH ENTREPRENEUR ON HOW TO BUILD A BUSINESS FROM THE GROUND UP

TECH ENTREPRENEUR ON HOW TO BUILD A BUSINESS FROM THE GROUND UP

WHEN new employees start work at HTG, Paul Gunther, Director at HTG, likes to remind the fresh faces where he began. Just ten years ago, Gunther and his business partner Tim Tocco started out on a journey that has seen HTG go from just six employees on the Gold Coast to now over 250.  However, the the success didn't come over...

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EQUITY CROWD FUNDING

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EQUITY CROWD FUNDING

CROWD funding has long been a darling of entrepreneurs, inventors, and creatives. Platforms like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and even Patreon have launched the successful careers of a number of Australian change makers. By allowing interested patrons to donate money, sometimes in exchange for tokens of appreciation, these crowdfunding platforms ...

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SHARK TANK CASTING OPEN TO ENTREPRENEURS FOR 2018 SHOW

SHARK TANK CASTING OPEN TO ENTREPRENEURS FOR 2018 SHOW

CASTING is now underway for entrepreneurs to have their chance at pitching their business to the Sharks on Network Ten's critically acclaimed Shark Tank.

Season four of the show will return with five of Australia's most successful business people searching for the next big idea to turn into a profitable investment.

Shark Tan...

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TRAVELSHOOT IS THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON YOU NEVER KNEW YOU NEEDED

TRAVELSHOOT IS THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON YOU NEVER KNEW YOU NEEDED

NOT everybody is a photographer, and that's okay, until you find yourself in front of a magnificent sunset in New York City. Founders of Travelshoot, Sarah Peace and Tim Jones, want to ensure that every moment of a vacation is not just documented, but beautifully documented. The concept behind Travelshoot is an on-demand professio...

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GRACE LOVES LACE NEW COLLECTION TO CONTINUE THE TRAILBLAZING STREAK

GRACE LOVES LACE NEW COLLECTION TO CONTINUE THE TRAILBLAZING STREAK

MEGAN ZIEMS (pictured top), the queen of bohemian bridalwear, is nothing if not an ambitious and restless businesswoman. Just weeks after the birth of her second child, and only days after being named number one on the Gold Coast 40 under 40 list, the founder of Grace Loves Lace has this week launched her latest worldwide collection. ...

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IT'S A YES, AND IT COULD MEAN A BILLION-DOLLAR BOOST FOR THE ECONOMY

IT'S A YES, AND IT COULD MEAN A BILLION-DOLLAR BOOST FOR THE ECONOMY

AUSTRALIA has had its say today, and returned a result of 61.6 per cent in favour of legalising same-sex marriage.

The final count saw 7.8 million responses in favour of same-sex marriage, and 4.9 million against. Those in the wedding industry believe that Australia can now become a hotspot wedding destination for same-sex couples lo...

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GOLD COAST'S TOP 40 ENTREPRENEURS UNDER 40 REVEALED: 1-5

GOLD COAST'S TOP 40 ENTREPRENEURS UNDER 40 REVEALED: 1-5

TODAY we reveal the "best of the best" in our Top 40 under 40 Young Entrepreneurs Gold Coast with our top 5 emerging business leaders who are changing and disrupting their respective industries in Australia and overseas.

These top 5 entrepreneurs have taken the world by storm with bespoke wedding dresses exported to 65 cou...

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GOLD COAST'S TOP 40 ENTREPRENEURS UNDER 40 REVEALED: 6-10

GOLD COAST'S TOP 40 ENTREPRENEURS UNDER 40 REVEALED: 6-10

WE'VE BEEN revealing our Top 40 under 40 Young Entrepreneurs Gold Coast over the past week, and today it's our top 6 to10. These tech-savvy entrepreneurs put on display exactly what makes the Gold Coast a fantastic place. They are broadcasting to an audience of millions and designing incredible clothes at the same time. They are s...

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