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Dale Hansen developed his first website by the age of 16; at 19, he founded Base Media after his multimedia studies convinced him that digital media was his passion. With each new evolution in coding, he has continued to bring new businesses online.
Ben Carroll is a printer by trade, but his medium isn't paper -- it's fabrics. Velflex, founded by Carroll in 2007, has revolutionised the sportswear industry with digital heat transfer technology.
To those considering Step Change Marketing for growing their businesses, Jeffrey Cooper has this reassurance: wankers don't work here. Cooper and team put together a hilarious short video on this point to take a hammer to the cliches they saw plaguing the industry, and the resulting buzz was phenomenal.
Joel Deakin, the director of the online customised menswear business George & King, is issuing a challenge to bricks and mortar shops. "Our suits and shirts combine luxurious fabrics with personalised details to capture your individual character," says Deakin.
To prevent social media gaffes, businesses might want to check with James Griffin and SR7, a PR strategist of sorts for Twitter and Facebook accounts. "Our core business is the provision of social media intelligence for our clients when they face complex issues and events -- when keyword search and 'dashboards' won't cut it," Griffin explains.
Whether you know him as the one behind Native Tongue, WeTeachMe, iPlanking or dozens of other projects, Kym Huynh, 28, has always bubbled with creative ideas by turns empowering, uplifting and playful.
Born in France, made in Perth, Olivier Mamet makes his mark as an animator and video producer by thinking Outside Of The proverbial Box. So proverbial, in fact, that he named his company OOTB Communication.
Evixa began as a dance workshop, and now Melbourne choreographer Flic Manning wants to bring her unique dance upon the world stage. Retooled as a full production company, Evixa is the birthplace of the style Manning calls Fusion Contemporary.
An event maker for all seasons, Kate Stewart has been jazzing it up with Bright Young Things since 2009. Her catering and organising staff, numbering more than 120, regularly put on one-of-a-kind festivities and theatrics to get people talking.
Newcastle's Leeanne Towse is teaching women of all backgrounds across the Hunter Valley to get vertical. The dance instructor is the founder of mPole, a studio franchise sharing a name with its signature contraption (and former SMART 100 innovation), a sturdy yet mobile dance pole that's easy to set up for performances.
30under30 regular Skye Blackburn is a bug evangelist. Through her insect shop, Butterfly Skye's, Blackburn breeds butterfly colonies for weddings and festive events, and sells products like insect life cycle kits for curious toddlers and, more recently, edible bugs encased in lollipops.
"You know how recruitment is expensive, frustrating and time-consuming for most companies?" asks Michael Overell, to which most companies will reply: "Word." Those with no frustrations to report have likely discovered RecruitLoop, a service that streamlines the hiring process using third-party recruiters and automated video interviews of candidates.
Though always into entrepreneurship and physical fitness, it was in corporate law that Izhar Basha established his career. After being diagnosed with an auto-immune disease, however, Basha regained his earliest passions and founded Direct Nutrition Australia (DNA) late last year. The store, located in the Sydney suburb of Randwick, sells dietary and muscle-building supplements and includes a full online catalogue of its products.
If you're a frequent traveller who is also a concerned cat owner, Ebony Centazzo's retreat is as good as a hotel...for your feline companions, that is. Cat Napping Suburban Retreat opened last year, in a warehouse replete with beds, toys and scratching posts for each individual guest, with a playpen, fish tank, and outdoor viewing to spare.
Guy Pearson is dragging the accounting profession kicking and screaming into the modern age. All the paperwork, inflexibility, suits and ties? So 20th century. He pitches his business, Interactive Accounting, as a forward-thinking firm casting off these heavy burdens. Interactive utilises Xero cloud-based software to give clients more than traditional bookkeeping services, also scaling its services for business that want to grow, and even expand overseas.
In 2001 (yes, he was just 18), Andrew Craig was selling computers to university students out of a townhouse garage. Computer Empire has since moved near Brisbane's CBD, forged a partnership with SuperGeek, and achieved annual turnover of $2 million.
When he was a gap-year vagabond in Portugal and in need of cash, Bradley Hampel went to a nightclub and asked if he could DJ for them. In fact, he had never touched a deck in his life. That didn't stop him from trumping up his reputation and winning the gig. Needless to say, he learned fast, returning to Australia with a sense of accomplishment and a hunger for more. Solution Entertainment has grown out of Hampel's quest for total control and influence.
One of Melbourne's oldest industrial landmarks, the York Butter Factory once again hums with activity, as a co-working space for entrepreneurs, thanks to Darcy Naunton. It's part of a larger effort by Naunton's firm, Adventure Capital, to transform the city into a miniature Silicon Valley.
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Nick Wallberg runs Tram Sessions, a not-for-profit with a simple, big-hearted mission: with so many music venues in Melbourne shuttering their doors, why not give the public more access to musicians? As in, putting bands on public transport to play pop-up concerts. Impossible? Outlandish? Not to this entrepreneur...