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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Gritty Pretty is changing the way we shop by serving 'beauty minus the bullshit'

Gritty Pretty is changing the way we shop by serving 'beauty minus the bullshit'

Sitting pretty with more than 74,000 followers on Instagram, Eleanor Pendleton knows a thing or two about finding success online. Eleanor is more than just an Instagram influencer, she is the founder of Gritty Pretty, a magazine and online beauty boutique which has found success due to its niche formula. Providing both quality editori...

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Starting from scratch: how the founder of LABO is reinventing digital marketing

Starting from scratch: how the founder of LABO is reinventing digital marketing

As we edge closer to a new decade, it's safe to say that the world is a very different place than it was just ten years ago. Rapid advancements in technology, sudden changes in the socio-political environment and new ways of thinking about aesthetics have come to the fore in the 2010s. Old ways of thinking have died as we move int...

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How a Sydney startup managed to corner the Chinese market in months

How a Sydney startup managed to corner the Chinese market in months

Koala Eco only launched in 2017, but already the brand has found its place in the coveted Chinese market. Founded by husband and wife team Jessica Bragdon and Paul Davidson, Koala Eco is a 100 per cent Australian made line of eco-friendly cleaning products. Emblazoned with Australian flora and fauna, Koala Eco products are safe for the en...

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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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Influential CEO breaks down the big issues facing businesses worldwide

Influential CEO breaks down the big issues facing businesses worldwide

Kay Koplovitz, one of America's most successful business people, is in the country to help grow the innovative ideas of Australia's entrepreneurs. It's little wonder bright minds flock to Koplovitz for advice, as her CV boasts a string of the highest profile roles. In 1997, she founded the USA Network as an all sports service ...

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Don't pretend: SafetyCulture's Luke Anear on how not to impress venture capitalists

Don't pretend: SafetyCulture's Luke Anear on how not to impress venture capitalists

He's a former private investigator who built an international multi-million dollar business from a suburban garage in Townsville, and Luke Anear admits he should have known better when trying to impress on his first meeting with a venture capital investor. His company, SafetyCulture, had just developed its first app and the concept at...

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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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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 founder of furniture line Rory Unite says we should follow our dreams wherever they take us

The founder of furniture line Rory Unite says we should follow our dreams wherever they take us

If you asked Rory Unite that he'd be running a successful bespoke furniture brand from the comfort of Bali a few years ago he definitely would be shocked. It's not because Rory is lazy, in fact he's clearly an incredibly talented and motivated craftsman, it's just that he is perfectly content to go with the flow. Rory'...

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How Tinybeans tapped 'mum and dad' investors on journey from startup to listed company

How Tinybeans tapped 'mum and dad' investors on journey from startup to listed company

Eddie Geller, Sarah-Jane Kurtini and Stephen O'Young started Tinybeans (ASX: TNY) with the goal of creating a scrapbook where parents could capture, share and save memories of their little ones through a secure online platform. Little did they know, off the back of Tinybeans' landmark IPO in April 2017, the trio would also be resh...

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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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Hub Australia founder on the future of work-spaces and his nation-wide expansion plans

Hub Australia founder on the future of work-spaces and his nation-wide expansion plans

Coworking, we're told, is the future of work. As technology gets better, Internet speeds get faster, and communication methods simpler, the concept of the 9 to 5 office space becomes increasingly obsolete. And it's not just the simplicity of a coworking space that's attractive to employees. Flexible workplaces are high on the ...

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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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Inside the accelerator for women which turns budding businesses into powerhouses

Inside the accelerator for women which turns budding businesses into powerhouses

'It's a well-known fact that women do not have equal access to investment capital to grow their businesses.' These are the words of Topaz Conway (pictured), co-founder of not-for-profit company Springboard Enterprises Australia (SBE). Since founding SBE Australia in 2012 alongside Wendy Simpson, Conway's mission has be...

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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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INSIDE THE BUSINESS WHICH TURNED ALLIANZ STADIUM INTO A ZOMBIE WASTELAND

INSIDE THE BUSINESS WHICH TURNED ALLIANZ STADIUM INTO A ZOMBIE WASTELAND

OVER the weekend, thousands of horror buffs descended on Sydney's SCG and Allianz Stadium precinct for what has been called 'the world's largest real-world zombie survival game'. Zedtown: Last Haven immersed participants in an apocalypse story where the undead rule the planet, and the players' objective is to discover ...

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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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TECH ENTREPRENEURS SHARE THEIR KEY LESSONS ON LISTING ON THE ASX: PART 3

TECH ENTREPRENEURS SHARE THEIR KEY LESSONS ON LISTING ON THE ASX: PART 3

OVER the past two months, 25 companies have listed on the ASX and the path to getting to this stage is not an easy one, as they will all testify.

In theory, the benefits of transitioning from a private company to a pubicly listed one provides an opportunity to scale and access capital through the marketing potential of being listed on th...

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TECH ENTREPRENEURS SHARE THEIR KEY LESSONS ON LISTING ON THE ASX: PART 2

TECH ENTREPRENEURS SHARE THEIR KEY LESSONS ON LISTING ON THE ASX: PART 2

LISTING on the ASX is a significant milestone in the progression of a company. It means your business is on an internationally recognised stock exchange which tells the market you're open for investment and keen to grow and expand, but of course with that comes the responsibility of complex compliance procedures and being beholden to shar...

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TECH ENTREPRENEURS SHARE THEIR KEY LESSONS ON LISTING ON THE ASX: PART 1

TECH ENTREPRENEURS SHARE THEIR KEY LESSONS ON LISTING ON THE ASX: PART 1

IT is a key question which is asked by scale-up businesses looking to move to the next level - should we list on the ASX, or do we remain private and retain control of our own destiny?

The obvious benefit of listing on the ASX is that it puts a business in the enviable positition of being able to access capital through investors in Austr...

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MEET THE MBA GRADUATE WHO CONNECTS PEOPLE WITH ANIMALS TO END ISOLATION

MEET THE MBA GRADUATE WHO CONNECTS PEOPLE WITH ANIMALS TO END ISOLATION

ZOE Black is out to prove that often the simplest ideas carry the most impact.

Black is the co-founder of Happy Paws Happy Hearts, an organisation which connects vulnerable members of society with RSPCA animals for mutual therapy and learning.

After completing her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at The University of Queensl...

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PRINCE ANDREW SAYS 'CONNECTIVITY' AND COLLABORATION IS THE KEY TO STARTUP SUCCESS

PRINCE ANDREW SAYS 'CONNECTIVITY' AND COLLABORATION IS THE KEY TO STARTUP SUCCESS

PRINCE ANDREW has been part of a judging panel that has taken pitches from 17 of the best and brightest minds from Queensland, Northern Territory and northern New South Wales as part of a nationwide competition to find Australia's top entrepreneur. The Duke of York was the special guest at Bond University on the Gold Coast for the ina...

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HOW KATE MOSS AND A SENSE OF SENSE OF HUMOUR HELPED AN ENTREPRENEUR TO LAND A DEAL ON SHARK TANK

HOW KATE MOSS AND A SENSE OF SENSE OF HUMOUR HELPED AN ENTREPRENEUR TO LAND A DEAL ON SHARK TANK

WITH a tried and tested family golden ginger cookie recipe, a sprinkle of sarcasm and a background in marketing and advertising, Emma Head scored an investment on Shark Tank from Janine Allis and Andrew Banks.

Her business, Sweet Mickie, is a personalised biscuit company and she stamps messages into the icing on top of the cookies with m...

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SBE'S NEWEST PROGRAM IS ALL ABOUT SPRINGBOARDING WOMEN TO SUCCESS

SBE'S NEWEST PROGRAM IS ALL ABOUT SPRINGBOARDING WOMEN TO SUCCESS

THE idea to run a dedicated program for women, training the future corporate leaders of Australia, first came to Julie Demsey during another of SBE Australia's training programs. Demsey, General Manager of SBE Australia, noticed many of the women coming to the shorter courses weren't far enough along and still needed support when ...

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