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The Fable

Sophie Doyle is one local designer whose clothing business operates within ethical guidelines. Sophie found her passion for silk during a journey of self-discovery in India, and hasn't looked back.

Elanation

Getting children to exercise isn't easy: But friends Katherine and Aimee have pioneered a wearable solution. They're using old-fashioned sibling rivalry to get kids off their screens and into the outdoors.

Birdsall Leather

The Birdsall family have remained at the forefront of Australian leather trade for more than a century. Refreshing their Sydney-based business model was key to their survival.

EpiSoft

When it comes to medical treatment, too much information can be worse than too little, leaving many patients confused. To help streamline patient care, e-health company EpiSoft has developed a one-stop shop.

PhotobookShop

Web programmer PeterThomass defied the online push, developing by hard copy photobooks, and is now filling more than 500 orders a day.

HiSmile

Kylie Jenner is a celebrity with 98 million followers on Instagram, and having your product spruiked by her can have a massive impact. The guys behind HiSmile know that well - She's just one of many influencers helping market their brand.

Sportsyear

For a sporting nation like Australia, it can often be time-consuming tracking key sports events and making sure you don't miss them. Sydney startup Sportsyear provides its users with a detailed and personalised sports event calendar.

memobottle

Plastic pollution was the inspiration for the founders of memobottle to create a product that's sustainable and stylish. Due to their successful Kickstarter campaign, the duo were selling their product worldwide right from the start.

GlamCorner

The sharing economy now includes cars and homes, so why not add clothes to the mix? GlamCorner is a business that's disrupting the traditional retail model, letting fashion-lovers rent gowns they otherwise might struggle to buy outright.

Nina's Bees

There's probably not many beekeepers in the Blue Mountains who grew up near the Black Sea in Russia, but that hasn't stopped Nina Tverskikh from starting up Nina's Bees, a flourishing micro-business selling all natural beeswax skincare products online.

Mad Paws

When Belgian university exchange student Alexis Soulopoulos got paid to look after a friend's dog, it sparked the idea for Mad Paws - an online business to help pet owners find a pet sitter when they need one.

Rachael Brook

And the lives of YouTube and Instagram stars can often look glamorous, but behind the scenes making it a full-time job brings with it a raft of challenges.

Social influencer Rachael Brook tells us how she overcame those challenges to build a successful business.

Wholesale Paint Group

For Wholesale Paint Group, the benefits of ecommerce escaped them until flagging sales pushed him to hire an expert to test the market.

Uprise

Sydney startup Uprise has developed an app-based wellness program that has been adopted by workplaces across Australia.

It's aim? To reach employees who are at risk of burnout.

Regional Pitchfest

For startups in the city, there are plenty of opportunities to pitch and seek funding, ut not so much in regional areas. The Australia Post Regional Pitchfest event aims to change that, giving a platform to businesses out bush.

Ingogo

In the tech start-up scene, the odds are pretty high that a competitor is working on a product similar to yours. Hamish Petrie Launched his taxi app Ingogo one year before uber took off.

But that didn't deter him - instead, it spurred the evolution of his business.

Zookal

From a bedroom-based startup to a multimillion company, these Australian entrepreneurs disrupted the education sector by making textbooks more affordable and accessible. Now the Zookal team have come up with a world-first quiz app that uses artificial intelligence to test your knowledge.

GiggedIn

There's been plenty written about the decline of the live music industry in Sydney since the lockout laws, but one business is trying to keep the music dream alive. Like Netflix or Spotify, GiggedIn is a subscription service that aims to make live music more affordable and accessible.

Geek

Geek makes it their business to protect other small businesses. The IT business specialises in helping companies keep their data safe from the increasing threat of cyber attacks.

Propeller Aero

They say timing is everything and that's particularly true in business. For one Sydney startup, disrupting the booming drone industry propelled them into partnerships with some of the industry's biggest players.

Empower Golf

As an investment banker living a sport-filled adventurous life, James Gribble never imagined he'd be disabled from the head down. But at the height of it all, a simple accident left him a paraplegic. After years of rehab he took his first step, and now is helping others get back on their feet with Empower Golf Australia.

SkinView

When it comes to startup hubs, Tasmania is not usually a place that comes to mind. For one doctor-turned-entrepreneur, international collaborations have helped get his business off the ground.

Tocomwall

Archaeology probably isn't something you associate with the future, but an Indigenous-owned archaeology firm is harnessing new technologies to help protect Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Krix Sound Systems

You may not know the name, but there's a good chance you'll be familiar with this company's product. Krix has been creating quality sound systems for the past 40 years. It all started when a long-haired teenager with a passion for music - and an eye for detail - knocked up a loudspeaker in his parent's garage in 1974.

Foti Fireworks

The Foti family tradition of fireworks began in Sicily in 1793, and every year on New Year's Eve, they set Sydney Harbour alight with spectacular displays.

But in order to keep their business going, the Fotis have had to constantly adapt, and seek new challenges.

KoalaSafe

Pulling children away from technology can be a daily battle for some parents. So when Steve Pack's sister asked for help to reduce her kids' screen time, it sparked the idea of KoalaSafe.

Earthlight

The Australian virtual reality market is a relatively small one, but internationally, it's taking off - and, it's competitive. And one Australian company has launched its technology into the stratosphere. Their virtual reality game is now being used to train NASA astronauts.

S1T2

When S1T2 founders Tash Tan and Chris Panzetta first met at university it was dislike at first sight but they found a common interest using new and emerging technologies to tell stories in a creative way.

Booktopia

In April, global e-commerce giant Amazon announced it would soon be opening its retail operations in Australia, putting many local businesses on edge... but Booktopia is making the necessary preparations to ensure its future.

Holiday Rental

After selling their real estate agency, Martin Blencowe and Rebecca Cribbin were looking for a new challenge. That's when they noticed a gap in the holiday rental management market.

Grants of Australia

Thirty years ago Michael and Michelle Aronson realised there was a need for healthy pleasant tasting fluoride free toothpaste. So they developed their own, which turned into the respected "Grants Of Australia" brand.

Since then their daughter Tammy joined the business, and has continued the family tradition of producing affordable natural products.

Soleful Shoes

Unable to find shoes that fit them, Pradhima Shyamsunder and Kuppal Palaniappan decided to take matters into their own hands.

Youcamp

First, there was Airbnb, then Uber and Airtasker... Now Youcamp is the latest addition to the sharing economy.

But this was no deliberate attempt at hitting the tech jackpot... In fact, the founders consider themselves accidental entrepreneurs.

Tzukuri

Have you ever lost a pair of sunglasses? Allen Liao's product aims to stop that. Using Apple's beacon technology, his sunnies let you know when they've been left behind.

Appscore

Appscore grew from 5 to 50 employees in under two years, their team built Victoria's most downloaded transport app - Tram Tracker.

The Party People

When the party people started 30 years ago, there weren't many similar businesses. Planning parties and running costume stores and while starting a new venture in a new industry is a risk for this family - it was a risk that worked.

One Education

Rungan Srikhahnta's social enteprise - providing laptops to school kids was on the verge of falling apart just a few months ago. The Sri Lankan refugee had to make a desperate call to his manufactrer to strike a one-off deal to save his business.

Pablo & Rusty's

From the Arabian coffee houses of the 16th century to the ubiquity of chains like Starbucks the coffee business has been around a long time. But new technologies are continuing to change the industry.

Tiny Beans

Online baby journal, Tinybeans, is hoping to lure 30 million new users in the next five years. But the founders of the ambitious private social network say they've had to overcome more hurdles to do business in Australia compared to the US.