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Leeanne Towse, 2012 Anthill 30under30 Honourable Mention

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.

Editors’ Choice: Ellen Harvey, 2012 Anthill 30under30 Honourable Mention

As the 'E' in BnE Media (her sister, Beth, is 'B'), Ellen Harvey has turned a one-off comic-book into a business producing digital storybooks for kids -- featuring the adventures of the two sisters' six-year-old alter egos, complete with illustration, animation and hidden fx.

Michael York, 2012 Anthill 30under30 Honourable Mention

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.

Kate Stewart, 2012 Anthill 30under30 Honourable Mention

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.

Izhar Basha, 2012 Anthill 30under30 Honourable Mention

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.

Flic Manning, 2012 Anthill 30under30 Honourable Mention

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.

Michael Woods, 2012 Anthill 30under30 Honourable Mention

Businesses that are stuck in the pre-digital age have a prayer of hope thanks to Michael Woods, the creative director of Media Saints. A full-service digital development company, Media Saints produces games, mobile apps and even feature films for clients.

James Stapledon, 2012 Anthill 30under30 Honourable Mention

"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.

Michael Overell, 2012 Anthill 30under30 Honourable Mention

"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.

Brandon Cowan, 2012 Anthill 30under30 Winner

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.

Scott Middleton, 2012 Anthill 30under30 Honourable Mention

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.

Daniel Ashton, 2012 Anthill 30under30 Honourable Mention

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.

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Chris Hooper, 2012 Anthill 30under30 Honourable Mention

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.

Liza Shulyayeva, 2012 Anthill 30under30 Winner

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.

Editors’ Choice: Myron Festejo, 2012 Anthill 30under30 Honourable Mention

My Shout is an app that lets friends invite others to drinks, and conversation, via 'shouts' or digital vouchers that can be redeemed at the bar. Co-founder Myron Festejo is selling the benefits -- greater human traffic, free Facebook publicity -- to get more venues to sign on.

Daniel Calleja, 2012 Anthill 30under30 Honourable Mention

Daniel Calleja has been working the camera since he was a teenager. At 23, he turned his passion for multimedia into a business: Innovating Visuals. Calleja and company specialise in promotional videos, events filming, photography and even e-learning technology.

Adrian Rokman, 2012 Anthill 30under30 Winner

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.

Editors’ Choice: Adam Long, 2012 Anthill 30under30 Honourable Mention

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.

Mardy Daniel, 2012 Anthill 30under30 Honourable Mention

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.
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