Tomas Steenackers crowned Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2018

Tomas Steenackers crowned Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2018

The nation's leading businesspeople aged under 40 gathered on the Gold Coast for a night of revelry and recognition, but there could be only one outright Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2018. After Business News Australia staff scoured the country for Australia's most enterprising young business minds across 19 different...

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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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How TJ Swim found success by becoming an essential social media brand

How TJ Swim found success by becoming an essential social media brand

There's certainly no shortage of fresh-faced brands on Instagram. Scrolling through the website, it becomes quickly apparent that the social media platform has birthed a whole new world of e-commerce. In many ways, it's far more important in 2018 to have a beautiful Instagram page than it is to have a shopfront at the local We...

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One stop shop consultancy bags 2018 Melbourne Young Entrepreneur Award

One stop shop consultancy bags 2018 Melbourne Young Entrepreneur Award

Losing his job in the thick of the GFC turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Travis Erridge (pictured), who has gone on to co-found a succesful business and last night was crowned 2018 Melbourne Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Covering property, supply chains and project management, Erridge's consultancy TM Insight caters to a r...

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Inaugural Melbourne Young Entrepreneur Awards to showcase city's business vitality

Inaugural Melbourne Young Entrepreneur Awards to showcase city's business vitality

Trailblazing business pioneers will gather at the Speakeasy Kitchen Bar on Chapel Street this evening for the first ever Melbourne Young Entrepreneur Awards hosted by Business News Australia. Pitted to become the Melbourne business community's night of nights, the awards recognise the city's leading young entrepreneurs aged under ...

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How Servcorp is making it easier to be an entrepreneur

How Servcorp is making it easier to be an entrepreneur

Trying to build a respected business without a permanent office, or at least a base of operations, can make life difficult for even the savviest entrepreneur. While a good working space boosts productivity, team engagement and professionalism, it is a fine balancing act when you require flexibility to cater for rapid changes in a business...

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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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How two techpreneurs' labour of love grew into a disruptive travel player

How two techpreneurs' labour of love grew into a disruptive travel player

What began as a PDF document on a Facebook page detailing the best things to do in Bali has developed over the last decade years to become a transformative player in the travel sector. If you asked the co-founders of TRAVLR Simon (pictured) and Lani te Hennepe whether they'd be preparing for a $10 million Series B capital raise ten ye...

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GO1: The tech tiger that changed its stripes

GO1: The tech tiger that changed its stripes

With financial backing from the likes of Steve Baxter, SEEK, Oxford University and Y Combinator in Silicon Valley, e-learning company GO1 has helped provide workplace training to more than a million people globally with its aggregated online service. And its founders aren't even 30 yet. Vu Tran (pictured left) and Andrew Barn...

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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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How proptech young guns Catalano and Hywood are reinventing the game

How proptech young guns Catalano and Hywood are reinventing the game

Melbourne-based young entrepreneurs Jordan Catalano and Tom Hywood have well and truly established themselves as mainstays in the proptech world. Property and marketing is in the blood of these young guns who are the sons of former Domain boss Anthony Catalano and Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood. Under their umbrella company AD Group, Catalan...

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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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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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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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Unbound's Ideas Summit a startup conference with a twist

Unbound's Ideas Summit a startup conference with a twist

From solar powered tuk-tuk networking sessions to Colombian dancing performances, Unbound's Ideas Summit promises to be nothing like your normal entrepreneurs conference. To be held on Monday 20 August at RMIT University, Unbound's latest concoction supported by funding from LaunchVic is an educational event aiming to improve acce...

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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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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 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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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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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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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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How the CEO of Melbourne's Blockchain Centre is taking the revolutionary tech mainstream

How the CEO of Melbourne's Blockchain Centre is taking the revolutionary tech mainstream

Though it might seem like blockchain is dominating the conversations you have with tech enthusiasts around you, the game-changing online infrastructure is still in its infancy. Companies like CoinStop and DigitalX are dominating the Australian scene at the moment, however the first true blockchain 'unicorn' is yet to reveal itself...

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The entrepreneur turning tragedy around, one milk bottle at a time

The entrepreneur turning tragedy around, one milk bottle at a time

For many entrepreneurs, the stories which led them to founding their own successful ventures are incredibly personal. Some want to create a solution to a problem only they can see, and others spend weeks searching for a particular product only to realise they can just invent it themselves. For Sallie Jones, the founder of Gippsland Je...

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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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Influencing the world is all in a day's work for this young entrepreneur

Influencing the world is all in a day's work for this young entrepreneur

Ever wondered how those beautiful people on Instagram score major deals with Australia's biggest brands? Well, meet Genevieve Day, the woman who transforms fledgling social media accounts into booming businesses. At just 26 years old, Day runs her own marketing business called Day Management. Unlike traditional marketing firms, Day...

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