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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How this influencer took on the fashion world with The Blonde Republic

How this influencer took on the fashion world with The Blonde Republic

The template for social media success is ever changing and always competitive, but Brisbane-based influencer Sapphiroula Pelecas is keeping ahead of the curve. This last year has been busy for Pelecas, who, in the period from August from September, launched her own fashion line, got married, went on a Honeymoon and presented at New York F...

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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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How Blackbook is trailblazing the world of AI and automation

How Blackbook is trailblazing the world of AI and automation

For Thuy Lam, founder of Blackbook.ai, problem solving has always been the name of the game. After working in professional services for close to ten years, Lam felt he had enough experience to be able to create his own company. With a history in process optimisation and data-science ("when data-science wasn't sexy," he a...

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Tanda clocks up big-name clients as live wage tracker goes global

Tanda clocks up big-name clients as live wage tracker goes global

"Our biggest problem is innovator's dilemma where we've built something that works and it's so far beyond the curve that people just don't realise it exists," says Tanda co-founder Tasmin Trezise. Have you ever been to a bar where the queue spills out like that beer you just can't seem to order? Only one...

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Aussie drone defender to join international 'Night Hawk' military exercise

Aussie drone defender to join international 'Night Hawk' military exercise

Sydney-based drone defence company DroneShield (ASX: DRO) has been selected by Danish Special Operations Command to participate in the annual international 'Night Hawk' initiative. DroneShield will take part in the major military training exercise which is run annually by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).and atte...

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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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Digital disruptor wins Brisbane Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2018

Digital disruptor wins Brisbane Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2018

Ben Bradshaw is shaking up the very meaning of digital marketing as we know it, and with a solid track record promising bright prospects at home and abroad he has now received Brisbane's top prize for young entrepreneurs. In a hotly contested competition between the city's enterprising elites, Bradshaw was crowned Brisbane Young E...

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River City Labs sold to ICT professional association ACS

River City Labs sold to ICT professional association ACS

River City Labs (RCL), the incubator behind some of Queensland's most successful tech startups, has been sold to ICT professional association ACS. ACS is the professional association for Australia's ICT sector, and intends to invest heavily in the future of the incubator. The association's acquisition will take effect imme...

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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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These entrepreneurs found Sesame Street, but that was only the beginning

These entrepreneurs found Sesame Street, but that was only the beginning

Brisbane entrepreneurs Kristen Souvlis and Nadine Bates find talent in all that they do. Having successfully forged a path in children's media through Like a Photon Creative, which has previously created content for the likes of Sesame Street, the duo has now set their sights on a new avenue of business. Like a Photon has launched...

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Sydney's 'Tinder for brands' poised to dominate overseas

Sydney's 'Tinder for brands' poised to dominate overseas

In the three and a half years since Jessica Ruhfus founded Collabosaurus her disruptive platform has attracted a considerable amount of attention. Lovingly dubbed as 'Tinder for brands', Collabosaurus has dramatically changed the role of marketing experts in Australia. The platform, which works by matching up complementary bra...

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The lessons Olympian Michael Klim learned from a decade in business

The lessons Olympian Michael Klim learned from a decade in business

Former Olympian and beloved swimming star Michael Klim is no stranger to pressure. During the late 90s and early 2000s, Klim was a force to be reckoned with. His best performance was at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney where he scored two gold and two silver medals. Klim's success led him to become a household name and a role model for...

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Conquering the nation, one buffalo wing at a time

Conquering the nation, one buffalo wing at a time

It's only been a few years since Dylan Pires' mobile chicken wing empire became a sensation in Brisbane and already King of the Wings is setting its sights nationally. King of the Wings first took to the River City's roads in 2013 and has grown immensely since, with plans for expansion set on Canberra and Melbourne alongside a...

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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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Model fit disrupts the talent agency market

Model fit disrupts the talent agency market

Having made the digital leap from a traditional offline model, influencer Taryn Williams' online talent agency theright.fit is rapidly expanding with clients requesting the service globally. Williams says her need-driven business model has resulted in the opening of the company's first international office in Singapore. "...

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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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Tic:Toc scores $11.5m to beat banks at their own game

Tic:Toc scores $11.5m to beat banks at their own game

Australia's fin-tech firms are becoming quite a big deal, and Tic:Toc is just one startup that's managing to catch the attention of some of the institutional players in the country. Now, with a fresh injection of $11.5 million from investors, the Adelaide based fin-tech is ready to expand into new and exciting markets. The com...

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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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Scarier than a scrum: a former rugby star's Shark Tank success

Scarier than a scrum: a former rugby star's Shark Tank success

Despite having a 13 year long career as a successful rugby star playing for the Queensland Reds, Ed O'Donoghue says his experience on Shark Tank was scarier than facing up for a scrum. O'Donoghue is the mind behind Fro Pro, self-described as 'Australia's healthiest ice cream'. Fro Pro is sugar free, high protein, and l...

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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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