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OnTheGo manufactures customised sportswear for diverse sporting and fitness activities, and makes it available for government, not-for-profit, and corporate organisations. It's a brand that's philanthropic, adventurous, even risk-taking, and inextricably tied to the personality of its founder, the 22-year-old entrepreneur, avid cyclist and self-described 'Young Life Champion', Mick Spencer.
Liza Shulyayeva offers a refreshing approach to those who fret about web design. The 24-year-old from Perth runs Techalite Web Consulting and offers programming and marketing solutions for small businesses and startups. To market herself, she prefers to work hard and let her results generate the buzz.
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.
Energetic, unique, crazy, fun, childish. That is how Adrian Rokman characterises the nature of his work. Then again, at Allsportz, kid's play is everything, and as general manager, Rokman is having a blast being the biggest kid around.
"The entrepreneur's journey is an incredible way to discover your true self and capacity for success," says Emily Gowor, a best-selling author, motivational speaker and mentor who identifies herself through her own personal brand, the Word Artist. Through every imaginable channel -- print, YouTube, social media, one-on-one coaching -- she reaches out to those in doubt or in crisis, using words to break down the human psyche, carrying the power of inspiration in her work.
Lingerie queen and repeat 30under30 winner Chanel Costabir is branching out with a new service called Sheer Novice, expanding on her conviction that sexy undergarments need not be the exclusive domain of women. Her new service, that is, is tailored specifically for the men who love them.
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...
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.
Nathan Murphy loves muesli -- really lurrrrrves it. MuesliForMe doesn't merely sell customised mixes to enthusiasts, it acts as a subscription service, delivering new combos by mail each month.
The removalist industry runs in his family, yet Patrick Hamilton is his own man. Urban Moves came into being to offer more efficient moving and better prices to those with a ton of furniture and just more than an inkling of despair.
Peter Moriarty recalls going about rural Sydney on his push bike to reach friends and family -- to offer them tech support. Fast-forward to age 22, tech support is still in demand and Moriarty is now at it full-time with itGenius Australia, "the IT Department for companies that can't afford their own IT Department," as he puts it.
Melbourne's gamers and gamifying entrepreneurs have a home in Geniaus, a collaborative work space and business incubator dubbed a 'frathouse for innovation'. Co-founder Hayden Bowler is celebrating the sale of a venue app to Luna Park, and is aiming to grow beyond the eastern suburbs to the CBD, inside RMIT’s new Swanston Business Academic Building.
If Michael York had only Flex Removals to his credit thus far, most entrepreneurs would be impressed enough. The removalist and trucking supply business originated when York was a 19-year-old QUT student. He has since systematised operations, partnered it with -- and later sold -- a sister business, and rescaled it to home in on the mini-moving industry.
"Reduction before production" is James Stapledon's sustainability mantra, and as an entrepreneur he's managed to still be, well, pretty darn productive. Lighting Matters, whose LED lights were among the first of their kind to hit the market, posted half a million in revenues after its first year and has refined its leading online presence since.
It took a broken bed in Dubai, a near-death experience in New York and a fact-finding trip to China for Jason Ballo to realise his true calling was at home. With Ballo Furniture, he designs and manufactures all of his own furniture pieces and sells them through his online shop to guarantee the best prices.
What's more auspicious, and fitting, for a budgeting specialist site than being named Shoe String Startup of the Month? Kixup, says Andrew Frahm, comes with tools for beating debt and building savings. "Kixup is all about where your money is going and what the months ahead have in store for you financially," he explains.
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.
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.
A single 'Like' is a great first step toward greater brand awareness, and Abs Elmaz can't understand why more brands aren't on board. The Melbourne entrepreneur founded Social House Media to capitalise on Facebook as a channel for promotional marketing.
Rather than start his own business, Chris Hooper did the next best thing and reinvented an existing one. Considering that most 25-year-old accountants out there aren't running their own firms, Hooper's partnership stake in Cirillo Hooper & Company has been pretty buzz-worthy on its own.