StartupSmart Awards 2011

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10. Everyday Hero

3:16PM | Monday, 28 March 2011 | Kate Sallai

Everyday Hero’s founders realised from experience in the UK market that the not-for-profit sector in Australia was badly lagging behind when it came to online donations.

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9. Aspect Personnel

3:53PM | Monday, 28 March 2011 | Kate Sallai

Matthew Sampson was just 22 years old, with a mere 18 months of experience in recruitment, when he decided to set up his own recruitment agency.

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8. 4Cabling

3:41PM | Monday, 28 March 2011 | Kate Sallai

The inspiration that would lead to 4Cabling may have hit Nicole Kersh while she was working at her parents’ electrical cabling company, but she denies that she was always destined to run her own company.

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7. Fifo Capital Brisbane

3:35PM | Monday, 28 March 2011 | Kate Sallai

Jarrod Tame had to overcome several entrenched perceptions about factoring in order to turn his start-up, now barely two years old, into a $3 million revenue business.

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6. Primewealth

3:27PM | Monday, 28 March 2011 | Kate Sallai

Merging two companies can throw up significant challenges, so isn’t adding a third business into the mix a recipe for trouble? Primewealth has proved it can be done.

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5. Red Bubble

3:05PM | Monday, 28 March 2011 | Kate Sallai

RedBubble has become such a well-known name in the online world that it’s hard to believe that the business is only four years old.

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4. Mad Mex Fresh Mexican Grill

3:52AM | Monday, 28 March 2011 | Kate Sallai

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3. Milan Direct

3:29AM | Monday, 28 March 2011 | Kate Sallai

Backpacking on the cheap around Europe usually involves sightseeing and socialising rather than entrepreneurship, but Dean Ramler returned from his travels with a winning business idea.

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2. SCO Recruitment

3:24AM | Monday, 28 March 2011 | Kate Sallai

Imagine that you’re working at a large not-for-profit that is facing imminent financial doom. Your rescue plan is rejected by the board. You’re in your 20s and never run a business before. What do you do?

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1. Job Capital

3:00AM | Monday, 28 March 2011 | Kate Sallai

A chance meeting with an investor was the spark that created Job Capital, the $9 million business built from the ground up by Jo Burston.

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