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Glen Riverstone is the embodiment of an inventor-turned-entrepreneur. Faced with a personal problem, he invented a device to solve it, commercialised the product and exported to 13 countries around the world - all within the space of eleven months.
If copycat competitors are badges of honour for entrepreneurs, Campbell King had won three of them within the first six months of operation with his startup, Kegs on Legs.
Jumping ship to work with a larger, market-leading competitor was a disruptive change. The realisation that his entrepreneurial skills would be best utilised growing their business, rather than his own, did not come naturally for Peter Henderson, one of the few genuine "intrapreneurs" in this year's crop of 30under30.
A serial entrepreneur at only 24, Phillip Kingston is the embodiment of drive and ambition, spurned on by a desire to prove his sceptics wrong. With 3 start-ups under his belt while at university his current success story, Kingston development, is taking the Australian software and website development industry by storm.
These days virtually all industries and sub-industries are ripe for reinvention online. Take the ultra-physical world of dance, which 2009 30under30 winner Clint Salter is doing his best to jazz up online with his specialist directory and social network, DanceLife.
While many business people begin by studying a Commerce degree, perhaps even an MBA, Jack Delosa epitomises the 'school of hard knocks' entrepreneurial path.
When asked to create a 30under30 award category that would best suit him, 22-year-old Queenslander David Ball suggested the "Robin Hood Award (for taking some money away from the rich guys and giving it back to the poor guys)".
Launching an independent niche magazine as the economy is nose-diving would be daunting enough, let alone doing so as a 22-year-old student. But that's just what Queenslander Sophee McPhee did in 2008 when she became as the Founding Editor of Queensland Calendar Girls Magazine (QCG Magazine).
At 19 years of age, Nick Ferguson is our youngest 30under30 winner for 2009. He is owner and founder of Sustain Fitness, a fitness advisory and resource development company he launched in 2007 while still in Year 12. During that year, Ferguson was hospitalised with a severe illness. He used the time to channel his drive and commitment into entrepreneurial ways.
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