Holly Kershaw, 29, pursued her dream of “being paid to blow stuff up for a living” and she achieved just that when she got hired as the Education Director for Fizzics Education. Fizzics is a company that delivers engaging science programs to over 250,000 kids a year. Kershaw is passionate about delivering quality science education to kids across Australia and internationally. Recognized for her efforts, in 2016, Holly won the Young Business Executive section of the Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence.
Dannii Cross, 25, is a level 4 MP Transformation Specialist who started her business in 2015 to help educate men and women about nutrition and exercise. Cross created an online transformation program to help cater to people that live away from the studio, along with offering different products that suit different healthy lifestyle goals.
Jordan Grives has alleviated companies of the chore many employees can’t stand — answering the phone — and Fonebox’s abilities don't end there. Jordan has created a company that handles all sides of inbound telecommunications, including reporting of inbound numbers. Jordan says he noticed the market was discontent with existing providers. Products being created weren't comprehensive, reporting data was being provided in an ineffective manner and customer service was at an all-time low.
“Hungry.” This is the word Anthony Lieu chose to describe his business, Beyond Law. Beyond Law is a job search website that aims to present law students or graduates with a wide variety of career opportunities. The site features listings including non-profits, international internships, rural practices and more.
Morgan Koegel, 25, is a self-described ‘employee with entrepreneurial wisdom and flair’. At 20 Koegel became CEO of Engage Education, a not-for-profit that supports Australian students to complete their studies. At 24, she became CEO of One Girl, a not-for-profit that focuses on education in Africa. Koegel’s ambition is driven by a desire to change the world. As a girl born to gay parents in Middle America, she’s been told countless times that she can’t do it. However, the thousands of students she has helped are a testament to just how wrong the cynics can be. She feels as though she has an obligation to raise her voice for those who can’t, and that’s a responsibility she takes very seriously.
Sebastian Chaoui ensures children’s dreams of becoming an astronaut don't have to go to waste. Cuberider is an interactive space education company for high schoolers. With his co-founder Solange Cunin, Sebastian has created a way for students to code their very own space experiments and have them launch to the international space station.
With the goal of making online learning globally accessible, Chris Eigeland created GO1 — the “TripAdvisor” for online education. In the early stages of development, Eigeland and his co-founder Andrew Barnes failed to raise their first round of venture capital funding for their original business idea, a CRM solution. When they went back to the drawing board a lightbulb went off. Education — this was the field in which their technology could make a true lasting impact.
With the help of Will Strange and Sports Performance Tracking, anyone can feel as if they’re training at the quality of a professional athlete. SPT provides sporting players with wearable cloud based software analytics technology. This enables athletes across the globe to have access to sports science and tracking technology.
A realtor’s strongest selling point can often be photos. Steve Ungermann capitalized on this truth when he started his own real estate photography and marketing business at the age of 19. At the time, professional photography was rarely used by agents, Steve says. This meant Steve was able to secure a solid spot in the market from the start.
Rachel McLean, 28, started McLean Social Media in 2012 when she found most of her entrepreneurial friends kept coming to her for social media advice. At that time she worked for an advertising agency that didn’t offer social media marketing as a service, so she quit and started her own consultancy. Five years later, McLean offers social media coaching, public speaking, social media strategy and management, and advertising as services to clients.
Proactive, creating and forward thinking — these are a few of Online Marketing Gurus’ core values. The name blatantly outlines the company’s area of expertise. Andrew Raso and Mez Homayunfard created this specialist online marketing agency in 2012 in their parents’ living rooms.
Gina Lednyak, 30, started L&A Social in 2012 out of the hallway in her home. With a dream to help brands grow through technology and social media, Lednyak built a successful company with a culture that would change employee’s lives for the better. Five years since then, L&A Social works with over 40 innovative global and national clients and consists of engaged, talented and passionate team of 12 people, with offices in Sydney and Los Angeles. As L&A continues to grow rapidly, so does the scope of services they offer.
Jessica Nazarali, 29, is a Business Strategist and Certified Master Coach for women. Her brand is her namesake, but under that, she created an online training academy around the term ‘It Girl’ and added her own definition to the concept. “An It Girl is someone who is confident, successful and fun. She is willing to do what it takes and commands excellence from herself.”
A first of its kind in the Australian market, Coder Factory has taught over 500 students through a U.S. style accredited coding bootcamp. Dan Siepen gave life to this idea as well as arranged a network of professional partners who support the company’s growth in order to “supply more qualified, work-ready developers into the market,” he says.
Jacqui Pretty, 30, started Grammar Factory in 2013, by chance. At the time she was doing a business-coaching program for another business idea and part of the program involved writing a book. She got up in front of the group of 50 people and pitched them on her editing skills. “That led to my first couple of clients and the rest, as they, is history!” Grammar Factory helps entrepreneurs write awesome books by working with 100+ authors across the fields of business, finance, health, property, personal development and more.
Though it sounds unbelievable, Mitchell Clark began dabbling in the real of cyber security at the young age of 10 by founding his own company, CIT Dynamics. What began as hobby has turned into an international business with more than 200 clients.
Danielle McFarland, 29, is a true trailblazer in the entrepreneur community, especially for young women aspiring to launch their own business. McFarland, along with co-founder (and life partner) Sheree, run a software company called Mystro, a website named Healthinomics, and their newest venture Therapair.
Noticing a lack of service being provided by other companies during the mining boom, Cory Byers founded KBSS Engineering, a specialist mechanical company. KBSS Engineering provides a range of onsite services, such as laser aligning of turbines and conveyor drives and building specific machines for required jobs. Cory’s company also provides other mechanical and electrical services to varying companies.
Sheng Yeo and Alex Sharp have taken cloud technology to new heights. Orion VM is a revolutionary cloud infrastructure, “enabling the delivery of high-performing, highly reliable cloud solutions at market-leading price-to-performance ratios,” Sheng and Alex say. This platform, which consists of virtual storage, compute, orchestration and virtual networking, is built for either internal consumption or resale, Sheng and Alex say.
Logan Merrick and Graham McKorkill are what some may call ‘idea guys.’ Quite simply, they turn creative ideas into apps. Logan describes Buzinga as “an app development and innovation consultancy, helping startups and enterprises commercialize ideas and implement mobile-first strategies.”