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Team mates to entrepreneurs: Travello co-founder Mark Cantoni on being a non-tech tech founder and running a business with your buddy

As old sports buddies and travel nuts, Travello founders Mark Cantoni and Ryan Hanly got into business together almost accidentally. But three years later, they’re raising millions to develop their social media travel app, and their friendship is alive and well. It’s even been a key ingredient in a culture of trust that has developed … Read more

Three pieces of advice from Australian businesses that started out during the GFC

Just like the people who run them, Australian businesses have been notoriously hardy in the face of adversity, including during the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) over 10 years ago when numerous Aussie SMEs fought through the economic hardship and created strong businesses that are still around today. One such business started at the precipice of … Read more

StartupSmart explainer: What’s the deal with equity crowdfunding, and should I do it?

Last week, the Australian government passed new legislation extending equity crowdfunding to private businesses and therefore considerably more startups. But what has actually changed, and should startups be taking advantage? Equity crowdfunding allows investors to pledge relatively small amounts of investment into a company in exchange for equity in the business. Initial equity crowdfunding legislation passed in March … Read more

How the founders of snowsports safety startup ANTI proved their product worked — and Steve Baxter wrong — by bashing each other over the head

Brisbane-based startup ANTI has taken home the title of Australia’s Emerging Creative Startup 2018 for its super-safe snowsports beanie, following a pitch that saw the founders bashing each other over the head with a wooden stake. The startup won the title at the annual Creative3 event hosted by QUT Creative Enterprise Australia, and will now … Read more