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Michael Jarocki

10:41AM | Monday, 24 October 2011 | Kate Sallai

By his own admission, Michael Jarocki was bored by school. His ambitions flitted from becoming an actor, then professional snowboarder, followed by musician.

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Marcus Layton

10:37AM | Monday, 24 October 2011 | Kate Sallai

Marcus Layton is the co-founder of Bizz Buzz, which describes itself as Australia’s only group-buying site dedicated to small business.

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Aleksandar Svetski

10:34AM | Monday, 24 October 2011 | Kate Sallai

Aleksandar Svetski is the founder of Green Tiger Energy, which is in the business of solar and renewable energy systems, and is tipped to take the sector by storm.

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Mike Boyd

10:30AM | Monday, 24 October 2011 | Kate Sallai

Mike Boyd started Cupstart out of sheer frustration – he was sick and tired of waiting in around in coffee queues.

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Melanie Jay Hobson

10:28AM | Monday, 24 October 2011 | Kate Sallai

Melanie Hobson is the co-founder of Cleaning Maid Easy, which helps busy people source cleaners who are not only reliable but are fairly employed and receive the right benefits.

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Owen McCrink

10:26AM | Monday, 24 October 2011 | Kate Sallai

Owen McCrink is the founder of ReGadget, an online service offering instant cash prizes in exchange for mobile phones, digital cameras, MP3 players and consoles.

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Michael O’Brien

10:25AM | Monday, 24 October 2011 | Kate Sallai

Michael O’Brien was working in hospitality jobs while studying drama at university when he realised that he had plenty of ideas on how the industry could be improved.

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Jarrad Morgan

10:22AM | Monday, 24 October 2011 | Kate Sallai

Landing a CSIRO tender is tough enough, even if you’re not a 23-year-old entrepreneur with a business that’s less than a year old.

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Aulay Macaulay

10:21AM | Monday, 24 October 2011 | Kate Sallai

Roster Plus is the brainchild of Aulay Macaulay, who became inspired after watching his girlfriend struggle to juggle work shifts and university classes due to an ineffective roster system.

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Adam Dong

10:19AM | Monday, 24 October 2011 | Kate Sallai

Adam Dong is the co-founder of Pick A Quote, a system that reverses the order of how business is done in the services sector.

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Steph Wakefield

10:17AM | Monday, 24 October 2011 | Kate Sallai

My Super Nanny was founded in 2010 by Steph Wakefield, who started the site with the sole purpose of challenging rival site FindABabysitter.com.au, owned by media giant Fairfax.

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Chanel Costabir

10:14AM | Monday, 24 October 2011 | Kate Sallai

Chanel Costabir had absolutely no business experience when she began building The Lingerie Boutique, which launched in 2010 as an online destination for luxurious lingerie.

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Michael Dawson

10:10AM | Monday, 24 October 2011 | Kate Sallai

Michael Dawson is the co-founder of Foodcloud, a Facebook application designed to make meal planning a simple, social and stress-free experience.

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Dejan Andrevski

10:06AM | Monday, 24 October 2011 | Kate Sallai

Dejan Andrevski arrived in Australia as a young boy, with no understanding of the English language, yet he still managed to top his classes and graduate from university with three degrees.

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Jack Delosa

10:07PM | Friday, 21 October 2011 | Kate Sallai

Not content with being one of the best-known names among Australia’s younger entrepreneurs, Jack Delosa has taken to offering a helping hand to others.

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Joshua Kamil

10:00PM | Friday, 21 October 2011 | Kate Sallai

Starting a business in the printing industry at the age of 21 meant that Joshua Kamil faced what he calls “a constant challenge” to convince customers to deal with him.

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Bill Huynh

10:58PM | Friday, 21 October 2011 | Kate Sallai

Not many 22-year-olds would relish spending their time negotiating hard with suppliers while grappling with the intricacies of Australian consumer standards.

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Mitchell Gibson

10:55PM | Friday, 21 October 2011 | Kate Sallai

A heady mix of social media and confidence has been integral to Mitchell Gibson’s start-up story, as the young entrepreneur attempts to build a directory empire.

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Costa Vasili

10:47PM | Friday, 21 October 2011 | Kate Sallai

Despite only recently launching his business, Costa Vasili is confident that there’s a global appeal for his idea.

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Dan Murray

10:45PM | Friday, 21 October 2011 | Kate Sallai

Changing careers from a concreter to an underwear magnate is not your standard entrepreneurial tale. But Dan Murray has thrived on doing things a bit differently.

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