Category Archives: Planning Back

Tucking into the Australian superfood market

The healthy food revolution has sparked consumer interest in “superfoods”. But there are several foods in our own backyard ripe for picking as SMEs tap into this space. Entrepreneur, nutritional scientist and native food expert Vic Cherikoff runs Australian Functional Ingredients. Among the range of products he markets via his online store are sauces (Illawarra plum), … Read more

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 Queensland (UQ), Black launched the … Read more

Why Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is sending messages of support to Sydney uni students

The first cohort of aspiring entrepreneurs graduating from the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship’s (SSE) pilot unit are commencing their entrepreneurial journey with an unlikely source of inspiration: a personal message of support from Jeff Bezos. The Amazon founder has joined prominent local entrepreneurs, including Shark Tank judges Naomi Simson and Janine Allis, in sharing words of encouragement … Read more

FROM ‘GLORIFIED LAWN BUSINESS’ TO TECH-CENTRIC MARKET LEADER: A CHAT WITH HIRE A HUBBY’S CEO

With more than 330 active franchisees nationally, Hire A Hubby (HAH) is today the third largest player in Australia’s tradesman and handyman industry, claiming a market share of 5% – and of the big three, it’s reportedly the only one to have gained market share since 2011*. Under the leadership of CEO and owner Brendan … Read more

“I’LL LAUNDROMAP THAT”: NZ DRY CLEANING TECH STARTUP ENTERS AUSTRALIA SEEKING $3-4M TO GROW

On-demand dry cleaning pick-up and delivery service Laundromap has now launched in Perth and Sydney, with the founders of the New Zealand tech startup in the midst of planned $3-4 million capital raise to service further capitals across Australia. Since launching in New Zealand last year, Laundromap has grown at a rate of 30% month-on-month. … Read more

Billion-dollar thinking: Why budding entrepreneurs should be looking within for startup inspiration

Developing a startup idea from conception through to execution and implementation is a process fraught with challenges and potential pitfalls. There are, however, a number of steps entrepreneurs can take to aid the process and help achieve the first step of inspiration. Alex Kistenev, co-founder and chief executive of Standuply, writes in a Medium blog post that many … Read more

FIVE STARTUPS JOIN CLEAN ENERGY ACCELERATOR

Five startups have been selected to participate in Australia’s first clean energy accelerator, EnergyLab, joining the initial cohort of four startups.  Founded by Piers Grove and Nick Lake, EnergyLab is a not-for-profit business incubator operating out of the Blackfriars School House, UTS in Chippendale. It launched, earlier this year, with support from principal sponsor Origin Energy along with … Read more

“I lost count of how many ‘no’s’ I got”: How Melbourne real estate startup REALas overcame rejection and got acquired by ANZ

For Melbourne real estate startup REALas, what started as a search for funding has led to an all-out acquisition by big four bank ANZ and an overhaul of its user offerings, platform and price-prediction algorithm. Founded in 2011, REALas is a real estate platform that claims to give future home buyers accurate predictions of housing prices, and … Read more

This founder of a Sydney startup has just been selected for the Airbus BizLab accelerator in Germany

A Sydney-based technology startup, SkyBuys, has been selected for the global aerospace accelerator program Airbus BizLab in Germany. The 26-year-old founder, Alec Kemmery, could fly a plane before he could drive a car. He also has a Masters (Science & Technology) with an aviation major from the University of NSW. The SkyBuys App, currently in … Read more

CANCERAID FIRST-EVER AUSSIE STARTUP SELECTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS LA-BASED HEALTH TECH ACCELERATOR

In being selected for Cedar-Sinai Medical Centre’s health tech accelerator, CancerAid has become the first-ever Australian startup to participate in the Los Angeles-based, Techstars-powered boot camp. Founded in August 2015 by doctors Nikhil Pooviah and Raghav Murali-Ganesh from the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse cancer hospital in Sydney, CancerAid is a cancer support app that helps patients … Read more