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Samantha Wade hails from the rural South Australia town of Melrose, about 250 km north of Adelaide. While most entrepreneurs from her background would ditch the sleepy backwoods for the big city in a wink, Wade is staying put, determined to turn Melrose into a prime destination in its own right.
Couches on wheels with DJ decks, speakers and beer. Dude, it's for real. Mardy Daniel's Festival Couch is the newest attraction at concerts and outdoor events.
When asked how Terem Technologies was funded, Scott Middleton replies, "by customers." Without capital or credit, he generated his cash flow by pre-selling services to customers and using the sales to build the full business. And it helps that Middleton is a grand master of software development.
One of the questions often asked of Jo Schneider pertains to the fact that the co-founder of DVE Business Solutions, based outside of Adelaide, has a degree in mechanical engineering. To her, the business benefit is obvious: problem solving skills.
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Asaf Brukarz decided to take on the real estate industry in a big way, and the industry is begrudgingly coming around. The result, PropConnect, is an online system for handling and tracking property sales in high-density developments.
Life coach Milan Narayan is an impassioned fear fighter. Through his program Dream Fight Succeed, he enables others to overcome their limits and reach their personal potential. The program's popularity stems from Narayan's commitment to continuous marketing and self-promotion.
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Brandon Cowan is aware that he has two things going very much in his favour: the media love apps, and they love apps designed by young folk. As he wraps up high school, Cowan has cranked up the volume, working with developers and on his own to turn dozens of ideas into apps, three of which have made it into the coveted Top 100 on iTunes. "My apps change lives for the better," he proudly declares.
For Ross Scutts, the satisfaction of succeeding on one's own is never enough. That's why he founded the Young Entrepreneur's Club, a support network for business innovators who want to be around like-minded individuals.
Marcus Lim loves the home trades (from plumbing to landscaping to masonry) and wants to make the market for them more efficient and less fragmented. Lim is the co-founder and director of operations of OneFlare, which lets homeowners post their needed jobs and compare quotes from servicemen in their area.
Brent Chandler would like to inform us that takeaway food can have a happy place online. Zwift is a platform that gets restaurants online, substituting an online menu and a click of the mouse, and throwing in some marketing services on the side so that businesses be found online easier.
Daniel Ashton's Boost Mobeel (as in auto, hence the spelling) brings the signature fruit smoothies to school, corporate and entertainment events. The idea was a hit with the company board, and it's worked so well in Western Australia that its gross sales have doubled each year since its founding in 2007.
A co-founder of OrionVM, the developer the CloudDC platform, Yeo relishes the opportunity to beat the deep pockets in the industry at their own game. This year marks his third consecutive spot on Anthill's 30under30 list. And he isn't halfway through his twenties yet.
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.
Adam Long's newest venture, Beehive Digital Manufacturing, is devoted to customisable products made with sustainability in mind. Long found his breakthrough in the Panda Pad, a bamboo-cover notebook that pre-sold well over a thousand copies through a crafty Kickstarter campaign.
Mathew Beeche began Shoe String Media as a one-man show cataloguing business stars on the ascent, then turned it into a monthly print magazine. Shoe String now operates as an online daily with a network of bloggers and full multimedia palate, and TV and radio outlets have taken note.
It's not easy to get kids to learn maths, which is why David Truong is gaming things up. The Adelaide native made the leap to Melbourne to establish Broccol-e-games (named, of course, for the food equivalent of maths). In July, the company released its first educational game, Maths With Springbird, which hit Number One on the Australia/New Zealand Education App Store.
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A seasoned academic and scientist, 28-year-old Lachlan Blackhall is also the linchpin of the startup business community in the ACT. And he has the CV to show for it. His current project, 17Dynamics, is a boutique consultancy firm providing growth and innovation solutions for institutions in government, education, technology, energy and engineering.