StartupSmart Awards 2011

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50. Watts Next

4:04PM | Thursday, 21 April 2011 | Kate Sallai

Sue-Ellen Watts was working as the internal HR manager in a medium-sized business, supporting a group of team leaders, when she was struck by a problem: What do small business owners do when they have staff issues or need to recruit, or need to keep up with changing workplace legislation?

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49. The Interview Group

3:48AM | Tuesday, 29 March 2011 | Kate Sallai

Many businesses will say cash flow and the actual development of a product are the hardest parts of running a business. But for The Interview Group founder Matt Ma, it’s the marketing that’s the most challenging part.

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48. AquaGen Technologies

3:45AM | Tuesday, 29 March 2011 | Kate Sallai

AquaGen is an eco-conscious company specialising in solutions to deliver renewable ocean energy using key technology known as SurgeDrive.

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47. Cocoon Data

3:39AM | Tuesday, 29 March 2011 | Kate Sallai

Australian software developer Cocoon Data hit the headlines in October 2010 when it was rumoured to be in negotiations with mobile phone giant Research in Motion, the name behind the iconic Blackberry.

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46. The Creative Collective

3:36AM | Tuesday, 29 March 2011 | Kate Sallai

Yvette Adams, founder of The Creative Collective, couldn’t have timed the launch of her online marketing services business any better.

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45. Style and Substance

3:32AM | Tuesday, 29 March 2011 | Kate Sallai

Style and Substance founder Kathryn Heaven has loved clothes from the moment she was old enough to dress up in her mum’s shoes. But after exploring a number of different ways to break into the fashion industry, she hit a hurdle.

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44. Milan Industries

3:13AM | Tuesday, 29 March 2011 | Kate Sallai

Milan Industries founder Milan Rajkovic was just 18 years old when he launched Melbourne-based information technology services company Milan Industries.

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43. Fortress Learning

3:11AM | Tuesday, 29 March 2011 | Kate Sallai

Fortress Learning, a company that helps provide training for teachers and other trainers, started almost by accident. Founder Chris Gribble, a former fitter and turner, nurse and pastor with the Baptist Church, developed an interest education in the early 2000s and after completing a Masters in Education he became involved in helping to teach people to teach.

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42. Inventium

3:07AM | Tuesday, 29 March 2011 | Kate Sallai

Most consultants are great at offering advice, but some can struggle with providing evidence to support their recommendations.

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41. Clik Real Estate

3:04AM | Tuesday, 29 March 2011 | Kate Sallai

After losing everything that he had after the introduction of the GST in 2000, property developer Garry Braams faced a challenge – he had over $20 million worth of property to sell, but he was only limited to one real estate agent under an exclusivity contract.

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